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The Lucky One

(2020)
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Awards
2021 Anthony Award for Best Paperback original (nominee)
2021 Mary Higgins Clark Award (nominee)
2020 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel (nominee)

“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  

From 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.




Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"I was riveted from page one by this complex, psychologically astute tale of betrayal and hope with twists that keep coming up until the final breathtaking reveal." - Hallie Ephron

"Lori Rader-Day takes us on a twisting journey into a past riven by secrets and lies that challenges everything we think we know about the ties that bind us. The Lucky One is that rare thing, a nail-biting thriller full of heart and soul." - Carol Goodman

"The Lucky One is an irresistible read about two strangers on a quest to uncover the truth about their pasts. Simultaneously a dynamic character study and a riveting mystery, Lori Rader-Day’s latest offering is a brilliantly absorbing novel from one of my favorite new crime writers." - Sheena Kamal

"Dark, loaded with memorable twists, and featuring a complex, flawed, and unforgettable protagonist, The Lucky One cements Lori Rader-Day’s place as one of crime fiction’s strongest and most compelling voices. You will devour this timely, chilling novel and find yourself desperate for more." - Alex Segura


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