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Mitä tehdä kun elämästä on yhtäkkiä kadonnut monta viikkoa? Uusi hyytävä trilleri Jääkaksosten tekijältä, jossa pahimmat pelot ja painajaisunet käyvät toteen. Kate herää koomasta auto-onnettomuuden jälkeen eikä muista mitään viikoista ennen onnettomuutta. Miksi hänen läheisensä käyttäytyvät omituisesti? Mikä aiheutti onnettomuuden? Hän alkaa nähdä painajaisia, joissa joku l Mitä tehdä kun elämästä on yhtäkkiä kadonnut monta viikkoa? Uusi hyytävä trilleri Jääkaksosten tekijältä, jossa pahimmat pelot ja painajaisunet käyvät toteen. Kate herää koomasta auto-onnettomuuden jälkeen eikä muista mitään viikoista ennen onnettomuutta. Miksi hänen läheisensä käyttäytyvät omituisesti? Mikä aiheutti onnettomuuden? Hän alkaa nähdä painajaisia, joissa joku läheinen satuttaa häntä. Kate tuntee olevansa vaarassa ja vajoaa syvemmälle epätietoisuuteen siitä, mikä on totta ja mikä vain unta.


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Mitä tehdä kun elämästä on yhtäkkiä kadonnut monta viikkoa? Uusi hyytävä trilleri Jääkaksosten tekijältä, jossa pahimmat pelot ja painajaisunet käyvät toteen. Kate herää koomasta auto-onnettomuuden jälkeen eikä muista mitään viikoista ennen onnettomuutta. Miksi hänen läheisensä käyttäytyvät omituisesti? Mikä aiheutti onnettomuuden? Hän alkaa nähdä painajaisia, joissa joku l Mitä tehdä kun elämästä on yhtäkkiä kadonnut monta viikkoa? Uusi hyytävä trilleri Jääkaksosten tekijältä, jossa pahimmat pelot ja painajaisunet käyvät toteen. Kate herää koomasta auto-onnettomuuden jälkeen eikä muista mitään viikoista ennen onnettomuutta. Miksi hänen läheisensä käyttäytyvät omituisesti? Mikä aiheutti onnettomuuden? Hän alkaa nähdä painajaisia, joissa joku läheinen satuttaa häntä. Kate tuntee olevansa vaarassa ja vajoaa syvemmälle epätietoisuuteen siitä, mikä on totta ja mikä vain unta.

