The Day I Died: A Novel

By Lori Rader-Day
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12.23 Hours 04/11/2017 unabridged
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From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother’s desperate search for two lost boys 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. Then her son goes missing, too. With two boys gone, Anna’s life is ripped wide open. Now to save her son—and herself—Anna must face all of her fears and mistakes and the full consequences of setting aside everything and everyone for family

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From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother’s desperate search for two lost boys

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.

Then her son goes missing, too.

With two boys gone, Anna’s life is ripped wide open. Now to save her son—and herself—Anna must face all of her fears and mistakes and the full consequences of setting aside everything and everyone for family

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Beautiful prose and tack-sharp observations…[a] thought-provoking meditation on the ravages of domestic violence.” Publishers Weekly
“The story of survival and redemption will propel readers to the end.” Booklist
“Handwriting analysis offers an unusual angle to this absorbing novel, and Anna’s strong powers of observation add dimension to the tension-filled narrative.” Library Journal
“Secrets lie behind every loop, slant, and swirl…Richly written, complex, and imaginative” Susanna Calkins, Macavity Award–winning author
“A terrific novel—gripping and twisty and beautifully layered. It kept me locked up and locked in from the very first word to the very last.” Lou Berney, Edgar Award–winning author
“Gripping, fascinating, and will keep readers guessing until the end.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“[This] literate, understated novel shines a spotlight on domestic violence, loneliness, and the deadly secrets that lurk just below the surface of small-town America.” Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2014 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, received a starred review from Booklist and was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Chicago.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.23
Audience: Adult
Edition: English