Book Review for UNDER A DARK SKY by Lori Rader-Day
UNDER A DARK SKY by Lori Rader-Day
William Morrow Paperbacks
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A candid look at life, friendship, and what happens to people when the damage inflicted comes to a head.
UNDER A DARK SKY is mystery infused with all the best and worst attributes of the human nature seen through the eyes of a unique cast of personalities. The combination of the unfortunate course of events with the development of the characters made this book for me.
In many ways, this book is more about the people than the mystery. Though the author offers up several situations which add to the tension and finger pointing, the real gift is the way the author lets you into the minds and backgrounds of these deeply flawed people. What I loved is how perfect the people Eden meets seem at first. They are a youngish good-looking group who may come across as snotty and vapid at times, but things change after one of their own is found dead. The way in which Rader-Day manipulates the reader's perspective through the unraveling of the story is wonderfully addictive.
This is the second novel by the author I have read. THE DAY I DIED was a solid read, but it took my a while to get into it. However, UNDER A DARK SKY grabbed me from the first chapter. I was instantly pulled in and invested in Eden. I cannot wait to read what the author has next. It seems like it just keeps getting better!
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
From the critically-acclaimed author of The Day I Died comes a terrifying twist on a locked-room mystery that will keep readers guessing until the last page
Only in the dark can she find the truth . . .
Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. She doesn't work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plagued by night terrors that she can't sleep without the lights on. Everyone, including her family, has grown weary of her grief. So when she finds paperwork in her husband's effects indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes. She's ready to shed her fear and return to the living, even if it means facing her paralyzing phobia of the dark.
But when she arrives at the park, the guest suite she thought was a private retreat is teeming with a group of twenty-somethings, all stuck in the orbit of their old college friendships. Horrified that her get-away has been taken over, Eden decides to head home the next day. But then a scream wakes the house in the middle of the night. One of the friends has been murdered. Now everyone—including Eden—is a suspect.
Everyone is keeping secrets, but only one is a murderer. As mishaps continue to befall the group, Eden must make sense of the chaos and lies to evade a ruthless killer—and she'll have to do it before dark falls…
About the Author: Lori Rader-Day is the author of Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. Lori lives in Chicago. Find out more about Lori at her website, and connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 7, 2018)
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