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Book Recommendation – If Something Happens To Me by Alex Finlay

If Something Happens To Me by Alex Finlay

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Published: May 2024, Head of Zeus UK

Rating: 4/5

About the book

For the past five years, Ryan Richardson has relived that terrible night. The car door ripping open. The crushing blow to the head. The hands yanking him from the vehicle. His girlfriend Ali’s piercing scream as she is taken.

With no trace of Ali or the car, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Ryan. But with no proof and a good lawyer, he’s never charged, though that doesn’t matter to the podcasters and internet trolls. Now, Ryan has changed his last name, and entered law school. He’s put his past behind him.

Until, on a summer trip abroad to Italy with his law-school classmates, Ryan gets a call from his father: Ali’s car has finally been found, submerged in a lake in his hometown. Inside are two dead men and a cryptic note with five words written on the envelope in Ali’s handwriting: If something happens to me…

Then, halfway around the world, the unthinkable happens: Ryan sees the man who has haunted his dreams since that night.

As Ryan races from the rolling hills of Tuscany, to a rural village in the UK, to the glittering streets of Paris in search of the truth, he has no idea that his salvation may lie with a young sheriff’s deputy in Kansas working her first case, and a mobster in Philadelphia who’s experienced tragedy of his own.

In classic Alex Finlay form, If Something Happens to Me is told from several distinct, compelling characters whose paths intersect, detonating into a story of twist after pulse-pounding twist. The story cements Finlay as one of the leading thriller writers today.


This is what you call a pacy, edge-of-the-seat popcorn thriller. Checks every single box with perfectly developed characters and a brilliant premise and several cliffhangers to make the ride ever so entertaining!

Texas – Alison Lane gets abducted and no one knows what happened to her. Her boyfriend takes the blame.

Italy – Five years later, Ryan has now changed his name and is pursuing Law. His life is fine, protected by a high profile solicitor back in Texas, until a phone call from his dad changes everything.

Alison’s car has been discovered but with two dead guys inside. Who are they and where is Alison?

With a new local sheriff trying to figure out the biggest puzzle of all time, If Something Happens To Me is a pacy edge-of-the-seat suspense thriller that takes us from small-town Texas to Italy with twists thrown everywhere. There are several POVs and just when you think you’ve figured it out, you’re in for so many action sequences.

Loved it and comes highly recommended.

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