If I Can't Have You - Gregg Olsen & Rebecca Morris

If I Can't Have You

By Gregg Olsen & Rebecca Morris

  • Release Date: 2014-05-20
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4
From 191 Ratings


In If I Can't Have You, bestselling 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.


  • Must read

    By ashfedz
    An incredible book, the authors’ understanding, hard facts and true statements and experiences are so meticulously detailed and wrote to bring a story to life, reads like a best seller crime novel, but leaves you feeling like you were there all along and a part of the case/tragedy that unfolded. I feel so many emotions after the book ends. Kudos authors for sharing the story. Sending my love and angels to the people trying to survive after such evil.
  • Truthful

    By UnicornHubter
    I enjoyed how all the facts were presented and gathered. It’s unfortunate what happened but, it made me realize that as a woman, that I need to be safe with my next partner and watch out for telltale signs.
  • A horribly sad story

    By RN in Illinois
    My husband and I had seen a story on Date line regarding this story. It is horrible and confusing how this escalated to the point that the boys were lost. Aggravating how there was times she was at family’s house and could of just told him to leave. Called police and never had lost her life. Just tragic.
  • If I can’t have you

    By Jessiebroyo
    This book was so eye opening and tragic, it was a very good book I would recommend it. It’s just soooo sad😩!
  • Good story, okay writing

    By Hanlav
    This book is full of facts although they are narrated in a clearly subjective tone. In addition, the writing is a bit immature. It reads as if an inexperienced author wrote the book, and they skipped over the editing process. There are a few sinister parts that read somewhat cheesy. For example: “It didn’t take her long to see that Steve was in a league all by himself, a Perv with a capital P.” “If Chuck and Judy Cox had even thought to hold their breath for Steve Powell to tell the truth about Susan’s disappearance, they’d have long since passed out from lack of oxygen.” That being said, it is a very interesting story and I finished the book in three days.
  • Poorly written

    By M. M. C.
    I downloaded this book to read in the airplane and found it very Boeing’s the writing is not linear, very full of opinions and due to that it kinda turned me off from the beginning.
  • Thumbs up

    By Cmb09301983
    Good read!
  • Brilliantly written

    By SRGZ99
    Written with compassion mixed with facts and becomes a page turner. Prayers to the Cox family and friends for all they have been through and continue to go through. Susan's beauty and loving heart shines throughout her story.