Before I Die is a thrilling read, but is one that in no way makes me look forward to my twilight years. In fact this story down right terrified me! Jackie has crafted a plot straight out of one of my nightmares. It opens with a harrowing prologue of the worst kind and which sets the chilling tone for the rest of the story. It is one that opens your mind and makes you want to stand up and protect your elderly loved ones even more and to make sure you listen to what they say.
The story follows Maureen who is proudly and fiercely independent. But when she has a fall and hurts her ankle, her daughter Alva enlists the help of caregiver Dolores, convinced that her mother can no longer look after herself. This causes much angst between the two women, which is not helped by Dolores’ getting in Alva’s ear trying to convince her that Maureen is becoming senile. But Maureen becomes afraid when her friend Frank dies unexpectedly whilst in Dolores’ care and is convinced that Dolores murdered Frank and that she could be next.
The characters in the story are well developed and although I can’t say I liked them all, they all play out the roles they have been given perfectly. I really enjoyed Maureen the most and Michael who is Frank’s drug addicted son. Although at the height of his drug use he was utterly despicable to Frank, he really bands together with Maureen and steps up as they form an unlikely friendship with one goal and that is seeking out to expose Dolores and her crimes.
As for Alva, I actually loathed her and the way she treats Maureen. She classes her mother as a nuisance and barely can bring herself to listen to her concerns and continually fobs her off. On more than one occasion I wanted to reach into my Kindle and give her what for. I just felt anger towards her every time she came up in the story. And then there was Dolores, or the devil as I like to refer to her as. She is in a league all to her self and is one psycho that has more than one screw loose! As much as I disked her, I have to say that she really has been written as the perfect villain.
Jackie has a very easy style and has done a really good job with this book. She cleverly builds up the tension and suspense throughout and on a number of occasions had my heart racing. She was able to keep me engaged which is a must and although the subject matter at times was hard to take in, it has a satisfying conclusion. Before I Die is a good solid read and I look forward to more books to come from Jackie. It was a pleasure to read and review Before I Die which I recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Inkubator Books and Jackie Morrissey for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Before I Die, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2190 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Inkubator Books (21 June 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B089HRBGK9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,081 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)