The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day

Do you consider yourself lucky?⁣

Most people who go missing are never found… but Alice was the lucky one.⁣

As a child, Alice was stolen. But her quick thinking policeman father tracked her down and found her within 24 hours.⁣

As an adult, Alice devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages – a group of amateur sleuths who search for missing people to reunite them with their families.⁣

When a missing man is posted on the site, she’s stunned to realize it’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. But it’s deleted right away and Alice finds herself determined to find him.⁣

“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

This was a WILD ride!

I love the idea of the Doe Pages and crowdsourcing to find missing people. And these characters are quirky, and smart, and just how you’d imagine them to be!

The search for Alice’s kidnapper is a web of twisty turns and sooo many lies – and Alice begins to uncover things in both her personal and professional life that make this one compulsively readable and a true nail-biter.⁣

Definitely pick this one up if you enjoy true crime, solving mysteries, and sleuthing. It’s a fun read and I found myself marveling at the development and pace of the story.

The intricacies of lies and deceptions – and their unravelling was a web of complexities that had an extremely satisfying ending.

And a group of bad ass chicks solving cold cases? …fantastic!⁣

“Rader-Day creates deeply believable, empathetic characters and puts the power in the hands of women, including older women…The tightly crafted storytelling brings heat back into the familiar cold case plot, digging deep into those aches that never really fade.” Publishers Weekly

Thanks so much to TLC Book Tours, William Morrow Books and Lori Rader Day for gifting me with this complex and twisty story!⁣

  • File Size: 1631 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006293807X
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 18, 2020)
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2020

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About the book:

The Lucky One coverFrom 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.

About the author


Lori Rader Day AP Photo by Iden FordLori Rader-Day is the author of Under a Dark SkyThe Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. Lori lives in Chicago.

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



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