Book Review: Dying For Christmas by Tammy Cohen

“For some, Christmas can be murder…”

Originally published in 2014, Dying For Christmas by Tammy Cohen follows Jessica who is being held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives her 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 – No more mince pies, no more gifts, and no way out. But Jessica has a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?


Combine Christmas and murder, and I am there! And Dying For Christmas brilliantly gives this dark psychological thriller a not-so-jolly Christmas twist.

The start of this book is massively intriguing and immediately held my attention. The story is original and gritty, and the situation that Jessica finds herself in feels straight out of a horror film.

However, you know early on not to trust Jessica as she so willingly puts herself in a dangerous situation. Her actions are unconvincing, and whether she had reasons for doing so or she was just too naive, it made me take everything with a pinch of salt.

But I definitely couldn’t predict how the second half of the story was going to play out, and there were a lot of great twists that really turned this one on its head. And having the two different perspectives, one of Jessica’s time while abducted and the second during the police investigation afterwards, really gave the story a lot of substance.

Unfortunately, I found the second half of the story far too implausible and felt lost for a lot of it, so the clever twists didn’t get react in the right way with me.

Still, I would definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a unique thriller this festive season, and I look forward to reading more by Cohen in the future.


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