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About The Day I Died
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 11, 2017)
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 can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance–at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son–and herself–once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she’d rewritten.
This is another author that I’ve had an interest in for awhile. I have a copy of one of her other books on my bookshelf and I need to pull it out to read it. It’s one that I look at regularly and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I’ll have to do that soon, because I really enjoyed The Day I Died!
If you’re looking for a thriller that will have your heart racing and is filled with twists and turns, this might not be it. I wasn’t surprised by anything that happened–although I wasn’t sure how some things would work out and enjoyed the suspense of wondering how different situations would be resolved.
What I really enjoyed was getting to know Anna and seeing how she reacted to what was happening and worked through things. I enjoyed watching her navigate a difficult turning point in her life. A lot of different things happened and I enjoyed following her story as she tried to juggle it all. I was also incredibly fascinated by her handwriting analysis and even thought about looking into classes, because it would be an interesting thing to learn more about!
As I stated earlier, this isn’t necessarily an “explosive” thriller, but it was an enjoyable one with an incredibly fascinating character that I enjoyed having a chance to get to know.
About Lori Rader-Day
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. Lori’s 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.