Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day

Under a Dark Sky

From the critically-acclaimed author of The Day I Died comes a terrifying twist on a locked-room mystery that will keep readers guessing until the last page. Only in the dark can she find the truth . . . Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. She doesn't work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plagued by night terrors that she can't sleep without...

Details Under a Dark Sky

TitleUnder a Dark Sky
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews Under a Dark Sky

  • Lori Rader-Day
    I love it that I am the first person to mark a book read on Goodreads because I wrote it. Five stars, you betcha. Hope you like it, too.
  • Maureen
    What a great story! Eden Wallace, who had lost her husband in a fatal car accident nine months before, is so traumatized that she lives her life fearing the dark, and always plans to be home before dark, leaving bright lights on all night. She finds an envelope with reservations her husband had made to celebrate their first anniversary at a "dark sky park". She decides to go alone, hoping to shed her fear and return to the living. She has mixed f...
  • Michelle
    Book review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Thank you to William Morrow Books and Harper Collins for the free ARC of this book to read and review.This book follows the story of Eden Wallace who lost her husband. Since her husband passed away, Eden finds she is not the same person that she once used to be and is a shadow of her former self. She is afraid of the dark and has trouble sleeping, and even has night...
  • Lesa
    Darn that Lori Rader-Day. I am not a night person, but once I started Under a Dark Sky, I had to stay up and finish it. It's the story of a troubled woman, caught up in an Agatha Christie nightmare. And, it's just right.Eden Wallace's husband, Bix, a war hero, has been dead for nine months when she uses his reservation at Straits Point International Dark Sky Park in Michigan. She's hated the dark for years, but, after Bix's death, she's terrified...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Under a Dark Sky was really good. The twist and turns had me guessing all through.
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Eden has lost her husband in a tragic accident and finds that he has secretly booked a surprise trip to a fairly isolated place they've spoken about in the past. Maybe this is the trip she needed to find some closure. Unfortunately, the trip turns into a nightmare - one in which she learns things about her husband that are worse than what she already had found out and becomes a suspect in a murder from the co-guests she also didn't expect. PHEW.T...
  • Janelle
    Review to come
  • Linda Quinn
    While I have loved all of Rader-Day's books, I think this is the best one yet. Fast paced, lots of tension and enough twists to keep you guessing until the end. This will be a thriller I'll be recommending to everyone.
  • Glen
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.After the death of her husband, a woman grieves. When she finds a week's reservation at a park among her husband's effect, she decides to go, to shake herself out of the doldrums. When she gets there, it turns out a group of college friends are staying too. Then someone gets murdered.not quite a psychological thriller, and not quite a pure mystery, this is still quietly entertaining.
  • Lynn
    It's been a few days since I finished the book. I would still give it four stars as it was a well written book and I was turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. I was disappointed somewhat in the ending. It just felt flat to me. Maybe this form of crime fiction is not for me. It was promoted as a closed/locked room mystery which I enjoy but I did not feel the book was this. Granted the suspects fit into this category as you knew i...
  • Jamie Canaves
    A Fast-Paced Mystery Where Everyone Is Suspicious!Eden Wallace is a widow with a debilitating fear of the dark, which has taken over her life. When she discovers that, before he’d passed away, her husband had reserved a getaway for them at a dark sky park, she decides to go, hoping she’ll use it to force herself out of her fear. But, immediately, there’s a problem as it turns out her and a group of renters all thought they had rented a hous...
  • Cathy
    From the back cover comes "a terrifying twist on a locked room mystery". I disagree with all of that.Terrifying never happened. The book is too plodding for any suspense. That includes Eden's fear of the dark. The author had her tell the reader about her fear but failed to make it believable. That made the setting of a dark sky park worthless.Twists didn't happen. This was paint by numbers predictable. Locked room generally means the killer could...
  • Stephen
    Eden Wallace's life has been a mess since her husband, Bix died in an accident 5 years ago. However she decided to fulfill a reservation he made for 5 years in the future. She has now arrived a private house on a lake north of Chicago, only to find that there had been a mix up in the reservations. 3 other couples had reservations at the same resort. After the initial mix-up it was determined that the private suite in the rear of the building coul...
  • Alissa K
    I thought this was a fun read. Lots of potential suspects and sorting through the changing possible murderer made it hard to put down. Great beach read or to pass a snowy Saturday. Being perfectly candid though, it’s not the best of its genre and it certainly isn’t a 5-Star book. (The author rated her own book as five stars? That seems rather tacky.)
  • Kathy
    The phrase “off the chain” is a term often used to describe something fantastically good, and so it is in that sense that I say Under a Dark Sky is off the chain. However, the chain runs smooth with the structure and flow of Lori Rader-Day’s brilliant writing. She has everything under control, even the missteps the readers make in assigning guilt to the wrong characters. It’s a dark tale played out in a dark park, a locked room environmen...
  • Kelly Hager
