Book Review: The Day I Died

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day

From the publisher:
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.

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I love this concept. I'm always on board for a smart psychological thriller, and this one had a great story to make it stand out. The main character Anna, as a handwriting expert and analyst is unique from more "typical" character profiles in books like these. The concept of using a handwriting analyst with a mysterious past as a storyline is great. The writing and plot are intelligent and engaging, and draw the reader in very easily. This is a solid pageturner, even in the slow moments. 

I didn't love the constant slow gifting of information in the beginning of the book. I'm okay with a protagonist having secrets in their past, but it starts to frsutrate me when they feed the reader tiny tidbits of information one at a time throughout 100 or 200 pages before you can get a clear idea of this mysterious story. This book definitely does this. I got a bit fed up with Anna so slowly and painstakingly revealing her dark history. It affects so many of her thoughts and actions and is a major part of the story, so I know it's an interet-building technique. But it can only go on so long before I get tired of it and really want full answers. 

That being said, the character development here is great, as is the full cast of supporting characters. They're complicated, like real people. The main mystery of the book is also an interesting one, and does the concept of a suspense novel justice. This story sucked me in and kept me interested. So while I didn't enjoy the withholding of information about Anna, that's a consistent personal pet peeve of mine, and didn't do much to detract from my enjoyment of this book. 
This thriller is definitely worth your time. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review through TLC Book Tours. Check out the rest of the tour here
Book links: GoodreadsAuthor website
Buy it on Amazon: The Day I Died: A Novel

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad that your frustration with Anna didn't detract from your overall enjoyment of this book!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.