Book Title: Dying for Christmas
Author: Tammy Cohen
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Christmas
Date Read: 11/14/16
Pub Date(US): 11/22/16
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 and eat lavish holiday meals. Each day he gifts her with one item from his twisted past—his dead sister’s favorite toy, disturbing family photos, a box of teeth. As the days pass and the “gifts” become darker and darker, Jessica realizes that Lacey has a plan for her, and he never intends to let her go.
But Jessica has a secret of her own … a secret that may just mean she has a chance to make it out alive.
I feel as though this should be a brief review, as you want to go into this one knowing the least amount possible. Tammy Cohen has won me over with two of her books so far and for good reason; she clearly knows how to write a stunning thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I read this one in two sittings over the course of one morning because I simply couldn’t put it down.
The characters are clearly not to be trusted-not a single one. (Also, I’m finding I shouldn’t be trusted to write reviews while sick with a cold and on medication. Hehe.) The book is divided into two parts; the first is Jessica’s disappearance and the second follows the investigation by Kim. A few bits were done by the book and easily seen from far away, but I think the main “twist” will get most people and cause them to finish the book with gusto.
While this is a fantastic Christmas read, and I do highly recommend reading it around such time, it’s not necessary to enjoy the book. Perhaps including it in a “Christmas in July” reading would work just as well. I’m so pleased I was given an early copy (for US publication) as now I was able to catch up with my friends over the pond who have read this awhile back. Tammy, you are one twisted woman and I adore you! Special shout out to my TBC friends who put this one on my radar so that I looked it up. Highly recommended to all thriller fans; what a rare treat to find something so thrilling with a holiday theme!
*Many thanks to Pegasus Books for providing my copy; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.