Dec 18, 2014

Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen

A powerful psychological thriller to chill you over Christmas - the twists of GONE GIRL, the suspense of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, the pyschological intensity of MISERY ...

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 more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there’ll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out …

But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?

Jessica has done something really stupid, she's agreed to go home with Dominic, a stranger, to drink a glass of wine. As soon as she's in the car she realizes she's made a big mistake. Dominic is seriously messed up and he has a twisted mind. When she enters his apartment Jessica knows she won't be allowed to leave. While her boyfriend and family are waiting for her to come back with her Christmas shopping she's now the victim of a vicious man. Of course Dominic doesn't let her stay in luxury and her physical and mental condition are suffering. There are twelve presents under the Christmas tree, one for each day. Each present has something to do with Dominics horrible past. Jessica can't help but feel sorry for the man who's being so cruel to her every now and then. She's been missing for several days and the police are trying to find her, but nobody has any idea where she might be. There's no way out of Jessica's horrible situation...
Jessica is the narrator of most of the scenes, which was seriously creepy. The reader is seeing everything Dominic is doing to her, and also the consequences of this behavior, through her eyes. That made the story even more horrible and scary. I didn't want to know what would happen next and I did want to know. I didn't want to continue reading and I did. I wanted Jessica to be all right and I kept hoping that Dominic would show some compassion. I had no idea where the story was going and there were so many unexpected twists, which made Dying for Christmas such an interesting read. You need to have a strong stomach to read this as some of the things that are happening are seriously messed up. The story is strong and it works, it was certainly gripping, I couldn't put it down and it kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.


  1. Don't think I will read this one x

  2. Margaret Bonass MaddenDecember 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I like the sound of this :)


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