review and cover mani: until the day I die

The back jacket, from Goodreads:

If there’s a healthy way to grieve, Erin Gaines hasn’t found it. After her husband’s sudden death, the runaway success of the tech company they built with their best friends has become overwhelming. Her nerves are frayed, she’s disengaged, and her frustrated daughter, Shorie, is pulling away from her. Maybe Erin’s friends and family are right. Maybe a few weeks at a spa resort in the Caribbean islands is just what she needs to hit the reset button…

Shorie is not only worried about her mother’s mental state but also for the future of her parents’ company. Especially when she begins to suspect that not all of Erin’s colleagues can be trusted. It seems someone is spinning an intricate web of deception—the foundation for a conspiracy that is putting everything, and everyone she loves, at risk. And she may be the only one who can stop it.

Now, thousands of miles away in a remote, and oftentimes menacing, tropical jungle, Erin is beginning to have similar fears. Things at the resort aren’t exactly how the brochure described, and unless she’s losing her mind, Erin’s pretty sure she wasn’t sent there to recover—she was sent to disappear.


Friends, I have an addiction to Emily Carpenter’s novels. Like for real, how is she not a household name at this point? The queen of Southern Gothic expanded her talents in UNTIL THE DAY I DIE by incorporating an emotional core into her signature suspenseful plot, which made this novel feel both fresh and familiar. A little slower in the beginning, the venture into Erin’s consuming grief showed a strong sensitive side to Carpenter’s voice, and once Erin arrived at the spa, the atmosphere closed in around her like a creepy, hostile force she’d likely be forced to overcome. Because, you know, this was an Emily Carpenter novel and her atmospheres are, more often than not, fairly predatory. 😈 

Cover design by Faceout Studio, Lindy Martin

Balancing Erin’s uncertain POV with her daughter Shorie’s, provided a grounded center to the story. Grieving in a different way, bottling up her emotions and lashing out, I felt for Shorie but didn’t question her stability. Presented as a smart, ambitious young woman who knew what she wanted, when Shorie suspected something was amiss, I believed her. 

So to sum up, there was Erin, rightly wary as she began the program at the Spa of This Place is Kinda Sketch and a thousand miles away, Shorie was sneaking around like some sort of STEM Jedi spy-in-training, trying to sort it all out. Even when others around her didn’t take her concerns seriously, Shorie’s firm and tenacious nature made her a force to be reckoned with because she knew if she didn’t put the clues together quickly enough, bad things were going to happen. Total.Bad.Ass.

An easy five stars, UNTIL THE DAY I DIE’s shocking twists had me taking screenshots so I could scream about them in DMs, and the ending made my mouth hang open in disbelief, followed by a two-hand fist pump because WHAT THE WHAT?! The wide expanse of emotional territory and level-ten WTFs makes UNTIL THE DAY I DIE a must read. This baby hits shelves March 12th, so do yourself a favour and pre-order Emily Carpenter’s latest smash.  

Big thanks to Emily Carpenter for sending me a finished copy, which obviously didn't sway my review because I don’t roll like that. 


For this mani, I used:

FingerPaints Black Expressionism and Paper Mâché

China Glaze – Too Yacht to Handle, Def Defying, At Your Athleisure, Just a Little Embellishment

OPI – CIA = Color is Awesome, Stay Off the Lawn, matte topcoat

Essie – Satin Sister

So Nailicious – needle brush


  1. Sounds like a great book.


  2. I feel like she doesn't write any weak books, which is amazing considering how prolific she is. And she uses the same techniques, but somehow each book (well, from what I've read and seen from other reviewers) is strong and doesn't echo the others. Yay!

    Also, your naaaaaaiiillllls! OMG I am dead. Those are so, so gorgeous. Can I fly you down here to do my nails? :D


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