Mysterious Galaxy is delighted to be hosting best-selling author Alison Gaylin for the release of her newest book, If I Die Tonight. This intricate tale begins with a carjacking gone wrong, with local jock Liam Miller coming off as a hero and social outcast Wade Reed taking the blame. The varying viewpoints bring together the thrilling story of family and secrets, described by the LA Review of Books as a “moody, densely layered mystery whose emotional notes are as affecting as the plot points are enthralling...a model of superb narrative craft.” For more, see Christine's review, below.
Alison’s previous works include Hide Your Eyes, Trashed, Heartless, and the Brenna Spector series. She has won several awards for her novels, including the Shamus and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her books have also been on the bestseller lists in the USA, Germany, and Belgium. She currently resides in New York with her husband and daughter.
“Life only gives us as much as we can take” so states Jackie Reed’s friend Helen. A major understatement in the life of Jackie and her two sons, Wade and Connor. A high school boy is killed trying to prevent a carjacking. As the investigation moves forward, the story reveals that everyone involved has dark secrets and has lied to family, friends and the police. Wade is the crux of the story as it becomes clear that he is troubled; he becomes the focus of the inquest which begins to take a tremendous toll on his family. Cyber-bullying, intimidation, low self-esteem, over-valued sense of worth, unconditional love; all of these powerful emotions are rolled into this compelling mystery. I was compelled to keep reading but yet felt trepidation as to what the next chapter might bring, right down to the very last reveal. Great read! -- Christine
On June 28, 1980, Kelly Michelle Lund shoots and kills Oscar-nominated director John McFadden at a party in his home. For years, speculation swirls over the enigmatic seventeen-year-old's motives. Convicted of the murder, she loses her youth and her freedom--but keeps her secrets to herself.
Thirty years later--and five years after her release from prison--the past has come back to haunt Kelly. Her father-in-law, movie legend Sterling Marshall, is found in a pool of blood in his home in the Hollywood Hills--dead from a shot to the head, just like his old friend John McFadden.
Once again, Kelly is suspected of the high-profile murder. But this time, she's got some unexpected allies who believe she's innocent of both killings. But is she?
When the past intersects with the future . . .
Brenna Spector is held prisoner by the past. She has perfect memory, which allows her to recall in vivid and remarkable detail every moment of every day of her adult life. If only she could remember more from her child-hood . . . for she's still trying to unravel the mystery of her sister Clea's disappearance twenty-eight years ago when Clea was seventeen. But now her obsession with finding out what happened to Clea is taking a toll on her own teenage daughter, Maya, who's been very secretive lately. And when Maya goes missing, Brenna fears her worst nightmare has come true.
. . . the outcome can be dangerous
As Brenna relies on her P.I. skills to find her daughter before it's too late, evidence surfaces showing a possible link between Maya's disappearance and Clea's. But could a case from three decades ago really be connected to her daughter? Or is someone hoping that Brenna will play along in a twisted game--one that there's no chance of winning . . . or surviving?