30 review for Ennen kuolemaani

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Once again SK Tremayne presents us with an eerie, creepy and gothic psychological thriller set amidst the bleak and stunning terrain of Dartmoor in Devon. This churningly unsettling, and claustrophobic slow burning tale drips with dark atmospheric gloom with its richly detailed descriptions and peculiar locals, making me feel as if I was right there amidst the moors. Kath Redway, her good looking ranger husband, Adam and her shy and challenging daughter, Lyla, live in their remote and isolated h Once again SK Tremayne presents us with an eerie, creepy and gothic psychological thriller set amidst the bleak and stunning terrain of Dartmoor in Devon. This churningly unsettling, and claustrophobic slow burning tale drips with dark atmospheric gloom with its richly detailed descriptions and peculiar locals, making me feel as if I was right there amidst the moors. Kath Redway, her good looking ranger husband, Adam and her shy and challenging daughter, Lyla, live in their remote and isolated home within Dartmoor National Park. Kath believes herself to be happy, despite their financial struggles whilst trying to cope with the difficulties of the autistic Lyla. Kath is emerging from a coma, suffering from amnesia with distant memories of an almost deadly car accident. Kath is delighted to be back in the embrace of her beloved family. However, Adam emanates a barely suppressed anger and fury, whilst Lyla exhibits weird behaviour, muttering about a 'man on the moor'. As frightening and scary pieces of her memory slowly begin to return, it becomes alarmingly transparent that Kath's accident was nothing of the kind. As Kath ponders over the possibilities, she wonders if someone close to her wants her dead. Can we trust Kath? Kath sets out to discover exactly what happened to her. A chilling sense of menace and terror begins to envelop Kath as her paranoia and anxiety grows to unbearable proportions. In a suspense filled narrative with plentiful twists, the truth soon begins to emerge. A compelling novel that is intensely unsettling with a fantastic sense of location. I really loved the character of Lyla. Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Just before I died by S K Tremayne is a dark, spooky thriller set on the moors of Dartmore. This is a slow burning story with a little suspence. Kate has been in a car accident and has lost some of her memory. Her husband and daughter are both acting strangely towards her and she has no idea why. There is a secret surrounding the accident and Kate has a feeling she is being watched. I would like to thank NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    I was really into this for about 75% of it and then it went completely off the rails. It started Dark and creepy and went to complete absurdity that had me rolling my eyes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This one is just as good as her previous novels, [The Ice Twins] and [Fire Child]. There are large amounts of suspense and plenty of strange dark and brooding twists. It’s deliciously creepy...so that makes it just my “cuppa tea”. Make sure you have plenty of time before you get to the last few chapters because you will not be able to put it down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    I really enjoy S.K. Tremayne’s books and this was a solid 4 stars for me. Just Before I Die is a mystery/thriller that is a highly atmospheric and detailed book. Kath lives is a desolate area within Dartmoor National Park with her husband and daughter. The story centers and Kath and a car accident-Kath was saved from the accident but wakes up with no memory of it and family members telling her that she tried to commit suicide. She knows she would never leave her daughter without a mom- so what h I really enjoy S.K. Tremayne’s books and this was a solid 4 stars for me. Just Before I Die is a mystery/thriller that is a highly atmospheric and detailed book. Kath lives is a desolate area within Dartmoor National Park with her husband and daughter. The story centers and Kath and a car accident-Kath was saved from the accident but wakes up with no memory of it and family members telling her that she tried to commit suicide. She knows she would never leave her daughter without a mom- so what happened?! As Kath slowly begins getting her memory back of the accident, she discovers that something more sinister is at play. Highly recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a really creepy and eerie psychological thriller I've read an S.K Treymane book before and in both books the author does a fantastic job of creating a really creepy eerie atmosphere. I also really liked how this book focused on autism. There is a character with aspergers and either though I can't comment on how good the representation was. In my opinion from what I know about the condition, it was accurate. This book really made me feel things. There was one particular scene that really This was a really creepy and eerie psychological thriller I've read an S.K Treymane book before and in both books the author does a fantastic job of creating a really creepy eerie atmosphere. I also really liked how this book focused on autism. There is a character with aspergers and either though I can't comment on how good the representation was. In my opinion from what I know about the condition, it was accurate. This book really made me feel things. There was one particular scene that really made me sad. But there were also lots of moments that made me feel creeped out The writing was really good and it kept me engaged throughout. It was really fast paced too. The only one thing I didn't love about this book was the ending. It seemed a bit ridiculous and far fetched. However, apart from that I really recommend this book if you love creepy psychological thrillers that keep you guessing till the end TW: discussions of rape, suicide, murder and violence

