Edgar® Award nominee for Best Paperback Original!
WINNER of the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original!
Finalist for the Lefty Award for Best Novel!
“Rader-Day juices her young-widow setup with enough soul-searching, menace, and dirty linen to make you think of Mary Higgins Clark with teeth bared.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A brilliant concept, brilliantly told! Under a Dark Sky is a novel that you simply can’t put down…” -Jeffery Deaver, international number one bestselling author
STARRED REVIEW “Fans of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None will be riveted by Rader-Day’s (The Day I Died) latest psychological thriller, which makes you question who you really know and trust and whether you should be afraid of the dark.” –Library Journal
“A tense tale of murder among old friends featuring an evolving protagonist and high-stakes mind games.” –Booklist
“…cleverly plotted mystery… Readers will have fun following the subtle clues.” -Publishers Weekly
“I don’t know a writer who captures better the insecurities and damaged and damaging relationships of ordinary women.” -Ann Cleeves, winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger
“Lori Rader-Day is a modern day Agatha Christie: her mysteries are taut, her characters are real and larger than life, and her plots are relentlessly surprising. Under a Dark Sky is a stellar addition to her award-winning catalog. The closed door mystery echoes the claustrophobic atmosphere of Christie’s And Then There Were None, and there are enough breakneck twists to captivate modern readers. A dynamite late summer read!” -Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year
“Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day is an atmospheric and absorbing mystery with an intriguing cast of characters. You’ll want to read this gripping novel with the lights on.” -Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound
“A sharply drawn psychological thriller of uncommon emotional depth, Under a Dark Sky is a rare treat—and no less than I’ve come to expect from Lori Rader-Day. Both an irresistible locked-room puzzler and a finely wrought examination of friendship, love, and loss, this is the kind of book you can’t help but read too fast: You can’t wait to find out what happened, no matter that you never want it to end.” -Elizabeth Little, author of Dear Daughter
“Seven individuals gather UNDER A DARK SKY. How many ways are they connected? How many patterns are waiting to be found? With a delicate yet steady hand, Lori Rader-Day traces the lines that join these old friends together and the barriers that divide them, to reveal a constellation as inevitable as it’s astonishing. Splendid stuff from a master of the genre.” -Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning and bestselling author of Go to My Grave
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 the lights on. Everyone, including her family, has grown weary of her grief. So when she finds paperwork in her husband’s effects indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes. She’s ready to shed her fear and return to the living, even if it means facing her paralyzing phobia of the dark.
But when she arrives at the park, the guest suite she thought was a private retreat is teeming with a group of twenty-somethings, all stuck in the orbit of their old college friendships. Horrified that her get-away has been taken over, Eden decides to head home the next day. But then a scream wakes the house in the middle of the night. One of the friends has been murdered. Now everyone—including Eden—is a suspect.
Everyone is keeping secrets, but only one is a murderer. As mishaps continue to befall the group, Eden must make sense of the chaos and lies to evade a ruthless killer—and she’ll have to do it before dark falls…