Who do you trust when everyone is lying? My name is Tess Parker.
Two days ago, I was in a car accident with my sister-in-law, Torrie. Before she slipped into a coma, she asked my husband and me to care for her four-month-old son, Levi.
Yesterday, a woman claiming to be Torrie’s estranged sister knocked on our door. But Torrie has no siblings . . . or so she said. She and my brother were only together a short time before he left, and Torrie has clearly been keeping secrets.
Today, another of Torrie’s “sisters” has come to town. Both say the other is lying about who they are. Neither of them is telling the truth. Both of them want Levi.
It’s exactly a year since I read and reviewed If She Dies, the first book in the series. I read it in two days and I did the same with If She Wakes. Neither are long books. They both move at a fast pace. There is no confusion – you know exactly who is who and what they do and have done in the past.
In the first book we met Tess after her five year old daughter Lily was killed by a hit-and-run driver Brady Becker. Tess closes down emotionally and risks putting her marriage to Josh in jeopardy. Now the main problem with Tess was not the way she dealt with her grief, but the fact that she lied to Josh, kept things from him, made some very strange choices, and failed to understand the way Josh dealt with his own grief. But mostly it was that she stalked Brady’s stepdaughter Eve. To the point where the police believed she kidnapped her out of revenge for Lily’s death.
In If She Wakes, we continue the story of Tess’s late brother Colin, who we also met in book one. Tess hadn’t seen Colin since Lily died, but then one day he appeared and it turned out he was dying of cancer.
His wife Torrie is now widowed with a small baby son, Levi. While out in the car together, Tess hits a deer and Torrie, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, suffers a catastrophic head injury which leaves her in a coma. Tess and Josh are looking after Levi.
Then out of the blue, while Tess is feeding Torrie’s feral cat at her house, a woman walks in who claims to be Torrie’s sister Jessie. This is very strange because Torrie said she had no family. But it turns out she has not one, but two sisters and a brother. And there was me worrying about whether she had topped up the cat’s water bowl – I never did find out.
Still keeping things from Josh after promising to try and move forwards, Tess hires a private investigator to find Eve and her mother Meg who are hiding from Brady, and also to track Brady after he was released from prison. But I digress.
Shocked by the revelation that Torrie has two sisters, Tess receives a call from the other sister, Mia, who warns her to be careful with Jessie. She is not what she seems. Jessie says the same about Mia, but which of them is lying, or are they both telling porkies. But one thing is certain – they both want Levi.
Once again, Tess and Josh are at loggerheads and their marriage is suffering. I have to admit I do find them both annoying, Tess because I can’t understand why she keeps lying and Josh because he never engages.
Then suddenly the story takes an unexpected twist and I gasped with shock. But that’s all I’m going to say.
Another brilliant book from this author. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
About the Author
Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harboured runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways: http://eepurl.com/cD1F8L
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