The Death of Us Reviews

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“Another compelling thriller from Rader-Day.” –Booklist

Lori Rader-Day is a master of psychological suspense, and her talent shines in THE DEATH OF US. This tale of dangerous secrets and family tensions sucked me right in and kept me reading late into the night.” – Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Spy Coast

“Lori Rader-Day hits it out of the park with The Death of Us, which has everything I love in a suspense thriller: unreliable characters, family secrets and plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Atmospheric and unputdownable, this should be on everyone’s to-read list.” – Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing

“Lori Rader-Day is a brilliant interrogator of complex characters and complex relationships. The Death of Us is rich and engrossing, a novel full of surprises that always ring true.” –Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of Dark Ride

The Death of Us is a powerhouse of a book, set in a small town with emotional landmines on every corner. Lori Rader-Day has created characters that will stick with you. Completely absorbing to the last page.” – Samantha Downing, internationally bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

“Wow… I was up until 4.00 am finishing The Death of Us! It’s bloody brilliant. So sharp and tight. And real.” – Ann Cleeves, internationally bestselling author of the Shetland, Vera, and Two Rivers novels

“All of Lori’s considerable gifts are on display in this riveting examination of a small town coming to terms with its secrets: The characters are indelible, the prose is dynamic, and the mystery will keep you up late into the night. Impeccably paced and genuinely surprising, The Death of Us is a small-town suspense novel of the highest order.” – Elizabeth Little, LA Times bestselling author of Pretty as a Picture

“Lori Rader-Day’s The Death of Us is a deftly crafted, winding road of family secrets, unsolved disappearance, murder, betrayal, and complicated lives caught in the crosshairs of suspicion and lies. Masterful. Riveting. What a ride!” – Tracy Clark, award-winning author of the Cass Raines and Det. Harriet Foster series

“Rader-Day expertly leads the solid plot of The Death of Us to a satisfying denouement.” –Oline Codgill for Shelf Awareness

“The Death of Us is an utterly mesmerizing and deeply moving novel about the meaning of family, the consequences of betrayal, and the power of love. Lori Rader-Day weaves a tight web, drawing us into a small town soaked in secrets and full of people willing to do almost anything to keep them. I stayed up half the night tearing through this deft, timeless mystery.” – Julia Dahl, award-winning author of Invisible City and The Missing Hours

“Wow. The brilliant and insightful Lori Rader-Day—one of my favorite authors—creates a seething small-town mystery where everyone has a secret, everyone is hiding something, and the whole thing totally breaks your heart. The setting is perfect, the dialogue is impeccable, and the high stakes and deeply felt emotions will keep you riveted. Friday Night Lights vibes shiver through this powerful story of motherhood, promises, and the unrelenting fear that something is about to go disastrously wrong. Do not miss this!” –Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The House Guest

About The Death of Us

One rainy night fifteen years ago, a knock at the door changed Liss Kehoe’s life forever.

On that night, Liss’s lifelong rival Ashley Hay handed over her infant son Callan—and was never heard from again.

Since then, Liss has raised Callan as her own, loving him as fiercely as any mother would. But in the back of her mind, she’s always wondered whether Ashley is still out there somewhere—and feared what might happen if she comes back.

When Ashley does reappear, it’s not in the way Liss expected. After all these years, Ashley’s car has been found… in the quarry pond on Kehoe property. But the discovery of the car dredges up more questions than answers. What really happened on the night of Ashley’s disappearance? Was it a tragic accident, or something far more sinister? Someone in town knows the truth, and they’ll go to great lengths to keep it quiet.

As tensions rise in the small community, Liss must fight to protect her family and keep her own secrets hidden—or risk losing everything she loves.