Praise for Little Pretty Things

“Rader-Day again proves herself (after The Black Hour, 2014) a deft manipulator of dark atmosphere, witty dialogue, and complex, charismatic characters. Highly recommended for psychological thriller groupies, especially those who walk on the literary side of the genre and favor books like Tana French’s Faithful Place (2010) and Cornelia Read’s Madeline Dare series.” ―STARRED Review, Booklist, May 2015

“Rader-Day…writes absorbingly.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The musings on roads taken and not taken will resonate with anyone wishing they could rewrite their youth.” —Publishers Weekly

“Once again, Chicago author Rader-Day delivers a breathless psychological thriller with a killer first line, an irresistible mystery and lean chapters soaked with suspense. Comparisons to Tana French (A Secret Place) and Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train) have become all too common in the mystery genre, but with two consistently great novels now under her belt, Rader-Day has proved their equal in crafting taut, literary mysteries with fascinating heroines.” —Bookpage

“The writing style allows the mystery to unfold slowly, giving readers time to swallow everything they’ve learned, making the surprising end and reveal of the culprit more shocking and full of impact. It’s a great read for the mystery lover who prefers to leave the suspense for the final pages. Compelling. Page-Turner.” —RT Book Reviews

“Pack this one in your beach bag and get your book clubs ready – I think we’ve found this year’s hottest summer title!”—Rachel Kray, Overdrive Book Bytes

Little Pretty Things is like a literary mash-up of Judy Blume and Megan Abbott…With Little Pretty Things, Lori Rader-Day has written a modern classic…”—BOLOBooks.com

Little Pretty Things reads rather like a combination of Grosse Pointe Blank and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Or like a re-write of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion where Romy gets murdered in the first five minutes and Michele forgets all about blue binder guy and spends the whole movie solving Romy’s murder while reexamining every facet of her and Romy’s life. Readers of Megan Abbott, Tana French, Mette Ivie Harrison, and Jamie Mason should get plenty of enjoyment out of Lori Rader-Day’s work, but there’s a limit to any exact comparison – Lori Rader-Day’s got a style and sensibility all her own. But don’t take my word for it – thanks to Seventh Street Books and their affordable paperback releases, you can find out for yourself.”—Book People


Praise for The Black Hour

Publishers Weekly gave The Black Hour a STARRED REVIEW and says it is an “exceptional debut” that provides “an irresistible combination of menace, betrayal, and self-discovery.”

Booklist gave The Black Hour a STARRED REVIEW and says it is “unputdownable…This accomplished debut bears favorable comparison to the work of Gillian Flynn (more Sharp Objects than Gone Girl) Cornelia Read, and S. J. Watson.

Libraryreads.com chose The Black Hour as the #3 book out in July 2014, selected by librarians: “This first novel about two broken people is a psychological thriller like the best of Alfred Hitchcock.”

Library Journal named The Black Hour their debut of the month for July 2014 with a STARRED REVIEW. LJ’s verdict: “This reviewer was bowled over by the novel’s alternating points of view, superb storytelling, and pitch-perfect take on academia.”

Bookpage called it “a perfect thriller for summer…Rader-Day’s addictive prose is atmospheric and laced with dread.”

Bookish.com put The Black Hour on a list of anticipated summer mysteries alongside the new Stephen King book, saying it is “a novel that is both difficult to put down and even more difficult to forget.”

RT Book Reviews said “Rader-Day’s compelling novel pits the worst of human nature against those merely trying to survive. 4 Stars. Compelling.”