133 Hours by Zach Abrams

133 Hours CoverSynopsis

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.

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When I was invited to participate in this Blog Blitz, the only point of reference for me was the synopsis as I had never previously read anything by Zach Abrams (I don’t know how to pronounce his surname)

133 Hours


First of all, hearty congratulations to Zach Abrams.

Now to what I thought of the book.

133 Hours had one of my pet peeves as a main feature. If you have been following my blog for some time, you’d know what I am talking about but if you’re new, here is what I mean. The novel is in first person narrative!

I am so not a fan of the first person narrative!

Despite that, the story was very gripping and seeing that I have been excessively busy the past few days, I finished the book quite soon.

Here are a few things I’d like to point about the book;

  • The plot and how it ended
    • I was able to figure out who it was but that did not dilute my enjoyment or interest in the book
    • At times the scenes became a little repetitive with the same thought going through her mind – I totally get that we do that in real life but I believe that in a novel one should not talk about the exact same thing again and again and again. That was kind of a damper overall
  • The characters
    • Usually a person is portrayed as good or bad in many a novels but a couple of them had a lot going for them in this story. I could relate with that as I am not the same with everyone I meet
      • Despite saying what I just did, it is important to state that the turnaround in characteristic of this one particular character was very sudden with no hint of the previously assumed or acquired traits in sight which kind of negates the fact about the various facets of a character
    • The protagonist was in a situation where she had to be strong but those times when she’d shed tears endeared her to me more because she could get monotonous at times and annoying to top that
  • The Pace
    • The book was fast paced and it suited the subject matter as I wanted to know what happened next

Overall, I enjoyed the story and it gets a solid 3 stars from me.

Before I sign off, here’s a little something about the author.

Zach Abrams

133 AuthorHaving 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.

He tweets at @authorway

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