Erik Therme reached out to me and offered me a galley of his new novel: If She Dies. I’ve enjoyed Erik’s previous books, and he seems like a terribly nice person, so I was happy to read this one.
Here’s the overview:
How far would you go to right a wrong?
Nine months ago, Tess’s five-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. The driver, Brady Becker, was sentenced to two years in prison. It didn’t make Tess’s pain go away.
Brady also has a daughter: A twelve-year-old named Eve who walks to Chandler Middle School every day. Tess knows this because she’s been watching Eve for the last three weeks. It isn’t fair that Brady’s daughter gets to live, while Tess’s daughter does not.
When Eve goes missing, all eyes turn to Tess, who doesn’t have an alibi. But Tess isn’t guilty.
Or so she believes.
This was a great read – suspenseful and fast-paced. However, I don’t think the jacket did it justice. At its essence, this book is about a women who is dealing with the loss of her child. Her grief is so tangible. At times this story was heart-breaking. At other times it was thrilling. I didn’t figure it all out in advance either – which is rare.
Erik has a way of capturing the human experience and the emotions that drive our actions, and he wraps this into his writing, creating believable and multi-dimensional characters.
Thank you for the opportunity to read your novel!