Find my reviews on my blog Date Read 111416Pub DateUS 1122164 STARS Out Christmas shopping one December afternoon Jessica Gould meets the charming Dominic Lacey and impulsively agrees to go home with him for a drink What follows is a Twelve Days of Christmas from hell as Lacey holds Jessica captive forcing her to wear his missing wife s gowns an 5 Words Christmas idnap deceit revenge tortureWow This bookTalk about an unreliable narratorI loved Jessica I loved how when I got to the end of part one I could have happily put the book down But that second half It blew my mindNow I love Christmas And I love crime But I ve never really read a good mix of the two despite a year on year search That was until I picked up this gem Honestly I didn t even read the blurb If I had though I would still have picked it up because this book is right up my street I only picked it up because of the mix of genres and the stunning coverThis is a book that makes you stop and think It messes with your head As much as Dominic messes with Jessica in the first half of the book Tammy Cohen messes with yours all through the second half And it s brilliantI d love to read about Kim she might not have been the main character but I love love LOVED her story and really want to The Three Worlds know how it all ended for herThis isn t a book about the warm fuzzy Christmas feels But it is still a book about family and relationships and how they are particularly poignant and tense during the festive season While out Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve Jessica Gould meets an intriguing man Dominic Lacey and ends up agreeing to go home with him for a drink As soon as Jessica is alone with Dominic she immediately regrets her decision and begins to fear for what she has gotten herself into Jessica finds herself locked in Dominic s apartment with no means of escape as she slowly comes to realize that he has no plans of letting her go Over the course of the next twelve days Jessica learns just what a sick and twisted game Dominic has planned But Jessica has plans of her own that just may help her make it out alive What can I say about Dying for Christmas This was one sick and twisted psychological thriller from start to finish that I just didn t want to put down The book will surprise readers andeep them on their toes throughout because as soon as you think you In the Belly know what is going to happen in this one it never fails to surprise Without giving away any spoilers I hope I will say there are two parts to this story Just as one ends it s like beginning a whole new book with a different plot and grabs your attention right back into the read with even twists toeep the pages turning Overall dark and disturbing situations with a twisted plot but one heck of a ride from start to finish I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley For reviews please visit There was something about the blurb for this book that grabbed my attention Maybe it was that I had never read a Christmas thriller before or it could be that it sounded so intriguing Either way it turns out it wasn t exactly what I had hoped forThe opening was strong I was captivated Excited Curious What could possibly make a woman go home with a man she just met especially when she has a boyfriend at home Granted the man resembled Bradley Cooper and made the reuisite declaration I m not some crazed axe murder I promise but still What did she think was going to happen when she agreed to go back to his place for a drink I guess maybe there was a teeny tiny part of me that could accept this odd duck hunting for a little excitement in her life Even in the face of stranger danger What I was after was an experience a memory I could store in tissue paper and take out every now and then in years to come when no one was around What she ended up with was way than a glass of wine but wasn t that Becoming Mona Lisa kind of obvious Or was it What appears to be a captive woman forced to spend twelve days of Christmas with a crazed stranger morphs into something else entirely It s an unexpected twist I ll give the author that but my attention hadind of waned by that point I just wasn t feeling it if I m being honest Somewhere among the gift giving and the pseudo psycho pillow talk I got lost Lost in the monotony and humdrum tone of the story It was flat and ind of unexciting my mind was wandering and the page countdown had begun I struggled to find a connection with any of the characters Jessica Dominic or even Kim While I won t say this was horrible or totally unenjoyable I can t say that it was spectacular either It was somewhere smack in the middle for me Thank you to Pegasus Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review The Hook Fa la la la la la la la la from some of my GR friends Yes they made a list and I checked it twice I soon found out this book was naughty not nice The Line If only she could pickle this moment and put it in a jar The Sinker The first clue is the title itself What can you expect when you put the words dying and Christmas on the cover This is no ho ho ho Santa Claus is coming to Town story you can bet your sweet sugar cookies on this What you will get is one darn good psychological tale of evil Imagine you and your live in mate are having a slow time and you re doubting his undivided love for you Things are just stale when you meet a charming guy in a caf where you re taking a br. I am missing Held captive by a blue eyed stranger To mark the twelve days of Christmas he gives me a gi.
