If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Who is responsible for the car accident that mowed down Liam Miller, star football player, student council president, and all-around popular teen in the upstate New York town of Havenkill? Could it be Aimee En, the has-been 80's pop star who was in town to perform at a local club that night? After all, it was her car that struck Liam. But Aimee claims she was carjacked. Could it have been loner Wade Reed, a high school student from a broken home behind the wheel?
Social media is abuzz in this otherwise sleepy village, vilifying and all but convicting Wade of the crime, but is he really the guilty party? The police seem to think he is. And why won't he speak up on his own behalf? Is it possible he is protecting someone? What really happened in the early morning hours leading up to the crash?
There are people who know exactly what happened that night, but they won't share any details. To do so would reveal their own questionable activities. It's up to Wade's mother Jackie to unravel a web of lies and deceit. Can she uncover the truth before more tragedy occurs?
If I Die Tonight is filled with multiple twists which unfold as the shocking secrets of a small town are exposed. Despair, loneliness, isolation, and the cruelty of teenagers play out in an unfortunate series of events that make this story a thrilling page-turner.
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