Book Review: If I Can’t Have You

Title: If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children

Author: Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

Narrator: Kevin Pierce and Laural Merlington

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/If-I-Cant-Have-You-Audiobook/B00K58Y09O

Summary

Best-selling author Gregg Olsen and co-author Rebecca Morris investigate one of the 21st Century’s most puzzling disappearances and how it resulted in the murder of two children by their father.

Every once in a great while a genuine murder mystery unfolds before the eyes of the American public. The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story – with lenses and microphones trained on Susan’s husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

Over the next three years bombshell by bombshell, the story would reveal more shocking secrets. Josh’s father, Steve, who was sexually obsessed with Susan, would ultimately be convicted of unspeakable perversion. Josh’s brother, Michael, would commit suicide. And in the most stunning event of them all, Josh Powell would murder his two little boys and kill himself with brutality beyond belief.

My Review

4/5 Stars

A well-written true crime book that outlined the unfortunate case of Susan Powell. There were plenty of details in the book, even though there were some graphic parts of the crime scene, they were described in a way that made it easier to take in. It was terrible what happened to Susan and her children. The father was a monster for sure, and I am glad that he was eventually arrested even though it seemed the authorities took their time.

The narration in this audiobook was different from other true crime books in that Susan had her own “voice” by giving a different narrator than the one narrating the information about the crime. I thought that was an interesting little detail, and it made it easier to follow along.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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