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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
It has been nine very long and miserable months for Tess whose five-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. Brady was the man responsible and he is sitting in jail for the crime. Tess can only find a strange sense of peace when she sits in her car and waits for Eve, a twelve-year-old girl, and follows her to school and waits in the park for her to leave school and return home. Eve is the daughter of Brady and Meg and has no idea that Tess is out there watching her. When Eve disappears, Tess becomes the prime suspect, and only through her own wits and guts do we learn the hows and whys of the missing child. We learn of the trials and tribulations that Tess is going through and I cried and cheered by her side. In addition, Tess and her husband find themselves growing further and further apart; her twin brother appears and disappears, adding to her heartache. Tess is riding an emotional roller coaster and until the very end I had no idea where it would lead her or any of the other participants.
Thrilling, heart-wrenching, exciting, sad, happy, and so much more were present as I read If She Dies. If She Dies is mainly a psychological thriller loaded with twists and surprises. It is also the story of how far a mother’s love can be pushed and pulled as we witness the actions of Tess and Meg repeatedly. I was very quickly drawn into If She Dies and found it hard to stop reading. Author Erik Therme created real-life characters in a very compelling story that is a must-read. I have not read any of Erik Therme’s other books yet, but I will in the very near future. I truly believe that If She Dies would make an awesome made-for-TV movie and can even imagine several actors I would like to see starring in it. I urge you to read If She Dies; you will not be disappointed.