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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 Brad 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.


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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 Brad 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.

30 review for If She Dies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    If She Dies is a suspenseful thriller about a woman trying to find the truth to clear her name. Tess’s daughter was killed in a car accident and the driver, Brady, went to prison. Tess starts watching, Eve, Brady’s daughter. When Eve goes missing, Tess seems like the obvious choice, so Eve needs to find Eve before it’s too late to clear her name. If She Dies is a great thriller. There is suspense throughout the book. At first I was waiting for Eve to go missing, and then I think I was as stresse If She Dies is a suspenseful thriller about a woman trying to find the truth to clear her name. Tess’s daughter was killed in a car accident and the driver, Brady, went to prison. Tess starts watching, Eve, Brady’s daughter. When Eve goes missing, Tess seems like the obvious choice, so Eve needs to find Eve before it’s too late to clear her name. If She Dies is a great thriller. There is suspense throughout the book. At first I was waiting for Eve to go missing, and then I think I was as stressed as Tess as she was trying to find Eve. Tess has been having marital problems since her daughter’s death and then her twin brother shows up. Her husband and brother have never gotten along. I understand why Tess seems suspicious to everyone, but as the reader it is so obvious that Tess has only been watching. Tess’s husband even knows she is lying about what she does all day, and Tess catches him in lies too. Tess’s brother is suspicious and always comes in and out of their lives. Tess thinks he could be involved and is trying to save him. The combination of suspense, family drama, and marital problems made If She Dies an unputdownable thriller. Thank you Damp Pebbles for including me on this blog tour. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Tess' 5-year-old daughter who was killed when she ran out into the road and was killed by a speeding car. The driver, Brady Becker, was sentenced to two years in jail. Tess can't work her way through it. Her husband tells her to 'move on' since it's been 9 months since the daughter's death. What Tess does is something else ..... Becker has a 12-year-old daughter, being raised by his wife while he is in prison. Eve is a beautiful girl doing her best to live with a mother who seems to have a drinkin Tess' 5-year-old daughter who was killed when she ran out into the road and was killed by a speeding car. The driver, Brady Becker, was sentenced to two years in jail. Tess can't work her way through it. Her husband tells her to 'move on' since it's been 9 months since the daughter's death. What Tess does is something else ..... Becker has a 12-year-old daughter, being raised by his wife while he is in prison. Eve is a beautiful girl doing her best to live with a mother who seems to have a drinking problem. Some might call it stalking, but Tess isn't really stalking. She just sits in her car or in the coffee shop across the street from where they live. She follows Eve to school and then again from school ... every day. But then the unthinkable happens .. Eve goes missing. Tess is the first, primary suspect, especially as she has no alibi for the time frame the cops are looking at. But Tess isn't guilty ... or is she? As a parent, I can't imagine anything worse than losing a child. That being said, I'm not sure what I would do ... the same as Tess? This is well written, with credible characters. I feel compassion for Tess, not so much for Josh as he seems to only want Tess to forget, give all her things away, maybe have a replacement baby. Tess seems so lost ... her parents are gone, she rarely ever sees her twin brother, and now, her daughter. There are a few twists and turns to get to the truth .. leading to an unexpected conclusion. Many thanks to the author/ The Book Cub (FB) for the digital copy of this psychological drama. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    3.5 stars If She Dies by Erik is touted as a psychological thriller. First, let me thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Josh and Tess Parker have moved from the small town of Newton to another small town, not far away.  Josh felt it was the right time to get away.  Nine months ago, their five-year-old daughter Lily was killed in a car accident in 3.5 stars If She Dies by Erik is touted as a psychological thriller. First, let me thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Josh and Tess Parker have moved from the small town of Newton to another small town, not far away.  Josh felt it was the right time to get away.  Nine months ago, their five-year-old daughter Lily was killed in a car accident in Newton.  Josh is moving on.  Tess, not so much.  She knows Josh is right, and it's time to get on with her life, but nothing really matters.   She goes along with whatever makes Josh happy.  She doesn't feel like she deserves more.  Josh thinks she should get a job, and see a therapist.  Tess knows that won't help.  Josh is trying so hard, but nothing helps. Brady Becker, the driver who took Lily's life, was sentenced to two years in prison.  This, Tess finds is unacceptable.  Brady's daughter Eve gets to live, and Tess doesn't think that's fair.  Every day, Tess watches Eve.  She watches her walk back and forth to school.  She watches her at lunch.  She watches her when she gets home from school.  She starts to care for her. Then the unthinkable happens, and Eve goes missing. Everything points to Tess, but who would believe her when she says she didn't take Eve?  She's been keeping secrets.  Even Josh is questioning things.  But then, he is keeping secrets too. My Opinions:    This book was a little slow.  Don't get me wrong, I liked it.  It kept me interested from start to finish, but it was more drama than it was psychological thriller.  It is very well written, and we can feel the anguish Tess is feeling, her paranoia, her love yet disgust for her husband's actions.  It's a very emotional read. I didn't really like any of the characters.  I felt sorry for a few of them, but didn't relate or like them.  I found Tess to be a sad, depressed woman from start to finish.  Her husband didn't get it, and his actions and words just pissed me off.   Her future sister-in-law was a bitch, and her brother who I somewhat liked, was also somewhat useless. For a book that seemed so slow moving, the story was very good, it was very well-written, and it was a relatively fast read. The author hinted that there may be a follow up to this book, and I would be interested in knowing where it goes, but honestly, I liked the fact that we could draw our own conclusions, and just leave it go.  I would, though, read a sequel. For a more complete review of this book and others (including author information and  the reason I chose to read/review this book), please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lori R.

