Seven Minutes Later by Bonnie Kistler #BookReview #SevenMinutesLater #Thriller #NetGalley @BonMot101 @canelo_co #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am reviewing on it’s publication day Seven Minutes Later by Bonnie Kistler, published by Canelo.

Book Description

Lucy is the envy of everyone who knows her. The career she’s worked hard for is flying and she always looks perfectly put together with her beautifully styled blonde hair and designer clothes. But nobody knows she’s harbouring a dark secret, one that would tear her family apart if it’s ever revealed.

Shay is a hardworking young lawyer who’s been thrown a lifeline with her new job at Lucy’s company after being made redundant. She knows that she looks a little drab; she can’t afford to dress any better. But nobody knows that her problems run far deeper than money troubles. Her once perfect marriage has become dark and twisted, and she fears what her husband might do next.

One fateful evening, Lucy and Shay walk into a lift. Seven minutes later, one woman makes a phone call, saying that the lift is stuck, and no, the other woman can’t come to the phone right now… When the doors open, one woman is dead. The survivor tells the police it’s suicide. But with no witnesses and only her word for it, one vital question must be asked – is she telling the truth?

A gripping and unputdownable thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for fans of Steve Cavanagh and Gillian McAllister.

This novel is published in the US and Canada as The Cage.

Two women walk into a lift. Only one walks out alive

With a tagline like the above, there was no way I wasn’t going to read this book! I didn’t even read the blurb as I was already hooked! Was it suicide? Was it murder? And why? I needed the answers stat!

A dark and twisted read, this hits the ground running right from the outset and does not let up until its epilogue. It messes with your head as you wonder who is playing who, which results in a very riveting read.

Kistler draws the reader in with writing that is engaging and gives an authentic account of the legal aspects of the story which I really enjoyed. The cast of characters are not at all likeable, however I suspect that this may have been deliberate as it is a dynamic that really works in this case.

All up this is a very clever and entertaining read that you should defintiely check out.

Thank you to Bonnie Kistler, Canelo and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Seven Minutes Later, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twiqtter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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Let’s Get to Know Bonnie Kistler

Bonnie Kistler is a former Philadelphia attorney and the author of House on Fireand The Cage. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude, with Honors in English literature, and she received her law degree from the University of the Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a moot court champion and legal writing instructor.

She spent her law career in private practice with major law firms. Peer-rated as Distinguished for both legal ability and ethical standards, she successfully tried cases in federal and state courts across the country.

She and her husband now live in Florida and the mountains of western North Carolina.

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