Sarah Sultoon: The Shot

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Shot. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.


An aspiring TV journalist faces a shattering moral dilemma and the prospect of losing her career and her life, when she joins an impetuous photographer in the Middle East. A shocking, searingly authentic thriller by award-winning ex-CNN news executive Sarah Sultoon.

Samira is an up-and-coming TV journalist, working the nightshift at a major news channel and yearning for greater things. So when she’s offered a trip to the Middle East, with Kris, the station’s brilliant but impetuous star photographer, she leaps at the chance

In the field together, Sami and Kris feel invincible, shining a light into the darkest of corners … except the newsroom, and the rest of the world, doesn’t seem to care as much as they do. Until Kris takes the photograph.

With a single image of young Sudanese mother, injured in a raid on her camp, Sami and the genocide in Darfur are catapulted into the limelight. But everything is not as it seems, and the shots taken by Kris reveal something deeper and much darker … something that puts not only their careers but their lives in mortal danger.

Sarah Sultoon brings all her experience as a CNN news executive to bear on this shocking, searingly authentic thriller, which asks immense questions about the world we live in. You’ll never look at a news report in the same way again…


Having enjoyed Sultoon’s debut, The Source, I was looking forward to reading The Shot. From the very first page, I could see I would not be disappointed. The writing is absolutely exquisite. I was transported to the different places easily and immersed in what was happening from start to finish. I found it very difficult to tear myself away from this novel. 

Sultoon is a journalist by trade and this really shines through. She depicts the cut throat and ambitious environment of the news desk really well and it is clear to see the impact this has on the characters. The central characters, Samira and Kris, both have stories behind them and I wanted to discover more about them. The character development is brilliant – they all feel exceptionally real and it is impossible not to become involved in their stories. 

At it’s heart, The Shot has some incredibly emotional issues and there are several scenes in the novel that will stay with me for a long time after I have finished reading. They feel particularly relevant at this time, given what is happening in the world and it is a long time since a novel was able to touch me in such a raw and heartbreaking way. 

The Shot is available from Amazon.

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