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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 re ...more
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Meredith
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Painfully predictable and completely implausible.

This is a difficult review to write. I have enjoyed Emily Carpenter’s books, but this one was just too far-fetched for me. From the beginning, I was questioning the feasibility of almost every element of the plot. While I was hoping things would settle in and I would be able to push my critical brain to the side, I was never able to do so. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I got to the ending-- I felt like I was watching a bad Li
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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Emily Carpenter
"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 su
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KAS
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I think I will just be filing this under the “the most convoluted storyline”, and pretty much call it a day.

I went in completely blind, only expecting it to be a thriller of some sort. I would say it is a ‘who-dun-it?’ and ‘why?’ kind of read, but the twists and turns were just so bizarre and flaky with preposterous scenes.

This was my first Emily Carpenter experience. I listened to the audio version which was probably a mistake, as the annoying narrator’s voices made it even more diff
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Kaceey
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
3.5*
Oh my goodness! This is not what I expected!

What appeared to be an everyday thriller took a deeply sinister and disturbing angle.
Definitely one of those books that you convince yourself alright, one more chapter! Immediately followed by total exhaustion after white-knuckling your way straight through to the end!

Erin hasn’t been the same since her husband passed in an accident four months ago. She’s barely treading water, incapable of focusing on the needs of her daughter Shorie. She’s also
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Norma
Melodramatic, imaginative & a rocky ride!

First off I really need to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed this author’s previous books and will continue to read her books regardless of not enjoying this one as much as I would of liked to.

UNTIL THE DAY I DIE by EMILY CARPENTER is a slow-moving, sinister and suspenseful novel that was a quick and easy read. Although, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I was totally engaged but I was entertained and interested enough throughout this book to keep me turni
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Dita
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I wish I knew whether I enjoyed this book. I can't decide. It took me quite awhile to get through it but I never wanted to DNF it.

Erin owns a successful tech company but has had a very hard time recovering from the unexpected loss of her husband, Perry, five months ago. She is messing up at work and letting her daughter, Shorie, down. When her partners, her daughter, and her in-laws sit her down and suggest that she take a little time at a posh resort she grudgingly agrees.

When she gets there, h
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Susanne  Strong
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.25 Stars* (rounded down)

A Slow Burning Mystery/Suspense.

When Erin’s husband Perry dies, Erin falls apart, while her teenage daughter Shorie keeps it together - all while starting her Freshman year at College. A few years ago, friends Erin, Perry, Ben and Sabine formed “Jax” an uber successful online budgeting company that helps people keep track of their finances. With Perry’s death, Erin wants to sell, something her partners don’t agree with. The thing is, that Erin hasn’t exactly been hersel
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Debra
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
2.75/3 stars

Erin Gaines is overwhelmed. Her husband is dead and their company, Jax, which they started with their friends, is doing well, yet she is considering selling. She is insisting that her daughter, Shorie, attend college classes and not stay home to work at Jax. Erin appears to be distracted and is making mistakes at work and it is affecting her relationships. When her friends and daughter have an intervention for her, it is determined that she should go to spa resort to get back on trac
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marilyn
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Five months after Perry's accident, his wife Erin and 18 year old daughter Shorie, are struggling to cope with his loss. Perry and Erin created an app/company called Jax, with their best friends Ben and Sabine and although their plans had been to sell the company after five years, with Perry's death, Erin wants to sell it now. Just mentioning this starts some sinister behind the scenes events that lead to trouble for Erin.

The night Erin and Ben help Shorie move into her freshman dorm room, Erin
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Berit☀️✨
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was an entertaining thriller packed with twists, turns and delights!


Emily Carpenter will take you on a wild and crazy ride in this outrageouss thriller! This is one of those books where you just need to throw believability out the window and settle in for a deliciously indulgent story. I mean it is called fiction for a reason, and sometimes it is nice just to escape reality and have some fun! This book is definitely over the top and will cause some eye rolling, but I loved... EVERY! S
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
2.5 Stars

A highly anticipated book that left me so disappointed.

I read this one with a couple of our Traveling Sisters and we had similar thoughts on this one. It's not often we all struggle with a story. Disappointing was a word that was used quite often in our discussion.

