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The Day I Died: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2015; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Lori Rader-Day (Tekijä)

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From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother's desperate search for a lost boy. Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance--at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm's length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna's skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son--and herself--once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she'd rewritten.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Day I Died: A Novel
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Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2017), 432 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 25) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Meh. Great start followed by meandering plot with wishing washy heroine and some implausable twists at the end. Not a book I would totally recommend but just an ok read. ( )
  porte01 | Jan 25, 2021 |
Anna Winger is a handwriting expert and single mother who's been moving from place to place with her son in an effort to escape her past and barely making ends meet. As the novel starts, she's given a job helping to find a missing boy believed to have been kidnapped by his mother. This case leads to far deeper matters than it seems at first and results in her being forced to finally confront her past, both her childhood and her marriage, and possibly have a chance of salvaging her present and future.

As this really isn't a genre I read much of, it took a while for me to get into the book. Part of this was simply due to the way handwriting analysis is treated and how skilled Anna is at it; I strongly doubt that it's possible to reliably tell anything about someone's personality from how they write (as opposed to, say, their emotional state when they wrote a specific sample), and I'm positive that it isn't possible from a single letter (in the case in the book, a capital D). However, this matter faded into the background as the story progressed, beyond being a reason people who know of her skill tend to be cautious around her.

The later part of the story seems to rely on a surprising amount of coincidence, but most of them are either explained away by the details of what's going on or at least don't seem anywhere near as unlikely as they did at first. (As an example of the latter category, Anna happening to see something at a rest stop seems like an unbelievably unlikely occurrence when it first happens, but the explanation of events means that what Anna saw was more likely to be somewhere along that highway.)

While it takes about half of the book to reveal just what Anna is constantly running from, there are enough hints that it's not really a surprise. It also helps to explain why she frequently seems to try to burn bridges almost as soon as there's any sign one might be built. The ending also makes it seem that she's finally recovering. The book also manages to avoid making a couple of characters into cardboard villains; one appears to have reformed over the years and the other plays a critical role in rescuing someone (although neither is absolved of their early actions or treated as if they should be).

(I received a copy of this from the publisher. I have no idea why they sent it to me, but felt it best to note that they did.) ( )
  Gryphon-kl | Mar 8, 2020 |
Lori Rader-Day introduces what might have been an intriguing new element for an overloaded genre in her latest novel The Day I Died. A handwriting expert with a traumatic history who consults with law enforcement, business and the private sector, Anna Winger can glean information from provided samples in a Sherlockian style. She is an eccentric, guarded and prickly character who over the past thirteen years been perpetually uprooting herself and her teenage son in order to escape a shadowy, menacing presence from her past. As her rebellious son struggles to adjust to their latest new town, Anna is enlisted to help a highly skeptical sheriff with the case of a missing toddler. Continually defensive about her abilities and what they can contribute to the case, Anna is begrudgingly drawn in by the community despite being distracted by her tendency to mistrust and avoid any entanglements. She is tempted to run away again when it seems that her true identity has been discovered and her son becomes increasingly insistent about learning about his origins. Soon events force Anna to return to her childhood home, and some incredible connections crop up between her current work and her own past. Rader-Day skillfully portrays the contentious mother-son relationship, and one is left feeling truly sorry for the teen whose mother is incapable of recognizing how detrimental her decisions have been to his life. The handwriting analysis angle is provided to give the novel a twist, but seems a bit dated given the our increasingly digitized world. So many current thrillers feature a damaged female protagonist armed with a rough exterior and similar issues or backstories that whole sections of bookstores could be devoted to them. So, any differentiators from the typical formula are refreshing—if they can be well-executed and avoid being too “gimmicky” in their deployment. Unfortunately, The Day I Died falls short in both areas. Anna’s feats of handwriting analysis abilities are not exciting enough to overcome the slow pace of the first section of the book, and the plot only starts getting interesting in the final third of the book when Anna returns to her hometown. The coincidences needed to combine Anna’s present and past strain plausibility, and Anna herself is such an alienating character that she is almost a caricature of unlikability. There is also a “romantic” subplot that contributes very little and becomes an add-on that appears forced and unnecessary. Ultimately, The Day I Died is relegated to a merely passable entry in a field that already provides too much rich competition for it to stand out successfully from the crowd.

