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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

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    Q Three interesting things about me Well, I m twenty nine years old, I m phobic about buttons Oh yes, and I m dying.Oh well, you live and learn.Except in my case only one of those is true c Q We d met at university, where he was studying medicine and I was studying social awkwardness and a catastrophic inability to cope with deadlines c Q What, turn down the chance to talk about myself for fifty five minutes a week I d have to be nuts c Q I nodded calmly As though strange men were forever following me into department stores off the street c Q Not that my family is particularly good at presents.Last Christmas, my parents bought me six sessions with a therapist c Q 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, c Q What 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 Q 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 Q their efficient, multi tasking wives and their Renaissance children c Q I suppressed my qualms and shut out my mother s voice in my head asking what I thought I was doing c Q I 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 life.You re a long time dead, I told myself.Funny, that thought isn t so comforting now c Q Everyone has secrets, don t they c Q If you are what you eat, the people of Wood Green are giant walking fried chicken wings c Q The thing is, you never really know, when it comes to other people, what secret rooms they keep c Q I 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 knit Or make exact scale models of famous landmarks out of matchsticks c Q I 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 c Q Sometimes she talks like an American self help manual c Q How many assumptions do we make each day based on a total travesty of truth I wonder c Q Life didn t always take you where you thought it would c Q the 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 explode like a fire cracker when a ray of sunlight bounced off its bonnet It was all so beautiful c Q If 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 c Q Possibility Unlikely I crave certainty As long as certainty is in my favour c Q Whoever worked life out got the design all wrong, it seems to her c

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    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 for.The 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 requisite 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 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 had kind 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 kind 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.

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    Find my reviews on my blog Date Read 11 14 16Pub Date US 11 22 164 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 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.

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    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 out.But I have a secret No one has guessed it Will you While Jessica Gold is out doing some Christmas shopping, she meets a stranger who 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 that Jessica 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 Epiphany And there is 12 presents under the tree one for every day He had thought of everything It was all planned But as time goes by, Jessica realises that he will never let her go How can she escape This 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.

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    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 break 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 know 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.

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    5 Words Christmas, kidnap, deceit, revenge, torture.Wow This book.Talk about an unreliable narrator I 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 mind.Now, 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 cover.This 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 brilliant.I 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 know how it all ended for her.This 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.

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    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 quite 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 guess.There 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 quirky 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.

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    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 out.But I have a secret No one has guessed it Will you Indeed, will you Meet 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 why The 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 first.By 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.

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    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 My favourite kind of literary evil is full of charm, smooth talking, quietly voiced, sharp dressed and smiling That is exactly what Tammy Cohen has delivered here in the form of Dominic Lacey, with a dimple to boot This is a man who just oozes menace with a smile Our first narrator, Jessica, is fascinating to read about In the words of her brothers she is weird and there are certainly hidden depths to her that are revealed as the story progresses If you can get past the dumb action that puts her in the position she finds herself in at the start of the book, then she is fascinating to read about.Investigating the case of Jessica s disappearance, policewoman Kim has her own problems to deal with She is ambitious, yearning for promotion and hopes that solving this case will catapult her up the career ladder If that happens though, she is almost certain to lose what is left of her family life Career or family That is her choice throughout the book.The plot is complex, very detailed and intricate, twisting and turning and twisting and turning again until your head is spinning trying to keep up with it all I love a good psychological drama, especially one where the author keeps pulling the rug out from under my feet time and time again throughout the read I was drawn into this read from the very first line and then hooked completely until I got to the very end, which I would call inferred than anything else, although extremely satisfying and one which had me nodding my head in approval as all the loose ends came together I loved it If you want a really good, dark, chilling, creepy psychological thriller drama which keeps you on your toes, then I would highly recommend this read Many, many thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

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    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 and keep them on their toes throughout because as soon as you think you 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 to keep 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