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Review of Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter

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.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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