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a strange, atmospheric read and a welcome return after the authors previous two novels which showcase their talent within this genre. I invested emotionally quite heavily in the storyline here, to the extent where I found some chapters quite draining. As such, this book took me the best part of a week to read - probably double what most other books do. The writing pace and story development were good and I enjoyed getting to know the complexities of the lead characters. The setting was This was a strange, atmospheric read and a welcome return after the authors previous two novels which showcase their talent within this genre. I invested emotionally quite heavily in the storyline here, to the extent where I found some chapters quite draining. As such, this book took me the best part of a week to read - probably double what most other books do. The writing pace and story development were good and I enjoyed getting to know the complexities of the lead characters. The setting was unusual - the south west of England - but the author brought life and breath to the wilderness and isolated home within the moors. I’ve always said that psychological thriller is perhaps one of the hardest genres to truly get right because there are so many pitfalls the author can fall into. I like this author because they do the exact opposite and make the reader feel as if they are watching the scenes unfold through a crack in the curtain. I’ll eagerly await this authors next release.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Well, that was an epic last 20%!! I was going to give this 3.5 stars, until I got to the last fifth of this book, now its a solid 4 stars! That twist was insane!! I loved it! You can tell that Tremayne has done his homework here. The Dartmoor beauty shines through the pages. So much detail, that you feel like you are there on those windswept moors, trudging through those bogs and taking in the natural beauty.  I am Devon born and bred, so when I realised this book had so much Devon in it I was de Well, that was an epic last 20%!! I was going to give this 3.5 stars, until I got to the last fifth of this book, now its a solid 4 stars! That twist was insane!! I loved it! You can tell that Tremayne has done his homework here. The Dartmoor beauty shines through the pages. So much detail, that you feel like you are there on those windswept moors, trudging through those bogs and taking in the natural beauty.  I am Devon born and bred, so when I realised this book had so much Devon in it I was definitely going to read it. I love connecting with a book in that way - where you know the place that is being talked about. It makes you feel a bit more involved, like this book was written for me.  The writing style is easy to read, it flows well, and I found myself being swept along with the the story because it was not a hardship to physically read it.  The characters are all well fleshed out. Lyla is a lovely little character to read about. Again there has been a good amount of research into the traits exhibited by Lyla and her undiagnosed aspergers.  So we start our story on Dartmoor. Kath and Adam are married with a daughter, Lyla. Now usually in there, you'd put 'happily married', or something along those lines, and they are happy, according to Kath, in the first part of the book. Then we get into the nitty gritty of what the story actually is. Kath was involved in an accident- she skidded on some ice, and her car went nose first into the reservoir, where she nearly drowned and was in a coma for a little while. While Kath has some brain damage, she is luckier than most and only has, hopefully short term memory loss. Well, that is what Kath believes happened.... Adam is having a hard time dealing with Kath since the accident, and Kath has no idea why. After an episode in the forest, Adam decides it is time to get Kath's sister in law (the psychologist) over, to explain to Kath what actually happened that night.... I enjoyed reading about the beautiful landscape, understanding the roughness of the moors, and as a backdrop to the story, it worked wonderfully. I would read another book by this author just because of his detailed descriptions of the surroundings.  The story has a good pace for most of the book, we slowly uncover bits and pieces about what happened that night up at Burrator. Perhaps it gets a little slow in the middle, but by the end we have definitely picked up pace and I raced through the ending! It was intense, scary, thrilling. I could feel my heart beating faster and in fact looked at my FitBit and as expected my pulse was around 99bpm :) Anywho, thoroughly recommended, thanks NetGalley for the free copy to honestly review! THAT TWIST! :) www.thebeautifulbookbreak.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    THE ICE TWINS is one of the best books I have ever read and the second book Tremayne wrote, THE FIRE CHILD was also good. So. of course, I had to buy this book when it was released. I love S.K. Tremayne stories and this was not an exception. The setting, Dartmoor is perfect for a story likes this about a woman that learns that the car accident she was in may have been a suicide attempt. She's just can't remember it since she has amnesia. And why is her husband acting strange? What really happene THE ICE TWINS is one of the best books I have ever read and the second book Tremayne wrote, THE FIRE CHILD was also good. So. of course, I had to buy this book when it was released. I love S.K. Tremayne stories and this was not an exception. The setting, Dartmoor is perfect for a story likes this about a woman that learns that the car accident she was in may have been a suicide attempt. She's just can't remember it since she has amnesia. And why is her husband acting strange? What really happened that day? Great book, can't wait to read more the next book by Tremayne.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charybdis

    Very convenient amnesia: heroine forgets exactly enough to create the mystery. Very convenient aspergers: child remembers exactly enough to solve the mystery piecemeal. Repeated descriptions of animal cruelty. No explanation why they should be struggling for money: both have jobs and only one child. Wishy-washy heroine: "I can't believe I tried to commit suicide. I'm an awful person for wanting to commit suicide. He's right for treating me this way because I'm guilty of trying to commit suicide. I d Very convenient amnesia: heroine forgets exactly enough to create the mystery. Very convenient aspergers: child remembers exactly enough to solve the mystery piecemeal. Repeated descriptions of animal cruelty. No explanation why they should be struggling for money: both have jobs and only one child. Wishy-washy heroine: "I can't believe I tried to commit suicide. I'm an awful person for wanting to commit suicide. He's right for treating me this way because I'm guilty of trying to commit suicide. I didn't commit suicide; how could I have left my daughter?" Hateful husband, abusing his wife verbally all the time, accusing her instead of trying to understand her. He so doesn't love her. Brother also is a bad person, (view spoiler)[cheats on his wife, lies, is angry, selfish, greedy. (hide spoiler)] Why do these women stay with these terrible husbands? If my husband would raise his voice in anger all the time at me, I'd run to a divorce lawyer. A big no-no: the culprit (view spoiler)[isn't introduced until the end of the novel. Like a demon ex machina. (hide spoiler)] The two dogs (view spoiler)[save the day and then die!!!! (hide spoiler)] Unnecessary possible (view spoiler)[ghostly appearances. (hide spoiler)] Storytelling is very slow and boring. Overuse of the word swailing. Don't mention used tampons, please. Audiobook narrator has a nice voice until she starts shouting, which unfortunately happens a lot.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Chanel Lindsay

