If Something Happens to Me: A Novel (Paperback)

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A USA Today Bestseller!

From “one of the genre’s most exciting voices” (E! News) comes one of the year’s most-anticipated thrillers.

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 by several distinct, compelling characters whose paths intersect, detonating into a story of twist after pulse-pounding twist. The novel cements Finlay as one of the leading thriller writers today.

About the Author

ALEX FINLAY is the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including the 2021 breakout Every Last Fear and the 2022 Goodreads Choice Nominee for Best Mystery & Thriller The Night Shift. His work regularly appears on best-of-the-year lists and has been translated into twenty-two languages, and all of his novels have been optioned for film or television. Every Last Fear is in development for a major limited series. Alex lives in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Praise For…

A USA TODAY bestseller!
An Amazon Editor's Pick
Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Selection for May
Best Books Voted by Librarians
A Harper's Bazaar Best May 2024 Book Releases
A Parade magazine Best New Books of the Week
A Goodreads' Biggest Books of the Spring
A E! News Best Summer Reads
A BookBub 2024 Best Beach Reads
A Novel Suspects Most-Anticipated Crime Fiction Novel of 2024
A Nerd Daily Most-Anticipated 2024 Book Release

“A tightly coiled spine tingle . . . As in Finlay’s previous novels, relentless pacing, impressive characterizations, and the author’s knack for surprise combine to produce top-shelf entertainment. This is a smart, unpredictable winner.”Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Weaving through multiple storylines, If Something Happens to Me is a pulse-pounding thriller about a missing girl, a notorious crime boss and a new sheriff in town trying to solve a mystery that has twist after twist.”—Harper's Bazaar

If Something Happens to Me is a lightning-fast ride on a rollercoaster with young, genuine characters who will make you care deeply for them."Bookreporter

“Finlay serves up another compelling, tension-filled thriller, perfect for fans of Kate Moretti and the crime-writing duo of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.”Booklist

“The twists are nonstop . . . Finlay’s name on the cover guarantees a great read, and this one will end up on many best-of-the-year lists.”―First Clue

“Finlay crafts characters that are a pleasure to read about, mysteries that captivate, and novels that are as exhilarating as they are intricate. This blend makes for an invariably exceptional reading experience with his books, and If Something Happens to Me adds another distinguished accolade to his already remarkable repertoire.”―Mystery & Suspense Magazine

“It’s a master class in thriller writing―with a surprisingly tender ending.”The Big Thrill

“Alex Finlay has outdone himself with If Something Happens to Me―a riveting thriller with a twist that you won't see coming. I loved this book.”―Laura Dave, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

“A brilliant and taut action-packed thriller that begs to be read in one sitting. I know I did If Something Happens to Me is perfectly plotted, nail-bitingly intense, and incredibly compelling. Finlay proves once again that he is a master of his craft.”―Jeneva Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Marriage

If Something Happens to Me shows why Alex Finlay is one of the leading thriller writers today. Pulse-pounding, layered, and impossible to put down. Finlay―the master of twists―has outdone himself.”―Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Tonight

“Told at a breakneck pace, peppered with whiplash twists that will make you question every premise, If Something Happens to Me is easily one of the best thrillers of the year. Alex Finlay has already established himself as a titan in the thriller world; this novel may be his best yet.”―David Ellis, New York Times bestselling author of Look Closer

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250371997
ISBN-10: 1250371996
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2025
Pages: 352
Language: English