Late one night in the quiet Hudson Valley town of Havenkill, a distraught woman stumbles into the police stationand 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 whod rushed to help.As Liam Millers 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 isnt, why wont he talk?Told from a kaleidoscope of viewpointsWades 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 secretsand the lengths well go to protect ourselves....
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If I Die Tonight Reviews
While I can appreciate what this book was attempting to do, and there were things I did like about it, If I Die Tonight ultimately wasn't my kind of book.
I did like and appreciate the fact that this was a book that looked at life and parenting in the internet age and I think the book did a realistic job of portraying an intergenerational cast of characters. There is a single mother with two sons, one in high school and one in middle school. She watches her sons glued to their phones and feels li ...more
"I can trust you, right, buddy? You won't say anything?"
Do you ever get really excited when you're reading a mystery and you realize it's genuinely good? Like the characters have layers on layers, the plot is twisty but not frustrating, and gosh darn it you're just having a good time reading it?
If I Die Tonight is unpretentiously exciting and Ellen Gail certified good. (the EllenGail certification means absolutely jack, unless you liked this. Then I will take all the credit)
And did I mention t ...more
Having loved What Remains of Me I was really looking forward to this and it was one of those books I devoured - although it has a mystery at the heart of it and it'll get tagged as a psychological thriller, this was much more family drama with a small town vibe, digging deep into themes of parental responsibility, sibling relationships, school and community hierarchy and the dark depths of humanity.
A boy dies - run over during a carjacking, a town mourns and focuses in on Wade - a loner of sorts ...more
I didn't plan to read If I Die Tonight in one sitting, but once I started it, I simply couldn't put it down. The prologue hooked me immediately with a Facebook post from 17 year old Wade that tells the reader 'By the time you read this, I'll be dead.' This suicide post was so sad and heartfelt that I just had to devour every single page to find out how Wade was left feeling this way.
Wade's post mentioned 'memory gifts' and I thought that was such a beautiful way to refer to a special memory. One ...more
I read an ARC of this book, provided by the publisher.
It took me a little bit to get into this but once I did, wow. What a great book. I truly did not see that ending. Highly recommended. Publish date is 3/6/18 here in the US.
If I Die Tonight is Alison Gaylin's newest release. This was a first read of this author for me, but it won't be the last.
Small town USA. An aging pop star who goes by the name Amie Em stumbles in the local police station, saying she was carjacked by a teenaged boy. Another boy named Liam tried to stop the theft and was critically injured. But her story keeps changing and there are gaping holes in her recounting of the crime. The finger is inevitably pointed at Wade - a high school outcast.
Alison Gaylin left an impression on me with What Remains of Me, so I was thrilled to get my hands on If I Die Tonight. This one was a bit more of a family drama, which isn't a bad thing. Just different from the type of story I fell in love with in the first novel I read of hers (murder mystery with a Hollywood feel).
Beginning with a Facebook post written by Jackie's son Wade that works as a suicide note, we know things must get pretty tough for Wade immediately wondering why. The story goes b ...more
The best yet from one of the most talented crime writers out there. It's both a deeply satisfying suspense novel, beautifully orchestrated and exciting to the very end....and a haunting, emotionally resonant story about family, familial love and loss. The upstate community is rendered so compellingly, the characters are so rich, and the resolution so stunning (and earned).
I was knocked out.