review for If I Die Tonight, by Alison Gaylin.
There was a lot going on in this book, too much really. I think some of the main characters took too much of a sideline to a few of the other characters and consequently none were really fleshed out and developed. And there was a lot of repetition. The book could have been much smaller. The commentary on the difficulty of raising young people in our age of technology was valid, and how our children keep us out of their loop even though it is to their detriment. Those themes were well expressed. For me, whenever a critical element and character to a story takes a back seat to a secondary character, I begin to lose interest. And that is what happened here. Amy was not a well developed character, and yet was rather important. But too many things needed to be understood about her and really were not. The young female cop was the same. I would have liked to know more about that character, but again, too many characters were just left hanging. The ending is fair. The book is worth a read. But I was more frustrated than intrigued.
(first posted on marinalreed.com)