    This was a twisty little thriller that pulled me in from the beginning. The author did a great job - he kept me interested, kept me guessing, and made me want to keep turning those pages. Just when I thought I had something figured out and knew what was going to happen next...NOPE. Guess again. I loved that. The unpredictability of a well-written, suspenseful read is why I love a good thriller every now and then. And this was exactly that. With a plot that kept unraveling like a ball of yarn, I This was a twisty little thriller that pulled me in from the beginning. The author did a great job - he kept me interested, kept me guessing, and made me want to keep turning those pages. Just when I thought I had something figured out and knew what was going to happen next...NOPE. Guess again. I loved that. The unpredictability of a well-written, suspenseful read is why I love a good thriller every now and then. And this was exactly that. With a plot that kept unraveling like a ball of yarn, I was hooked. I didn’t want to put this book down. I had to get to the end to find the answers. I needed them. And what a journey for Tess and Josh. A roller coaster of struggles and emotions. Loss and grief, secrets and lies, trust and hope, paranoia and betrayal. This was a nail-biter of a story that kept me on my toes and I’d love more. It wasn’t a cliffhanger per se, but there are definitely a few things that could use some wrapping up. And that would make me a really happy reader if that happened in another book. **Mr. Therme...this is a hint you need to write a follow-up to this book. Please & thank you.**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    Tess is grieving the loss of her 5 year old daughter, Lily, killed by a drunk driver several months ago. She can't cope with her grief and is overcome to the point of being irrational and not able to function day-to-day. Her marriage is disintegrating, her mental health is suspect. And now she spends her days stalking the daughter of the man who hit and killed Lily. She is consumed with thoughts of this girl and how unfair it is that she is alive to walk to school and play in the park and go home Tess is grieving the loss of her 5 year old daughter, Lily, killed by a drunk driver several months ago. She can't cope with her grief and is overcome to the point of being irrational and not able to function day-to-day. Her marriage is disintegrating, her mental health is suspect. And now she spends her days stalking the daughter of the man who hit and killed Lily. She is consumed with thoughts of this girl and how unfair it is that she is alive to walk to school and play in the park and go home to her mother at the end of each day. This thriller is well written and you risk becoming engrossed in the page-turning plot. The characters are well developed even though we get the entire story from Tess's point of view and the conversations she can't avoid. The twists and turns create some legitimate panic throughout the book, and I promise your heart will pound a little bit while the story comes together at the end.

