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Until The Day I Die – Emily Carpenter

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‘If there’s a healthy way to grieve, Erin Gaines hasn’t found it. After her husband’s sudden death, the runaway success of the tech company they built with their best friends has become overwhelming. Her nerves are frayed, she’s disengaged, and her frustrated daughter, Shorie, is pulling away from her. Maybe Erin’s friends and family are right. Maybe a few weeks at a spa resort in the Caribbean islands is just what she needs to hit the reset button…

Shorie is not only worried about her mother’s mental state but also for the future of her parents’ company. Especially when she begins to suspect that not all of Erin’s colleagues can be trusted. It seems someone is spinning an intricate web of deception—the foundation for a conspiracy that is putting everything, and everyone she loves, at risk. And she may be the only one who can stop it.

Now, thousands of miles away in a remote, and oftentimes menacing, tropical jungle, Erin is beginning to have similar fears. Things at the resort aren’t exactly how the brochure described, and unless she’s losing her mind, Erin’s pretty sure she wasn’t sent there to recover—she was sent to disappear.’ *

When I first started reading ‘Until The Day I Die’, I thought it was just going to be another mother / daughter story where they love each other but can’t talk to each other until eventually something happens that causes them to realise they’ve been best friends the whole time. Same old, heard it all before, right?

Wrong! This is that story to an extent but my word does it have a lot more added to the mix. This is not a heartwarming story about a family reunited. This is a thrilling story about death, family betrayal, and a dangerous race to survive.

Erin has recently lost her husband, Perry, in a horrible crash. She, and their daughter Shorie, a bright young girl about to leave home for college, are dealing with their grief in very different ways, in so much as Shorie is trying to move on, work on her life and what she’s passionate about, and Erin isn’t.

Creators of the hit app ‘jax’, an app that basically controls your financial life, your taxes and your budgets, Erin and Perry, and their best friends Sabine and Ben, think they have it made. The app is worth millions, it has more users than they ever imagined, and everything is just falling into place. When Perry dies however, Erin can’t seem to find the motivation to continue. After an incident at Shorie’s college, and when she suggests selling the app and cashing out because she can’t cope with her role as CEO, her friends and family intervene and decide to send her to a rehab facility on a tropical island. And that’s when things really start to get serious.

This story is a thoroughly modern thriller, where, just like in real life, people are essentially ruled by their phones, and their apps. While jax seems like an amazing idea, it can track your location, it has access to all of your financial data, and anyone who is a user can request to connect with you and share messages with you. It’s creepy, and a stark reminder of how easily we can be found through our social media.

It is a story that is just dripping with suspense, and tension. I devoured it, desperately waiting to read what twist might be coming on the next page, and eager to find out just who the villains in this story really were.

The characters are well written too. Erin and Shorie especially. Even though they were the main protagonists, and each chapter alternates between their narratives, they’re not particularly likeable. Shorie is sullen and hostile towards her mother, and suspicious of those around her. Erin is unstable, and not coping with her grief, and is not reaching out to her daughter the way she should. These things are what stop is from being the typical mother / daughter story.

The resolution in this story is not clear, or predictable, and it had plot twists and moments that made me gasp and shake my head right up to the epilogue, and I finished the last page in absolute frustration, wanting more.

This was a book that made me bite my nails in suspense, and made me want to shout at the characters to open their eyes and see what was happening around them, and I was really invested in how the story would go.

I would absolutely recommend this book, especially to any fans of fast paced thrillers, fans of books with a bit of mystery, and fans of books with feisty female lead characters.

* I recieved this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The book is due to be published in March 2019.

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