Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A GIFT OF DYING by MJ Arlidge
From The Sunday Times bestselling author of the Helen Grace series comes the gripping new thriller perfect for fans of James Patterson, Angela Marsons and Karin Slaughter.
‘Strikingly well-told, and with a compelling central character’ Daily Mail
With just one look, she knows how and when you will die . . .
Nothing surprises Adam Brandt anymore. As a forensic psychologist, he’s seen and heard everything.
That is, until he meets Kassie.
Because she claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.
Adam doesn’t believe her, obviously.
But then a serial killer starts wreaking havoc across the city, and only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.
Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.
He just doesn’t realise how dangerous this trust might be . . .
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When fifteen year old teenager Kassie gets accidentally knocked to the ground on a busy street by a stranger it sets her on a terrifying road that she cannot get off. Kassie has always been known as a bit of a weird girl, a one of a kind who has learnt to keep herself to herself, but when her eyes meet those of the stranger she sees and feels how he will die. It will be very soon, very violent and the beginning of a serial killers reign that weaves itself into her life and those connected to her.
Forensic psychologist Adam Brandt is the man assigned to work with the crazy girl who swears she can see every persons death if she looks into their eyes. It is his responsibility to help her cope with these delusional feelings. Surely reports of the man brutally murdered has to be a coincident to this young girl’s ramblings. When Kassie becomes obsessed with one of his colleagues Adam begins to doubt his own logic. He wants to ask her if she can see his death but changes it to can she see her own. The answer is one that sent ripples of cold through me and turned him speechless.
This is a stand alone novel by MJ Arlidge and although there is of course police involvement in the story it centres round Kassie, Adam and the killer. This is a very graphically detailed story, including the murders which are performed to give to killer the greatest fulfilment and his victims the most prolonged and painful death.
As a reader you find something out early on and the more I became invested in the story and the main characters the more worried I became. The tension is tremendous, with the last few chapters agonising, brutal and off my adrenaline scale of scary. An absolute brilliant read and perfect stand alone novel.
I wish to thank the Publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specializing in high-end drama production, including the prime-time crime serials Torn, The Little House and Silent Witness. Arlidge also pilots original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a Number One bestseller.
His first thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll’s House, Liar Liar, Little Boy Blue, Hide and Seek, Love Me Not, and Down to the Woods.