24 Hours by Claire Seeber
My best friend, Emily, is dead – killed last night in a hotel fire.
But it was meant to be me.
Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.
Before he finds out I’m still alive.
As you know from yesterday’s post, I’m going through a bit of a reading slump, so the reading of this book was a little slower than it would be under normal circumstances.
It is a book, as you can tell from the title, with a ticking clock, so you’re automatically left wanting to turn the pages to find out what happens next.
It starts with the hotel fire. A dramatic start for any novel. You’re instantly hooked in wanting to find out what happens or actually, what happened. From there you then have to be introduced to the characters. This is done skilfully and with a double timeline working. One with the 24-hour clock ticking and the other one working the other way, leading up to events. And it’s this second one where you learn the most.
This really is a whodunit. All the way through I was trying to figure out who was the most likely, out of the five characters I was looking at, to want to be causing Laurie this much harm? I was vexed by how many times I kept changing my mind. A sure sign that Seeber had cleverly and flawlessly plotted her way through this novel. But plotted, with an invisible eye for the reader.
An enjoyable read with a twist in the tail.
With thanks to the author and publisher, Bookouture via NetGalley for my copy of this book.