Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Hit List By Holly Seddon and I would like to share a review, with all of you. It is an audio book review, and this book is out in e book and audio book from today, so Happy Publication Day!!! 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Trapeze for the review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 28 08 2020
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.91 (GBP)
Pages: ~ 400
My rating: I really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: Don’t mess around with dark net, it never ends well.
Description of the book: Congratulations, someone wants you dead.
When Marianne’s husband Greg is knocked off his bike and killed on the way to work, she must unpick the life he left behind. Numb with grief, Marianne consoles herself by scouring Greg’s laptop, finding comfort in reading his old emails and tracing his footsteps across the web. Until one day, she discovers that he had been accessing the dark web. Why was Greg, a principled charity worker and dedicated husband, logging on to a website that showcases the worst of humanity’s cruel impulses and where anything is available for a price? Marianne steels herself and logs on. After tentative searching, she discovers her name on a hit list.
In this fast-paced, powerful and exceptionally plotted novel, Marianne must figure out whether Greg was trying to protect her or whether he was complicit in the conspiracy for her murder. As she is pulled deeper into the depths of the underworld that Greg was seemingly hostage to, she gets closer and closer to coming face to face with Sam – the assassin hired to kill her. The dark truths that Marianne uncovers speak volumes about the dark underbelly of our society and forces us to question how far we would go to protect those we care most about.
How this book made me feel: I was very intrigued with the blurb of this novel, that is why I agreed to review the audio book. And I got way more than I expected. 🙂 It is quite hard to review this audio book without spoilers, but I will try my best here. 😀
This novel has multiple protagonists as well as multiple perspectives, but I think the most memorable characters are Marianne and Samantha. After Greg’s death, Marianne is trying her best to carry on living, she has a new boyfriend, but nothing will fill the void, especially when she finds out, that she is on assassin’s hit list. Why? That is what she wants to find out. Samantha is a very mysterious character, her whole life story slowly unravels throughout the pages, and it is a sinister story, where a person can be easily manipulated like a poppet. All the characters bring something to the story, making it a very twisty read, and I loved it. 🙂
The narrative starts pretty slow, mostly consisting of Marianne’s memories about the past, but then we reach a twist which turns the story into this fast-paced adventure, full of turns and surprises. The topics discussed in this book are human trafficking, modern-day slavery, dangers of the dark web, blackmail and manipulation, grief, family and relationship nuances and difficulties, infidelity, single parenthood, and many, many more.
The writing style of this book is clever and creative. There are so many things going on in this book, and I loved how the author combined all these stories into one, beautiful tale. It has been narrated by Stephanie Racine, Damian Lynch, Chris Reilly, Tuppence Middleton, Perdita Weeks, and these people brought this book to life and made it an incredible adventure, that I really, really enjoyed. ❤ The chapters are short and sweet, so all I could think about was “One more chapter”, I was so absorbed by this book. The ending was very unexpected, but I think it rounded up this story very well.
So, to conclude, it is an incredibly well-written thriller, filled with serious topics and important issues, as well as amazingly developed and delivered characters. The plot is full of surprises, twists and unexpected discoveries, that kept me glued to this book. I strongly recommend this novel to all the thriller lovers, and if you have a chance to listen to the audio book, you are in for a real treat. I hope you will give this book a go and will love it as much as I did. Enjoy! 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Holly Seddon is the international bestselling author of TRY NOT TO BREATHE, DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES and LOVE WILL TEAR US APART. THE HIT LIST was published in August 2020 in ebook and audiobook. The paperback edition will be published in April 2021. After growing up in the English countryside obsessed with music and books, Holly worked in London as a journalist and editor. She now lives in Amsterdam with her family and writes full time. Alongside fellow author Gillian McAllister, Holly co-hosts the popular Honest Authors Podcast.
Twitter: @hollyseddon / Instagram and Facebook: @hollyseddonauthor
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