A Gift for Dying by M. J. Arlidge #BlogTour #BookReview @MichaelJBooks @mjarlidge


Author: M. J. Arlidge

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Format: Paperback 480 pages

Release Date:  7 March 2019

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Firstly I would like to thank Tracy Fenton and the publisher for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and for the copy of this book provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


She heard their screams. She felt their fear.

Now she’s their only hope…

Adam Brandt is a forensic psychologist, well used to dealing with the most damaged members of society. But he’s never met anyone like Kassie. The teenager claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die. Obviously, Adam knows Kassie must be insane. But then a serial killer hits the city. And only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next. Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.

He just doesn’t realise how deadly his faith might prove…

My Thoughts

Imagine having a gift (if you can call it that) whereby when you look into someone’s eyes you can see how and when they will die. Well this is what Kassie has to deal with on a daily basis and it’s no wonder she turn’s to recreational drugs to try and numb the overwhelming feelings that are thrust upon her. 

Kassie’s predicament is really frustrating for her as no one believes in what she can do, not even her mother. The only person who knows what she is going through is her elderly grandmother but as she’s living out the end of her days in a nursing home Kassie really has no one with whom she can talk to. When Adam enters Kassie’s life I was so relieved for her because here is someone who finally doesn’t just look at Kassie as a lost cause, here is someone finally who is willing to look past the obvious and try and actually help her. 

Kassie is a really special character, she puts on such a hard front but at the same time is so vulnerable and fragile. The relationship which her character and Adam’s shared is my favourite kind to read about. A relationship that on paper shouldn’t work, but with the author’s careful scripting is actually something beautiful. Adam plays a kind of father figure, or big brother to Kassie and the way they help each other really gave the story a deeper level than the obvious psychological, supernatural, thriller elements. 

I really liked the fact that the book is separated into lots of short snappy chapters, sometimes only a page of two. This method of breaking up the story doesn’t work for all books, sometimes you really need the longer scripted chapters to be able to get into a story but that wasn’t the case here. I liked the urgency of the chapters and it made it so easy to get lost in the book as I kept saying to myself ‘just one more chapter’ for about 10 chapters or so! 

Some of the scenes are really gruesome, like really gruesome, now this isn’t an issue for me but be aware if this isn’t your kind of thing. The author has a very easy way with words making the book hard to put down and when you couple this together with a fast tense plot if time permitted I could have easily read this in one sitting. This was my first read by this author and I understand there is quite a back catalogue of published books already so I will definitely seek out others to read. 

About the Author

M. J Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specliasing in high-end drama production, including the prime-time crime series Torn, The Little House and Silent Witness. Arlidge also pilots original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a Number One bestseller. His firth thriller Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll’s House, Liar Liar, Little Boy Blue, Hide and Seek, Love Me Not, and Down to the Woods. 

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Shalini says:

    I want to read this book. Great review.. This publisher always rejects. I am hoping to get the book soon. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks shalini. I hope you get round to reading it soon x

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Shalini says:

    P. S short snappy chapters – I love them

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jules_Writes says:

    I must get round to buying this one – great review!

    Liked by 1 person

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