Contemporary · Crime · Mystery · Thriller

If She Dies (Harlow Series #1) by Erik Therme


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.

My Review

I enjoyed reading this book. I found the first half of the book very descriptive, this part told the story of Tess and her struggles. She is a very complex character who has an unstable state of mind. This idea is solidified by her behaviours and actions. Her story was so emotional and it was made worse by the events that happened in the book. The world building in the first half of the book had me hooked on the storyline. I felt sad for Tess as she struggled to come to terms with her daughters death as well as having to face the issues she does in this book. 

The second half of the book is when we begin to uncover the mystery. I thought Eve’s disappearance happened quite late in the book but it made sense when things came together at the end. I loved the mystery behind this book, as it begun to build up, along with Tess, I kept guessing. I thought the end scenario was unexpected, it was a major plot twist. I feel like based on the end, this might not be the last we hear from Tess. 

The characters in this book were very interesting and unique. As I was reading it, I had my suspicions on different people. They all seemed to act suspiciously in one way or another. This kept me guessing until the very end. I thought Tess was a very independent but a vulnerable character. She needs the support from her husband especially after her daughter dies but she seemed to steer away from his emotional support. I thought she developed well in this book and she finally came to terms with her own emotions and seems determined to want to better herself. This book was told in her perspective and we got to read about how she deals with her grief which was heartbreaking. I would love to read more about her life after this book because I don’t think it is the end of the situation she was in. 

This was such an easy book to read for me. I liked the extensive world building and it made me feel like I was reading something which was happening, I could vividly imagine the scenes from the book. The style of writing was very descriptive and everything was explained.

Thank you to Erik for sending me a copy of your book. I really enjoyed reading it. Check out this book on amazon and goodreads

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