Laurie Smith is dead. Or is she? To the outside world, she has perished in a hotel fire but Laurie knows that the true identity of the corpse is actually her best friend, Emily. Convinced that she was the intended victim, Laurie embarks on a race against time to get to her six-year-old daughter, Polly, before the perpetrator does. Knowing that it is only a matter of time before the body is correctly identified, she heads back to London using any means possible.
24 Hours is told in two time frames – the twenty-four hours following the hotel fire, and the weeks leading up to the incident. We meet numerous characters from Laurie’s life and Claire Seeber succeeds in making them seem guilty one minute and innocent the next. Even as the book was nearing the end, I was still unsure as to who the guilty party was!
The book is a very tense affair and was one that I did not want to put down. The ending was satisfying and I was pleased that the subplot involving what could have become a throwaway character in Saul, was also resolved.
A superb psychological thriller.