Today is my stop on the blog tour for If She Dies by Erik Therme, and I am excited to be sharing my review with you all.
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.
When I first read the synopsis for If She Dies, I was immediately intrigued, and it sounded exactly like the type of book that I would love. Now that I have finished it, I can say that although I didn’t LOVE it, it was definitely a thoroughly enjoyable read.
The book gets off to an interesting start, with Tess following Eve, which immediately has you wanting to know more. This isn’t one of those fast paced thrillers, it is more of a slow burn, but there’s a lot of emotion packed it to keep you hooked. The details of Tess’s daughter’s accident are absolutely heartbreaking, and had me in tears. This part is particularly difficult to read, so just a little warning for anyone who plans to read this book.
I felt so sorry for Tess, with everything she was going through, and I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of losing your child. But at the same time, she kind of frustrated me, because she just wasn’t helping herself at all with her behaviour. Grief can do unspeakable things to people, and I get that, but Tess knew that what she was doing was wrong.
I have very conflicted feelings towards her husband, because he often came off as an arsehole, but going through what they did and having no support must be horrendous. It still isn’t an excuse for his actions though.
There were quite a few intriguing characters that I would have liked to have learnt more about too!
Anything bad that could happen to a person seems to happen in this story, but every single one is approached brilliantly, and it is incredibly well written. There are a few twists and turns before we learn the truth of what has happened, and the outcome is really worth the wait. What a brilliant ending to the story!
Despite it being a little slow, that doesn’t hinder the book, and overall this is a great read, and I would definitely recommend it. I would really like to find out what happens to the characters after the end of the story, so fingers crossed for a sequel.
I give If She Dies a 4 star rating!
A huge thank you to Emma at Damppebbles, Erik Therme, and Thecker Books, for allowing me to be a part of this tour, for sending me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, and for providing me with the content and materials for this post.
About The Author:
Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest.
He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.
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