The Day I Died

Morrow. Apr. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780062560292. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062560285. F
Handwriting analyst Anna Winger has been on the run for 13 years, after fleeing with her unborn son from an abusive relationship. Shortly after moving to Parks, IN, she is called in to examine a ransom note connected to a missing boy and his dead nanny. She can't help but sympathize with the boy's mother, the presumed kidnapper, because she sees glimpses of her own former life after meeting the boy's volatile father. Facing skepticism from the sheriff's office and a case that hits too close to home, Anna can't help but investigate well beyond her normal involvement. When her own son disappears and her personal life starts to crumble, Anna has to balance her longstanding desire for privacy with her need for help in order to get him back. Only by coming to terms with her own dark past will she be able to find her son, and possibly the missing boy, too. Handwriting analysis offers an unusual angle to this absorbing novel, and Anna's strong powers of observation add dimension to the tension-filled narrative.
VERDICT Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Rader-Day's (Little Pretty Things) third novel will thrill readers who can't get enough of the psychological suspense genre. [See Prepub Alert, 10/24/16.]
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