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.
My Thoughts: I love a good thriller/mystery and The Day I Died falls nicely into this category. This is a story about the lengths a mother will go to protect her child filled in with lots of suspense and twists and turns. I found Anna's profession quite intriguing and it added an interesting layer to the book. She is a "real deal" doing handwriting analysis to figure people out and solve crimes. It is also a profession that has allowed her to stay on the run with her son for many years. However, things start to get much more complicated when she dives into the new case in her latest small town of Parks. This case involves a missing toddler and his mother and the husband/father who appears to be abusive which brings up all kinds of memories for Anna. When her own son, Josh, goes missing the life she has been running from must now be faced.
This book has a lot going on....in a good way! There were "what-ifs" at every turn that kept me guessing. I liked the character of Anna because she was real. Sometimes you could totally relate but other times I just wanted to shake her. The author did a wonderful job creating a main character that is both believable and fascinating. The Day I Died would be a wonderful summer reading pick!
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