    I would firstly like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review. "It was just a patch of ice. Just a bit of bad luck. But it was nearly enough to kill Kath Redway, spinning her car into Burrator Reservoir in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Miraculously, Kath escapes her accident with a few bruises and amnesia. She is shocked but delighted to be back in her remote moorland farmhouse with her handsome husband, Adam, and h I would firstly like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review. "It was just a patch of ice. Just a bit of bad luck. But it was nearly enough to kill Kath Redway, spinning her car into Burrator Reservoir in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Miraculously, Kath escapes her accident with a few bruises and amnesia. She is shocked but delighted to be back in her remote moorland farmhouse with her handsome husband, Adam, and her shy, gifted daughter Lyla. She's alive! But her family is not so delighted. Her husband is cold, even angry. Her daydreaming daughter talks ever more strangely, about a 'man on the moor'. Then, as chilling fragments of memory return, Kath realizes her 'accident' was nothing of the kind. And now her life collapses into a new world of darkness, menace, and terror".  S.K. Tremayne never fails to completely engross me in her books. Her first two books were amazing and this one was somehow just even better!! I was hooked from the get-go and read it in almost one seating! The whole plotline is dark, shocking, heart-stopping and it honestly just completely terrified me! I doubt I'll be sleeping tonight.... My heart was racing as I was reading the pages, as I felt the pure terror and even paranoia of what was happening. The main charcater's situation was daunting and her daughter's actions honestly creeped me out! I honestly can't fault this book at all. The descriptions of the moorlands were so beautifully-written and descriptive that I felt I was actually there; the plotline was clever and just brilliant; the characters were extremely well written and an ending that I REALLY DIDN'T SEE COMING! 😱😱 A very shocking and terrifying read that is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine! A MUST READ!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tanja Berg

    Rating 3.4*. Kath has almost died in a car accident. She is happy to be alive. However, her husband is moody and her autistic spectrum daughter Lyla is acting up. Something is definitely off kilter. The author does a great job of setting an eerie atmosphere with mists, witches, strange sightings and stranger habits of the daughter. The book drew me in immediately - it's one of the books that reminds of why I love to read. It's the perfect escape. The plotting is also great, for most part. The sen Rating 3.4*. Kath has almost died in a car accident. She is happy to be alive. However, her husband is moody and her autistic spectrum daughter Lyla is acting up. Something is definitely off kilter. The author does a great job of setting an eerie atmosphere with mists, witches, strange sightings and stranger habits of the daughter. The book drew me in immediately - it's one of the books that reminds of why I love to read. It's the perfect escape. The plotting is also great, for most part. The sense of unease increases throughout the book. I had no hope of guessing the ending, which is unusual for this type of book. I tend to have an inkling, at the very least. Not so in this case. The ending brought this down a notch from a full four stars. I won't reveal any spoilers, but the author managed a plot development which is among my pet peeves. Also, the big reveal was rather far-fetched, although I suppose it wasn't entirely implausible. All in all this book was a great escape from reality. I wish I had another like it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This is the third book I've read by this author, and I didn't like it as much as the other two. The writing is S.K. Tremayne's typical creepy, atmospheric style, but it was a bit slow and the twist was a little far-fetched. Some of the ending was too disturbing and a bit painful to even read. This is the third book I've read by this author, and I didn't like it as much as the other two. The writing is S.K. Tremayne's typical creepy, atmospheric style, but it was a bit slow and the twist was a little far-fetched. Some of the ending was too disturbing and a bit painful to even read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    gem

    Full of suspense and suspicions, this book is even more tense due to the atmospheric setting of the moors. The isolation adds to the feeling that nothing is as it seems and boy is that true when you reach the inevitable shocking twist at the end! I really liked Kath, her amnesia made her memories of what happened interesting as you never knew if she was actually remembering the truth, and that combined with Lyla’s version of events all the more intriguing! I also loved Tessa. In fact, I’d say the Full of suspense and suspicions, this book is even more tense due to the atmospheric setting of the moors. The isolation adds to the feeling that nothing is as it seems and boy is that true when you reach the inevitable shocking twist at the end! I really liked Kath, her amnesia made her memories of what happened interesting as you never knew if she was actually remembering the truth, and that combined with Lyla’s version of events all the more intriguing! I also loved Tessa. In fact, I’d say the female characters are all wonderful and the male characters were all pretty crappy at times! Ha. #girlpower I’ve read both the other books by this author and will definitely be reading the next one too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mellisa

