Author Stories Podcast Episode 813 | Lori Rader-Day Returns With The Lucky One
Today’s author interview guest is Lori Rader-Day. Lori returns to the show today to talk about writing crime fiction and her new book The Lucky One.
“This might well be my favorite Rader-Day so far: a brilliant premise intriguingly developed, totally believable characters and a climax that took my breath away.” — Ann Cleeves, New York Times bestselling author of The Shetland and Vera Series
From the author of the Edgar Award®-nominated Under A Dark Sky comes an unforgettable, chilling novel about a young woman who recognizes the man who kidnapped her as a child, setting off a search for justice, and into danger.
Most people who go missing are never found. But Alice was the lucky one…
As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours and rescued her from harm. In the aftermath of the crime, her family decided to move to Chicago and close the door on that horrible day.
Yet Alice hasn’t forgotten. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice’s screen that she recognizes, she’s stunned to realize it’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers.
Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who’s been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark, painful web of lies that will change what they thought they knew—and could cost them everything.
Twisting and compulsively readable, The Lucky One explores the lies we tell ourselves to feel safe.
Lori Rader-Day is the acclaimed author of five mystery novels and national president-elect of Sisters in Crime. She won Anthony and Lovey Awards for her 2014 debut thriller, The Black Hour, and is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning in 2016 for Little Pretty Things. Her first novel with William Morrow, The Day I Died, won the 2018 Illinois Woman’s Press Association Mate E. Palmer Professional Communications Contest in fiction and was a finalist for the 2018 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year and the International Thriller Writers (ITW) Thriller Award. Most recently, her locked-room mystery Under a Dark Sky was nominated for Edgar®, Lefty, and Anthony Awards.