    This is such a fascinating story. Like Eden, we are dropped into this situation with no knowledge of who the friends are. There is a lot of backstory that we're not privy to and, as a result, it's impossible to know who we can trust (if anyone). The situation is made even more complicated by the fact that, since her husband died, Eden's developed a paralyzing fear of the dark. And I don't just mean "sleeps with a light on." I mean "Even when the...
  • leslie hamod
    Eden has lost her husband and the will to live. She stops working, gives up her love of photography and sleeps with the lights on. She has night terrors.Her friends and family grow tired of her grief.Among his papers, she finds reservations for a week under the stars and decides to go. But when she arrives, she finds herself amount young people and not the private retreat she expects.In the night, someone is murdered! There are many secrets! She ...
  • Donna Hines
    Eden Wallace has changed since losing her husband Bix. A romantic getaway was in the works for their 10th wed anniversary but sadly she never made it.Just one problem though, she was never invited.Wait?! What?!It was meant for someone else. The reservations were made in advance for a week under the stars in the sky park and she's afraid of the dark.However, she doesn't know any of this so she goes however the getaway was taken over by a bunch of ...
  • Lesa Divine
    Eden husband dies. The mystery is finding out how and who's the blame. But Eden goes on a somewhat anniversary that her husband planned before his death but once there she runs into a group of people that's there for star gazing. Eden stays due it's dark she scared of the dark. But while there the mystery guests start to die or ends up hurt with Eden the prime suspect but why. Just interesting nothing to twisting about it but at times confusing t...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance egalley in exchange for an honest review!These days, with a busy life outside of reading and far too many books on the TBR, my enjoyment of a book can be marked not just by how quickly I read it but by how obsessively I want to pick it up and want to read it. I stayed up late last night sneaking in a few more pages (chapters) and then woke up early this morning to finish. Under a Dark Sky tot...
  • Becky
    In the year since her husband's death, Eden has become inexplicably afraid of the dark. She sleeps, when she can, during the day and spends each evening holed up in her house with the lights burning. When she finds out that her husband had booked a trip to a dark sky park for their anniversary, she decides to take the opportunity to try and work through her fear. A week alone in a beach house at a park devoted to star watching might just be the t...
  • Kathy
    4.5 stars.Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day is a riveting, suspense-laden murder mystery.Eden Wallace is still grieving the death of her beloved husband, Bix, when she discovers he planned a surprise anniversary getaway for them before his death. Eden goes on the trip which she hopes will be a turning point in coming to terms of her loss. Eden is optimistic the time away will help her turn the corner on the paralyzing fear of the dark she has ex...
  • Kate Moretti
    This book was atmospheric, creepy, claustrophobic and surprising! I love Lori's writing and her characters and will read every book she writes.
  • Edwin Hill
    I like stories where the narrator’s own truth shifts during the telling of the story, and this novel didn’t disappoint. Eden’s life and situation seem very clear cut, but as more of her past is revealed during the course of the novel, we learn that all is not as it seems! Well done. I enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more by the author.
  • Lisa Hackman
    It got boring...I really liked this book until the last 100 pages or so. From that point on it was repetitive and boring. In my opinion it could have ended sooner and it might have kept my interest. The first part of the book was really good I wish it would have had a better ending.
  • A. S.
    “Under a Dark Sky” by Lori Rader-Day follows Eden, a widow whose husband booked a stay for them at Dark Sky Park to celebrate their anniversary, prior to passing. But when Eden arrives, she discovers that there’s been a mix up with reservations and she has to share the house with six college friends, comprised of two couples—doctor-to-be Dev and his brash girlfriend Paris, rich boy Malloy and his new love Hillary, and two single friends: ...
  • Kari
    It seems I'm still on the hunt for a truly "thrilling" psychological thriller. Unfortunately, Under a Dark Sky just didn't measure up. It takes place at a dark sky park (Who knew there was such a thing?). Eden finds the reservation in her dead husbands papers and goes there for a get away to mourn their next anniversary. She meets six strangers and when one of them is murdered, she becomes a suspect.It wasn't a bad book. There was an actual myste...
  • Pat Camalliere
    I loved the premise of a woman afraid of the dark confronting her fears all alone in a dark sky park. I was looking forward to some really terrifying scenes that happened under the dark sky, but for the most part the protagonist just talked about everything she did to avoid the dark. I thought the mix of suspects was interesting and the reasons for the murders kept me guessing. I agree with some other reviewers that few of the characters were lik...
  • Nikki
    I have gotten to the point that the vast majority of mysteries I read are police procedurals, with some forays into the "cozy." This is neither; I might call it a psychological amateur sleuth mystery? Having a hard time deciding which of several new series books to read first, I decided on this stand-alone as a palate-cleanser between series books and non-mysteries I'd been reading. I'm so glad I did! Lori Rader-Day does a wonderful job of drawin...
  • Angie
    With friends like these, who needs enemies? Another 'who dunnit' that keeps you guessing. I must have changed my mind a handful of times regarding my top suspects. This is a well written page turner that will keep you up at night...just like our protagonist, Eden Wallace. Loved the ending! 4 Stars