“On the day I died, I took the new oars down to the lake.” THE DAY I DIED

Yes, I can say that first line kind of spooked me. It also gave me a good idea of what to expect when I read Lori Rader-Day’s, novel, THE DAY I DIED (WilliamMorrowPaperbacks). It had me buckle up and get ready for an e-ride of a suspense thriller that didn’t let up until I turned to the last page.

The author of PRETTY LITTLE THINGS is back with a gripping novel about a mother’s desperate search for a lost little boy. In THE DIE I DIED, Rader-Day tackles the issues of domestic violence, loneliness and dark, ugly secrets in a small-town smack in the middle of Midwest America.

Anna Winger has a gift to know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. It’s ironic because she’s trying so hard to hide from herself and memories of a life of domestic violence, with her 13-year old son, Joshua. 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 has spent years trying to avoid, and her son ends up getting involved with the wrong crowd, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her past for all to see.

Lori’s writing is tight and pithy. She kept me wanting to read more and quickly flipping through the pages. Her complex plot lines had me a bit exhausted at times. But, I can’t wait to read what Lori Rader-Day writes next. Forget a glass of wine, grab two fingers of bourbon, while reading THE DAY I DIED.

**Added Bonus: Lori provides a THE DAY I DIED playlist at the end of the novel.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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.

Find out more about Lori at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


Thanks to TLC Book Tours we have one copy of THE DAY I DIED to giveaway. Just tell us which WTF thriller you’ve read so far this year has been your favorite? We’ll announce a winner Monday. Have a lovely weekend.

And for those of you who celebrate Easter, I wish you a blessed Holiday.


22 thoughts on “THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day & GIVEAWAY

  1. This is going to be a hard year to pick a favorite if the first few months are any indication. Each book seems better. Just finished One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline and it was marvelous as always, but so was The Mask of Sanity by Jacob Appel, My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, and Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser.

    Happy Easter!

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  2. The Marriage Lie is also a big winner for me. This novel with all the great reviews says the same. READ ME.
    Happy Easter to all that celebrate.

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