|(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)|
Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben—with a dose of Big Little Lies or Stranger Things—an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series, in which a seemingly open-and-shut police case with a clear-cut hero and villain turns out to be anything but simple.
Late one night in the quiet Hudson Valley town of Havenkill, a distraught woman stumbles into the police station—and lives are changed forever.
Aimee En, once a darling of the ’80s pop music scene, claims that a teenage boy stole her car, then ran over another young man who’d rushed to help.
As Liam Miller’s life hangs in the balance, the events of that fateful night begin to come into focus. But is everything as it seems?
The case quickly consumes social media, transforming Liam, a local high school football star, into a folk hero, and the suspect, a high school outcast named Wade Reed, into a depraved would-be killer. But is Wade really guilty? And if he isn’t, why won’t he talk?
Told from a kaleidoscope of viewpoints—Wade’s mother Jackie, his younger brother Connor, Aimee En and Pearl Maze, a young police officer with a tragic past, If I Die Tonight is a story of family ties and dark secrets—and the lengths we’ll go to protect ourselves.
I am all about suspense-thrillers lately and this one is no exception. I just loved If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin. What a book!
This is a slow-going story that unfolds every detail piece by piece, making you question everything left and right. Inspired by true events, this story tackles social media and the way it elevates gossip to truth in a nanosecond. A woman claims her car was stolen by a teenager who then ran over another teenager who was trying to help her. One boy (Liam) is in hospital fighting for his life, while the other one (Wade) is keeping his mouth shut and refusing to provide details. No one knows what really happened, but according to everyone on social media they know 'whodunit'.
Predictable at times, this story can appear a bit too formulaic. However, the emotional stresses of the characters provide a layer of depth to the story that makes it all feel a bit too real. That haunting idea that this could happen to anyone is what gives the story that extra push it needs to make it unputdownable. I absolutely gobbled it up in one sitting and loved every minute of it. Definitely a great book to settle down with during these crazy weather days - perfect for chilly/stormy nights.
I would happily recommend If I Die Tonight to fans of Alison Gaylin and anyone looking for their next great read- you will LOVE this book!!
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