  6. 5 out of 5

    RoseMary Griffith

    As with Mr. Therme's previous books, the first thing to strike me is that he is a really good writer. There aren’t wasted words or scenes you read and think, did I need to know that? He pulls you into the complexity of his stories with clear descriptions of people and setting. In If She Dies, you are drawn into an emotional story of the heartbreak and tragedy of parents losing their five-year-old. Grief hits and is handled by each of us intwined with the uniqueness of our faiths and life experie As with Mr. Therme's previous books, the first thing to strike me is that he is a really good writer. There aren’t wasted words or scenes you read and think, did I need to know that? He pulls you into the complexity of his stories with clear descriptions of people and setting. In If She Dies, you are drawn into an emotional story of the heartbreak and tragedy of parents losing their five-year-old. Grief hits and is handled by each of us intwined with the uniqueness of our faiths and life experiences and support systems. The mother, Tess, and the father, Josh, are at crossroads in how they deal with losing their little girl. Tess spends her days observing the adolescent daughter of the man who killed her child. He’s in prison, but his family lives their days without consequence for his actions. Or do they?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    As the story opens, Tess has already lost her daughter to a car accident and is on the brink of losing her marriage as well. The grief is all consuming and she can barely function. Her husband has insisted on moving them out of town to a house she can't stand and he believes the change of scenery and a little therapy is going to set her on the path to becoming "old Tess" again. What he doesn't know is that she stalks and spies on the wife and child of her daughter's killer nearly every day. While As the story opens, Tess has already lost her daughter to a car accident and is on the brink of losing her marriage as well. The grief is all consuming and she can barely function. Her husband has insisted on moving them out of town to a house she can't stand and he believes the change of scenery and a little therapy is going to set her on the path to becoming "old Tess" again. What he doesn't know is that she stalks and spies on the wife and child of her daughter's killer nearly every day. While she is watching them, someone is watching her! Ominous messages in festive red envelopes have been showing up addressed to Tess that taunt her over her daughter's death. Who would want to torment a grieving mother? On top of all this is some domestic drama with her brother, and the secrets her husband seems to be keeping. This harrowing psychological thriller is loaded with suspense and a roller coaster of emotions. I grieved with Tess for her loss, and all the twists made it impossible for me to know who to trust. I received an advance copy for review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rabid Readers Reviews

    If She Dies is a study in grief. Because Tess is telling us this story, we never really know how honest she's being with us. What the reader learns early on is that Tess avoids reality with the exception to the loss of Lily which she sees as her loss alone. Tess is wrapped in sorrow, loss and an unfocused need for vengeance that leaps from the page. What the first person method does is create a connection to the character for a reader. Tess can be a lot but we understand, she's lost what she saw If She Dies is a study in grief. Because Tess is telling us this story, we never really know how honest she's being with us. What the reader learns early on is that Tess avoids reality with the exception to the loss of Lily which she sees as her loss alone. Tess is wrapped in sorrow, loss and an unfocused need for vengeance that leaps from the page. What the first person method does is create a connection to the character for a reader. Tess can be a lot but we understand, she's lost what she saw as her purpose. She feels that her husband doesn't feel the loss as deeply as she does but then she doesn't ask because, frankly, she's too lost in herself to care. A twist changes the story when we see Tess receive a harassing note. She conceals it because that's what she does, hides.  If She Dies is chilling. Objectively looking at the narrative flow, it's economical but not sparse. We're not getting the whole story from our unreliable narrator but enough that a bridge is built. Ovrerall, If She Dies, is a beautiful read with unpredictable twists. 

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    If She Dies - Erik There I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review thanks to Erik. 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 liv If She Dies - Erik There I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review thanks to Erik. 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. This is a well written thriller that deals with topics such as; grief, domestic abuse, mental health, guilt and relationships. As a reader, I found that when I was ready to put the book down for the evening, there were twists that made me want to continue reading - I read over 80% in one sitting. The entire novel is written cleverly from the perspective of Tess, with a detailed view of her grief. For such an emotional book with a complex storyline, this book is surprisingly easy to read. Rating 5/5 UK Readers can pre-order the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/If-She-Dies-...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Tess is struggling to cope with her daughters tragic death and finds herself stalking the daughter of the man who caused the accident. She knows what she is doing is wrong but she can’t stop herself. Her marriage is flailing and she is keeping lots of secrets from Josh her husband and she is very unhappy in their new home in a new town. This book explores grief and a mother’s need for some sort of purpose in her life following the death of her daughter. As the story unfolds we are introduced to Tess is struggling to cope with her daughters tragic death and finds herself stalking the daughter of the man who caused the accident. She knows what she is doing is wrong but she can’t stop herself. Her marriage is flailing and she is keeping lots of secrets from Josh her husband and she is very unhappy in their new home in a new town. This book explores grief and a mother’s need for some sort of purpose in her life following the death of her daughter. As the story unfolds we are introduced to Tess’a brother and his girlfriend and more secrets are revealed. I really enjoyed this book and all of its twists and turns. I had to keep reading to find out more. I felt heart sorry for Tess as she struggles to cope with everyday life, her marriage and any interactions with people. A real page turner and I can’t wait to read more of the authors books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mitchell

