The Lucky One

Morrow. Feb. 2020. 400p. ISBN 9780062938077. pap. $16.99. SUSPENSE
Alice Fine was kidnapped as a child, but her policeman father tracked her down that same afternoon and rescued her. He moved the family from their small-town Indiana home to Chicago, and he changed careers. Now, he’s part owner of a construction company, where Alice works in the office. Her father has always sheltered and protected her, but Alice is restless. She spends her spare time browsing the pages of a website called the Doe Pages, which matches photos of unidentified people to missing persons. One day, she recognizes the face of a missing man as her kidnapper. Alice enlists her fellow Doe Page volunteers to help her in her search. But, another young woman, Merrily Cruz, has questions after the police ask her about a missing man she knows as “Uncle Rick.” When Alice’s probe leads to Merrily, they discover their questions may stir up trouble, changing the truth they knew into lies.
VERDICT The award-winning author of Under a Dark Sky puts a new spin on unreliable narrators in a suspense novel with protagonists struggling to find answers. Fans of Rader-Day’s other compelling stand-alones will savor this riveting mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]
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