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Just Before I Died

By: S. K. Tremayne
Narrated by: Kerry Wotton
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Summary

I survived the accident. Now the real nightmare begins....

The chilling new psychological thriller by S. K. Tremayne, author of the Sunday Times number one best seller, The Ice Twins.

How long can they keep you in the dark?

It was just a patch of ice. But it was nearly enough to kill Kath Redway, spinning her car into Burrator Reservoir in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park.

She is shocked but delighted to escape with a few bruises and amnesia. But her family is not so pleased. Her handsome husband is cold, even angry. Her gifted daughter talks ever more strangely, about a 'man on the moor'.

Then, as chilling fragments of memory return, Kath realises her 'accident' was nothing of the kind. And now her life collapses into a new world of darkness, menace, and terror.

©2018 S. K. Tremayne (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"There is more than a hint of Daphne du Maurier in this gripping thriller." (Daily Mail)

"The wild setting, drenched in folklore, provides atmosphere to this thriller." (Sunday Mirror)

"An unsettling thriller, guaranteed to tie your mind up in knots." (Heat)

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Blinding listen

Without doubt right up there in my top five books and I get through a lot of books, found this very hard to put down..
I will be surprised if just before I died does not sweep all before it.
Top notch thriller.

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POTENTIALLY GOOD RUINED BY ENDLESS ANIMAL CRUELTY

Normally do not write reviews for books I am returning but making an exception to prevent any other animal lovers from being drawn into a potentially good thriller that relies so heavily on the cheap trick of using animal abuse and cruelty to create tension and set the scene for people being in danger from psycho on the loose. Recently I have enjoyed many books who went the extra mile to build mystery and brooding unease by going the extra mile instead of just popping mutilated animal corpses in every now and again. I was a great fan of the Ice Twins and although I think there was a dog in it, I do not remember being revolted and upset by gratuitous animal cruelty. I did also find the plot a bit implausible in parts as also amnesia is such a cop out. I would love to read a version of this book which does not upset by descriptions of horrible animal abuse and suffering and I cannot see why on earth this was necessary. The book even starts by describing birds dying in a harsh winter but the main character does not even have the heart to think about perhaps feeding these birds - she also talks about lurchers being mongrels and threats of them being used to tear people apart. As most people know theer is no such thing as a " mongrel" lurcher as by their very definition they are all cross breeds and as sighthounds the very least effective or likely to be even considered as an attack dog. Cats also get a scathing description and sheep are seen as malevolent mockers. So for me, whether the author is an animal hater - and it seems she is to include so much purposeless animal suffering along the way - or she has chosen to just make her main character so barmy so is threatened by sheep baaing - either way it made reading this otherwise gripping tale impossible - well that and the ENDLESS ENDLESS ENDLESS guidebookery of Dartmoor. I would have like to have visited once but now after having to suffer through having every Tor, stream, path, road, nook,cranny and blade of grass described repeatedly and in infinite detail I feel as if I have been imprisoned there for many years. Broad strokes would have been so much less tedious and makes me wonder if Editors even exist these days let alone fact checkers. I do feel like I would like to untangle the mystery which was good but then when the main character has amnesia it is another lazy way to throw in an infinite number or red herrings which can then all be shrugged off by unreliable memories - so I have a feeling I would have been disappointed. Narration wise I found the regional accents to be a little cartoonish and comical so did distract as although they may well be spot on they were a little to laughably yokel for me and I could not take them seriously. I would love to read/listen too a revised version of this book, edited properly without the horror flick style mutilated animals, needless involvement of feminine hygene products and never ending over detailed descriptions of dartmoor - at one stage even someone's words broke forth like one of the little streams that ran somewhere or other by such and such Tor, next by Hobajob Woods, to the funeral lane opposite the extra tufty lump of grass next to the pile of sheep daggings to the left of the tree stump .......... YAWN!

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Really enjoyed it

From the beginning I couldn’t put it down. Enjoyed the story and the twists. Narrative was spot on.

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Very dull

Sadly I haven’t enjoyed this at all. The story is slow and the hook just isn’t there. Very unusually for me as an avid reader of both print and audio books, I have given up on this book.

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I really disliked this book

I can’t quite believe that I kept going until the end of this book. I really wish I’d have sent it back. So much about it infuriated me. I was hoping that it would redeem itself with a clever ending, but it just didn’t. The conclusion was overworked and to me just felt plain silly. I found the characters empty, one dimensional and unlikeable. However, the thing that made me more angry than anything else was the attitude throughout the book to suicide. I think that the “suicides are selfish horrible people who just don’t love their loved ones enough” attitude espoused by every single character in this book is disgusting. Not one character shows an ounce of empathy towards those who commit suicide. At no point does the author have a single character consider the pain that someone must be in in order to carry through and kill themselves, and there is nothing in the blurb that warns you that this is one of the main themes of this book. This is incredibly unhelpful to those people reading the book who have experienced the suicide of a loved one. I can’t remember the last time I hated a book this much.

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Dissapointing

Following The Ice Twins I was so excited when I saw this new book had been released, unfortunately I found it slow, boring and in all honesty couldn't wait for it to end. Disappointed.

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Disappointing

Overly descriptive, annoying regional accent. Stopped after 45 minutes as I couldn’t go on with the predictable erratic storyline.

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Ok book.... terrible accent!

Fairly good book, not really gripping Or atmospheric ...but the Devon accents were terrible...really terrible...

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Those accents!

The story is actually quite gripping, though the bizarre and completely unpredictable final twist does dampen the story a little bit but my lord, the accents of the narrator are so annoying!

The westcounty drawl of the majority of the cast is so jarring and, well, bad, that it really detracts from the tale and it became a real chore to get through towards the end.

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Nice surprise

The author writes about Dartmoor vividly. A good sense of place. The story kept. Me guessing. Good characters. Well done

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