I received a free ebook of this title, Dying for Christmas, from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
Jessica is being held captive by a blue-eyed stranger for the 12 days of Christmas. Each day he provides her with a present to unwrap usually connected to some horrific story of his past. He embarks on some horrifying and some disgusting tortures for her and alternates between moments of seeming concern to deep cruelty with whiplash speed.
Jessica has secrets of her own. What does she know that no one else does? Her connection to her kidnapper and other characters we meet is revealed mainly in the second half of the book, a before and after effect. It is difficult to say much more about the plot or even some of the literary devices without giving away some key twists. Jessica as a character is easy to feel sympathy for at the start of the story. She is in the hands of a deranged man, her family doesn’t really seem to understand her, and neither does her live-in boyfriend.
The other principal character is Kim, the police woman looking for Jessica in the midst of her own domestic crisis. She seems unable to learn the hard lesson that sometimes you really can’t have it all. I found her a pretty unsympathetic character, but she was a good counterpoint to Jessica as the story unfolds. Fans of The Silent Wife, Girl on the Train, etc. will probably like this one.