If She Dies by Erik Therme

If She Dies

 

If She Dies by Erik Therme

Publishing: February 21, 2021 – Self-Published

 

 

Reason I chose to Read this Book: I have read a number of books by this author, and enjoyed them all, so when he approached me with this one, I jumped at the chance.

 

If She Dies by Erik Therme is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Josh and Tess Parker have moved from the small town of Newton to another small town, not far away.  Josh felt it was the right time to get away.  Nine months ago, their five-year-old daughter Lily was killed in a car accident in Newton.  Josh is moving on.  Tess, not so much.  She knows Josh is right, and it’s time to get on with her life, but nothing really matters.   She goes along with whatever makes Josh happy.  She doesn’t feel like she deserves more.  Josh thinks she should get a job, and see a therapist.  Tess knows that won’t help.  Josh is trying so hard, but nothing helps.

Brady Becker, the driver who took Lily’s life, was sentenced to two years in prison.  This, Tess finds is unacceptable.  Brady’s daughter Eve gets to live, and Tess doesn’t think that’s fair.  Every day, Tess watches Eve.  She watches her walk back and forth to school.  She watches her at lunch.  She watches her when she gets home from school.  She starts to care for her.

Then the unthinkable happens, and Eve goes missing.

Everything points to Tess, but who would believe her when she says she didn’t take Eve?  She’s been keeping secrets.  Even Josh is questioning things.  But then, he is keeping secrets too.

 

My Opinions:   

This book was a little slow.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked it.  It kept me interested from start to finish, but it was more drama than it was psychological thriller.  It is very well written, and we can feel the anguish Tess is feeling, her paranoia, her love yet disgust for her husband’s actions.  It’s a very emotional read.

I didn’t really like any of the characters.  I felt sorry for a few of them, but didn’t relate or like them.  I found Tess to be a sad, depressed woman from start to finish.  Her husband didn’t get it, and his actions and words just pissed me off.   Her future sister-in-law was a bitch, and her brother who I somewhat liked, was also somewhat useless.

For a book that seemed so slow moving, the story was very good, it was very well-written, and it was a relatively fast read.

The author hinted that there may be a follow up to this book, and I would be interested in knowing where it goes, but honestly, I liked the fact that we could draw our own conclusions, and just leave it go.  I would, though, read a sequel.

Read: February, 2021

 

Erik Therme

About The Author: Erik Therme is an American author.  He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife and daughters. Check out this author’s website at https://eriktherme.com/

 

*** Photo Credit – taken from GoodReads

 

I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3681977644

 

Have you read it?  Do you plan to?  Tell me your thoughts…do you agree or disagree with my assessment?  Either way, I’d love to know.

 

 

 

Resthaven by Erik Therme

Resthaven

 Resthaven by Erik Therme

 Published: 2016

4stars

 

 

Resthaven by Erik Therme is a psychological thriller.

 

 My Synopsis:  (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Let’s pretend.  You are the new girl in school.  Your parents are divorcing and your Mom is a little (lot) worried about you.  She convinces (makes) you to hang out with a girl in your apartment building who drags you to meet her other friends.  You quickly determine that these girls have had worse lives than you, and it’s given them some character traits that may prove challenging to be around.  Although acknowledging that you can sometimes open your mouth without thinking, and therefore say something that may hurt, it is rarely intentional.  One girl in particular is just cruel.  She, of course, is the one that plans their evening.

A scavenger hunt in an abandoned retirement home, soon to be demolished.  Seems childish, but when the doors get locked, they find that they are not alone.

 

My Opinions:  

Well, this was unexpected.  It takes you back to high school, and peer pressure.  Where there are mean girls, and girls trying to cozy up to the top girl, and those just wanting to fit in….but it takes these to the extreme. 

It is a quick read.  The pace is fast, with non-stop action, leaving the reader with no option but to keep turning the pages.  The suspense builds quickly, and doesn’t stop. The dialog is catty, and mean, and fits the girls perfectly.  

You don’t have to like the characters to like the book.  Although the book is aimed at the YA crowd, the book is well written, and can be enjoyed by all.

Since I am not in the YA crowd, I tried to adjust my rating accordingly, but YA or not, it was really entertaining, and I enjoyed it!  Take a chance, no matter your age.

