[Review] Just Before I Died (2018)
Just Before I Died – 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!
“Just Before I Died” by S K Tremayne is a slow-burning, super dark and very creepy psychological thriller set on the moors of Dartmoor. After Kate loses much of her memory after being in a car crash, she comes to slowly learn that it was no accident. Even more traumatic, her husband and daughter are both acting incredibly strange towards her and she doesn’t understand why. There is a dark and deeply hidden secret surrounding her accident and Kate has the oddest feeling she is being watched.
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 realizes her ‘accident’ was nothing of the kind. And now her life collapses into a new world of darkness, menace, and terror.
Why did you do that to me, Mummy, don’t you love me? Kath lives with her husband Adam and daughter Lyla in a desolate stone longhouse deep in Dartmoor National Park. She likes her life – the moors are beautiful, if bleak – and she counts herself as happy, even if they struggle with money, and work, and her daughter’s shyness. But one day Kath wakes up from a coma, with a vague memory of a near-fatal car accident.
She hugs her daughter and her husband Adam. There’s something wrong. Adam seems furious with her and Lyla is acting ever more strangely. They should be delighted to see her alive, snatched from certain death. But they won’t meet her gaze. Soon, Kath learns that the car crash wasn’t an accident, and her whole life collapses into a world of panic, and danger.
Kath lives is a desolate area within Dartmoor National Park with her family. Kath once believed herself to be a very happy housewife and mother, despite the family’s financial struggles. Lyla, Kath’s young daughter is autistic and has always been somewhat of a difficult child. She doesn’t know how she used to be able to deal with all of this before the accident, there’s so much she doesn’t remember.
One thing Kath does know is that she is delighted to be back with her beloved family, even though her husband seems to be suppressing unspoken anger and acting very weird to her. Her daughter also can’t stop mumbling about some man on the moor.
Then Kath starts remembering bits and pieces of her lost memory, frightening and scary as they are, they slowly begin to return, and she becomes alarmingly surprised to learn that her accident was nothing of the sort. As Kath struggles to remember, she can’t help but fear that someone close to her wants her dead. With this awakening, she is more than ever determined to find out exactly what happened to her, as paranoia and anxiety sets in and surround her.
With large amounts of suspense and plenty of strange twists, the trust soon begins to come to light. The ending chapters in the book, well, just make certain you have plenty of time to finish it because by this point there’s no putting it down. And that ending? That crazy ass twist just blew me away! The author does an exceptional job of setting the eerie over the top creepy atmosphere, so do yourself a favor and get this one right away!
About the book Author
Tom Knox is the pseudonym of British writer and journalist Sean Thomas. Born in Devon, England in 1963, he studied Philosophy at University College London. As a journalist, he has written for the Times, the Daily Mail, the Spectator, and the Guardian, chiefly on travel, politics, and art. When he writes under the name of Tom Knox, he specializes in archaeological and religious thrillers. More recently he has written novels under the pseudonym, S. K. Tremayne.
Title: Just Before I Died
Author: S. K. Tremayne
Published Date: July 23, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Psychological Thriller
Format: Hardcover, Paperback
Pages: 385 pages
Reviewed by: Kathryn Price
Our Rating: 4.0 /5
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