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Published August 31st 2014
Share the beauty of your death
Would you spend your last moments with in the company of strangers? The phenomenon of suicide websites offer the opportunity for complete strangers to meet and commit suicide together. It offers those who aren't brave enough to take the last step a literal push in the 'right' direction.

Would you find a connection with someone in the same state of mind? A common goal can unite two people. No one else can understand you. No one else can handle your secrets. No one else can love the real you.

Would you die with me?
Share your last moments with me?
Share with me the beauty of mortality?
Share death with me, the beauty of your death.

Die With Me Elena Forbes
Die With Me By Elena Forbes

If the victims wanted to die, is it really a crime? Do teenage girls with good grades and loving families kill themselves? While Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Clarke recovers from a motorbike accident, Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia and his team get started on this euthanasia grey zone the case is plunged into police politics.

Rank is pulled and Carolyn Steele takes charge . Her first move is to bring in celebrity criminal profiler Patrick Kennedy as a consult. Mark can feel a migraine coming along as the last time Kennedy consulted, he detoured the investigation and cost the last three victims their lives.

Just as Mark and his partner, Sam Donovan are close to cracking the killer's modus operandi (MO), Kennedy dismisses every lead that they turn up. Its a battle of instincts versus office politics shadowed by Steele's unreasonable trust in Kennedy's ego. Everything is just peachy as the killer changes his MO, Steele starts receiving threatening emails and Donovan starts seeing a hypnotist.

Elena Forbes's debut novel weaves an interesting police procedural. The point of view narrative works to offer more depth to the characters, providing a glimpse into their lives out of the office. Although at times the characters seem preoccupied with their personal lives, Forbes manages to make use of it in the later part of the story.

Die With Me offers an interesting premise of the abuse of suicide websites and what the use of these websites could mean for the would-be suiciders. A quick plug of suicide websites into a search engine reveals the nauseating reality that these websites actually exist. The captivating case is built around the euthanasia debate without drowning in statistics.

Although there are a few crime drama cliches and some instances of predictable back-story that most crime readers are familiar with, the novel still manages to be absorbing. There is a lot of foundation laying that subsequent novels will benefit from. Die With Me is a page turning debut novel which adds enough twists and red herrings to keep the reader interested.
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