Until The Day I Die by Emily Carpenter

Until The Day I Die by Emily Carpenter

B1DC6E77-1D30-4CC7-82F4-9C828D69284EThank you to Lake Union Publishers for providing me with a free digital copy of Until The Day I Die in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Until The Day I Die is the third book by Emily Carpenter that I’ve read and I think it’s my new favorite! Ms. Carpenter has become the queen of the atmospheric thriller, in my own mind at least. She develops such strong settings that not only transport you to another place but also give off the creepiest of vibes. The Weight of Lies and Every Single Secret both take place in old mansions with so many quirks that I was scared for the characters. In Until The Day I Die, the tropical resort where the main character goes is so unnaturally perfect, I was left wondering what the catch was.

What made this thriller work so well for me was the realistic nature of the plot. The horrifying reality that Erin was facing could very well happen in real life. Thrillers can sometimes get a little far fetched but what happened in UTDID could probably actually happen to someone. I don’t want to say much more for fear of spoilers, but just know that UTDID is another great thriller from Emily Carpenter and a five star read for me!

Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

F0E0BFF8-7F70-4C1E-AC83-D4EAF2E16616Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for sending me a free review copy of Every Single Secret in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Daphne and Heath are a very much in love couple.  They both had troubled childhoods, and both are content to let the past lie. But when Heath starts having violent nightmares that he doesn’t remember in the morning, he starts to think that therapy may be the right thing for him after all. He convinces Daphne to go away to a therapy retreat with him: along with two other couples, they will stay for a week at the home of a well-known psychologist, Dr. Matthew Cerny.

They aren’t there long before Daphne notices many strange things. Phones and car keys are taken upon arrival, all the rooms have cameras in them, and she never seems to see the other couples. The more she snoops, the more scared she becomes. Things come to a head when Heath starts to dredge up his past to Daphne, combined with all the strange things happening with the doctor, the other couples and the house itself, and Daphne wants out.  But someone wants to keep her in.

Every Single Secret is a beautiful slow burn of a thriller. I think I am starting to become a fan of the smoldering, steadily paced thrillers in general.  Maybe they don’t tear off out of the gate, but there is purpose in the pacing and slow and steady wins the race!

This novel definitely had similarities to Carpenter’s first novel, The Weight of Lies: both have a creep old Victorian mansion, out in the middle of nowhere as a setting. (Lies is on an island, Secret is in the forest). They both dredge up childhood issues as a catalyst for the dynamics in the characters.  Childhood issues that effect adults is a psychology that has always been very fascinating to me. However, even with the similarities, I felt the two books had completely different story lines and both are separately enjoyable.

I loved the setting of this novel, it was highly atmospheric and unreliable, keeping the reader on their toes at all times. The ending was NOT what I thought was coming and I loved it!  I tore through the last 50 pages! I give this one five stars, and am officially a new fan of Emily Carpenter! I can’t wait to read what she comes out with next!

The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

31F99F77-414E-4220-B3B3-5DE73555A665Wow this book was a wild ride and extremely well written.  In a nutshell, this novel is about Megan Ashley, a young woman investigating the setting that inspired her mother’s cult classic novel Kitten, a creepy murder mystery. The book was inspired by and takes place at Bonny Island, off the coast of Georgia. While there, Megan uncovers so many truths and untruths she doesn’t know what to believe and the further she digs for information, the more Kitten seems to contain more fact that fiction.

Ok, I think I really loved this one.  I kept getting Flowers in the Attic vibes with the mommy issues and creepy old mansion hiding secrets. A full cast of unreliable characters made this one twisty ride of a novel. I thought the pacing was perfection, I almost want to call this a slow burn, because there is so much build up but I think the pace was very steady and it made this book hard to put down. A great thriller/mystery that I think just about anyone could enjoy, I give this one five out of five stars!