I am missing Held captive by a blue eyed stranger To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, eachhorrible than the last The twelfth day is getting closer After that, there ll be noChristmas cheer for me No mince pies, no carols No way outBut I have a secret No one has guessed it Will you I have a feeling that 2015 will be a good year for the psychological thriller category I have already read some real winners so far Let s toss this one into that box of goodies This is the Christmas you don t want to have unless you are really messed up or lunch with your Mother In Law is a worse option I am missing Held captive by a blue eyed stranger To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, eachhorrible than the last The twelfth day is getting closer A I have a feeling that 2015 will be a good year for the psychological thriller category I have already read some real winners so far Let s toss this one into that box of goodies This is the Christmas you don t want to have unless you are really messed up or lunch with your Mother In Law is a worse option I am missing Held captive by a blue eyed stranger To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, eachhorrible than the last The twelfth day is getting closer After that, there ll be noChristmas cheer for me No mince pies, no carols No way out.But I have a secret No one has guessed it Will you Indeed, will you Meet Jessica Gold Out Christmas shopping alone one day Festive atmosphere all around Decides to stop to warm up with a coffee in a coffee shop Talks to a handsome man called Dominic Accepts an invite to go back to his place Big, big mistake Dominic and Jessica play a game, a dark game Dominic gives Jessica a gift for each of the twelve days of Christmas, but these are not nice presents and the whole first half of the book messes with your head The pace is super, the plot is tight and really very interesting Dominic is manipulative and evil, he has no remorse and Jessica is trapped in his apartment caught in his web But why The second half of the book has a whole different focus and I am not going to share what it is at it will honestly spoil the fun for you I have to admit the twists and turns were so many and so sharp in the latter half of the book that my brain started to need breaks, to process what had just happened It s very clever twisting and turning I wanted to love the last half of the book but have to say personally I preferred the focus of the first.By the end you realise you have been caught up in one hell of a journey and Tammy Cohen has taken you on a roller coaster ride filled with magic mirrors, false walls and a maze or two until you are spat out the other end Read it whilst fully alert 4 stars I received an ARC of this book thanks to the publisher in exchange for an honest review, many thanks. Q Three interesting things about me Well, I m twenty nine years old, I m phobic about buttons Oh yes, and I m dying.Oh well, you live and learn.Except in my case only one of those is true c Q We d met at university, where he was studying medicine and I was studying social awkwardness and a catastrophic inability to cope with deadlines c Q What, turn down the chance to talk about myself for fifty five minutes a week I d have to be nuts c Q I nodded calmly As though strange men were Q Three interesting things about me Well, I m twenty nine years old, I m phobic about buttons Oh yes, and I m dying.Oh well, you live and learn.Except in my case only one of those is true c Q We d met at university, where he was studying medicine and I was studying social awkwardness and a catastrophic inability to cope with deadlines c Q What, turn down the chance to talk about myself for fifty five minutes a week I d have to be nuts c Q I nodded calmly As though strange men were forever following me into department stores off the street c Q Not that my family is particularly good at presents.Last Christmas, my parents bought me six sessions with a therapist c Q It s not that we think there s something wrong with you, Mum said, scanning my face anxiously as I examined the voucher We just want you to be the best you can be But what if this is my best me My dad laughed then as if I d made a joke Then God help us, c Q What on earth was I thinking And if you have to ask, you re probably too clear headed, too normal, not lonely enough, to understand What I was after was an experience, a memory I could store in tissue paper and take out every now and then in years to come when no one was around Q Why does she have to be so weird they used to ask my parents as we were growing up, as if weirdness was an eccentric jacket I d perversely chosen to wear c Q their efficient, multi tasking wives and their Renaissance children c Q I suppressed my qualms and shut out my mother s voice in my head asking what I thought I was doing c Q I d spent all year trapped inside myself with only me for company I wanted a break I wanted to be someone else for a bit, with someone else s life.You re a long time dead, I told myself.Funny, that thought isn t so comforting now c Q Everyone has secrets, don t they c Q If you are what you eat, the people of Wood Green are giant walking fried chicken wings c Q The thing is, you never really know, when it comes to other people, what secret rooms they keep c Q I don t actually do sex I don t like losing control Don t worry, he said again I get my pleasure in other ways Gosh, I said, using that word for the first time in my life I can t imagine Do you knit Or make exact scale models of famous landmarks out of matchsticks c Q I tried to summon her up in my mind, fashioning her into a rope that I could wind around my thoughts But she was too slippery Sliding away through the gaps in my mind c Q Sometimes she talks like an American self help manual c Q How many assumptions do we make each day based on a total travesty