If I Can't Have You
Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children
Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris
St. Martin's True Crime
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St. Martin's True Crime
St. Martin's Press
On Sale: 05/05/2015
ISBN: 9781250066688320 Pages
A DEVOTED MOTHER GOES MISSING
Every once in a great while a genuine murder mystery unfolds before the public's eyes…Such is the tragic case of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden. When the pretty 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 Susan—and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm. It was hard to know what, or who, to believe.
AND A CYCLE OF DEVASTATION BEGINS…
Over the next three years, bombshell by bombshell, a world of secrets about the Powell family came to light. 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 before killing himself. Why did he do it? What really happened to Susan? This is the shocking true story of the Powell family that no reader will soon forget.
Every moment I step back and take stock of what I'm dealing with, it feels like a never ending cycle but I'm too afraid of the consequences, losing my kids, him kidnapping [them], divorce or actions worse on his part …—SUSAN POWELL...
Praise for If I Can't Have You
“Olsen's [writing] is both gossipy and sympathetic, searing and brilliant. . . . A must read for true crime aficionados and students of abnormal psychology! I read until 3 a.m.!” —Ann Rule on If Loving You is Wrong
“Gregg Olsen is one of this country's favorite true crime writers…Olsen takes readers behind the scenes of this fascinating case.” —Tucson Citizen on A Twisted Faith
“As good as it gets.” —Lee Child on A Wicked Snow
“A rapid-fire page-turner.” —Seattle Times on A Twisted Faith
“A disturbing portrait of a community undone by its appealing young pastor…. An unsettling story of a man who committed murdered and then used his charm and his power as a man of God to exploit his congregants and satisfy his sexual obsession.” —Publishers Weekly on A Twisted Faith
“Dark, atmospheric, riveting suspense . . . Gregg Olsen is one of the best.” —Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Fear No Evil on A Cold Dark Place