Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day

Under a Dark Sky

“Fans of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None will be riveted by Rader-Day’s latest psychological thriller, which makes you question who you really know and trust and whether you should be afraid of the dark.”—Library Journal, Starred Review"A brilliant concept, brilliantly told!" --Jeffery Deaver, New York Times Bestselling AuthorOnly in the dark can she find the truth . . .Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminis...


Details Under a Dark Sky

TitleUnder a Dark Sky
ISBN9780062560308
Author
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller
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Reviews Under a Dark Sky

  • Lori Rader-Day
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Linda Quinn
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Lesa
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Stephen
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.)
  • Kelly Hager
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Emily Green
    1970-01-01
    I received Under a Dark Sky through GoodReads FirstReads in exchange for an honest review. With the intent of confronting her paralyzing fear of the dark, Eden checks into the dark sky park.Since her husband’s death, there has been a lot of life she cannot confront, but when she found the reservations for the park among his papers, she decided that she would go on the anniversary outing he had planned. She is shocked to discover that she is not...
  • Cathy
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Debby
    1970-01-01
    I was able to read an ARC earlier this year and just finished the audiobook. The book kept me up reading all night, a rarity these days, and I blazed through the audiobook! This is a compelling read! Being an amateur astronomy buff, I was excited about the setting. The dark sky park and its isolated location provide a great closed community for the mystery. The main character Eden cannot reach her usual support network (such as it is after her re...
  • Irene
    1970-01-01
    Fast-paced, easy read. Lots of surprises within this mystery.Even though it's well written, I thought some parts were overly wordy, so I skimmed them and was still able to maintain plot continuity.Some may like the extended descriptions, but I didn't think they were necessary.
  • Kelly
    1970-01-01
    Last year I read THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day and knew I'd read anything she wrote going forward, so I was thrilled to get a chance to read UNDER A DARK SKY which is coming out in August. (Thank you to William Morrow/HarperCollins for the ARC). This novel has an Agatha Christie feel in that there are a group of people in a house, with hidden secrets, motivations, resentments, and then violent things start happening; but who is responsible for...
  • Joan
    1970-01-01
    Review of Uncorrected ProofThe death of Eden Wallace’s husband, Bix, has left her shattered and caught in the clutches of nyctophobia. This debilitating fear causes her to make certain she’s inside before darkness settles and to turn on all the lights to make her space as bright as possible. Sleep is elusive and everyone around her has grown weary of her all-consuming grief.While going through Bix’s papers, she finds a reservation for a wee...
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Regan
    1970-01-01
    UNDER A DARK SKY is my first Lori Rader-Day read. It is not my last. She’s quickly moved to the top of my “must read” list. Each character has their own issues, their own demons they are running from…demons many of us have. They are bits and pieces of lives that make us who we are. Each character had something likeable about them. But they also had something that would make you question whether or not you would want them for a friend. Cou...
  • Dan Radovich
    1970-01-01
    I have been a fan of Rader-Day since book one, her works are all peopled with real characters, like your neighbors; and UNDER A DARK SKY is her best work to date in my opinion. Eden opts to go on the vacation get-away her husband booked before his sudden death. She expects to be alone so she can regroup and confront some personal issues, but a group of twenty-somethings is also booked at the retreat. Someone is murder on night one and the story p...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Eden Wallace is a young widow who’s afraid of the dark. When she discovers a reservation for a dark sky park in Upper Michigan that her late husband had booked months in advance for their ten-year anniversary, she decides to go. The only problem is she’s not the only person at the guest house. Six college friends are also there celebrating their own sort of reunion. Irritated, Eden plans to leave the next day, but in the middle of the night, ...
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    Under a Dark Sky is the second book of Lori Rader Day's that I have read. I have really enjoyed both books.A dark sky park in Michigan is the setting for the book. I had never heard of a dark sky park before...have you? So great new setting! People go to dark sky parks to see the sky. Living in Canada and having plenty of dark skies, I did not know there was such a thing. Now I do!Fascinating story about a woman who finds a reservation to a hotel...
  • Kathleen Gray
    1970-01-01
    Nicely written locked room mystery combined with examination of grief. Yes that is an odd combination but it works. Eden is a widow who is afraid of the dark, which her husband Bix definitely was not. She opts, thinking it will help her, to take advantage of his long planned stay at a dark house. To her surprise, she's not the only one there- there are 6 others and that's how things get interesting. There's a murder and creepy happenings and ever...
  • Nancy Ash
    1970-01-01
    While the circumstances and settings for each book are different, her main characters share similar traits. Each is a woman who is strong, but deeply flawed, and a loner for the most part. Eden, the main character in this book, shares those traits, but grows throughout the twisting plot lines and revelations of her past.Lori’s prose is sprinkled with imagery that begs you to stop and appreciate each passage even as the story draws you forward. ...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    Under A Dark Sky is a great page-turner that I really, really didn’t want to put down. (However, unlike the main character of the novel, I don’t have a problem sleeping, and so I did put it down a couple of times.) I’ve read one other book by this author (Little Pretty Things) and it was equally thrilling. I am convinced that anything Lori Rader-Day writes is going to be a five-star read.I received an ARC of this book from Goodreads.
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    Eden Wallace is recently widowed. When she discovers a reservation for 2 for a week at a dark sky park, she decides to go even though she is terribly afraid of the dark. She expected to be alone but found that she was sharing a house with 6 college friends. When one of the friends is murdered during the night, everyone is a suspect in this locked room mystery. This one is a bit slow at the beginning but stick with it. Lori Rader-Day is one of my ...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    This is the kind of thriller that kept me guessing until the end. First impression is completely different from how the novel developed. The intriguing part is the way the friends are willing to throw one another under the bus then suddenly be best friends again. The POV is told by Eden, the outsider. Very difficult to put down.
  • Ellen Whitfield
    1970-01-01
    Another amazing thriller from one of my favorite authors! She builds an atmosphere of darkness that made me a little claustrophobic (in a good way), and does a great job making Eden's grief palpable. You empathize with her, while at the same time understanding the point of view of the people who love her and want to move on. And the central mystery? Brilliant.
  • JK Gagnon
    1970-01-01
    I read an ARC of this book and really enjoyed it. The way the characters are developed feels very natural and believable and was what really made this book. I found very few of the characters to be actually likable but I felt that I gained empathy for many of them over the course of the book. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy mysteries with careful unpacking of a convoluted plot.
  • L.D. Barnes
    1970-01-01
    This is a cross between Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock! Lori gives us a roller coaster of twists and turns, a host of suspects and keeps the reader going until the very end. I'm a jealous mystery writer who really enjoyed this novel. Buy it on a Friday night because you will need every moment of the weekend to read it - you will not be able to put it down!
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    This slower-paced thriller was a well-written and interesting read. The author keeps the reader guessing, which always makes for a good who-done-it! There is one unrealistic plot point that keeps me from giving 5 stars, but overall, a very good story.