Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on Every Time He Dies. This was released on the 5th of November published by Tara East.
Every Time He Dies by Tara East
Release Date: 5th of November
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 253 pages
Genre: Psychic Thriller
Publisher: Tara East
Daphne Lawrence is haunted. Two years ago, her fiancée died in a terrible accident, her mother passed away from cancer and she stopped speaking to her father. As an embalmer, Daff is used to the company of dead people, but she isn’t used to them talking back.
In fact, Daff isn’t used to anything that could be considered woo-woo including, but not limited to: psychics, crystal, meditation, tarot cards, vision quests and coincidences. Too bad that’s everything she’s experiencing.
Daff is forced to confront her own long ignored grief when she discovers a haunted watch buried in the sand at Golden Beach. The problem is, her ghost has no memory of his former life or how he died.
As Daff seeks to discover the spectre’s identity, dangerous truths and hidden secrets are revealed. Soon, she finds herself in the middle of an on-going homicide investigation led by Detective Sergeant Jon Lawrence, her father. A story about grief, time and identity, Every Time He Dies will leave you wondering whether our dearly beloveds ever really depart.
Well this book was a surprise that I was not expecting and nothing like I have read before. Every Time He Dies is a gripping read that keeps you glued to the pages. It is easy to get caught up in the mystery and at times I found it hard to tear myself away from it. Tara has created an intriguing and refreshing plot, that incorporates a crime with the paranormal. An interesting mix but one that works extremely well together.
Set in Brisbane Australia, The story is told from the perspective of Daphne (Daff) Lawerence and her estranged father Detective Sergeant Jon Lawrence, which is told through alternating chapters as each try to solve their own mysteries until they become entwined. I am being really vague on the plot intentionally as I really don’t want to talk any more on it as I think the blurb tells more than enough and it is one best to discover its uniqueness on your own as it unfolds.
The characters are all very well developed and are beautifully written. They are not without faults but I just think that this adds to the charm of them. I could really resonate with Daff and I enjoyed her character the most. From her grief of losing her fiancée and mother and really just trying to put one foot in front of the other to keep going, I felt so much sympathy for her. I also loved Jon. He is a complex man living with regrets, but is a good man underneath the surface. Liam “the ghost” was also a great character as he tries with Daff’s help to piece together the mystery of his death so he can move on.
Tara’s writing style is very unique. It is emotive, engaging and descriptive, though not over done to slow the story down. Tara was able to capture my attention right from the start and make me feel that I was also part of the story. I also liked that the story was not just on a crime but is also added with mystery, suspense, family relationships, some romance and humor which was a nice balance.
Every Time He Dies is a stunning debut. It is well researched, compelling and with a thought provoking plot which I throughly enjoyed. I can’t wait to see what Tara comes up with for her next novel. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review Every Time He Dies, which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to Tara East for reaching out to me and offering me the opportunity to review Every Time He Dies and for providing me with an advanced copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
About Tara East
I’m Tara East. I write books, blogs and articles, plus I film weekly writing advice videos.
I have a Bachelor in Journalism (JCU), a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing (USQ), a Masters of Professional Practice Creative Writing (USC), a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative and Critical Writing (USQ) and I am currently completing my Doctorate in Creative Writing (USQ).
My non-fiction pieces have appeared in the ABC local, The Townsville Bulletin, The North-West Star, The Cusp, The Huffington Post, Queensland Writers Centre, The Creative Penn, The Artifice, and Live Write Thrive. My fiction has been published in October Hill Magazine and TEXT journal.
My science fiction romp, When Bell Met Bowie, is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. And my mystery novel, Every Time He Dies, will be available for pre-sale on 15 September 2019.
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