Title: The Day I Died
Author: Lori Rader-Day
Genre/Audience: Fiction, mystery, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2017
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
Anna Winger is a handwriting expert, invaluable to the police for the secrets she can uncover just by studying someone’s writing. Her most recent case has her analyzing a ransom note regarding a missing two year old and the murder of his babysitter. Did his mother take him, in hopes of fleeing an abusive husband? Is it safe for him to come home? Anna knows a thing or two about running, as she’s been doing the same her whole life, trying to protect herself and her newly rebellious teenage son. Knowing the right thing to do can sometimes be the hardest choice to make, and Anna has quite the task ahead of her.
This was such an interesting mystery with a unique concept. I am always drawn to missing persons stories, but this one had that added element of the handwriting analysis, and how it can be used to help solves crimes. I thought it was completely fascinating!
I also enjoyed how there were really two mysteries running side by side: the mystery of the missing boy and his mother, and the mystery of Anna’s past. As you read, you slowly start to uncover and unravel what happened to Anna that has caused her to constantly flee, moving her and her son from town to town.
Though Anna is only meant to be analyzing handwriting samples associated with the boy’s disappearance and his family, she begins to find herself much more invested in the case. As she edges closer to discovering the truth, the truth of her past and the secrets she’s kept guarded also come out.
All in all, I liked how the mysteries unraveled and kept me guessing throughout the story. This one is recommended!