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Until the Day I Die

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As much intricate plot, dangerous suspense, and edge-of-seat chills as you could imagine. Admittedly I felt a little stuck at the beginning, plunged into the plot the way you are. It all seemed a little too hazy to figure out what was going on and it didn't feel I was given enough information about the main characters to determine if I even cared. But having ploughed through, I was rewarded soon enough. And between the back and forth of both Erin and her daughter Shorie's riveting versions of what was going down in their family and newly successful business app Jax, I was glued to the pages til the end.

Because as their story unfolds it becomes evident what a uniquely talented and deeply loving family Erin, her love-of-life husband Perry and their beautiful, bright and accomplished daughter Shorie, really are beneath their severely-damaged surface.

Definitely recommend, easily movie material. Unpredictable, very relevant with its cyber security issues and fully equipped with an exotic island for your winter getaway reading pleasure! Although you won't feel like you are relaxing lazily on a sunny beach. You'll be on the edge of your beach lounger, probably dropping your mi-tia into the sand a time or two.
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This was a quick read but not one of my favorites. I appreciate what the author was trying to do but this one didn't work for me. I thought it was fairly obvious early on what was going on and it reminded me of a Lifetime Movie of the Week. Maybe I am just not the right reader for this one.
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I absolutely loved everything about it this book! This is the first book I have read by Emily Carpenter and to say it did not disappoint would be an understatement. A cross between a thriller and Womens fiction, it kept me reading late until the night. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, it went in a different direction. I can't wait to read more by her!
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A fun, fast paced suspense. I have enjoyed Carpenter's other books. This shares good characters and flow but is more traditional suspense. Interesting plot and good twists and turns.
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Aha, I knew there was a reason I was avoiding this publisher, thinking they specialize in women’s fiction. They do, they really do. Going by this title, it might even be veering off toward chick lit. But yeah, I was in a mood for a thriller and this was available and somehow adorned in glowing reviews, but…here comes the but and it’s a sizeable one…it’s all so freaking trite. Granted the proliferation of the women authored women driven thrillers, like any proliferation, sort of invites a certain lowering of standards and a certain sort of formulaic writing, but there are still tiers. This is more toward the lower tiers. A multimillion dollar app company, a woman left in charge after her spouse dies, everyone around her is financially connected to this and is against selling it while she wants to do it. And just like that after a brief intervention she’s off to a super fancy resort for some R &R, which may turn out far less enjoyable then the brochures advertise. And now only her daughter, the teen whiz, can save the day. So yeah… The plot is substandard, you pretty much figure out what’s going on from the get go and the rest of the time is just the matter of naming the doers and playing out the action. The main characters, mother and daughter (an all too typical 18 year old nuisance with a love story all of her own, his kisses tasted like poetry…seriously) both, leave a lot to be desired development wise, in fact everyone in this book is some sort of a two dimensional cliché. The final reveal is laughably melodramatic. This is somewhere along a Lifetime movie of the week. The author checks all the boxes with the spit narrative and suspense and ending twist, but it’s all so unoriginal, expected and forgettable, that it really isn’t worth the time considering all the other, far superior thrillers out there. Mindless lite entertainment, but too much of the former and not enough of the latter. For less discriminating tastes and lower standards, otherwise pass. Thanks Netgalley.
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I know this book received alot of good reviews but I think it was one of the most strange and ridiculous book I have ever read. The characters were not very engaging, it had too much “tech” terms in it, it was a slow read and the whole storyline wasn’t plausible.  Sorry to say I would not recommend this book.
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Thank you to #NetGalley for this ARC of #UntiltheDayIdie

Emily Carpenter delivers another gripping novel in “Until the Day I Die”.  One of the best aspects of Carpenter’s writing in this narrative is her set up and execution of the plot turner.  She widely develops each and every character making the reader blissfully unaware of the true antagonist.  The story line is emotionally charged with love, loss, and deceit as we catch a glimpse of the chaos surrounding one woman’s grief and the secrets hidden by those around her.  A truly remarkable novel, 5 stars.
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Thanks to NetGalley and Emily Carpenter for an advance copy of the novel Until I Die. 
I enjoyed the book.  It was a tad slow in spots but was wrapped up pretty well. 
Description by the writer :
If there’s a healthy way to grieve, Erin Gaines hasn’t found it. After her husband’s sudden death, the runaway success of the tech company they built with their best friends has become overwhelming. Her nerves are frayed, she’s disengaged, and her frustrated daughter, Shorie, is pulling away from her. Maybe Erin’s friends and family are right. Maybe a few weeks at a spa resort in the Caribbean islands is just what she needs to hit the reset button…

Shorie is not only worried about her mother’s mental state but also for the future of her parents’ company. Especially when she begins to suspect that not all of Erin’s colleagues can be trusted. It seems someone is spinning an intricate web of deception—the foundation for a conspiracy that is putting everything, and everyone she loves, at risk. And she may be the only one who can stop it.

Now, thousands of miles away in a remote, and oftentimes menacing, tropical jungle, Erin is beginning to have similar fears. Things at the resort aren’t exactly how the brochure described, and unless she’s losing her mind, Erin’s pretty sure she wasn’t sent there to recover—she was sent to disappear.

