So today is the publication day for 133 Hours by Zach Abrams and I’m excited to be sharing my review of the book with you. A big thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.
Let’s get started…
Arriving at work to find she’s lost more than five and a half days of her life, Briony has no recollection of where she’s been, or what has happened. Has she been ill or had a breakdown – or could she have been drugged and abducted?
Doubting her own sanity, Briony is fearful of what lies beyond the surface, yet driven to discover the truth. Going through her scarce memories, she realises that something terrible might have happened to her during the time she has no recollection of.
Assisted by her friends Alesha and Jenny, they team up with a retired detective to uncover the truth. But where was she for 133 hours… and why?
Briony thought she was just a few minutes late for work, however her boss says that she hasn’t been in for 3 days but that can’t be right can it? Briony has no recollection of where she has been since she left the office Friday evening but that was 133 hours ago…
What a way to start the book! I was hooked from the first chapter, trying to put myself in Briony’s shoes, it would be terrifying not knowing what has happened to you over the last 5 days. Obviously I’ve never been in that situation so I don’t know how I would react but I think the author wrote her to respond in a very realistic way that I found made her more relatable. I really enjoyed the band of characters that we had supporting Briony and trying to help her piece together what has happened. I had a real soft spot for our retired detective Jeffery, I’d love a book with him as the main character.
In terms of the case, I put my detective hat on and I did put the clues together quite early on to discover the culprit, however that didn’t affect my enjoyment especially when the motive came to light and smacked me in the face. Damn! I was not expecting that, it definitely added another layer to the story and made me look back over the whole book with new eyes.
This is a bit of a slower paced book however the breadcrumbs which are left for us to find make it very difficult to put down. I will be reading more from this author in the future!
So who is Zach Abrams?
Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it’s only fairly recently he started writing novels. “It’s a more honourable type of fiction,” he declares.
Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller ‘Ring Fenced’ and the financial thriller ‘Source’, as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories.
Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title ‘Mind Your Own Business’. The first, ‘So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord’ is already available.
See you guys in the next one…