If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin

If I Die Tonight

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 c...


Details If I Die Tonight

TitleIf I Die Tonight
ISBN9780062641090
Author
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller
Rating

Reviews If I Die Tonight

  • Deanna
    2018-04-12
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...I have wanted to read Alison Gaylin’s novels for quite some time but just hadn’t had the opportunity. After reading the description for “If I Die Tonight”, I was really intrigued, and couldn’t wait to get started.The book opens with a Facebook post on Jacqueline (Jackie) Reed’s account. But the message isn’t written by her…it’s written by her teenage son, ...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    2017-12-14
    This was my first read from Alison Gaylin (though I own 3 of her others). What an unexpected surprise. Why haven’t I picked up one of her other books till now!?Jackie is doing her best to raise two teenage sons on her own. And lately she feels like she knows them less and less. But come on…what teens aren’t distant and mysterious to their parents?So when tragedy pays a visit to the small town they live in, her world is rocked as all eyes tu...
  • Susanne Strong
    2017-12-16
    3.5 Stars* (rounded down)Aimee En knows she isn’t a reliable witness. She is a has been, washed up musician who just came from a late night gig but swears she is telling the truth. A boy in a black hoodie hijacked her car and then boom - he hit another teenage boy with it. And Aimee En witnessed the whole thing. The problem? The police think she may have done it herself. Wade is a teenager that no one likes. In fact, he is pretty much despised ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    2017-12-16
    I was lost in the deep slopes of the craggy coulee with two of my Traveling Sisters reading I Die Tonight and we settled in amongst the rocky edges with each of our reading pillows that soon had us on our toes guessing and discussing the path of this clever and engaging mystery. I Die Tonight is stand-alone by Alison Gaylin and was our first book that we have read by her and won’t be our last. I Die Tonight is a tightly plotted multi-layered ch...
  • Ellen Gail
    2018-02-19
    "I can trust you, right, buddy? You won't say anything?" Do you ever get really excited when you're reading a mystery and you realize it's genuinely good? Like the characters have layers on layers, the plot is twisty but not frustrating, and gosh darn it you're just having a good time reading it?If I Die Tonight is unpretentiously exciting and Ellen Gail certified good. (the EllenGail certification means absolutely jack, unless you liked this. Th...
  • Laura
    2017-07-03
    Alison Gaylin left an impression on me with What Remains of Me, so I was thrilled to get my hands on If I Die Tonight. This one was a bit more of a family drama, which isn't a bad thing. Just different from the type of story I fell in love with in the first novel I read of hers (murder mystery with a Hollywood feel).Beginning with a Facebook post written by Jackie's son Wade that works as a suicide note, we know things must get pretty tough for...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    2018-03-04
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded up. First of all, many thanks to William Morrow and Company for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.This book has been on my list for AGES, and I had actually just preordered it from Amazon when I found out that I had been lucky enough to get approved for an ARC on Edelweiss. So glad I was! This book lived up to the hype for me, which I am very thankful for in a...
  • DJ Sakata
    2018-03-31
    Favorite Quotes:Nobody’s perfect… What gets us in trouble is when we try and pretend we are.I dated a guy once who wanted to know how far drive it was from Miami to Florida… He also thought Rosetta Stone was a civil rights leader. Thank God he was cute.Mason Marx was short and squat, with mean little pig eyes and the personality of bad cheese.… Jackie could not stand that mustache. Her eyes were drawn to it whenever Wacksman spoke, so thi...
  • Kristy
    2018-03-04
    Havenkill is a pretty quiet town--mostly focused on its football team. So when a washed up 80s rockstar named Aimee En stumbles into the police station in the middle of the night, claiming someone carjacked her Jaguar and then ran over a teenage boy who was trying to help, it receives a lot of police and media attention. The young teen's name was Liam--a star on the football team--and he's quickly portrayed as a hero for trying to save Aimee and ...
  • Amy
    2018-03-09
    THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE BOOKS THAT PULLS YOU IN RIGHT FROM THE START, IT HAS A POWERFUL PROLOGUE AND THEN FLIPS BACK IN TIME FIVE DAYS EARLIER. IT’S TOLD FROM A HANDFUL OF PERSPECTIVES BUT I ENJOYED HEARING FROM JACKIE, MOM TO TWO TEENAGED BOYS AND PEARL, A POLICE OFFICER THE MOST. JACKIE WAS RELATABLE TO ME AND I COULD FEEL HER ANXIETY AND FEAR FOR HER SONS, IT BROKE MY HEART TO PIECES AND THE AUTHOR DID A FANTASTIC JOB AT SHOWING A MOTHER’S W...
  • Heidi
    2018-02-12
    I once read this quote in a book, and it has stayed with me: “You’re only ever as happy as your unhappiest child.” (unfortunately I have forgotten where I read it, or I would give due credit to the author). How true! This is the situation Jackie finds herself in, a single mother trying her best to raise her two teenage sons. Her older son Wade has been distant and secretive lately, estranged from his peers, a loner who rarely smiles. What h...
  • Liz Barnsley
    2017-08-16
    Having loved What Remains of Me I was really looking forward to this and it was one of those books I devoured - although it has a mystery at the heart of it and it'll get tagged as a psychological thriller, this was much more family drama with a small town vibe, digging deep into themes of parental responsibility, sibling relationships, school and community hierarchy and the dark depths of humanity.A boy dies - run over during a carjacking, a tow...
  • Liz
    2018-03-20
