Thursday, July 26, 2018

UNDER A DARK SKY by Lori Rader-Day

Publisher:     William Morrow
Published:     August 7, 2018
ISBN:        978-0062560308
Genre:      Women’s Fiction, Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Nine months ago Eden Wallace’s husband, the love her life, died.  It wasn’t a simple or expected passing.  His life was taken by a drunk driver who left devastation and despair in his path.  While going through Bix, her husband’s things, she comes across a reservation to a dark sky park.  Oddly it is for their tenth anniversary, just a few days away.  To honor him, to find some closure, despite her own way of grieving—to never be in the dark, Eden travels to the park.  There, instead of finding a peaceful place to rest, she learns that the guest house Bix reserved has also been let to a group for a college reunion.   While each of them has moved into their chosen fields—a doctor, a lawyer, a couple planning marriage, there is still a bit of youthful rowdiness.  They also all await the arrival of their elected most-loved…Malloy.

Oddly, at least to Eden, the group begins to virtually cling to her.  She’s not much older than them, but they gravitate to her as if she were some sort of leader.  That is, until, one of them turns up dead.  In a matter of moments each of their worlds begins to unravel.  As secrets come to life, a different element of danger emerges.  Can they survive what is to come?

UNDER A DARK SKY is my first Lori Rader-Day read.  It is not my last.  She’s quickly moved to the top of my “must read” list.   Each character has their own issues, their own demons they are running from…demons many of us have.  They are bits and pieces of lives that make us who we are.  Each character had something likeable about them.  But they also had something that would make you question whether or not you would want them for a friend.  Could you trust them? 

I loved the setting.   Even with the danger lurking, it was the people creating it, not the otherwise peaceful lake.  The lack of cell service or ability to get a signal added to the suspense and harkened back to the closed room mysteries of the 40’s and 50’s.  We think that with our cell phones today there is always the chance to get help…but cell towers go down, mountains block even texts, and phones can be broken.  We are not as connected as we think and Rader-Day brings that situation to the fore as different characters fight for their lives.  But the idea of a place to go to sky watch – star watch – without light pollution is so appealing.  I wouldn’t mind going there myself.

My jaw dropped when the truth of Bix’s death was revealed.  I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and totally enjoyed it’s unveiling.

I don’t know how I missed her stories before but I won’t be missing another of Lori Rader-Day’s books.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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