Afternoon my lovelies.  Today I’m delighted to bring you a review of The Hit List by Holly Seddon, a fab psychological thriller due to be published on 28th August.  I read this as part of a read along with 99 others on Facebook and loved every minute of it!

book blurb & info

What would you do if you found your name on a hitlist? And your late husband put it there?

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.

Pre-order Links: Amazon UK


my thoughts

It’s been a year since Marianne’s Husband Greg died in an accident and she’s still trying to come to terms with it.  Deciding on the anniversary to look through his laptop to feel close to him again, she discovers that he’s been meddling on the dark web.  Whilst she’s trying to find out what he’s been looking at, she comes across a hit list…,..and her name is on it.

While she tries to find out what Greg was involved in, she doesn’t realise the danger she is in.  The closer she gets to the truth, the closer she gets to the person who has been tasked with her assassination…..

The story is told from a number of different viewpoints – Marianne’s, Greg’s and Sam.  We’re with Marianne as she tries to figure out what Greg was involved in, and whether it was him that put her name on the hit list.  Determined to find out she digs deeper and deeper, putting herself in more and more danger.  From Greg’s point of view, we learn what he’s involved in and why (and that’s all I’m saying!!); and the same for Sam……

There are some absolutely shocking twists in this!  I thought I was on the right track at one point but couldn’t have been more wrong!!  The storyline is dark and brilliant, and had me on the edge of my seat at times.  I read this in three parts, and I did find that the middle part slowed down a little, but I knew it was building up to the finale – and what a finale it was!

The one thing I will say is that I didn’t particularly warm to any of the characters.  I’m not sure if it’s because I was suspicious of them all, as they all seem pretty shady!  However, that didn’t put me off the storyline; in fact it probably enhanced it as it made the shocks even bigger.

Overall I really enjoyed this.  If you’re looking for a twisty psychological thriller that will take you to some dark places then make sure you get this pre-ordered! Recommended by me.



about the author

Holly Seddon is the international bestselling author of TRY NOT TO BREATHE, DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES and LOVE WILL TEAR US APART. THE HIT LIST will be published in August 2020 in ebook, and April 2021 in paperback.

After growing up in the English countryside obsessed with music and books, Holly worked in London as a journalist and editor. She now lives in Amsterdam with her family and writes full time.

Alongside fellow author Gillian McAllister, Holly co-hosts the popular Honest Authors Podcast.

Where to find Holly online: Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Facebook 

A massive thank to The Book Club for arranging this fab read along, and to Trapeze and Holly for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a fab day all, and I’ll be back tomorrow!

Chelle x

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