Today I am taking part in the blog tour for Before I Die by Jackie Morrissey which is released on the 27th of June, published by Inkubator Books.
Before I Die by Jackie Morrissey
Release Date: 27th of June 2020
Print Length: 257 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Inkubator Books
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She’ll care for you. Until you’re dead.
Maureen might be getting on in years but she’s fiercely independent and smart as a whip.
But when she falls and injures her ankle, her daughter Alva is convinced Maureen can no longer take care of herself and is determined to get her some help – which comes in the shape of local caregiver, Dolores.
Maureen tries to say no, she’s fine on her own, but it’s not so easy to get rid of Dolores. She seems to be everywhere, poking her nose into every corner of Maureen’s life, implying to Alva that her mother is getting senile and will soon need constant care.
Maureen feels as if she’s under siege 24/7. And she knows in her heart that there’s something not right about Dolores… But no one will listen.
Then one of Dolores’s other charges dies in mysterious circumstances and Maureen realises she may be fighting for a lot more than her independence.
Because once Dolores has you in her care, death may seem like a sweet release.
The stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of K. L. Slater, Teresa Driscoll, and Andrew Hart.
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.
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Let’s Get to Know Jackie
Jackie Morrissey lives in County Dublin and worked for many years in adult education. Her job took her into colleges and prisons all around Ireland, and introduced her to a range of interesting people. She loved the buzz of teaching, but came to hate the tyranny of correcting assignments.
She has written throughout her adult life and has had many short stories published, one of which won the Molly Keane Short Story award. She has also been a regular contributor of short pieces for the Irish radio program Sunday Miscellany. About four years ago, she took the decision to write full time. The psychological thriller Before I Die is her first published novel.
BEFORE I DIE is Jackie’s debut novel and her first published with Inkubator Books.
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