    Enjoyed this story. Didn’t have an inkling of where it was going and was hooked right until the end. Lots went on and there were a few red herrings but they all added to the mystery. Wasn’t sure if it was a retelling of their story or whether something more was going to happen. A tale of loss: a deep loss. One you never hope to experience. I was torn between my support for Tess and that for her husband. Both suffering and both unable to communicate. Showed how each person’s journey through share Enjoyed this story. Didn’t have an inkling of where it was going and was hooked right until the end. Lots went on and there were a few red herrings but they all added to the mystery. Wasn’t sure if it was a retelling of their story or whether something more was going to happen. A tale of loss: a deep loss. One you never hope to experience. I was torn between my support for Tess and that for her husband. Both suffering and both unable to communicate. Showed how each person’s journey through shared grief is never the same. Would recommend

  12. 4 out of 5

    Helen Frost

    An absolutely stunning story with a real rollercoaster of emotions. The book sensitively centres around a bereaved couple who have lost their child and the different ways that grief affects them and the way they deal with it. It also explores their feelings for the person who caused the death of their child, which gradually becomes more complicated as the story progresses. There are plenty of twists and turns and heartfelt moments in the story as well as suspense and drama. Overall it is an exce An absolutely stunning story with a real rollercoaster of emotions. The book sensitively centres around a bereaved couple who have lost their child and the different ways that grief affects them and the way they deal with it. It also explores their feelings for the person who caused the death of their child, which gradually becomes more complicated as the story progresses. There are plenty of twists and turns and heartfelt moments in the story as well as suspense and drama. Overall it is an excellent interweaving of family and relationships tested to the maximum under excruciatingly difficult circumstances. Real food for thought and a fantastic page turner.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna Thompson

    What an astounding book. I just finished it in a non-stop marathon session and my heart is still pounding. This author never disappoints and this truly remarkable book is no exception. In fact, I'd venture to say, this is his best book to date. Which I'm sure I'll say until the next one is released. Nevertheless, this utterly compelling, heart-melting and gut-wrenching book had me alternately in tears and holding my breath. Every single emotion of every single character is spot on. I mourned, I What an astounding book. I just finished it in a non-stop marathon session and my heart is still pounding. This author never disappoints and this truly remarkable book is no exception. In fact, I'd venture to say, this is his best book to date. Which I'm sure I'll say until the next one is released. Nevertheless, this utterly compelling, heart-melting and gut-wrenching book had me alternately in tears and holding my breath. Every single emotion of every single character is spot on. I mourned, I cried and I hurt with these people. So many suspense thrillers in this genre make promises and so many of them end up disappointing in the end. Not so with this one. All I want is more. More of these people's stories and more of whatever this author writes. An excellent job all around!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    'If She Dies' draws you in to a multi-layered mystery right from the first page. Erik Therme has an excellent sense for pace, allowing the suspense to build and level off, but never quite drop before sweeping you up again. Just when you think there are no possible twists and turns to the story, Therme reveals just a little more, drawing you deeper and deeper into the action. His attention and care in developing the narrator's emotional and psychological reactions to each new development is just 'If She Dies' draws you in to a multi-layered mystery right from the first page. Erik Therme has an excellent sense for pace, allowing the suspense to build and level off, but never quite drop before sweeping you up again. Just when you think there are no possible twists and turns to the story, Therme reveals just a little more, drawing you deeper and deeper into the action. His attention and care in developing the narrator's emotional and psychological reactions to each new development is just as riveting as the action. You become invested in following the story because you care about the narrator and what happens to her. A great read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I really enjoyed this book which kept me gripped right up until the end. It was full of twists and turns which I certainly didn’t see coming. Would recommend this book and I look forward to reading more by this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Suslowicz Bartz

