Susan Powell, A pretty blond young mother in Utah disappeared in December of 2009. Friends and family were baffled with the sudden and complete disappearance of Susan who would never have abandoned her two sons.
The only one who did not seem distressed with her disappearance, was her husband, Josh Powell.
As details unfold those who have not followed this event will be shocked at the level of dysfunction involved within a family that carried beyond the first generation.
Over the next three years, the police and investigators would uncover disturbing evidence involving a loveless marriage, and a father-in-laws obsession with his beautiful daughter in law. Most disturbing of all was Josh’s decision that when his boys were no longer allowed to stay with him, then no one would be allowed to have his sons.
If I Can’t Have You is a powerful and disturbing true retelling of the disappearance of Susan Powell and the eventual murder of her two young sons. It is always hard to put into words what I think of a true crime read. Bizarre, engaging, the human psyche occasionally blows my mind.
True Crime authors Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris did an amazing recollection of the details of this sad senseless occurrence of not that many years ago. I listened to this on audio and narrator Kevin Pierce handles this difficult subject matter with a professional and appropriate tone.
Readers/listeners of true crime will find If I Can’t Have You to be an accurate retelling of a heartbreaking event of modern time.
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24 thoughts on “If I Can’t Have You by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris”
I can’t read or listen to true crime. I just find it too hard and disturbing, especially since I know it’s not fiction and actually happened.
I dont know why I can do it, but I have always been drawn to these books.
I love true crime but I have not read one in this genre for quite a while. I kind of find it disturbing that I REALLY want to read one right now!
I read one or two a year – although I guess I have listened to two on audio in the last month…. hmmmm…..
I used to really like reading true crime when I was a teen. I contribute that to my parents watching shows like Unsolved Mysteries or Dateline and 20/20. Now it isn’t really my cup of tea anymore. It is very popular with the patrons at my library though. I think we have this book but not on audio.
I dont know what draws me to it – I guess learning about events I usually do not know about and I can not believe the level of sickness there is in this word when you hear what people have done.
I like reading true crime as sad and disturbing as it is but I’ve never done an audio. I know it sounds silly but does it make it even more real? Not sure I could handle that. It’s kind of like I can read a horror book but I can’t watch a horror movie.
I think often in true crime audio the narrator tends to sound more like a reporter laying out the facts. In regular audio book stories that would drive me nuts but it works for true crime.
I remember this from the news coverage…creepy. I haven’t read much true crime in recent years, but I did enjoy it at one time. Perhaps audio would be god for this genre, this one in particular. Hmmmmm
I had never heard of it until now. How incredibly sad… I really feel the police proceeded to slowly when it came to the boys being with their father who was a prime suspect 😦
I’m not sure I could do this. Somehow I think I want audio to be … lighter? I don’t read much true crime, either, though, even though I love thrillers.
I like a mix… but yes, true crime in audio can be haunting.
I think that true crime could be very chilling to listen to.
It can be. I dont know why it doesn’t bother me to listen to it. I become emotional and angry – but I can listen to it.
Another one to add to my list!!