If I Die TonightBy Alison Gaylin (William Morrow, $16.99, 2018) Buy It Now
Is there any mother of teens who’s not haunted by their secrecy? “They shut you out. Your children shut you out of their heads, their lives. And that was a form of rebellion so much more chilling than blasting music or yelling. They made it so you couldn’t know them anymore. They made it so you couldn’t help.” Single mom Jackie Reed is raising two sons, Goth-dyed misfit Wade and his loyal, conflicted kid brother Connor. When another teen boy is mowed down in a hit-and-run, internet rumors go viral. Was Wade at the wheel? What else is he hiding? Deftly juggling a pitch-perfect community of local voices—including screen-addicted teens, small-town cops, realtors, and a drama-queen ’80s rocker from Woodstock—Shamus Award-winner Alison Gaylin brings everyday fears to the boiling point. Don’t plan on sleeping ’til you reach the end.