of truth I wonder c Q Life didn t always take you where you thought it would c Q the cold literally snatched the breath from my lungs, but I also felt an exhilaration I hadn t felt for a long time I looked at the sun reflecting gold and silver off the river, and the glittering Shard, soaring up into the sky I watched the distant cars on the bridge, and noticed how every now and then one of them would explode like a fire cracker when a ray of sunlight bounced off its bonnet It was all so beautiful c Q If I just find the right combination in my mind, surely I can unlock the door in time and space that ll lead me back to the life I had before c Q Possibility Unlikely I crave certainty As long as certainty is in my favour c Q Whoever worked life out got the design all wrong, it seems to her c There was something about the blurb for this book that grabbed my attention Maybe it was that I had never read a Christmas thriller before or it could be that it sounded so intriguing Either way, it turns out, it wasn t exactly what I had hoped for.The opening was strong I was captivated Excited Curious What could possibly make a woman go home with a man she just met especially when she has a boyfriend at home Granted the man resembled Bradley Cooper and made the requisite declaration There was something about the blurb for this book that grabbed my attention Maybe it was that I had never read a Christmas thriller before or it could be that it sounded so intriguing Either way, it turns out, it wasn t exactly what I had hoped for.The opening was strong I was captivated Excited Curious What could possibly make a woman go home with a man she just met especially when she has a boyfriend at home Granted the man resembled Bradley Cooper and made the requisite declaration I m not some crazed axe murder, I promise but still What did she think was going to happen when she agreed to go back to his place for a drink I guess maybe there was a teeny tiny part of me that could accept this odd duck hunting for a little excitement in her life Even in the face of stranger dangerWhat I was after was an experience, a memory I could store in tissue paper and take out every now and then in years to come when no one was around What she ended up with was waythan a glass of wine, but wasn t that kind of obvious Or was it What appears to be a captive woman, forced to spend twelve days of Christmas with a crazed stranger, morphs into something else entirely It s an unexpected twist I ll give the author that, but my attention had kind of waned by that point I just wasn t feeling it, if I m being honest Somewhere among the gift giving and the pseudo psycho pillow talk, I got lost Lost in the monotony and humdrum tone of the story It was flat and kind of unexciting my mind was wandering and the page countdown had begun I struggled to find a connection with any of the characters Jessica, Dominic or even Kim While I won t say this was horrible or totally unenjoyable, I can t say that it was spectacular either It was somewhere smack in the middle for meThank you to Pegasus Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Find my reviews on my blog Date Read 11 14 16Pub Date US 11 22 164 STARS Out Christmas shopping one December afternoon, Jessica Gould meets the charming Dominic Lacey and impulsively agrees to go home with him for a drink What follows is a Twelve Days of Christmas from hell as Lacey holds Jessica captive, forcing her to wear his missing wife s gowns and eat lavish holiday meals Each day he gifts her with one item from his twisted past his dead sister s f Find my reviews on my blog Date Read 11 14 16Pub Date US 11 22 164 STARS Out Christmas shopping one December afternoon, Jessica Gould meets the charming Dominic Lacey and impulsively agrees to go home with him for a drink What follows is a Twelve Days of Christmas from hell as Lacey holds Jessica captive, forcing her to wear his missing wife s gowns and eat lavish holiday meals Each day he gifts her with one item from his twisted past his dead sister s favorite toy, disturbing family photos, a box of teeth As the days pass and the gifts become darker and darker, Jessica realizes that Lacey has a plan for her, and he never intends to let her go.But Jessica has a secret of her own a secret that may just mean she has a chance to make it out alive I feel as though this should be a brief review, as you want to go into this one knowing the least amount possible Tammy Cohen has won me over with two of her books so far and for good reason she clearly knows how to write a stunning thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page I read this one in two sittings over the course of one morning because I simply couldn t put it down.The characters are clearly not to be trusted not a single one Also, I m finding I shouldn t be trusted to write reviews while sick with a cold and on medication Hehe The book is divided into two parts the first is Jessica s disappearance and the second follows the investigation by Kim A few bits were done by the book and easily seen from far away, but I think the main twist will get most people and cause them to finish the book with gusto.While this is a fantastic Christmas read, and I do highly recommend reading it around such time, it s not necessary to enjoy the book Perhaps including it in a Christmas in July reading would work just as well I m so pleased I was given an early copy for US publication as now I was able to catch up with my friends over the pond who have read this awhile back Tammy, you are one twisted woman and I adore you Special shout out to my TBC friends who put this one on my radar so that I looked it up Highly recommended to all thriller fans what a rare treat to find something so thrilling with a holiday theme Many thanks to Pegasus Books for providing my copy it was my pleasure to provide an honest review