I received a complimentary audiobook copy of IF SHE DIES by Erik Therme as part of a Let’s Talk Books promotional tour!
Rating: 3.5 / 5
IF SHE DIES follows Tess. Nine months ago her five year old daughter was killed in an accident. The man behind the wheel of the car who hit her is in jail, but that hasn’t taken away Tess’ grief and loss. Her husband is starting to encourage her to start moving on, but Tess is keeping the depth of her grief hidden from him. Her husband doesn’t know that Tess is secretly following around the family of the man in prison, watching the little girl named Eve that he still has in his life.
This book was much different than what I expected it to be! I would highly recommend going into this one blind because I felt the synopsis was a bit misleading, giving details of the plot that don’t occur until the book is more than half over. This one is labeled as a thriller, but it really is more focused on Tess’ pain and grief than I would expect in a typical thriller. There is still some suspense and it does keep you wanting to know what has happened and what will happen next.
Tess was an interesting, but also sometimes frustrating, character to follow. She is quite understandably lost in her grief and the twists and turns of the book do leave her in some difficult situations, but I did struggle with her lack of communication and her poor choices. Her husband makes a few mistakes along the way as well and their strained relationship is a difficulty to them both, but I felt for him as he was trying to figure out what was going on with his wife behind the barriers she’s put up.
This was a quick and interesting read and one I’d recommend for people who like complicated protagonists. It is out now and available as a Kindle Unlimited pick!