Tammy Cohen

Dying for Christmas

"...a fantastic read that will keep you on the edge of your seat."


I am missing, held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there'll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out …

But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?

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'Dying for Christmas' tells the story of Jessica who has been abducted by Dominic Lacey whilst she was Christmas shopping. Dominic is a sadistic man intent on hurting and destroying Jessica. The narrative shows him as a narcissistic, cruel and controlling man, and Jessica as an absent minded, naive, unhappy and slightly quirky young woman. Part of me struggled to believe that Jessica could be so stupid as to get in the car with a strange man without telling anyone where she was going and not to fight back at every opportunity. The first half of the book depicted Jessica as a broken woman with little chance of surviving. However, the second half changed my perspective of most of the characters and I was soon unable to put the book down. What started as a 'simple' abduction turns into something more complex and sinister. Few of Cohen's characters are particularly nice and I struggled to sympathise with any of them as the majority of them have major faults. The plot continued to get more twisted as the story went on, and Jessica's secret certainly wasn't something that I guessed. 'Dying for Christmas' is a fantastic read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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