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A Gift for Dying – MJ Arlidge

I am thrilled to be part of the #blogtour to celebrate the publication of MJ Arlidge’s new STANDALONE thriller A GIFT FOR DYING which is being published on 7th March 2019 by Penguin.

About the book: 

Adam Brandt is a forensic psychologist, well used to dealing with the most damaged members of society.

But he’s never met anyone like Kassie.

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

Obviously, Adam knows Kassie must be insane. But then a serial killer hits the city. And only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.

He just doesn’t realise how deadly his faith might prove…

About the author:

 M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specializing in high-end drama production, including the prime-time crime serials TornThe Little House and Silent Witness. Arlidge also pilots original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a Number One bestseller.

His first thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014.

My Review:  I’m a huge fan of MJ Arlidge (or stalker if you ask Matt), so when I had the opportunity to read his new standalone thriller I jumped pretty high, and when I was asked to help organise the blogtour I was all over it like a rash and actually managed to fill the blogtour in precisely 40 minutes… I’d like to take full credit for my amazing organisation skills, but it’s more likely that the other 50 bloggers involved in this epic tour are huge MJ Arlidge fans as well.

So, let’s get back to the reason you are here and that’s to read my review on A GIFT FOR DYING.  With no Helen Grace I was concerned I wouldn’t like the new characters because let’s face it, Helen’s a mate – I’ve spent the last 5 years following her career and don’t want to appear disloyal but thankfully it’s fine because A GIFT FOR DYING is so far removed from the Helen Grace series that no guilt is involved.

Adam Brandt, a forensic psychologist who appears to have it all.  A beautiful wife, a baby on the way, a successful practice with plenty of patients, a reputation within the industry and police force for being one of the good guys, totally professional and dependable until he meets Kassie.

Kassie is a teenager with a gift and it’s not a gift anyone would want – she can look into your eyes and see how and when you are going to die.  When she accidentally bumps into someone on the street and “sees” his imminent murder she tries to intervene, but all this does is bring her to the attention and suspicion of the police.

The killer in this book is one sick puppy – the murders are so gruesome that I was squirming throughout – you need a pretty strong stomach to read those scenes.  With the authors standard short and gripping chapters, I was glued to my kindle turning those pages eager to find out what happens next.

Overall, a gripping, gruesome and gritty thriller.

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