    My Review: Fantastic, amazing, and wonderful are just a few words that I would use to describe Erik Therme’s latest book. I have read many of this authors books and he sure does not disappoint. But, I do have to admit this one was by far my favorite for so many reasons. This book was a little different than his other ones but in a very good way. I can’t wait for his next book. This book was about a mother named Tess who was grieving her young daughters death. Even though the killer was in jail sh My Review: Fantastic, amazing, and wonderful are just a few words that I would use to describe Erik Therme’s latest book. I have read many of this authors books and he sure does not disappoint. But, I do have to admit this one was by far my favorite for so many reasons. This book was a little different than his other ones but in a very good way. I can’t wait for his next book. This book was about a mother named Tess who was grieving her young daughters death. Even though the killer was in jail she still blamed herself and would not let it go. She was obsessed and it was killing her in so many different ways. Everything suffered because of it. Then the killers daughter Eve goes missing. Did Tess do something to Eve? Or did Eve try to run from her problems? What happened to poor Eve? I don’t even know where to start with this review. I’m absolutely speechless and that’s rare for me. Erik Therme took a hard topic of losing your child and turned it into a beautifully written book. It invoked so many emotions inside of me. The first half of this book dealt with this grief and loss this mother had of losing her one and only child. It was so hard for me to read as I have a twelve year old son and I kept imagining how I would react if this happened to me. I cried at so many parts of this book that I finally had to get a box of tissues and set it down right next to me. I really felt for this mother and felt what she went through. To me this is a good thing and it’s a sign that the author did a excellent job writing this book. You should feel like you are right there inside the book with everyone. The second half of the book dealt with a mystery. The killer of Tess daughter had a daughter Eve who went missing. Tess finally pulled out of her grief long enough so she can try and find Eve. She did feel a connection to the killers daughter but she also knew she would get blamed for the disappearance so she had selfish reasons for looking for her as well. The second half is where the action began and had it had quite a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. I was flipping through the pages like there was no tomorrow. I just had to find out happened to this poor Eve and wanted to make sure nothing bad happened to her. Boy was I surprised when I found out the truth of what happened to Eve. Erik Therme I can’t wait for your next book. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Stray

    If She Dies is a great thriller that has a few twists and turns to keep you interested. The main protagonist is Tess whose daughter was killed in an accident and she's not coping well with her grief. Her marriage is on the rocks (understandably) and her mental health is in turmoil. She's pretty much stalking the family of the man who killed her daughter Lily and then Brady's stepdaughter goes missing. Tess' estranged twin brother turns up on her doorstep after a long spell of unexplained absence, a If She Dies is a great thriller that has a few twists and turns to keep you interested. The main protagonist is Tess whose daughter was killed in an accident and she's not coping well with her grief. Her marriage is on the rocks (understandably) and her mental health is in turmoil. She's pretty much stalking the family of the man who killed her daughter Lily and then Brady's stepdaughter goes missing. Tess' estranged twin brother turns up on her doorstep after a long spell of unexplained absence, a cryptic note is left behind in his hotel room as he does another disappearing act. Is Colin involved in Eve's disappearance? As well as Eve's disappearance being at the forefront of her mind, Tess is also dealing with threatening anonymous red lettered envelopes, her daughter's headstone being desecrated and she worries her husband may have been having an affair. And then it looks like she's being framed for Eve's kidnapping/disappearance. Is Brady orchestrating this tangled web of lies from behind bars? There's a few twists towards the end of the book and not all loose ends are neatly tied up. A really great read that explores the themes of grief, guilt, relationships, blackmail and domestic abuse.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Rimmelzwaan

    If She Dies' by Erik Therme is a thriller that deals with quite intense, sensitive and heartbreaking subjects. We are introduced to Tess, whose five year old daughter was ran over by a car driver and died. The driver of the car went to prison bit Tess is sure he hasn't yet paid the full price of her daughters death. The man has his own 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. Whe If She Dies' by Erik Therme is a thriller that deals with quite intense, sensitive and heartbreaking subjects. We are introduced to Tess, whose five year old daughter was ran over by a car driver and died. The driver of the car went to prison bit Tess is sure he hasn't yet paid the full price of her daughters death. The man has his own 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. When she goes missing all eyes turn to Tess...but she wouldn't go so far to make him pay the price of her own daughters death, would she? As I said, a very emotive and sensitive subject which Erik Therme has dealt with very well. His portrayal of a woman almost mad at the world for the loss of her daughter is fantastic. I was reading this book on my kindle amd when I had no access to my kindle I was reading it on my phone, I was that engrossed in Tess and her husbands story. Tess herself is in such a deep state of mourning she seems selfish and self-centred but as the story develops we learn exactly what her state of mind is and I have never experienced a loss such as Tess has. Who am I to judge? Everybody is different, with this in mind I gave her the benefit of the doubt and opened my mind to her grief. Of all the characters in this book, I felt like I should have been safeguarding Eve! She is surrounded by adults who have not been putting her first and my first concern was how was she in all this? My maternal side kicked in and I just wanted to hug her and tell her it would all be ok. The character development was excellent, each person had their own flaws which made them different and more realistic within the story. A book that began with tension from the off and carried it on to a point that I almost felt as crazy as Tess did. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a tense and twisty thriller