I did not connect with Shorie as much as Erin. Erin's grief rang true and I enjoyed the book and rooted for Erin.
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Thank you to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Having never read any of Emily Carpenter’s previous work, I started this novel not knowing what to expect. I was intrigued by the title and the cover, though now that I have finished the book, I don’t feel like the title fits the book all that well. This was a quick read, but I didn’t really connect to any of the characters, and the “twists” weren’t all that surprising.  Every character seemed shallow and one-sided, and everything fell conveniently into place at just the right moment.  I prefer my books to have a bit more character development and to require a bit more thought.
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This was a good thrilling read. I was holding my breath during this book. The classic case of "who do you trust" that never gets old in a good thriller.  I loved the setting of Alabama (Birmingham and the Auburn campus) it was a nice change from a big New York or Miami Beach setting which seems to be where a lot of suspense books I read take place. I was very lucky to read this book while I was sitting off of the same Caribbean island in the story where Erin is sent to take a break. Of course, the actual resort was fictitious but it was very easy to understand the vivid description of the island scenery and terrain since it is very accurate to the real thing. The relationship with Shorie and Erin is troubled at the time of the beginning story but you realize it is a solid mother/daughter relationship. I would love to read another Emily Carpenter book. Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Wow!  This book was a fast paced, thrilling adventure!  I loved every bit!!!

Emily Carpenter created some amazing characters.  First, there's Perry.  He was tragically killed in car accident.  At least, that's what we THINK happened.  Then, there's his wife, Erin, who is having trouble recovering since Perry's death.  She's throwing herself into work at their tech company/app called Jax, but is considering selling it off....except that would need the approval of her and Perry's best friends, Sabrine and Ben, who are their partners and co-creators.  And THEN, there is Shorie, Erin and Perry's daughter.  She loved working alongside her dad and wants nothing more than to continue with Jax, but is expected to start her freshman year at Auburn.

At the suggestion (intervention) of her friends and family, Erin goes to seek restoration (rehabilitation) at Hidden Sands on a remote Caribbean island.  But, what starts as restoration quickly turns deadly.  And everything is not as it seems.  Are Erin's friends really that?  Or is someone orchestrating something behind the scenes?

This book took me on a Survivor-esque trip to the Caribbean.  And once the gun started shooting, I couldn't put this book down.  It's my first read from Emily Carpenter and, now, I am a big fan.  Hopefully this one becomes a movie!
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Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter is a suspenseful book that encourages you to keep flipping pages. 
Erin is a wreck since her husband died. She has been trying to keep it all together, despite her enormous grief. She is co-owner of a financial app that she created along with her husband and their best friends. And though her work has suffered since Perry’s death, she is shocked when her friends, family, and even her daughter, Shorie, hold an intervention, demanding that she go away to rest at a rehab facility. Shorie, who worked for her parents company, Jax, is also grieving her father’s death, but she is also angry at her mother for making her go to college instead of letting her work in the company full-time. When Erin arrives at her rehab retreat, she notices some things that are just ‘off,’ and when she tries to figure everything out, her life unravels even more. To solve this mystery, she unknowingly needs Shorie's help. 
First of all, this novel starts out very slow. Don’t let that deter you. Don’t quit reading because it does pick up, and when it does, the plot really keeps you reading. The GOOD- Character development allows the reader to connect with Erin and with Shorie, so you really care about them and their plight. Though the story starts out slow, it does pick up, and before long, you’re speed-reading and staying up all hours of the night just to see what happens. I’ve personally been to St. Lucia, and the details of the resort/rehab are spot on, which totally brought back my memories of being there. The author’s descriptions truly put you in the scene, and that’s definitely a plus. As far as the flow of the book, it starts off rocky, but again, after three or four chapters, everything seems to flow better, and the reader is immersed in the story. 
The BAD- This book begins rocky. The author includes pages of Perry’s journal, which makes the book disjointed and annoying. And even after reading the entire novel, I don’t see why those journal pages were included. Not only did they not make a lot of sense, they could have been summarized, which would have aided the flow of the novel. At the beginning, it’s choppy, and a lot of characters are introduced. Also, there are pages and pages of Erin ‘telling’ you what happens, how she feels, etc. The point of view switched from Erin to Shorie, and again, at the beginning, this annoys me. But it does get better. If you keep reading, you’ll see that the author miraculously blends everything together, and then each chapter seems seamless. I’m afraid that many readers will read a few chapters and give up, which is unfortunate, especially since the book is, overall, a great read. Also, part of the plot centers around the app company, JAX, and unfortunately, the author uses a lot of ‘tech talk,’ especially at the beginning. For most readers, like me, this may as well been written in Greek, and it does no good in capturing the reader’s attention. At the beginning, I wanted to quit reading, but I felt obligated to continue the book to give the author an honest review. 
This is my first read from this author. Honestly, I though the problems I had with the novel were just the work of a new author, but I looked the author up and saw that she has written multiple novels. There were some grammatical issues, but it wasn’t enough that it was distracting from the plot. However, the beginning of the novel reads like an amateur novel. Overall, this was a great read, and I am glad that I read it, but I hope she doesn’t lose readers with the first three chapters.
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I am really enjoying all Emily Carpenter's books. She tells a great story. 

