Image of If I Die Tonight: A Novel


Image of If I Die Tonight: A Novel

Once again Gaylin provides plenty of surprises in this well-plotted story that will keep readers guessing until the end. Gaylin’s skill at character development is in the spotlight, featuring a diverse cast of characters whose actions ring true — whether they are adults behaving badly or teenagers experiencing the perils of growing up in the social media age. Reading this book is like watching a particularly grisly train wreck: horrible things happen, people are cruel and you'll want to stop ... but, you won't be able to turn away from this page turner.

Jackie feels her older son Wade slipping away as he stops communicating with her and his friends, and starts going out into the middle of the night to smoke. Connor, her younger son, tries to be the peacemaker and defends Wade. Meanwhile, Aimee En, a has-been rock star trying to make a comeback, is the victim of a carjacking. When a high school football star is run over by the carjacker, these characters come together and have to ride out the storm triggered by these events. (WILLIAM MORROW, Mar., 384 pp., $26.99)  

Reviewed by: 
Joyce Morgan