Good morning I’m thrilled to be sharing my review on this audio blog tour for The Hit List by Holly Seddon. Thanks so much to Alex at Orbit for the invite, and for a digital copy of the audiobook via the titleShare app. Before I share my review, here’s what the book is all about:
“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.“
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Wow this was fantastic, and one of the best thriller’s I’ve ever listened to!
It’s told in three parts by the different characters, and then all tied up so brilliantly in the end. It’s very dark, but so good, throwing up all sorts of questions about morality, and keeping secrets from those you love, to keep them safe.
I felt so sorry and scared for Marianne when she saw her name on that hit list!! How terrifying would it be to see your name on the list like that?! As you can tell I was hooked and wanted to find out what Marianne was going to do next. What would I do next?
I didn’t like Sam the assassin, surprise, surprise! However as the plot developed, I really warmed to them, especially as I learnt about their past and why they was doing what they was doing. I felt the same way about Greg, feeling very sorry for him in the end.
The plot was brilliant! How did the author keep all those strands going? How did she keep the characters separate and then bring it all seamlessly together in the end? I remember when I had an aha moment near the end and got really excited when I realised where part of the story was going!
The five narrators, Tuppence Middleton, Stephanie Racine, Perdita Weeks, Damian Lynch and Chris Reilly, were absolutely amazing at bringing their characters to life, adding so much more to this thriller. Their voices were distinct enough as well, so there was absolutely no mistaking who was who. That’s one of aspects I love about audiobooks, how the narrators make the characters truly come to life and jump off the page, or should that be off your device!
This is only the second book by Holly Seddon that I’ve read/listened to and I definitey want to go back and read her other books.
Highly recommended on audio if you enjoy dark thrillers and audiobooks with multiple narrators.
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