    Did Kath try to kill herself - or was someone trying to kill her? Why did she leave the suicide note, even though apart from the week before the accident (which she can't remember) she was happy and content with her family? Why can she not remember what happened that day she decided to drive into the water? Why is her husband angry at her? Why is her daughter scared? This book is good. I mean REALLY good. It had quite a spooky atmosphere that made reading it feel quite tense with the anticipatio Did Kath try to kill herself - or was someone trying to kill her? Why did she leave the suicide note, even though apart from the week before the accident (which she can't remember) she was happy and content with her family? Why can she not remember what happened that day she decided to drive into the water? Why is her husband angry at her? Why is her daughter scared? This book is good. I mean REALLY good. It had quite a spooky atmosphere that made reading it feel quite tense with the anticipation of what would happen next. I saw NONE of the twists coming. Especially the BIG twist. It has a lot of old ghost stories within the story, with spooky tails from the past that really added to the thrill. I loved how the memories slowly came back, piece by piece, slowly fitting together what actually happened. It was such an interesting story too with information that fitted perfectly with the story but made me learn something too. This story just kept giving.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Hall

    Just Before I Died is a slow burn psychological thriller set in the austere moorland surroundings of Dartmoor in Devon and I found the novel as bleak as the landscape. The story is repetitive, the plot not always coherent, sensitive issues from suicide to autism are poorly portrayed and the entire thing is unnecessarily graphic regarding the mutilation of animals. Thirty-seven-year-old Kath Redway has just been released from hospital after surviving a near-fatal car accident that saw her vehicle Just Before I Died is a slow burn psychological thriller set in the austere moorland surroundings of Dartmoor in Devon and I found the novel as bleak as the landscape. The story is repetitive, the plot not always coherent, sensitive issues from suicide to autism are poorly portrayed and the entire thing is unnecessarily graphic regarding the mutilation of animals. Thirty-seven-year-old Kath Redway has just been released from hospital after surviving a near-fatal car accident that saw her vehicle plunge into an icy reservoir and left her in a coma. Having sustained a mild traumatic brain injury and suffering from retrograde amnesia her memories around the incident are either fuzzy or a complete blank. Kath’s problems deepen when she returns to the isolated longhouse that she shares with Adam, her taciturn Park Ranger husband and their nine-year-old daughter Lyla who although undiagnosed appears to have Asperger’s and is clearly on the autism spectrum. Kath’s return home coincides with Adam becoming openly hostile and menacing towards her and Lyla’s strange behaviour becoming more concerning as she seems frightened of her father and claims she has seen him watching the house from the moor. It takes about twenty percent of the novel to establish that Kath’s accident was no such thing as her sister-in-law breaks the news that she is believed to have made an attempt on her own life and this might be behind some of Adam’s barely concealed fury (and not simply the intimidating caveman like behaviour that every male character in the book exhibits). For Kath the idea that she attempted to take her own life is at odds with her (apparently) happy married life and devotion to her daughter but all it takes is a few eerie occurrences and glimpses of a possible stalker around their isolated farmhouse and her paranoia escalates... but is her husband really behind it all? As Kath sets out to find answers in the hope of stopping her family from being torn apart she tries to recreate the timeline for the day of the incident by questioning witnesses and attempting to retrieve memories surrounding the event. It is only in the final quarter of the novel that the pace picks up and puts some meat on the bones of Kath’s vague concerns as folklore and creepy pagan stories gives way to a equally far-fetched series of events and denouement. Overall the story was just too much of a slow-burner for me and needed less of scenic Dartmoor and more early momentum to build tension and foster a connection to the lead characters. The novel is saturated with details on specific locations and moorland life in Dartmoor to the point of drowning out the actual story and I felt myself actively skimming over paragraphs of samey description about the local landscape in order to make headway on the story. Lyla’s undiagnosed Asperger’s conveniently but unconvincingly solves all manner of plot issues thanks to her demonstrating every trait ever associated with an individual on the autism spectrum and I found this frustrating. The prose was also a source of irritation with Kath “liking the masculine way he handles all that” when talking about Adam’s prowess with cars and engines and her boss griping about a boring day in the office and commenting “that we really need a massive accident to liven things up”. This is the second book I have read by this author that I have not enjoyed and also found the prose intrusive and I think it may be time to concede that this is an author-reader mismatch!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan Jones

