133 Hours by Zach Abrams

Expected publication: January 20th 2020 by Terminal Velocity: A Next Chapter Imprint

Genre: Thriller, (psychological thriller)

Standalone novel, 290 pages

Synopsis: Arriving at work to find she’s lost more than five-and-a-half days (133 hours), Briony Chaplin, has no recollection of where she’d been or what had happened to her. She is distraught. 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 she’ll find. Yet she’s driven to discover the truth. When she trawls her memories, she’s terrified by visions, believing she may have been abused and raped.

Assisted by her friends Alesha and Jenny, and supported by a retired detective, she’s determined to learn where she’s been and why.

4 Stars: 

I would never want to be in the situation that Briony finds herself in this book. Losing 133 hours, over 5 days and not knowing what might have happened to you or by you during that time, is difficult to fathom. When Briony arrives at work in disheveled clothes and realizes that she had lost 133 hours, her friends Alesha, Jenny and Margaret offer to help. She has so memory of the past few days, but with pain in her private areas and restraint marks on her wrists and ankles, she is frantic to get answers. As information is revealed, her sanity is questioned and she begins to doubt herself. Will she figure out what happened over this missing hours?

This was a fast-paced story that kept me reading quickly. It is well-written with enough suspense and tension that readers will be on the edge of their seats. The mystery was convoluted, but not too confusing that this reader couldn’t figure out what happened and who the culprit is. I loved the various clues and breadcrumbs that Zach Abrams drops along the way to help the reader solve the mystery. The characters were well-developed and as they were introduced, I first tried to figure out if they had anything to do with the missing hours as well as adding much to the story and giving Briony a great depth of character. Overall, I enjoyed this thriller and found myself reading long after I should have gone to bed.  I wanted to find out if my suspicions were right and happily they were. This story of abduction, amnesia, and mystery had a lot to like. I will definitely be reading more by Zach Abrams. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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About the Author: 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.

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