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I read a little bit of everything, from mystery/thriller to romance, but my true passion is being immersed in fantasy and magical worlds!

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A Quite Intense “A Gift for Dying” by M.J. Arlidge

Intense, fast paced, and all the good things you’d expect from a dark thriller

Disclaimer: I’ve received an advanced reader copy via NetGalley, this doesn’t influence my opinion or review. Thank you to the author and the publisher for providing me with a reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

Personal Experience:


“I saw it”.

“Saw what?”.

“His death.”

Who should read it? Fans of crime thrillers with a dark twist.

Would I recommend it? Yes, but it won’t be for everyone (violent, dark, graphic detail)

Despite the violence and brutality of the narrative, I couldn’t help but feel invested in Kassie and her relationship with forensic psychologist Adam Brandt. This was one of the books I consumed the fastest this year as each chapter made me curious to read more. Eventually, I didn’t stop until I reached the end — exactly as I want my thrillers to be.


🧡 The “keep guessing” game

Should you trust Kassie? Is she telling the truth, is she plain crazy, or is she involved in something bigger? This was brilliantly done and you need to read it to find out.

🧡 Paranormal into the mix

Though I love reading Fantasy, I usually don’t mix it with my thrillers, so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself appreciating this angle.

🧡 The different perspectives

Going through such shockingly different perspectives added to the tension and contributed to making this read so gripping.

What I didn’t like as much:

🌧️ Some graphic detail

I have mixed feelings about this because I feel this was expected due to the storyline and genre, but some scenes were a bit too much for me.

Overall, I’d say “A Gift for Dying” was quite the read, and won’t disappoint most fans of thrillers! Though it took me a while to get to it, once I started it I couldn’t stop, and it gets my personal award for my fastest read of 2021.

A Gift for Dying
by M. J. Arlidge 
Publication date: March 2019
Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Nothing surprises Adam Brandt anymore. As a forensic psychologist, he’s seen and heard everything.

That is, until he meets Kassie.

Because she claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.

Adam doesn’t believe her.

But then a serial killer starts wreaking havoc across the city, and only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to think Kassie might be telling the truth.

He just doesn’t realise how dangerous this trust might be . . .


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