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If I Die Tonight: A Novel

If I Die Tonight: A Novel

Geschrieben von Alison Gaylin

Erzählt von Cassandra Campbell


If I Die Tonight: A Novel

Geschrieben von Alison Gaylin

Erzählt von Cassandra Campbell

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4/5 (78 Bewertungen)
Länge:
11 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Mar 6, 2018
ISBN:
9780062802934
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Beschreibung

Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben—with a dose of Big Little Lies or Stranger Things—an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series, in which a seemingly open-and-shut police case with a clear-cut hero and villain turns out to be anything but simple.

Late one night in the quiet Hudson Valley town of Havenkill, a distraught woman stumbles into the police station—and lives are changed forever.

Aimee En, once a darling of the '80s pop music scene, claims that a teenage boy stole her car, then ran over another young man who'd rushed to help.

As Liam Miller's life hangs in the balance, the events of that fateful night begin to come into focus. But is everything as it seems?

The case quickly consumes social media, transforming Liam, a local high school football star, into a folk hero, and the suspect, a high school outcast named Wade Reed, into a depraved would-be killer. But is Wade really guilty? And if he isn't, why won't he talk?

Told from a kaleidoscope of viewpoints—Wade's mother Jackie, his younger brother Connor, Aimee En and Pearl Maze, a young police officer with a tragic past, If I Die Tonight is a story of family ties and dark secrets—and the lengths we'll go to protect ourselves.

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Mar 6, 2018
ISBN:
9780062802934
Format:
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Über den Autor

Alison Gaylin is a journalist and author of six novels: the Edgar Award-nominated Hide Your Eyes, You Kill Me, Trashed, Heartless, And She Was and Into the Dark. Reality Ends Here is her first young adult novel.


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  • (2/5)
    Jackie: so waif like and hand-rubbing . Incredibly tedious.
    Story would have been better at half the length.
    The boys lacked any differentiation and were boring.
  • (3/5)
    This is the first book by Gaylin I've read. The experience was enjoyable and what I've come to expect from modern-day thrillers, crime and mystery novels. What I think Gaylin does really well is depict a (mostly) realistic story that sheds light into the dark corners of the private world inhabited by today's teenagers. Especially for those adults who are still living in the 20th century.However, the big reveal aka climax takes less than five pages, 324-328 of a 353-page novel. So it's all wrapped up neat and tidy in the blink of an eye. And the culprit won't surprise anyone, but I don't think it was meant to, if that makes sense.The point, for me, is the insidious effects of groupthink in today's culture and the rampant presumption of guilt, often based on little to no facts. Instead of pitchforks and torches, mobs use hateful words, leaked videos and private pictures - easily and instantly delivered through social media, with little to no consequences for those "sharing" and "liking" what's tantamount to harassment and bullying. Scary stuff.3 stars
  • (4/5)
    Review of Advance Reader’s Edition A woman stumbles into the police station claiming that she was carjacked and that the carjacker ran over the young man who tried to assist her.After rushing Liam Miller to the hospital, the hunt is on for the hit-and-run carjacker. The townspeople are quick to speculate; social media erupts with conjecture and threats. But what if things aren’t exactly as they seem? Media posts quickly proclaim Liam a hero, but label an unpopular classmate as the would-be killer. Is he really the guilty carjacker? Do the accusers care?Well-drawn but flawed characters populate this character study that focuses a spotlight on the damage social media can perpetrate. Jackie, Connor’s and Wade’s mother, is a champion at making “too dumb to live” decisions and, although she spends far too much time chugging Xanax and wine, she defends her son when accusations begin to fly. Policewoman Pearl, with her complicated backstory, is an intriguing character whose efficient handling of the situation strengthens the narrative. Unexpected reveals keep the tension high in the unfolding story although astute readers will anticipate the reveal that comes late in the narrative. The effect of social media and gossip-turned-truth in the minds of the townspeople in this well-drawn small town gives the story its chilling undertone and keeps the pages turning.Recommended.
  • (4/5)
    If I Die Tonight is Alison Gaylin's newest release. This was a first read of this author for me, but it won't be the last.Small town USA. An aging pop star who goes by the name Amie Em stumbles in the local police station, saying she was carjacked by a teenaged boy. Another boy named Liam tried to stop the theft and was critically injured. But her story keeps changing and there are gaping holes in her recounting of the crime. The finger is inevitably pointed at Wade - a high school outcast.Gaylin mirrors today's society- much of the case is debated online in various social forums. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty doesn't figure into the diatribe.. A young man's life is irrevocably changed and the injured teen becomes a downed hero to the town.But is Wade guilty? He refuses to speak about that night. His mother Jackie knows he is not capable of such an act. Or is he? Gaylin tells this story through many points of view, giving the reader options as to what the outcome might be. I felt for Jackie as she struggled to clear her son's name. Gaylin's depictions of her emotions and relationships with her sons was well done. But my favourite supporting character was Officer Pearl Maze. She has her own issues, but was the clearest thinking character for me. (And I'd really like to see her in another book.)Gaylin provides red herrings and alternative outcomes along the way to the final whodunit. I admit to having my suspicions about one character, who was just a little too calm and helpful for me. And yes, they did figure into the final reveal. But, that in no way detracted from my enjoyment of If I Die Tonight. A n entertaining read and I will be picking up Gaylin's next book.
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    The commentators and story line were very good and enjoyable

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  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I highly recommend this book. One of the best I have heard. I was never bored and it was definitely a mystery. The speaker did a good job. Listen. You’ll like it. I promise. :)

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  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    this audio book was narrated well. It also keeps you guessing. The villain isn't who you expected!!!!

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  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    This book kept me guessing. Really enjoyed listening to it!

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