Until the Day I Die (Lake Union Publishing) is one of those unique books that straddles multiple genres with equal brilliance to all sides. It is women’s fiction in its exploration of character development and growth, the intimacy Emily Carpenter builds between her characters and her readers. It is suspense in the careful unfolding of clues and deceit, the heart-racing twists Carpenter weaves into the plot.
Reeling from the sudden death of her husband, Erin and her daughter Shorie are struggling to put the pieces of their life back together. From the outside, Erin seems to be on a self-destructive course that has her family and business partners worried. A family intervention sends Erin to a rehab spa in the Caribbean that, she quickly realizes is less about her recovery than about making her disappear. Shorie, meanwhile, is thrust into college life as a reluctant freshman. Not only is she worried about her mom, but also about strange, secretive activities at parents’ company.
Carpenter expertly unwinds the threads of the story, leading her characters and readers deeper into a jungle of deceit and danger. Told from two points of view, Erin and Shorie, it’s an engaging story about family and friendships, love and betrayal.
Emily Carpenter’s writing is captivating with vivid descriptions and beautiful phrasing that left me both wanting to linger and breathless to get to the safety of the next chapter. Her ability to yank the story thread at the exact moment you think you’ve got it figured out and make you twist until you find your footing, is a masterclass in story development.
I adored so many things about this book. And while I loved the fierce and raw relationship between Erin and Shorie, it’s the ending that was perhaps my favorite. Not so much because it was the “perfect” ending or because of its holy-cow-I-didn’t-see-that-coming factor. What knocked the wind from my lungs when I turned the last page was the depth of the human emotions in that last scene. How a character you’ve learned to hate, a character who is truly despicable, can open a window to those unimaginable places we’re willing to let ourselves go – or more appropriately, unable to keep ourselves from going. I closed the book unsettled and unable to stop thinking.
Until the Day I Die is now available.
About Emily Carpenter
Emily Carpenter is the author of critically acclaimed, bestselling thrillers Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, The Weight of Lies, and Every Single Secret. After graduating from Auburn University, she moved to New York City. She’s worked as an actor, producer, screenwriter, and behind-the-scenes soap opera assistant for the CBS shows As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her family. Visit Emily at emilycarpenterauthor.com and on Facebook and Twitter.