    Kath lives with her husband Adam and daughter Lyla in a desolate stone longhouse deep in Dartmoor National Park. She likes her life, the moors are beautiful, if bleak, and considers herself happy, even though they struggle with money, work and her daughter’s shyness. One day Kath wakes up from a coma, with a vague memory of a near-fatal car accident. She hugs her daughter close, likewise her husband Adam. But there is something wrong. Adam seems furious with her and Lyla is acting evermore stran Kath lives with her husband Adam and daughter Lyla in a desolate stone longhouse deep in Dartmoor National Park. She likes her life, the moors are beautiful, if bleak, and considers herself happy, even though they struggle with money, work and her daughter’s shyness. One day Kath wakes up from a coma, with a vague memory of a near-fatal car accident. She hugs her daughter close, likewise her husband Adam. But there is something wrong. Adam seems furious with her and Lyla is acting evermore strangely. They should be delighted she is still alive but they will not meet her gaze. Then Kath learns the car crash was not an accident and her whole life collapses into a world of panic and danger. Wow! I cannot remember the last time I was this excited about a book! This has absolutely everything and more that I could want in a thriller, cherished every word and raced from one chapter to the next, desperate to find out what has happened. Setting this in Dartmoor is a masterstroke from Tremayne, the bleak, dark setting providing the perfect backdrop to a read that has bleakness and danger running throughout. The plot is perfectly set against the atmosphere, with both working together to build the sense of danger and the sense of isolation. I was completely immersed in this dark world and could not pull myself out of it until I had finished this excellent read. This is incredibly exciting as well, Tremayne throws in some plot twists that I truly did not see coming, making the book even more thrilling than it already was. The plot itself is intoxicating and I did not want to put it down, there is the perfect balance of adrenaline, danger and suspicion to keep the reader interested and wanting to know more. Some of the plot ventures down the path of witches, again perfectly set against the plot, Tremayne ties everything into each other superbly and it all ensures dramatic reading. As well as the ultimate plot, the family of Kath, Adam and Lyla are spot on. I loved getting to know and came to consider them as family of my own, following them is heartfelt and very human, they are very realistic, I could envisage them in the plot and their desperation as they encounter more danger flows off the page. ‘Just Before I Died’ is the perfect, bleak thriller. I will not forget these wonderful characters in a while and I highly recommend that you read this, you will not regret it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    4.5 stars. Wow, that was haunting and hauntingly beautiful. Kath Medway slid on a patch of ice on the road into a lake on 30 December. Somehow she escaped the vehicle and swam through the icy waters and struggled out of the lake. A few weeks later her husband seems distant and angry and her daughter, who has Aspergers seems more agitated than usual. This is not happy families since mum was rescued from her accident. Her daughter keeps insisting that she sees a man lurking and its daddy, no not dad 4.5 stars. Wow, that was haunting and hauntingly beautiful. Kath Medway slid on a patch of ice on the road into a lake on 30 December. Somehow she escaped the vehicle and swam through the icy waters and struggled out of the lake. A few weeks later her husband seems distant and angry and her daughter, who has Aspergers seems more agitated than usual. This is not happy families since mum was rescued from her accident. Her daughter keeps insisting that she sees a man lurking and its daddy, no not daddy, yes daddy, so you don't know what to think and things start to feel a bit uncomfortable. Then Kath learns that she apparently tried to kill herself and drive into the lake deliberately. Kath can't imagine she would do that but has no actual memory of the week before the accident and the day after it. Something a bit creepy is going on and as you peer voyeuristically onto this domestic drama you get a real sense of creeping menace (I love that expression). There are many twists in this story but the tension rises throughout. It was beautifully written and one of the starring characters was Dartmoor itself. The story captured the dark moodiness of the bleak moors in the dead of winter. The other characters, and there weren't too many to keep track of, were richly developed throughout the book. This was an excellent psychological thriller that I just couldn't put down.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    Psychological Thrillers / Domestic Thriller / Women's Fiction / Contemporary I survived the accident. Now the real nightmare begins… Kath wakes up from a coma, with a vague memory of a near-fatal car accident. Her daughter Lyla and husband Adam should be happy to see her alive but there’s clearly something wrong in their family. I found this story repetitive, disjointed, storytelling very slow and telling, and also convenient (protagonist forgets exactly as much needed to create the mystery). A slo Psychological Thrillers / Domestic Thriller / Women's Fiction / Contemporary I survived the accident. Now the real nightmare begins… Kath wakes up from a coma, with a vague memory of a near-fatal car accident. Her daughter Lyla and husband Adam should be happy to see her alive but there’s clearly something wrong in their family. I found this story repetitive, disjointed, storytelling very slow and telling, and also convenient (protagonist forgets exactly as much needed to create the mystery). A slow build can have a good pay off, alas not in this one. I really struggled with this story. I didn't much care for any of the characters (unrealiable-narrator-curse?). Frankly you have to want the main characters to succeed and feel invested in them but this didn't happen in this one. Must be getting tired of those weak, unlucky, pathetic protagonists and their messy lives! Because life's too short to read depressing books -- Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Absolutely loved this book! I had previously read The Ice Twins by the same author and had high hopes for this one too. I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed by this offering. Kath has had a car accident, which has left her with some traumatic brain injuries. In the aftermath of the incident, she starts to believe that it may not have been an accident after all. But how much of it is real and who can she trust to tell her the truth? I love psychological thrillers and this one cleverly bui Absolutely loved this book! I had previously read The Ice Twins by the same author and had high hopes for this one too. I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed by this offering. Kath has had a car accident, which has left her with some traumatic brain injuries. In the aftermath of the incident, she starts to believe that it may not have been an accident after all. But how much of it is real and who can she trust to tell her the truth? I love psychological thrillers and this one cleverly built the tension. The setting of the Dartmouth moors was another masterstroke. It lends to the tension and atmosphere and helps to set the scene as the drama builds. I read this book in just a couple of days and couldn't wait to get to the end. Can't wait for more books by S.K Tremayne!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    Brooding and atmospheric