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Explode like a fire cracker when a ray of sunlight bounced off its bonnet It was all so beautiful cIf I just find the right combination in my mind surely I can unlock the door in time and space that ll lead me back to the life I had before cPossibility Unlikely I crave certainty As long as certainty is in my favour cWhoever worked life out got the design all wrong it seems to her c DYING FOR CHRISTMAS by Tammy Cohen is one twisted dark psychological Christmas read I am missing Held captive by a blue eyed stranger To mark the twelve days of Christmas he gives me a gift every day each horrible than the last The twelfth day is getting closer After that there ll be no Christmas cheer for me No mince pies no carols No way outBut I have a secret No one has guessed it Will you While Jessica Gold is out doing some Christmas shopping she meets a strangerwho has been following her and when she stops for a cappuccino he moves in and talks to her I hope you don t mind I m not some crazed axe murderer I promise He asks her if she has a boyfriend but she lied and said no one special But why would she say thatJessica has a live in boyfriend Travis even though their relationship is going through difficult times Jessica accepts an invitation to go back to Dominic s place for a drink What would possess an educated young woman well versed in the perils of strange danger a young woman with a long term boyfriend to get in a car with a man she d only just met She wanted an experience a memory she could store away a break And then the nightmare starts Dominic takes her to his flat and holds her hostage forcing her to sleep in a dog crate subject to his manipulative and revolting ways All the rooms were locked Dominic tells Jessica that she will be his guest over the 12 days of Christmas from now until Jan6th EpiphanyAnd there is 12 presents under the treeone for every day He had thought of everythingIt was all plannedBut as time goes by Jessica realises that he will never let her go How can she escapeThis novel is written in two main parts Part One deals with Jessica s abduction and ordeal Part Two deals with the police investigation of Jessica s disappearance under Detective Kim Harper The plot is complex twisting and turning until you are not sure what end is up Nothing is what it seems The last lines of the book blew me away Still thinking about it Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley It was my pleasure to provide an honest review As far as domestic thrillers go this one was uite refreshing in many ways none of which I m going to tell you about though as thrillers are best going into blind folded yes you ve got me we have a very dominant character in this book By the title I was hoping this was going to be a seasonal read but you could read this any time of the year theres very little Christmas here I can t say I liked any of the characters however this book is entirely plot driven so it wasn t really necessary to like any of them I felt disappointed in Kim though with all the female leads being slightly off the wall I felt she let the side down with her final decision to conform All in all a good solid thriller with a few twists that had me turning the pages back to be sure I wasn t going insane and that will probably be memorable than mostThree stars I have a feeling that 2015 will be a good year for the psychological thriller category I have already read some real winners so far Let s toss this one into that box of goodies This is the Christmas you don t want to have unless you are really messed up or lunch with your Mother In Law is a worse option I am missing Held captive by a blue eyed stranger To mark the twelve days of Christmas he gives me a gift every day each horrible than the last The twelfth day is getting closer After that there ll be no Christmas cheer for me No mince pies no carols No way outBut I have a secret No one has guessed it Will youIndeed will youMeet Jessica Gold Out Christmas shopping alone one day Festive atmosphere all around Decides to stop to warm up with a coffee in a coffee shop Talks to a handsome man called Dominic Accepts an invite to go back to his place Big big mistake Dominic and Jessica play a game a dark game Dominic gives Jessica a gift for each of the twelve days of Christmas but these are not nice presents and the whole first half of the book messes with your head The pace is super the plot is tight and really very interesting Dominic is manipulative and evil he has no remorse and Jessica is trapped in his apartment caught in his web But whyThe second half of the book has a whole different focus and I am not going to share what it is at it will honestly spoil the fun for you I have to admit the twists and turns were so many and so sharp in the latter half of the book that my brain started to need breaks to process what had just happened It s very clever twisting and turning I wanted to love the last half of the book but have to say personally I preferred the focus of the firstBy the end you realise you have been caught up in one hell of a journey and Tammy Cohen has taken you on a roller coaster ride filled with magic mirrors false walls and a maze or two until you are spat out the other end Read it whilst fully alert 4 stars I received an ARC of this book thanks to the publisher in exchange for an honest review many thanks. Ristmas cheer for me No mince pies no carols No way outBut I have a secret No one has guessed it Will