Thanks to the author, Harper Collins/William Morrow and Library Thing for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. ( )
  jnmegan | Mar 6, 2020 |
3.5 stars.

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day is an intriguing mystery about a missing young boy.

Anna Winger is a handwriting analyst who assists federal and local law enforcement with a variety of cases. When two year old Aidan Ransey goes missing, she is asked to aid Sheriff Russ Keller with the investigation. Keller reluctantly turns documents relevant to kidnapping over to Anna but the two continue to clash over his lack of cooperation with her requests. Anna is also growing increasingly concerned over her thirteen year old son Joshua's increasingly troubling behavior. When Joshua begins asking difficult questions that she is reluctant to answer, Anna eventually has no choice but to face the past she has been running from for over thirteen years.

Anna was forced to make a rather decision years earlier which has resulted in an itinerant, solitary lifestyle for her and Joshua. Having recently relocated to Parks, Indiana, Anna is already second guessing whether or not she made the right choice to settle in the small town. Seriously lacking the anonymity she desperately needs to feel safe, the missing person's case attracts far more attention that she desires. She is also rather troubled by the parallels between herself and Aidan's mom, Leila Ransey. She is already struggling to maintain her objectivity as she examines the documents associated with the disappearance when she meets Aidan's father, Bo. Their encounters bring back unpleasant memories of her own past and Anna continues to worry about whether or not she can remain impartial during the investigation.

Adding to Anna's discomfort is Sheriff Keller's skepticism about the veracity of handwriting analysis. His office is on the periphery of the investigation but he continues to follow leads in an effort to locate the missing boy. A shocking murder adds another complication to the case and Keller reluctantly continues to seek assistance from Anna as they recover documents that are pertinent to the investigation. Their interactions continue to be a little adversarial as Anna offers her expert opinion on the evidence he provides for her analysis.

The pacing of the novel is somewhat slow as Anna becomes increasingly introspective during the investigation. Her self-confidence is gradually undetermined as she juggles her professional duties with the increasingly tense situation with Joshua. Completely out of her depth as she deals with her suddenly tumultuous relationship with Joshua, Anna is stunned when he takes matters into his own hands after she fails to give him the answers he desperately needs. With nowhere else to turn, Anna is forced to return to the place where her life went so tragically wrong but will she find what she is searching for?

With an unusual premise and a unique lead protagonist, The Day I Died is a compelling mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Despite the suspense surrounding Aidan's disappearance, the storyline quickly becomes bogged down in the secrets of Anna's past. However, the various story arcs finally come together in a rather unexpected (and far too coincidental) manner. Lori Rader-Day brings the novel to an action-filled conclusion that neatly ties up all of the loose ends. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
I received this book as part of LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program.

Anna has been running away for 13 years. Now her son, Joshua, is tired of moving to a new location whenever his mom feels threatened. He is also tired of not knowing the truth about the secrets his mother has protected him from since he was born. The plot revolves around Anna's work analyzing handwriting, a kidnapping she is helping police with, and her struggles with her son. The characters are interesting and fleshed out nicely. The first part of the book takes place in Indiana, and the last third is in northern Wisconsin. I've spent a lot of time in that part of Wisconsin and appreciate the accurate descriptions that capture the lakes, forests, and resort towns of that area. A good thriller; the plot twists made me unable to put the book down until I found out what was next. Highly recommended! ( )
  Kadia | Dec 15, 2019 |
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From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother's desperate search for a lost boy. Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance--at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm's length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna's skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son--and herself--once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she'd rewritten.

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