Before You Die – Samantha Hayes

Oh God, Please don’t let me die.

It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire Village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it.

Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.

Is History about to repeat itself ?

DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly.

Are the recent deaths suicide – or murder ?

And is the nightmare beginning again ?

What I think :

I really enjoyed Samantha’s previous novel ‘Until You’re Mine’ so i was really looking forward to this one. And I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

It was really good to have DI Lorraine Fisher and husband Adam back in this gritty new novel. She comes to the village with her youngest daughter Stella to visit her sister Jo. Almost straight away things start to happen, Some of it involving her nephew Freddie, Who has an awful secret.

Quite a few Subjects are covered in this novel : Suicide, Self harm, Bullying and Mental Health. It also has some quite gruesome, spine-chilling moments. Along with a few red herrings thrown in along the way to confuse you. Although there were a few things that I did work out quite early on.

The characters were very well written and some of them quite complex. I particularly liked the way they were interwoven in one way or another.

With excellent Prologue and epilogues to start and finish it off, its well worth a read.


Published 24 April 2014

Thank you to the Publishers Century and to NetGalley for the Digital copy to read and review.



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