  23. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I have been a fan of S K Tremayne ever since I read her debut book The Ice Twins. In fact I have been sitting on my hands waiting for this book to be released since 27/12/17!! I was immersed in Just Before I died from the first chapter and I ended up reading over half the book in one day. Kath was married to Adam and they had a delightful daughter called Lyla who possibly had Aspergers. Shortly after With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I have been a fan of S K Tremayne ever since I read her debut book The Ice Twins. In fact I have been sitting on my hands waiting for this book to be released since 27/12/17!! I was immersed in Just Before I died from the first chapter and I ended up reading over half the book in one day. Kath was married to Adam and they had a delightful daughter called Lyla who possibly had Aspergers. Shortly after Christmas Kath had a car accident and landed in the Burrator Reservoir, nearly killing her. Back at home Adam was very angry with her and Lyla`s behaviour deteriorated. Then Kath started to experience strange things in the Dartmoor National Park. First Kath found some stones placed on a windowsill outside her office that was used to prevent witchcraft. Then Kath and Lyla find something disturbing in Hobajob`s Wood. A Dead bird was found on the floor, in the middle was a pagan circle with bits of rubbish. Including Kath`s hairbrush with hair attached and something far more disturbing. Then Lyla admitted she had seen a man on the moor who was watching Kath and wanted to hurt her. I liked Kath who was suffering from partial amnesia as a result of the crash. I found Adam an unsympathetic character who willing to bury his head in sand about Lyla. The star of the book was quirky little Lyla. Being on the Autistic Spectrum gave her extraordinary hearing and she could remember incidents from when she was a baby. My heart broke for her when Kath organised a birthday party and none of the kids attended. The descriptions of the beautiful but desolate Dartmouth National Park sent a shiver down my spine. The surroundings definitely increased the tension and paranoia of the story. The plot of Just Before I died was amazing with many different strands to the story. The ending was shocking, I did not see it coming. I recommend this book, it is definitely a must read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Higginson

    Chilling Psychological Suspense. Moody and atmospheric Just Before I Died proceeds at a slow burn gradually building up the tension and menace unit its final, terrifying conclusion. Kath Redway has returned to the family she loves in her isolated home on Dartmoor after a horrific accident left her almost dead in a freezing river. Her memory of the events leading up to the accident is gone. Rather than being the caring, welcoming husband she knows, Adam is surly, angry and remote while the behaviou Chilling Psychological Suspense. Moody and atmospheric Just Before I Died proceeds at a slow burn gradually building up the tension and menace unit its final, terrifying conclusion. Kath Redway has returned to the family she loves in her isolated home on Dartmoor after a horrific accident left her almost dead in a freezing river. Her memory of the events leading up to the accident is gone. Rather than being the caring, welcoming husband she knows, Adam is surly, angry and remote while the behaviour of Lyla, their troubled daughter is becoming more and more disturbing. What did happen that day? As flashes of memory emerge, SK Tremayne leaves crumbs of clues but we are never quite sure just who or where the omnipresent feeling of evil and witchcraft come from as the ground constantly shifts. Events past and present swirl around in a maelstrom of confusion disturbing and ominous. As secrets are exposed we think we have got to the core of things but there are many twists and turns before we are given the final denouement.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Petra Be