 

 

Erik Therme

About The Author: Erik Therme is an American author.  He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife and daughters.

 

 

I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2916183421

 

 

 

 

 

I Know You by Erik Therme

I Know You - Erik Therme

I Know You by Erik Therme

Publishing: April 12, 2019 by Bookouture

3.5 stars

 

 

I Know You by Erik Therme is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Bree Walker seems to be the head of her family. Her Mom is working constantly to try and make ends meet, but it’s not enough to pay for three children and the trailer they live in. So Bree, even though smart enough to go to college, stayed home, and went to work. Now 26, she’s still living at home and helping out with the finances, and laundry, and meals…. Her 23 year-old brother Tyler, usually unemployed, makes occasional appearances for meals, or a place to crash for a day or two. Her sister, 16-year old Alissa, is a typical needy teenager, angry with the world and how unfair it is. Their father, an abusive alcoholic, has left for the last time – hopefully.

When Bree gets a text from someone saying that they have kidnapped Alissa, Bree sets out on a wild journey to bring her sister home. Along the way she is dogged by Alissa’s best friend Liz, who insists on helping, and may know more than she is willing to admit. Tracking down her brother Tyler is almost as hard as finding her sister.

It quickly becomes apparent that the kidnapper is hell-bent on revenge. Bree is unsure how much she will sacrifice to get her sister back.

 

My Opinions:
This book is about families, and about how relationships within a family can differ, and change over time. How families will pull together in times of need. The author created realistic characters and the rapport and/or dysfunction between them rang true.

It’s a fast read, as the suspense keeps the reader interested in getting to the outcome. However, the ending seemed rushed, with a few characters outcomes left up in the air. I guess I’m one of those that need to know what happened to everyone. I hate guessing.  As well, although not touted as YA, it could be.

There were a few unexpected twists to keep the intrigue working.

Overall, a good book.

Read: March, 2019

 

Favorite Quotes from I Know You:

“Bad things happen to people,”… “but that’s not an excuse to go crazy.”

“Are you familiar with the butterfly effect? Each and every choice we make leads us down a different path, and even the most insignificant change can have large effects on the future.”

 

Erik Therme

 

About The Author:  Erik Therme is an American author.  He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife and daughters.

 

I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2756080432

 

 

 

 

 

Mortom by Erik Therme

Mortom

Mortom by Erik Therme 

Originally Published in 2014

5Stars

 

 

Mortom by Erik Therme is a mystery/thriller.

First, let me thank the author for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review (Sorry it took so long Erik). All opinions are my own. 

My Synopsis:
Andy Crowl just inherited a house in the small town of Mortom. Andy has no idea why his cousin, Craig Moore, made him the sole beneficiary, since they barely knew one another. Mind you, by the time Andy sells the place, and pays off his cousins debts, he’ll be lucky to break even.

However, there is something more to this bequeath than the house. Craig has left strange clues for Andy to follow, which Andy willingly does, not really knowing what he is searching for. As the puzzles lead Andy on, he starts to wonder about this game, but his obsession takes over. How far will he go to solve this puzzle, and will the treasure at the end be worth it, or will it lead to death.

My Opinions:
This book had me hooked from the beginning. A little creepy, and good suspense. I loved it when I figured out one of the clues before Andy did, and I thoroughly enjoyed the subsequent ones. It really felt like I was right there with him.

I thought the author provided his characters with enough depth that the reader could relate to them, and both their flaws and strengths felt right. This doesn’t mean I particularly liked them all.

The plot and pace was good, and the dialog between Andy and his sister seemed real.

Overall, I loved this book…I read it in one sitting, didn’t want to put it down, and although he has since written others, this was his debut novel. I am looking forward to reading more by Erik Therme!  (If said author wanted to provide me with another book to review….I’d gladly accept).

Read: January 2019

 

Favorite Quotes from Mortom:

“Come on, you lead the most boring life in the world. Isn’t all this kind of exciting? It’s a mystery and we’re on an adventure. Twists and turns at every corner, pieces of a puzzle every step of the way.”

“But at what cost, Andy? This game has already brought out the worst in you. How far are you willing to go?”

“Daddy always said you have to deal with what life gives you. So deal.”

 

 

Erik Therme

 

About The Author: Erik Therme is an American author.  He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife and daughters.

 

I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2655405260