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Just Before I Died

Narrated by: Kerry Wotton
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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A terrifying lie. A horrifying truth.

The chilling new psychological thriller by S. K. Tremayne, author of the Sunday Times number one best seller The Ice Twins.

Sometimes you can’t even trust yourself.... 

It was just a patch of ice. Just a bit of bad luck. But it was nearly enough to kill Kath Redway, spinning her car into Burrator Reservoir in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park.

Miraculously, Kath escapes her accident with a few bruises and amnesia. She is shocked but delighted to be back in her remote moorland farmhouse with her handsome husband, Adam, and her shy, gifted daughter, Lyla. She’s alive!

But her family is not so delighted. Her husband is cold, even angry. Her daydreaming daughter talks ever more strangely, about a 'man on the moor'. Then, as chilling fragments of memory return, Kath realises her 'accident' was nothing of the kind. And now her life collapses into a new world of darkness, menace and terror.

©2018 S. K. Tremayne (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-18

Very dull

Sadly I haven’t enjoyed this at all. The story is slow and the hook just isn’t there. Very unusually for me as an avid reader of both print and audio books, I have given up on this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-18

Blinding listen

Without doubt right up there in my top five books and I get through a lot of books, found this very hard to put down..
I will be surprised if just before I died does not sweep all before it.
Top notch thriller.

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  • molly68
  • 07-29-19

I really disliked this book

I can’t quite believe that I kept going until the end of this book. I really wish I’d have sent it back. So much about it infuriated me. I was hoping that it would redeem itself with a clever ending, but it just didn’t. The conclusion was overworked and to me just felt plain silly. I found the characters empty, one dimensional and unlikeable. However, the thing that made me more angry than anything else was the attitude throughout the book to suicide. I think that the “suicides are selfish horrible people who just don’t love their loved ones enough” attitude espoused by every single character in this book is disgusting. Not one character shows an ounce of empathy towards those who commit suicide. At no point does the author have a single character consider the pain that someone must be in in order to carry through and kill themselves, and there is nothing in the blurb that warns you that this is one of the main themes of this book. This is incredibly unhelpful to those people reading the book who have experienced the suicide of a loved one. I can’t remember the last time I hated a book this much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-18

Dissapointing

Following The Ice Twins I was so excited when I saw this new book had been released, unfortunately I found it slow, boring and in all honesty couldn't wait for it to end. Disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-21-18

Really enjoyed it

From the beginning I couldn’t put it down. Enjoyed the story and the twists. Narrative was spot on.

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  • Phil
  • 09-12-18

Those accents!

The story is actually quite gripping, though the bizarre and completely unpredictable final twist does dampen the story a little bit but my lord, the accents of the narrator are so annoying!

The westcounty drawl of the majority of the cast is so jarring and, well, bad, that it really detracts from the tale and it became a real chore to get through towards the end.

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  • Patricia
  • 09-01-18

POTENTIALLY GOOD RUINED BY ENDLESS ANIMAL CRUELTY

Normally do not write reviews for books I am returning but making an exception to prevent any other animal lovers from being drawn into a potentially good thriller that relies so heavily on the cheap trick of using animal abuse and cruelty to create tension and set the scene for people being in danger from psycho on the loose. Recently I have enjoyed many books who went the extra mile to build mystery and brooding unease by going the extra mile instead of just popping mutilated animal corpses in every now and again. I was a great fan of the Ice Twins and although I think there was a dog in it, I do not remember being revolted and upset by gratuitous animal cruelty. I did also find the plot a bit implausible in parts as also amnesia is such a cop out. I would love to read a version of this book which does not upset by descriptions of horrible animal abuse and suffering and I cannot see why on earth this was necessary. The book even starts by describing birds dying in a harsh winter but the main character does not even have the heart to think about perhaps feeding these birds - she also talks about lurchers being mongrels and threats of them being used to tear people apart. As most people know theer is no such thing as a " mongrel" lurcher as by their very definition they are all cross breeds and as sighthounds the very least effective or likely to be even considered as an attack dog. Cats also get a scathing description and sheep are seen as malevolent mockers. So for me, whether the author is an animal hater - and it seems she is to include so much purposeless animal suffering along the way - or she has chosen to just make her main character so barmy so is threatened by sheep baaing - either way it made reading this otherwise gripping tale impossible - well that and the ENDLESS ENDLESS ENDLESS guidebookery of Dartmoor. I would have like to have visited once but now after having to suffer through having every Tor, stream, path, road, nook,cranny and blade of grass described repeatedly and in infinite detail I feel as if I have been imprisoned there for many years. Broad strokes would have been so much less tedious and makes me wonder if Editors even exist these days let alone fact checkers. I do feel like I would like to untangle the mystery which was good but then when the main character has amnesia it is another lazy way to throw in an infinite number or red herrings which can then all be shrugged off by unreliable memories - so I have a feeling I would have been disappointed. Narration wise I found the regional accents to be a little cartoonish and comical so did distract as although they may well be spot on they were a little to laughably yokel for me and I could not take them seriously. I would love to read/listen too a revised version of this book, edited properly without the horror flick style mutilated animals, needless involvement of feminine hygene products and never ending over detailed descriptions of dartmoor - at one stage even someone's words broke forth like one of the little streams that ran somewhere or other by such and such Tor, next by Hobajob Woods, to the funeral lane opposite the extra tufty lump of grass next to the pile of sheep daggings to the left of the tree stump .......... YAWN!

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  • Looey K
  • 08-18-18

Ok book.... terrible accent!

Fairly good book, not really gripping Or atmospheric ...but the Devon accents were terrible...really terrible...

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  • Lucy
  • 08-14-19

Disappointing

Overly descriptive, annoying regional accent. Stopped after 45 minutes as I couldn’t go on with the predictable erratic storyline.

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  • olly
  • 09-29-18

not for me

Firstly not my type of book but fancied a change

The narrator was not very good, she really put me off listening quite a few times basically you have to be in the mood to listen to her

The story, wow it went on and on and on, I was screaming get on with it omg just get on with it

There were some good twists, although absolutely no clues so don't bother guessing

At the end i felt quite flat and glad it was over. I wouldn't listen to it again

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  • Stargirl456
  • 01-31-19

Interesting story ,suspenseful to the end, but wished it had an ending that was more realistic

I did enjoy this book so many twists but the ending didn't sit right , still worth a listen too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-28-18

Well written but story didn't shine through

Written in a very creative and dreamy way, and the one of the main characters had Aspergers and this was handled beautifully with a lot of insight. Gifted writer but a little too descriptive for me.
I felt that the story was a little lost among the sing song poetic way it was written with repetitive words and overly dramatic prose.

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  • Jo howard
  • 11-19-18

I really enjoyed this book

A lovely little thriller, crime story about a happy, realistic dysfunctional family with a few twists and turns. A fabulous portrayal of Aspergers which I thoroughly enjoyed just sitting in, pondering, appreciating, empathising and just feeling so proud of. So thank you for that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-18

loved it ..

keeps you guessing to the very end! highly recommend reading.
annoying that this now has a min word count.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-18

best book ever. beautifully written. bewitching,

I loved this book.
so beautifully written. poetic and fast. cleverly constructed.
I love this book