    **3.5 Stars** rounded up. This is my first book by Alison Gaylin. I really enjoyed it! Although it was tagged a psychological thriller...In my opinion it was more a family drama/suspense told in different perspectives. It took me awhile to get drawn in completely (at about page 190 I was finally hooked)...the ending brought some "wow's!" And some.."I saw that coming!" But all in all was a entertaining read! :::Disclaimer::: I bought this book not...
  • Cesar
    2018-04-11
    4 stars"By the time you read this, I'll be dead."When we hear in the news that something bad has happened in a small town where nothing bad happens, people jump to conclusions. They blame the mother. They blame the father. They blame that weird high schooler. They blame anyone who remotely looks guilty. But are they right to blame someone who didn't even have anything to do with said crime?If I Die Tonight is a small town mystery where Amy, a for...
  • Gare Billings
    2018-03-11
    Let's be honest - I LOVE thrillers, mysteries and suspense. Within those genres, there is a sub-genre that I feel does not get enough love and that is domestic suspense. Domestic suspense thrillers are hard to come by and some really fall flat for me even though I do love them. This is not one of those cases. IF I DIE TONIGHT by Alison Gaylin is not only an intense binge-worthy read, but it's plot is taut, morose, and engaging. What I especially ...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    2018-03-08
    I was a huge fan of Gaylin’s last stand-alone, What Remains of Me, and had been anticipating this one since I first heard about it. The wait was certainly worth it, If I Die Tonight did not disappoint! High school senior, Wade, a loner is suspected of accidentally killing popular classmate, Liam Miller, in a car wreck. Wade seems to be hiding something about the events of the night in question, but is he a murderer? As his mother Jackie tries t...
  • Megan Abbott
    2017-10-28
    The best yet from one of the most talented crime writers out there. It's both a deeply satisfying suspense novel, beautifully orchestrated and exciting to the very end....and a haunting, emotionally resonant story about family, familial love and loss. The upstate community is rendered so compellingly, the characters are so rich, and the resolution so stunning (and earned).I was knocked out.
  • Julie
    2018-04-27
    Wow, this was quite the rollercoaster ride! I actually think this would be a good way to describe this read as its suspenseful accent peaked for me, drops halfway through and peaked again to its conclusion. IF I DIE TONIGHT sent me through such an array of emotions throughout this dark and very thought-provoking read. It was a slow burn that took me about ten chapters before my attention was on this book and this book alone. At which point it pic...
  • Laura Rash
    2017-12-12
    This wasn’t a bad storyline but it moved kind of slow & was a little bit too long for my taste.
  • Michelle Ryles
    2018-03-30
    I didn't plan to read If I Die Tonight in one sitting, but once I started it, I simply couldn't put it down. The prologue hooked me immediately with a Facebook post from 17 year old Wade that tells the reader 'By the time you read this, I'll be dead.' This suicide post was so sad and heartfelt that I just had to devour every single page to find out how Wade was left feeling this way.Wade's post mentioned 'memory gifts' and I thought that was such...
  • Melinda
    2018-03-25
    Tragedy hits the small town of Havenkill on a late rainy night. Aimee En, a washed up 80's rockstar is driving home from a late night gig when she is carjacked by a teenage boy. Another teenager, Liam Miller, comes from out of nowhere to help Aimee and ends up being hit and killed. But is this what really happened? Is there more to this story? I am totally loving these kind of books. Secrets, mysteries, plot twists, psychological suspense. I lov...
  • Renita D'Silva
    2018-07-19
    Absolutely brilliant. I couldn't put this masterfully crafted book down
  • Susan Crowe
    2018-02-16
    I read an ARC of this book, provided by the publisher.It took me a little bit to get into this but once I did, wow. What a great book. I truly did not see that ending. Highly recommended. Publish date is 3/6/18 here in the US.
  • NZLisaM
    2018-03-13
    A Page Turner!I couldn’t stop reading – I had to find out the truth. I’m very happy to have discovered this book, and this author. I loved all the main characters, and thought Alison Gaylin did an amazing job of writing adult and teen characters who were all relatable and well-developed. The mystery was well-paced, kept the tension high, and held my interest. I also liked that there were other surprising reveals along the way, some that rel...
  • Kathy
    2018-02-17
    4.5 stars.Opening with a heart wrenching prologue, If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin is a spellbinding mystery about a carjacking that leads to the hit and run of a popular high school student.Jackie Reed is a single mom raising her  two sons, seventeen year old Wade and thirteen year old Connor, in the small town of Havenkill, NY. Over the past several months, Wade has drastically changed and he is now secretive and a bit of  a loner. Despite ...
  • Asheley
    2018-03-06
    “By the time you read this, I’ll be dead.” The prologue in If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin is comprised of a Facebook post. Jackie’s son Wade posts what appears to be a suicide note on his mom’s Facebook account and it receives 1,043 likes (what is wrong with people?). Chapter One begins with narrative starting from five days earlier.It took me a few chapters to take in what was happening and to sort out the cast, but once I did: I re...
  • Rana
    2018-06-07
    Decently twisty. As a palate cleanser, this was excellent but it's still just a dime-a-dozen type thriller.
  • Emma
    2017-08-20
    *FOUR AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE*Regular visitors to my blog will know that I am a big fan of crime thrillers set in small town America. If I Die Tonight is set in Havenkill, a small Hudson Valley town where little happens and that’s exactly how the residents like it. Except tragedy is heading to Havenkill in the form of a hit and run accident. When Liam Miller is tragically mown down one wet October night following a carjacking, all eyes fal...
  • Luanne Ollivier
    2018-03-14
    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 inevit...