I really struggled with the authenticity of the story. The characters and their actions didn't feel real and I was convinced the twist was that they all were play acting. When the twist came in, it was all so disappointing. D
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Tahera
Erin Gaines life is full of problems:
1) She has lost her husband Perry to a freak car accident and hasn't come to terms with it.
2) She is adamant in her decision to sell off the app company Jax that she and Perry had created with their best friends and business partners, Ben and Sabine even though it's doing very well.
3) She and her daughter Shorie, who would much rather work in the company than go to university are not on best terms.
4) Her family and friends are concerned about her well being a
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Toni
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
When Erin's husband Perry dies, she seems to begin to slowly unravel, wrapped in her grief. Her 18-year-old daughter Shorie is to go to college, so Erin agrees to to a spa resort Hidden Sands on a Caribbean island to regain her mental equilibrium. However, appearances are deceptive and there seem to be some suspicious dealings around Jax, Perry and Erin's tech company. Computer-savvy Shorie starts digging to reveal a few well-hidden secrets.
Although the pace was a bit uneven (slow-fast
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Monica
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Wow... this is quite the page turner with more twists than I could count! Very enjoyable read! ⭐️

There are unrealistic details to the story and I see some readers had issues with that. But it’s fiction and I didn’t have any problem with those allowances. Overall I was very invested in these characters- they were all struggling with grief, how to move forward, and who to trust. Written in alternating perspectives of the mom and daughter, the chapters are clearly marked and easily distinguishable.
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Monika Sadowski
Not bad, but not great either. For sure it is a fast-past thriller with a lot of twists. But for me it was too chaotic. I really like the main characters Erin and her daughter Shore but some situations that they were in were just weird and impossible in real life.
It was my first book written by Emily Carpenter but not last, I will definitely check her other thrillers.

Thank you to Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
I have to say, now that I’ve read my second psychological thriller by Emily Carpenter, she is firmly cemented in my top go-to thriller authors. Until the Day I Die had so many of the qualities that I fell in love with when I read Every Single Secret, and at the same time was so unique that it felt fresh, edgy, and most importantly, THRILLING!!! From the slow build, to the immense distrust I felt, followed by the W-T-F is happening and who do I trust??? (The answer is no one) Emily Carpenter nail ...more
Theresa Alan
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is described as a mystery/thriller, but it takes forever for any real mystery to get underway. It reads like women’s fiction until halfway through the book.

Erin is adrift since her husband died five months ago. She sees her daughter, Shorie, off to college, but then seems to drive drunk and behave erratically, so her family ships her off to a remote island to rest and regroup—she’s been either working constantly or sleeping, and her family and friends claim they are concerned. Shorie
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NZLisaM
If this had of been written in 1988 (although the plot would have to be altered technology-wise) this would've worked, but we've long moved on from that type of outlandish thriller.

2.5 rounded up to 3.

Erin – CEO of a company, responsible for developing a successful personal budget app called Jax It's been several months since her husband died in a car accident, and she's finding it hard to cope. Following a family and friends intervention, Erin agrees to a stay at an exclusive rehabilitation spa
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Kendall
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I have heard amazing things about Emily Carpenter and was super excited to get my hands on her newest book!

This was my first read by Emily Carpenter and I can see why she has so many fans!!

The beginning of this one started off very very slow... I was worried to be honest that this was going to be a DNF for me! But, it slowly started to creep up like a boogie man with twists and turns that you don't see coming!

I really loved Emily Carpenter's writing! It's superb and utterly addicting to the m
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ReadAlongWithSue
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery whodunnit
This is definitely a slow burner.

I have read this authors books and was aware she took a slight deviation writing this one. I chose to read it as I love her writing style.

I kept picking it up and putting it down several times as well as listening to a different book on audio.

