Book Review for THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day

THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day
William Morrow Paperbacks

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THE DAY I DIED is they type of mystery that pulls you in slowly until you are halfway through and completely addicted. With ever passing page, the author reveals another element of the crime all the while enriching the back stories of her characters. There is an element of grit and fear in this book that truly plays with your mind. You feel for Anna even before you know her entire truth. The reality behind the secrets and consequences are what make this book so great. All of the psychological elements will sit with you and percolate until you are just as on edge as the people in the book.


If you are looking for a psychological suspense novel that deals with the effects of domestic abuse and the ramifications of the choices that people make, this is definitely the book for you.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Plot Summary:

From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother''s desperate search for a lost boy.

Anna Winger knows people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired by companies seeking trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real mess of other people’s lives at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a ransom note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime inevitably gets under Anna’s skin. Was the child kidnapped from his home by his own mother, trying to save him from his abusive father? Thirteen years ago, Anna did the same thing for her unborn son, now a troubled teen rebelling against the protected life she’s given him.

The local sheriff wants no part of Anna’s brand of hocus pocus, but he’ll do whatever it takes to bring his community and his office back under control. Anna is able to discern from the note that no one in the little boy’s family has been safe for a long time. And bringing him and his mother home could be the worst possible outcome for them.


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About the Author:

Lori Rader-Day, author of The Black Hour and Little Pretty Things, is the recipient of the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Loriís short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches mystery writing at StoryStudio Chicago and serves as the president of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter. Find out more about Lori at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Hardcover: 432 pages • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 11, 2017)

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