Sunday, 1 November 2015

24 Hours - 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. 

What did I think?

This was a cracking read that I think should be renamed '(you will read this within) 24 Hours' as once you pick it up, you really can't put it down.  It zips back and forth between 'then' and 'now' so every time you finish a chapter you have to read the next one and the next one...

Laurie is separated from her husband and while their daughter, Polly, goes on a trip to EuroDisney with Granny, Laurie takes the opportunity to have a spa weekend with her friend Emily.  While Laurie is nipping out to the car for Emily's migraine pills, a fire breaks out in the hotel and Laurie can't get the door of their room open to rouse Emily.  Emily perishes in the fire but the police believe that it is Laurie who died.  Laurie believes that the fire was meant to kill her so she goes on the run to meet Polly off the Eurostar while people think she is dead.

The story is so pacey that I felt I was on the run with Laurie and I was reading as fast as she was travelling.  All the time wondering who was trying to kill her and sometimes wondering if it was all in her head.  As events unfold from 'then' everybody that Laurie has been in contact with is painted in such a way that any one of them could be the killer.  Even when all is revealed there is still a little twist that I didn't see coming at all.

An absolutely thrilling read from Claire Seeber - I shall be seeking out more of her books, just don't start reading this on a work night or you're going to be up late!

I received this e-book from the publisher, Bookouture, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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