I decided to give this book my undivided attention. So by the time I got to the 50% mark it got better. However I can’t say if I loved this book? I think I liked it, that will be my preferable word. I certainly didn’t hate i
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Lou
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed Emily Carpenter's three previous novels I was excited to dive into this, her fourth thriller to date, and those who appreciated those earlier books will find more of the same in Until the Day I Die. It moves at a fair old pace right from the beginning building up the tension as it progresses then around the halfway point it picks up to very pacy and doesn't let up until the end. Hurtling towards the conclusion was fun and the whole novel I found to be well plotted, superbly grippi ...more
DeAnn
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.5 stars to this cybercrime novel

I really didn’t know what to expect with this one as I haven’t read anything by this author, and I didn’t read any summaries. It was a crazy adventure, a bit implausible in parts, but with a few good twists thrown in.

Erin is the CEO of a tech company trying to recover from the death of her husband. She really seems to be falling apart and is sent to a spa. I immediately thought of “Nine Perfect Strangers” and I wondered what sort of adventure this spa would be f
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Erin
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

Well, I have already confessed that I pick books just because of their pretty covers. Other times, when it happens, I choose a book purely because one of the protagonists has the same first name as I do. Weird? Yes, probably a bit, but we readers all have our little quirks!

In Until the Day I Die, Erin Gaines and her teenage daughter, Shorie, are still coping with the untimely death of their be
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Jennifer
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Emily Carpenter has become one of my favorite new authors, so I was really excited when I saw she was coming out with a new book. Carpenter has become synonymous with words like creepy, gothic, chilling and suspenseful. However, Until the Day I Die was really none of those things. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, but it was just “lighter” than her other works. Dare I say this was more Women’s Fiction than anything else? I say “yes”.

While the story is engaging and Carpent
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 Li'l Owl
An Interesting 3★ Book

Erin
"Perry lay on the hospital bed in the shadowy emergency room. In the curtained area, I could barely look at him, he was so bloody and still. He’d been driving from Columbus, Georgia, to meet us at the lake for a family camping trip, first one of the season. On 73, between Waverly and Roxana, he’d fallen asleep at the wheel, the police said. Veered off the narrow road and smashed his car into a pine tree. He hadn’t been wearing a seat belt, that idiot. After his meeting
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Amy
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5/5

I’ve read three of Carpenter’s books now and I’m so impressed by how vastly different each of her books are. There’s nothing formulaic about her books, she doesn’t regurgitate the same old tired storylines, instead she comes up with these unusual premises that end up being wildly entertaining.

This flips back and forth between Erin and her daughter Shorie and I adore multiple perspectives. While I liked and felt for Erin I was really enamored with Shorie and I think it’s because Carpenter ca
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Darinda
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Erin Gaines, her husband, and two friends created a tech company that has started to take off. Erin’s husband died unexpectedly, and Erin is grieving his loss. Her daughter Shorie is leaving for college, but wants to stay home and work at her parents company. Between their grieving and difference of opinions regarding Shorie’s future, the mother-daughter relationship has become strained. Erin is encouraged to go to an exclusive spa for help, but it turns out the spa is not the relaxing resort ex ...more
Mandy White
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Until The Day I Die was the second book by Emil Carpenter that I have read and the second one that I have loved. I read it very quickly, totally hooked on the story and wanting to know how it was all going to end. Sure all the warning signs were there that things were going to go horribly wrong - bring it on!!

Erin and Shorie Gaines are in morning. Perry was killed in a car accident, changing their world forever. Shorie, his daughter misses him terribly. They were like 2 peas in a pod and she got
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Aga Durka
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 shining stars!!
“Until The Day I Die” was my first, but definitely not last, book from Emily Carpenter. At first I though I was in for another domestic fiction novel but it quickly turned into this brilliant mystery/suspense story, that I simply could not put down (thank goodness for the snow day, today!). The book was a slow burn at the beginning with a hint, here and there, of something sinister beneath the surface ☺…and finally somewhere in the middle of the story, the “sitting-at-the-edge o
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Tammie
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Until the Day I Die, a mystery thriller, was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around main characters Erin and her daughter Shorie. Erin and Shorie have been having a difficult time after a horrific accident left the family patriarch (Perry) dead. On top of putting their lives back together, Erin has a company to run-Jax, a million dollar tech company that she, Perry and friends started together. It’s also a company that Shorie loves and wants to work at, despite her mother’s wishes to now sell ...more
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