    I quite enjoyed this book until the last fourth or so. The ending was just strange and far-fetched. But it was a very good atmospheric read nonetheless. It could do with some editing though - a lot of typoes, some mixed up names as well (several times!). Also why would a person who doesn't like red wine, drank red wine? I quite enjoyed this book until the last fourth or so. The ending was just strange and far-fetched. But it was a very good atmospheric read nonetheless. It could do with some editing though - a lot of typoes, some mixed up names as well (several times!). Also why would a person who doesn't like red wine, drank red wine?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jodie (whatjodiereads)

    The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the amount of swearing in it. I understand that people swear, but this was just an unnecessary amount. Other than that, this book is flawless. The whole way through I was trying to work out what was happening but I just had no idea. There is so much suspense in this story that I was absolutely hooked. I loved S K Tremayne’s other two books, The Ice Twins and The Fire Child, so I’m so glad that I enjoyed this one. I loved all of the characters and The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the amount of swearing in it. I understand that people swear, but this was just an unnecessary amount. Other than that, this book is flawless. The whole way through I was trying to work out what was happening but I just had no idea. There is so much suspense in this story that I was absolutely hooked. I loved S K Tremayne’s other two books, The Ice Twins and The Fire Child, so I’m so glad that I enjoyed this one. I loved all of the characters and there wasn’t any that annoyed me or that I wish weren’t included. This one is a serious page turner, with me reading half of it in two hours this morning! The storyline is amazing and I wasn’t left with any questions. With twist after twist, it was hard not to enjoy this book. S K Tremayne is an author that I will always recommend to people who are looking for an outstanding read. Can’t wait for the next book by this author!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hoenese Ruebesch

    Pure evil and ancient injustice. Gripping and fast but fell short to what I had expected.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Smith

    I hate to say this, because I loved all of the other Tremayne: this was boring. 3 stars only because the twist was unexpected - but that goes without saying, the hints and clues were so deeply buried that I was confused for a solid minute. 3 stars also because Tremayne succeeds at painting a beautifully Gothic image with his words, and makes me fall in love with everything England over and over again. His writing is stellar, without a doubt, but this story failed to reel me in, failed to capture I hate to say this, because I loved all of the other Tremayne: this was boring. 3 stars only because the twist was unexpected - but that goes without saying, the hints and clues were so deeply buried that I was confused for a solid minute. 3 stars also because Tremayne succeeds at painting a beautifully Gothic image with his words, and makes me fall in love with everything England over and over again. His writing is stellar, without a doubt, but this story failed to reel me in, failed to capture me, and three times, I fell asleep reading it. That is a RARITY. I took an AFTERNOON nap while attempting to read this (I don't nap!). With that said, this wasn't horrible, I finished it, I even eagerly raced through the last 15 pages. Overall, I will continue to eagerly await Tremayne's books, because what can I say, The Ice Twins still gets me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kisxela

    This book is weird. Based on the description, it looked promising. A suicide attempt. Amnesia. To live isolated from the outside world in the swamp. A little girl who has not been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome but has all the signs. Secrets. Yes, it sounds promising. But then from the first pages it all just went down. None of the characters can be liked. Kath is like not being sane - even if we disregard amnesia because her actions, her thoughts are repulsive. They are not normal. Adam nei This book is weird. Based on the description, it looked promising. A suicide attempt. Amnesia. To live isolated from the outside world in the swamp. A little girl who has not been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome but has all the signs. Secrets. Yes, it sounds promising. But then from the first pages it all just went down. None of the characters can be liked. Kath is like not being sane - even if we disregard amnesia because her actions, her thoughts are repulsive. They are not normal. Adam neither. What kind of parents are who prevent to diagnose their child who has strange symptoms, who do not to seek help? I could have driven me up the wall from that. The other characters are no different. The book is also terribly poorly written. The secret, the point is not present in the whole book, it only appears on page 200. But by then, who cares.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I was very lucky to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Once I started reading this book I was hooked! I just couldn’t wait to see where the story would go next and the ending took me by complete surprise. I could never have predicted the ending. The descriptions of Dartmoor scenes were perfect and made me feel like I was there amongst the standing stones and shiver at the bleakness. I also loved how the author wove more than one storyline together and how it all fit together. This story was l I was very lucky to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Once I started reading this book I was hooked! I just couldn’t wait to see where the story would go next and the ending took me by complete surprise. I could never have predicted the ending. The descriptions of Dartmoor scenes were perfect and made me feel like I was there amongst the standing stones and shiver at the bleakness. I also loved how the author wove more than one storyline together and how it all fit together. This story was like a detective novel but it’s the main character trying to work out what happened to her that night of the accident. The book is an excellent read and brilliantly written I highly recommend it and feel very lucky to have read the book before publication.

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