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The Present

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At first when I read the blurb i really liked the premise of the story set in but The present-a mystery thriller was gory and did not have any thought provoking twists.
The only twist you can find is who the killer is and why kills people around Christmas time. 
I really liked the plot of the book. It is an easy read and overall an enjoyable book.

Thank you Netgalley and HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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This book had me gripped from the onset. The evil and violence pervading the pages, was at times shocking, but necessary to the plot. The characters were very descriptive and easy to identify with, and the final denouement, as Santa is exposed in all his pyschopathical glory, is one most readers will probably be wrong footed by. I was totally enthralled by this novel and thoroughly reccomend it.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for this fantastic read.
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This book was right up my street. I was intrigued from the start as it seemed to go hand in hand with the book of the same title by Charlotte Phillips, however they were definitely very different.
This was a quick and easy read, and had a nice twist to it. I would definitely read more from this author. Thanks netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book
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It was a Christmas I can't forget! Who knew a story set on Christmas could be so brutal? I really underestimated this book and got pleasantly surprised.

Anna sometimes would grind my gears, and I just wanted to scream at her and tell her what to do, but thankfully I couldn't because they were all bad ideas.

I never had a clue who the killer was even though I was looking left and right and reading between the lines. I'm sad that my hunch was wrong. I thought I had it, that I guessed it from the start. Although the revelation of the killer made the story even better. I think I'm still in shock! 

This idea always sounded very original and it's a great twist in such a wonderful season. Forget all the Christmas romances all I want for Christmas are murder mysteries from now on.
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Puts a whole new meaning to the 12 days of Christmas with a plot twist you most probably won’t be expecting!
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fter reading the description of this book, I was so excited to start reading. The premise of a serial killer, targeting couples every two years in the lead up to the Christmas holidays and using the popular '12 Days of Christmas' song to taunt the police, seems to contain all of the required elements for a heart-stopping thriller. 
However, despite my high hopes, 'The Present' did not deliver. From the start, I found the character of Anna to be a little predictable - the hardhitting but caring journalist, who is willing to put her life on the life for the sake of another. While well-written, Anna was just a little too-predictable for my liking. 
Of course, the character needs to display just these characteristics in order to be determined enough to inset herself into the investigation for the 'Santa' killer. But for me, Anna seems too reminiscent of other protagonists in crime novels and does not stand out in her out right.
The overall storyline is creepy and certainly not for the faint-hearted. Despite my negative feelings towards a main character, I did really enjoy the overall story and the little hints dropped throughtout about just who the would prove to be 'Santa'. Though, I don't think that I will be listening to the '12 Days of Christmas' anytime soon. ;)

Thank you to @netgalley as I received an ARC of this @harpercollins book from them in return for an honest review.
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Five stars; because wow ... i mean wow..... I could not put this down.... a real on the edge of your seat book...... this is one that scares you but you have to just keep on reading......
Jim the detective seems to be out smarted by the "Santa" at every step of the way.... and eventually you will find out why....
The clues are in there... the idea of who it is torments you as a reader and keeps you guessing.....but it is all in there for you to pick up on .....
It was only when i had finished did i see the clues and they fell into place like a domino effect....

The twelve days of Christmas begins the countdown each year of a spree of killing and fear....
each year the psychopath starts his deadly run of gruesome murders...
who is it seems to be the challenge for the detective and each year "Santa" outsmarts the police

The Present opens up with a delivery of a gift to a journalist .... it takes hold at this point and the clock starts to tick down as the twelve days of Christmas starts the whole process of the murders and gruesome attacks....

A great written book that i have really enjoyed..... but one note that i would have liked to have read is to have some knowledge of what his mother did to him that made him into such a gruesome psychopathic killer

But it was a good read and would recommend it to others
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I thoroughly enjoyed this. It contains enough clues to keep me guessing but was also an easy read.
I liked the concept of the book so much that I ordered the follow up.
The characters are realistic and relatable. I have recommended this book to colleagues and friends. I will definitely read it again.
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This book certainly isn't one for the faint hearted. It's a great story, I wasn't sure who the killer was right up until the end. However,, it is seriously gory, gratuitously so in my opinion. So if you tend to be squeamish I'm not sure that this is the book for you.
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This was a fascinating thriller that kept me up past my bedtime. Excellent character development along with a twisty story. Highly recommended.
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I enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing until the end - I had a couple of suspects earmarked from early on - and I read it in almost a single sitting.
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This is a Christmas thriller, quite easy to read but lacks the mystery component!

The story starts off with a good premise but…

I tend to like stories that are peppered with thought-provoking twists and turns and this story, unfortunately, has none; guessing the culprit was basically a walk in the park.

If you’re looking for an easy ready, revolving around some incredibly gruesome crimes and you’re not bothered by the lack of mystery then you should definitely give this book a read.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.
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#ThePresent #NetGalley 
12 deadly presents, a serial killer. How the police will catch him? I thought I have read these kinds of books before but i was so wrong. Highly recommended.
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Cannot give feedback as the book is stuck on my shelf unable to be downloaded because something is missing despite there being no archive date.
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A fantastic crime novel that ties in very well with the twelve days of Christmas theme. I thought the author, DS Devlin's concept of the countdown and the delivering of presents coinciding with the twelve days of Christmas was a quality idea. 

The Present was a hugely enjoyable read without the complexity and twists and turns of many other mysteries and thrillers but it still kept me questioning and guessing until the end and there were plenty of red herrings to lead me astray.  

It becomes apparent later in the book why the Santa Killer chose to abduct and kill his victims around the Christmas period each year. 

The story moved along at a comfortable pace and for me, this was a brilliant crime thriller/murder mystery read. I highly recommend The Present to anyone who favours this genre.

With gratitude to HarperCollins and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this novel.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love thrillers and this one certainly didn't disappoint. The story is fantastic and has been planned with great care. A real page turner!
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The synopsis of the book sounded extremely interesting, enough to make me want to read it and find out more. 
Did the book live up to it though?!? Well a word...... yes! It’s an extremely well thought out storyline and has been executed with great aplomb. I like the authors writing style, I found it engaged the reader and drew me in. The characters were also well written, with in depth personalities that gave the feel of realism.
All in all a good, solid read. I don’t know how i managed to let this one pass me by for so long!
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my arc.
All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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# The Present # 
I thought I had read this book before, as I have not long had this one from Netgalley. Sure enough I had, I read it almost as soon as it was released back in 2017. It’s funny how some books stick in your mind. Well I read it again and apart from the odd bit I almost remembered it like for line. It was and still is a damed good book. It’s very rare I can read a book twice, yet even though I knew what was coming I just had to continue reading the book. All told I can count on one hand the amount of books I have read more than once, for me to be able to read again means one thing it’s a brilliant, fantastic read otherwise I genuinely would not have read it again. Highly recommended
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12 deadly presents one series killer on the loose. Will the police be able to find out who did it before he claims another victim. This book can be enjoyed anytime. Not only at Christmas.
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Thank you netgalley for this book. A good thriller, page turner. It keeps you guessing.

it can be a bit gruesome but ive come to expect that of thrillers. 5 out of 5!
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