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Book Review: The Shot by Sarah Sultoon (2022)

May 18, 2022 in Book Reviews
The Shot by Sarah Sultoon - Book Review

AD • I received a copy of this book from Black Crow PR on behalf of Orenda Books. My review is voluntary and opinions are entirely my own.

Hello friends! You know I love a good mystery, right? Mysteries or thriller reads make up a huge percentage of the books that I read every year and for good reason – I love the genre. And so I’m always on the lookout for mysteries that are a little bit different. The book that I’m reviewing today fit that bill. It’s sold as being a ‘newsroom thriller’ but the majority of it takes place in the Middle East in the early 2000s. As you’d expect, there are HUGE trigger warnings which I will outline below. It gets straight into the grittiness of war to the point that I almost DNFed it early on knowing that it was going to be a difficult read but still, I persevered. If I’ve piqued your interest so far, read on for my review of The Shot by Sarah Sultoon.

 

Content Warnings:

  • Graphic descriptions of violence and body horror including harm to women and children
  • References to rape
  • Set in war zones in the Middle East and also in Darfur during the genocide
  • Descriptions of attempted suicide
  • Descriptions of abuse
  • Grief
  • Alcoholism
  • Murder
  • Involuntary drug use
  • PTSD

 

My Review

As I said at the start of this post, I nearly DNFed The Shot early on. It’s definitely not one for the faint of heart but it is an important read. The author manages to blend her experiences of working as a news executive to deliver this fast paced mystery that kind of creeps in out of nowhere because you’re so immersed in the horrors of war. I was a pre-teen at the time this book was set so my knowledge of these events was pretty much non-existent. And I guess anything that I could know would have been painted in a certain way by the media – which is an ongoing theme throughout the book.

Sami was a great main character. She’s got her own motivations for wanting to join Kris on location although these aren’t revealed until much later on. I loved the strength of her character especially in the face of the worst of humanity and the fact that she remains firm on her morality.

All in all, this won’t be a book for everyone. It’s brutal and devastating and incredibly graphic at times. But it’s also powerful and a great conversation starter on the role and responsibilities of the media. It’d be an interesting book to cover in a book club, that’s for sure. 

 Will you be adding The Shot to your TBR? Let me know your thoughts below.

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I'm Hayley (she/her) and I'm more than a little bit bookish. Cosy Chapters is where I share all things book-related plus the occasional post about the cosy lifestyle. When I'm not reading, you'll find me spending time with my little family, rewatching sitcoms, planning the now somewhat elusive trip to Disneyland Paris and losing entire days playing ACNH.

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3 Comments

  • Jodie May 18, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    This sounds like a powerful read. I love strong female characters and I appreciate the discussion on responsibilities of the media (I’m seeing more and more of this in the books I’ve been reading lately). Thanks for sharing your wonderful review.

  • Fadima Mooneira May 18, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Sarah Sultoon is quite a well-known writer. But I haven’t read her books yet. This one sounds awesome to read. Plus, I like the cover. Thank you for sharing. Good review.

  • readandreviewit May 18, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Great review! I love a good mystery too and this seems like an important – albeit difficult – read. The characters sound amazing and I love the fact that this focuses on the representation and role of the media too! Thanks for sharing.

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    When I'm not reading, you'll find me spending time with my little family, rewatching sitcoms, planning the now somewhat elusive trip to Disneyland Paris and losing entire days playing ACNH.

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