Eak from Christmas shopping One thing leads to another and he invites you to his flat for a drink My car is right here and Anyway it is Christmas Circle back to the opening sentence of the book Chances are by the time you finish reading this I ll be dead Meet Jessica Gold and Dominic Lacey It doesn t take many smarts to now Jessica is in serious trouble Dominic has a 12 Days of Gifting Christmas in mind that is twisted and sick This is one dark Christmas story with great character study and a fast placed plot Thank heavens I balanced this with some cozier mysteries of the season before picking this one up If you need a creepy thriller to deck your halls Dying for Christmas just might be the one This was an extremely twisty turny psychological thriller The first 60% were brilliant then I felt a bit cheated but can t explain why without giving too much of the plot away However once I got over that I did enjoy the remainder of the story again although not as much as the first part and I appreciated the ending which played out differently to what I had anticipated and probably hoped for but which was actually uite clever The entire plot is full of twists and turns that made my head spin It s certainly a bit on the far fetched spectrum at times but it was so entertaining that I managed to overlook that aspect this time You may not want to read this on a full stomach though I found some of the scenes rather nauseating But then there were also bits that were actually truly funny if you like dark humor I guessThere are two perspectives Firstly there is Jessica who decides to go to Dominic s place on Christmas Eve after he pledges he is not some crazed axe murderer yeah right That may or may not be true but the very charming Dominic has some seriously outlandish ideas of how he is going to spend the Twelve Days of Christmas in the company of Jessica Then secondly there is Kim an ambitious detective as well as a wife and mother who is forced to choose between her career and her family due to her unsupportive husband Sean who really annoyed me Kim is part of the investigating team called in when Jessica s boyfriend Travis with whom Jessica has been in a rather passionless but long term relationship and her family who describe Jessica as uirky and weird report her missing Overall an exciting and surprising read my first book by Tammy Cohen and I look forward to I chose to read this ARC provided by NetGalley and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased Three interesting things about me Well I m twenty nine years old I m phobic about buttons Oh yes and I m dyingOh well you live and learnExcept in my case only one of those is true c We d met at university where he was studying medicine and I was studying social awkwardness and a catastrophic inability to cope with deadlines cWhat turn down the chance to talk about myself for fifty five minutes a week I d have to be nuts cI nodded calmly As though strange men were forever following me into department stores off the street cNot that my family is particularly good at presentsLast Christmas my parents bought me six sessions with a therapist c It s not that we think there s something wrong with you Mum said scanning my face anxiously as I examined the voucher We just want you to be the best you can be But what if this is my best me My dad laughed then as if I d made a joke Then God help us cWhat on earth was I thinking And if you have to ask you re probably too clear headed too normal not lonely enough to understand What I was after was an experience a memory I could store in tissue paper and take out every now and then in years to come when no one was around Why does she have to be so weird they used to ask my parents as we were growing up as if weirdness was an eccentric jacket I d perversely chosen to wear c their efficient multi tasking wives and their Renaissance children cI suppressed my ualms and shut out my mother s voice in my head asking what I thought I was doing cI d spent all year trapped inside myself with only me for company I wanted a break I wanted to be someone else for a bit with someone else s lifeYou re a long time dead I told myselfFunny that thought isn t so comforting now cEveryone has secrets don t they cIf you are what you eat the people of Wood Green are giant walking fried chicken wings cThe thing is you never really Land know when it comes to other people what secret rooms theyeep cI don t actually do sex I don t like losing control Don t worry he said again I get my pleasure in other ways Gosh I said using that word for the first time in my life I can t imagine Do you nit Or make exact scale models of famous landmarks out of matchsticks cI tried to summon her up in my mind fashioning her into a rope that I could wind around my thoughts But she was too slippery Sliding away through the gaps in my mind cSometimes she talks like an American self help manual cHow many assumptions do we make each day based on a total travesty of truth I wonder cLife didn t always take you where you thought it would cthe cold literally snatched the breath from my lungs but I also felt an exhilaration I hadn t felt for a long time I looked at the sun reflecting gold and silver off the river and the glittering Shard soaring up into the sky I watched the distant cars on the bridge and noticed how every now and then one of them would. Ft every day each horrible than the last The twelfth day is getting closer After that there'll be no Ch.
Tammy Cohen who was previously published under her formal name Tamar Cohen is a freelance journalist A late starter to fiction and to other things besides she has now written four novels The Mistress's Revenge The War of the Wives and Someone Else's Wedding The Broken was her first pyschological thriller followed by Dying for Christmas Her brand new hardback novel First One Missing i