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Chancellor

    If She Dies- by Erik Thern - A Review The blurb for this story set me up for a certain kind of story and, surprisingly, it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, there were twists and turns and some surprises, and it definitely held my attention despite not leading me where I thought it would. The beginning was not like a traditional thriller. It was a slow start that built through the first almost ¾ of the book. I liked it a lot and being surprised by a few things made it If She Dies- by Erik Thern - A Review The blurb for this story set me up for a certain kind of story and, surprisingly, it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, there were twists and turns and some surprises, and it definitely held my attention despite not leading me where I thought it would. The beginning was not like a traditional thriller. It was a slow start that built through the first almost ¾ of the book. I liked it a lot and being surprised by a few things made it even more enjoyable. It didn’t take me long to read it, because it moved fast and held my interest. There were a couple of places where I thought the protagonist, Tess, was a little naïve and slow on the uptake, but it served the plot, so I can get past that. She wasn’t one of those heroines that make the reader want to slap some sense into her and the naivety was somewhat understandable. The minor characters like Tess’s brother and husband were well-drawn with good back stories and motivations for their actions. Her husband, Josh, was a bit OCD, but that showed the author put a lot of thought into how he would act as well as react to Tess. I did get a bit peeved at Josh a few times, but to me, that’s a sign of a good story since it means I am relating to the characters. I have a friend who lost her child in similar circumstances to how Tess and Josh lost Lily and so much of how these characters dealt with their grief was familiar to me from what my friend and her husband went through, the scenes dealing with the sadness, loss and lack of communication really resonated with me. Well done to the author for being able to realistically write about such horrific loss as well as making the story suspenseful. This one is a 4.5 star read for me. A hard subject handled skillfully. I received an advance copy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Veronika Jordan

    I literally sat down and read this straight through over two days. And even though I was so frustrated at time by Tess’s choices, I just couldn’t stop reading. The writing is amazing. Tess’s grief is insurmountable. I cannot imagine how I would feel in her place – I am sure I would be exactly the same. I would want to sit and die. It’s nine months since Lily was killed by a drunk driver – Brady Becker. A very short time to try and get her life back to normal. Her husband Josh has gone back to wor I literally sat down and read this straight through over two days. And even though I was so frustrated at time by Tess’s choices, I just couldn’t stop reading. The writing is amazing. Tess’s grief is insurmountable. I cannot imagine how I would feel in her place – I am sure I would be exactly the same. I would want to sit and die. It’s nine months since Lily was killed by a drunk driver – Brady Becker. A very short time to try and get her life back to normal. Her husband Josh has gone back to work and wants Tess to get counselling, look for a job. But she has other ideas. Every day she sits in the JoKat cafe opposite the apartment where Brady’s wife Meg and daughter Eve live and watches Eve walk to school. But this is not a story just about Tess’s grief or about the problems in her marriage. It is not unusual for couples to separate after a tragic event such as this and you can see why. Tess and Josh appear to have no common ground when it comes to dealing with their loss. Josh decided they should sell their beloved home in Newton with all its memories and move just down the road to Harlow (where he was born), but Tess hates the mouldy, ramshackle house. He just doesn’t get it. He wants the Old Tess back, but it’s not going to happen if he doesn’t understand. When Lily died they received a massive insurance payout. To Tess it’s dirty money. Josh even bought a new Jeep which she refuses to ride in. Being in the UK I don’t even understand why they took out insurance on their child’s life but I guess it’s all part of private health insurance, which very few people have here. But in spite of my total sympathy for Tess, I struggled with her constant lies to her husband about everything she does. He doesn’t even know that she visits the cemetery almost every day. I understand that she cannot open up because her grief is too raw, but she makes some very strange choices right through the book. Then her brother Colin turns up out of the blue. He hasn’t been in contact since before Lily’s death and Josh is furious. Colin had his reasons, but in this case I’m with Josh. I can’t really say any more. But as I said before, this is not just about grief and marital problems. A huge twist turns everything on its head when Eve goes missing and Tess is the obvious suspect. If She Dies is now a thriller and a race against time. Where is Eve and who has her? You’ll have to read the book to find out and I challenge you to guess. I certainly didn’t. Beautifully written and full of emotion. Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours

  21. 4 out of 5

    Renee Tonning

    When this book opens we meet Tess who is following and watching a little girl as she is on her way to school. We soon find out this has become her daily routine since she and her husband Josh lost their own daughter in an accident nine months before. We also discover early on why she is focused on this particular child. I cannot imagine how devastating the loss of a child would be, nor can I imagine how I would move ahead with my life. What I can imagine is how differently my husband and I would When this book opens we meet Tess who is following and watching a little girl as she is on her way to school. We soon find out this has become her daily routine since she and her husband Josh lost their own daughter in an accident nine months before. We also discover early on why she is focused on this particular child. I cannot imagine how devastating the loss of a child would be, nor can I imagine how I would move ahead with my life. What I can imagine is how differently my husband and I would cope, and this is what is happening with Tess and Josh. The loss of a child and now, as a result, a marriage on the rocks, is already a lot handle, but then throw in an estranged brother, returned and bringing secrets with him, mysterious and ominous letters arriving and the growing feeling of being watched, even while she herself is watching... It's a lot to deal with. The story is told from Tess's point of view, but are we really getting her whole story? And she thinks she knows how Josh is handling things, but does she really? I often can predict the outcome in books I read, but this one not only kept me guessing right up to the end, but had me feeling for and fearing for each of the characters in turn. I have read all of Mr. Thermes books and think that each one is better than the last. I picked this one up several times and put it down when life distracted me. But once I finally started it, nothing could distract me until I finished. I will be anxiously waiting for his next book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carley

    Raw emotion runs through this book from the very beginning. We meet Tess only nine month after the tragic death of her five year old daughter Lilly. Lilly was killed by Brady a man who should not have been behind the wheel of a car. Throughout the book we are in Tess’s mind and struck by the uncontrollable grief she is feeling. Her husband Josh appears to be coping slightly better still going to work every day and moving him and Tess into a small town. Tess cannot begin to move on from the loss o Raw emotion runs through this book from the very beginning. We meet Tess only nine month after the tragic death of her five year old daughter Lilly. Lilly was killed by Brady a man who should not have been behind the wheel of a car. Throughout the book we are in Tess’s mind and struck by the uncontrollable grief she is feeling. Her husband Josh appears to be coping slightly better still going to work every day and moving him and Tess into a small town. Tess cannot begin to move on from the loss of her daughter and spends most of her days back in the town they used to live in and at Lilly’s grave. Then she begins to watch Brady’s daughter Eve on her way to school and back each day and knows when Eves mum is at work and Eve is left home alone. When Eve goes missing and Tess has no alibi how can she prove her innocence and help save Eve. Throughout I had to wipe away my tears as I found myself feeling crushed by Tess’s grief and countless times I had to put the book down and cuddle my daughter. Absolutely heart wrenching yet I couldn’t put it down.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    There's good news and bad news about If She Dies. The good news: it's a wonderfully written book. The bad news: if you are anything like me, you will spend all night reading it in one sitting-- even if that means you miss out on some sleep :) If She Dies is a well-written book filled with suspense, thrills, drama, and sadness. It follows Tess, who is still trying to deal with the grief of losing her young daughter, as her sorrow consumes her life. Intertwined in this story about grief, is a Gone There's good news and bad news about If She Dies. The good news: it's a wonderfully written book. The bad news: if you are anything like me, you will spend all night reading it in one sitting-- even if that means you miss out on some sleep :) If She Dies is a well-written book filled with suspense, thrills, drama, and sadness. It follows Tess, who is still trying to deal with the grief of losing her young daughter, as her sorrow consumes her life. Intertwined in this story about grief, is a Gone Girl-esque thriller that takes the reader for some unexpected twists. Therme has a way of writing that pulls the reader through the book, as they eagerly read page after page. The characters and sense of place were well-developed without drowning the reader in excessive description. Also, the pacing of the story pulls the reader in from page one. While reading If She Dies, I could not get through the pages fast enough-- I wanted to see what happened on the next one. It is this gripping story of tragedy, pain, and suspense that will keep you engrossed until the finale.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mommysreads

