Title: Deserve To Die
Author: Miranda Rijks
Original Publication Date: July 31, 2019
Goodreads Synopsis: “Dom and Stacey have the perfect life. Until they meet Tamara. Brilliant, beautiful, she hides a horrifying secret. One that may destroy them all.
Happily married with two wonderful children, Dom and Stacey are living the dream. He runs a successful design agency, she is finding fame as an author of children’s books.
Everything is perfect. But then they meet the mesmerizing Tamara and their lives are changed forever.
Because Tamara is a woman with a plan. She executes it step by step – patient, systematic, methodical.
And as her plan unfolds, Dom and Stacey find their lives slipping out of control. Taking them from heaven into the deepest, darkest hell…”
*No spoilers below.
I’m not sure if Miranda Rijks wrote this to make me question my sanity or if I’m actually evil/crazy. My excuse is that Tamara starts the book off, and maybe that’s why my loyalty was to her– to me, it felt like it was her book and her story.
Stacey Nicholson’s POV switches off with her every other chapter. While I resonated with bits and pieces of Stacey, even feeling empathetic towards her at times, I still sided with Tamara on every issue. Dom was a super McDreamy-type character; I think I’m in love with him, too?!
The story was fast-paced and the plot is thickened from the very beginning. The writing was easy to read, I could quickly get through each page without constantly backtracking. There was a LOT to keep up with but, at the same time, not too much. Deserve To Die is the definition of a ‘page-turner’!
Dates Read: Sept. 22-Sept. 27, 2019
My Rating: 4 out of 5
“I try to avoid deadlines because they bring out the worst in me. Panic stifles my creativity.”
“I honestly think that reviewers de-personalise books and paintings and other creative works. They forget that a real person has toiled away for weeks and sometimes years to create it.”
“I want to hit something, smash my fist through glass, hurt myself. But I know that will only be temporary reprieve. Experience has taught me that.”
“But sometimes, if you want something so badly, you don’t fully think through the consequences.”
*Big thanks to Netgalley, Miranda Rijks, and Inkubator Books for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for my always honest, unbiased review.