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If Something Happens to Me

By Alex Finlay

A Highly Enjoyable and Intricately Written Tale



Tonight is Alison and Ryan’s last night together; tomorrow they are headed off to different colleges.  They are parked in a secluded wooded area when suddenly, their car door is ripped open. Alison screams, and Ryan is hit in the head. The next thing he knows it’s morning, he is lying in the wet grass, the car is gone, and so is Alison.

Five years later, neither Alison nor her body has ever been found. Ryan has always been under suspicion for her disappearance and has never gotten over that experience or the loss of Alison.

On a summer trip to Italy with law school classmates, Ryan gets a call from his dad.  Alison’s car has just been found submerged in a lake near their hometown or Leavenworth, Kansas  Inside are two dead men and an envelope with Ali’s handwriting that says, “If something happens to me. ”


If Something Happens To Me is a skillfully written and intricately woven tale of mystery and intrigue. Author Alex Finlay's writing is captivating and gut-wrenching.

The book is compulsively readable. You can't help but sympathize with Ryan, and you will not be able to stop inhaling the pages until the mystery of what happened to Alison is solved. I really liked the new deputy sheriff character Poppy McGee, who is delightfully smart and vulnerable.

I experienced the book in both print and audio formats. Both formats were good. A multicast of narrators enhanced the listening experience.  Narrators were Helen Laser, John Pirhalla, and Paul Dateh, all of whom did an admirable job at bringing the many characters in this enjoyable story to life.

Thanks to Netgalley, St. Martins Press, and Macmillian Audio for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher    St Martins Press / Macmillan Audio

Published   May 28, 2024

Narrated     Helen Laser, John Pirhalla, and Paul Dateh

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