    When I read the synopsis I was like, alright this should be so good! A strong start, I was enjoying it and then once I got to a certain chapter it had me feeling like the crazy was going to begin, I was sure of it! Bring on the domino effect of destruction. I mean, look at that cover! That was not the case. Though the book itself is very well written and held my attention I thought it was going to go an entirely different route. It felt redundant at times and kind of just halted at a standstill When I read the synopsis I was like, alright this should be so good! A strong start, I was enjoying it and then once I got to a certain chapter it had me feeling like the crazy was going to begin, I was sure of it! Bring on the domino effect of destruction. I mean, look at that cover! That was not the case. Though the book itself is very well written and held my attention I thought it was going to go an entirely different route. It felt redundant at times and kind of just halted at a standstill with the events I thought would take place. There were some twists but unfortunately, they came way too late, and ultimately I was left feeling pretty underwhelmed and a little disappointed. I would still recommend but if you're looking for more of a psychological thriller I'd say look elsewhere. In the end, i would give this author another shot because i did like his writing style. Newly released, available on Kindle Unlimited.

  25. 5 out of 5

    kelly freaney

    I found this book a tough read not because of the writing but because I felt her mother's grief from the moment I started. I to don't know how I could function in a world without my daughter's. She has had so much heart ache and still has more to deal with it was almost overwhelming as a reader. But that is a testament to the author that I felt real grief for a character who was never in the book and a person who isn't real to me. A real page Turner though and one I didn't know how it would end. I found this book a tough read not because of the writing but because I felt her mother's grief from the moment I started. I to don't know how I could function in a world without my daughter's. She has had so much heart ache and still has more to deal with it was almost overwhelming as a reader. But that is a testament to the author that I felt real grief for a character who was never in the book and a person who isn't real to me. A real page Turner though and one I didn't know how it would end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    S.J. Varengo

    This is actually a difficult review to write. Not because Erik Therme's new thriller If She Dies is anything but an edge of your seat, page-turner, but because it IS exactly that. So I ask the reader's indulgence if I don't reveal anything about the story itself. Instead, I'll tell you that in this book the author takes us to perhaps our most horrifying vista yet - the mind of a woman who feels she has nothing left to lose and who feels she deserves a form of justice with a little more teeth tha This is actually a difficult review to write. Not because Erik Therme's new thriller If She Dies is anything but an edge of your seat, page-turner, but because it IS exactly that. So I ask the reader's indulgence if I don't reveal anything about the story itself. Instead, I'll tell you that in this book the author takes us to perhaps our most horrifying vista yet - the mind of a woman who feels she has nothing left to lose and who feels she deserves a form of justice with a little more teeth than what the system gave her. Don't miss this one, reader.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Carlyle

    I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book. The story is about a lady whose child has been killed in a car accident. The lady is overcome with grief and her husband wants to move on with life but she feels like she cannot. I won’t give too much away but the story is quite gripping with a few twists and turns. I liked the narrator. She portrayed the various characters well. However I would usually speed up the narration but couldn’t find how to on sound cloud so I felt it was a bit slo I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book. The story is about a lady whose child has been killed in a car accident. The lady is overcome with grief and her husband wants to move on with life but she feels like she cannot. I won’t give too much away but the story is quite gripping with a few twists and turns. I liked the narrator. She portrayed the various characters well. However I would usually speed up the narration but couldn’t find how to on sound cloud so I felt it was a bit slow for me but that is just personal preference. I would recommend this audio book. Thank you for the listen! ☺️👍🏻

  28. 5 out of 5

    Crislee

    Excellent read. I kept trying to "figure it out" but didn't until the end. Is she crazy, is it her husband, her brother, the brother's girlfriend, a stranger? At first I thought I hated her. I couldn't decide who was good or bad . I won't spoil it for you. Its good, well written and keeps you going. Enjoy Excellent read. I kept trying to "figure it out" but didn't until the end. Is she crazy, is it her husband, her brother, the brother's girlfriend, a stranger? At first I thought I hated her. I couldn't decide who was good or bad . I won't spoil it for you. Its good, well written and keeps you going. Enjoy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Well written story that draws you in and keeps you involved and guessing till the end. Recommend 4 star read. My thanks to goodreads and the book’s giveaway sponsors for the opportunity to obtain and read a copy of this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Irene Anderson

    Wow I could not put this book down. An emotional often times heartrenching read but always taking me to unexpected places just when I thought I knew where the story was headed. A very clever, fast paced story that would be an excellent read for a book club.

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