Book Review : Before You Die by Samantha Hayes

June 11, 2014 Book review 3 ★★★★

What I love about this nerve-jangling thriller is that it deals with teenage on-line bullying in a realistic but shocking way. This is a subject that can’t be talked about enough and I love that this book is highlighting it and bringing awareness to the topic.

Book Review : Before You Die by Samantha HayesBefore You Die by Samantha Hayes
Published by Cornerstone on 24 Apr 2014
Genres: Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Received from Publisher
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four-stars

The gripping new psychological suspense novel from the author of Until You're Mine.

Oh God, please don't let me die. It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.

Is history about to repeat itself?

DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly. Are the recent deaths suicide - or murder? And is the nightmare beginning again?

First Life of Before You Die:

“I cling to him as the wind blasts over my body, cutting through my mind, sweeping clean my thoughts.”

My Thoughts on Before You Die:

Samantha Hayes has secured her place on my list of must-read psychological thriller authors with this book. I really enjoyed her first book Until You’re Mine and this one continued on the high standard she has set.

As I was reading I got shivers up and down my spine as the threat of danger was looming close by all the time. Very, very close for some of the characters. The main character is Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher (who we first met in the previous book) and she is setting off for a relaxing holiday in the country with her sister. Or so she thinks….

Her sister’s son Freddie has become a shadow of his former self due to online bullies. This storyline felt so believable and shows the horrific emotional torture that people can be put though. I felt so sorry for him and watching him retreat into himself and cover his pain with a sulky attitude was heartbreaking and disturbing. And all the more so because it was so true to life and you know it’s happening all around us.

This sleepy English village has had more than its fair share of suicide deaths and the residents are watchful. However Lorraine has a bad feeling that some seeming suicides are actually murders and is on a mission to ensure that investigations are done thoroughly and no assumptions are made. The idyllic village setting made a great backdrop for the story and made the unsavoury events even more unsettling as it shows just how deceptive appearances can be.

I got really pulled into this book because the characters just drew me. The dialogue is realistic and it’s one of those books where you suspend reality and just read and read with fingers crossed hoping that somehow that it will all be ok. I did work the plot out but maybe it was due to some lucky guess work and I wouldn’t have sworn my life on my speculations! I didn’t find the book predictable even though I worked it out as I was just enjoying it so much.

Overall I loved this. Thanks to great characters, a fluid writing style and a dangerous undertone; I’m giving it very enthusiastic thumbs up. And I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing what Samantha has in store for us next. Whatever it is, I’ll be reading it.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

Who should read Before You Die?

I’d recommend this to fans of contemporary psychological thrillers and detective stories. If you like your thrillers set in ordinary, everyday life with realistic storylines and believable characters, then you should check this one out. Fans of Emma Chapman, Gillian Flynn and Sophie Hannah should also enjoy this one.

Thanks to Cornerstone for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

four-stars

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