This latest book, Until the Day I Die, tells the tale of an overworked widow with a daughter preparing to start Auburn University. Having recently experienced the death of her husband and partner in a startup, Erin is waffling between feeling daily pain and having to continue her high achieving at work.

Eventually, with the help of Shorie (her daughter), an intervention is held and Erin is sent to the Caribbean for a rest and to relax. Once there however, things are very different from the massages and spa treatments Erin has been expecting.

Meanwhile Shorie, newly at college is juggling a new love interest, a new roommate, and a mystery of her own as she searches for her late father's journal. 

I adored all Emily Carpenter's books so far, and this does not change my opinion. I thought the switching of perspectives from Erin to Shorie  was handled deftly, and I found the book so intriguing I read it in less than a day. 

Thanks to the author, publisher, and for my advanced copy.
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In Until the Day I Die, Emily Carpenter proves once again she’s a thriller powerhouse. Packed with heroines you’ll cheer for, villains you’ll love to hate, and plot twists galore, this story will have you on the edge of your seat until you breathlessly turn the last page. What a ride!
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Whoa what a ride! I have to say when I first started reading this book, it was taking me a bit to get into it. I wasn't feeling well and knew this can't be right as this is one of my FAVORITE authors so let me come back to it tomorrow. I am so glad I did as I was totally blown away. I could not turn the pages fast enough during the second half of this book. A lot of thrilling action that kept me on the edge of my seat. Great book, don't miss this one! Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the ARC
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I’m just waiting for Carpenter to get the attention she deserves, she writes stories that make me chew my nails to the quick and the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up. In her latest, Erin Graves is having an almost impossible job coping with the death of her husband. The tech company the couple started together is doing astoundingly well, so Erin allows her friends and family to persuade her to book a vacation in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, her daughter Shorie is worried less about her mother’s state of mind than she is with the trustworthiness of her business colleagues. And in her island paradise, Erin is suffering from the same worries and the feeling that she can trust no one. This review doesn’t do Carpenter’s book justice, just read it and I promise you will be completely riveted
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"Put a dent in the universe.

It's no secret that Emily Carpenter is one of my favorite authors, so when I had the chance to read an early copy of her fourth novel, my grabby hands went into full swing "Gimmie Gimmie" mode. I knew going into Until the Day I Die that it would diverge from Carpenter's usual vein of gothic suspense, which made me pick this up immediately to see how she would handle the reins of a more traditional thriller. While I still adore her signature style of southern gothic suspense, I have to say that this traditional thriller was just the read I needed to keep me focused during my typical holiday reading slump.

I'm struggling with what words could accurately describe this book. Is it a thriller? Yes. Is it women's fiction? I really hate that term, because it implies that men simply can't enjoy a book that doesn't grunt manly violence and that they can't appreciate or relate to the softer side of fiction, but under the traditional format of genre filing... Yes, it is also women's fiction. This book features a unique and wonderfully odd balance, and Emily has tackled a difficult yet fulfilling experience of blending many different elements into a single story. The beginning is a slow burn that connects you with this newly grieving and broken family and then segues into something darker and faster paced once we reach the part where Erin goes on her "getaway". 

That gorgeous cover is there by no accident; it's an atmospheric device that gently leads us to envision where Erin goes while letting our imagination fill in the details. I adore the amount of research that goes into the author's stories; I would never know that she isn't an expert in coding and developing a tech app in her spare time based on the detailed inclusions in this novel. As the story alternates between Erin and her daughter Shorie's POV (and maybe another POV in the end that I won't spoil for you), we see a strained relationship in the wake of husband/father Perri's recent death. Some chapter's begin with Perri's diary entries, and this was such a nice touch as it provides clues to the overall plot arc which becomes apparent the further the reader gets down the road. 

Many months ago, when this book was first added to Goodreads, I distractedly read the synopsis to have a general idea of where UTDID was going, but that was it. I guess you could say it felt like going in blind, since I never went back and re-read the description, and I think it was the best choice to make. Friends, go into this blind if you can and just sit back and let the author take you on this wild, intelligent, and emotional ride. Where most action thrillers tend to lack in tickling the full-bodied reading experience, Carpenter has made up for it in spades by including thrumming suspense, fast paced action, and a character study on grief that would gut even the iciest of hearts. Highly recommended for those looking for a read that goes beyond simple entertainment. 

*I received a review copy via the author.
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Seductively sinister, with a fierce, feisty mother-daughter duo you'll be cheering for. A fast, frightening read.
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I swear I didn't breathe for the second half of this book. Emily Carpenter is the master of creepy, unpredictable suspense, keeping me glued to the pages with the back-and-forth between mother and daughter's chapters. Though the mother gets much of the action spotlight in this story, the real star IMO was the daughter, Shorie. a young woman who's as smart as she is spunky. And the ending...OMG the ending. Emily, can we get a book 2?
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