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Cold Cold Heart: Deserve to Die by Miranda Rijks @MirandaRijks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

New week, new book review! I am really excited to kick off the week with my second book by Miranda Rijks! You can read my thoughts on I Want You Gone here.

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Title: I Want You Gone
Author: Miranda Rijks
Publisher: Inkubator Books
Date of publication: 31rd July 2019
Format: e-copy
Source: blog tour organiser
Number of pages: 279

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 beautiful children, Dom and Stacey have it all. He runs a successful design agency, she is finding fame as an author of children’s books.

Everything is perfect. Until they meet Tamara.

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.


Holy mother of books! Deserve to Die is a pretty dangerous read for your heart.

The first chapter had me holding my breath, and I am not sure I got a lot of oxygen during the time I read the entire book! There was always something preventing me from releasing the tension in my body! From a cold and calculated opening to a spine-chilling ending, this is ride-or-die reading!

Stacey happily lives with her handsome and successful husband Dom and their two lovely kids. She has a great friend, her career is about to take massive proportions. Heavenly picture, isn’t it? But Stacey has a past that may come back to haunt her.

Tamara loves lists. She is a planner, whether for work or… any other mission of hers. She is the second voice in this book, and one I particularly liked to hate.

Now you might think ‘hey, I see where this is going! Good cop VS bad cop, or in this case, good woman VS bad woman. Deserve to Die is more complex than this! Yes, we do get two complete opposite facing each other, but neither is white or black, although Stacey definitely felt more multi-layered than Tamara. I put it on multiple factors that are explored in the book, creating a background for each protagonist, and letting the reader decide how grey those people are. This is something I really like in Miranda Rijks’ novels.

Authors like to add an edge with a mental illness clinging to their characters, and Miranda Rijks remarkably succeeds in injecting the perfect dose of doubt so the reader can only watch in horror as a trap closes in on two women. Yes, two women. Both personalities see the world through distorted glasses. Their issues might be different, and one might be less … lethal than the other, but this novel is inhabited by minds which need to put some things to rest. I particularly appreciated the author’s take on how someone’s word becomes less reliable because of a mental health record. It sticks with you forever, casting you as the unreliable one, the ‘most-likely-to-break-down’ one, turning you into an easy target. Raising it to a deadly level, Miranda builds a strong case around how much the human mind can take.

Watching Stacey’s life suddenly slip out of control was painful. What could she have done to deserve this? They do say ‘do not open your door to strangers…’

Jumping from one point of view to the other, trepidation ran through my veins as I couldn’t help my good side from internally screaming ‘Nooooo!’ It was almost unbearable to watch events unravel, gain speed, and drive straight to a giant wall. I kept wondering how far the plot would lead us and just how many pieces would be left to glue back together.

Destruction is the key in Deserve to Die. Self-destruction or the explosion of someone else’s life, how different is it? What motives hide behind? Can you feel the chills? What would you do if someone was out to get you?

This novel by Miranda Rijks is a fantastic pick for all fans of an evil ride!

Pre-order now and get ready for the release on 31th July! Amazon

I would like to thank the lovely Emma for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!


about the author

Miranda Rijks is a writer of suspense novels.
Miranda has an eclectic background ranging from law to running a garden centre. She’s been writing all of her life and has a Masters in writing. A couple of years ago she decided to ditch the business plans and press releases and now she’s living the dream, writing suspense novels full time. She lives in Sussex, England with her Dutch husband, musician daughter and black Labrador.
Miranda loves connecting with her readers, so you can reach out to her at

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14 thoughts on “Cold Cold Heart: Deserve to Die by Miranda Rijks @MirandaRijks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours”

  1. Sounds really intriguing, and I like when books talk about mental health in realistic way and don’t romanticize it. As I got from your review, the author managed to do it right.
    Great review!


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