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The Lucky One

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,065 ratings  ·  271 reviews
As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours and rescued her from harm. In the aftermath of the crime, her family decided to move to Chicago and close the door on that horrible day.

Yet Alice hasn’t forgotten. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a webs
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Published February 18th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay. I admit that I love dark, scary, unconventional, complex, nerve bending stories! So when I read the blurb I was already volunteered to jump in!

Mystery behind Alice’s kidnapping, her dysfunctional family story, two women’s collaboration to start a search for bringing out the truth are great materials to enjoy a book wholeheartedly.

The eerie and disturbing feeling, slow-burn dark theme usually work well for me but at some point slowness turned into too much stalling and BAM, the story’s bui
Lori Rader-Day
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Oh, yeah. Five stars for my own book, not too proud. Honestly, I worked really hard on this book and I hope you all like it, too.
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

A cake of angels and beauty itself, chocolate on top of chocolate, like a last request before execution. Merrily had passed out in a food coma in her old room and had to borrow the twinset and skirt from her mom’s closet for work… Merrily looked like a giraffe dressed for church, but she still looked better than the women in the front office any day of the week. Fact.

“I turned thirty. Thirty.” … Thirty was a monster. She’d been pursued by it and now here it sat in her lap, breath
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of slow-burn mysteries
Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

DNF ~50%.

I got halfway through this book only to realize I didn’t care about what was happening or how it would end. It wasn’t a bad book, necessarily, just not a very compelling one.

The Lucky One stars two female protagonists. Alice Fine was kidnapped as a toddler and now works for her father’s construction firm and spends her free time identifying missing persons on a website calle
Alice Fine's life is defined by the fact that as a young child, she was kidnapped from her backyard. But her father, a policeman, defied the odds and found Alice within hours. However, the crime terrified her parents, who moved to Chicago to try to forget about the past. Still the kidnapping haunts Alice, who spends her time on a website called the Doe Pages, devoted to finding the missing--dead or alive. As she's scrolling through one day, Alice sees a familiar face: that of her kidnapper, so m ...more
2 stars--it was OK.

This book created a sense of unease, which I enjoyed, and I thought the ending was good. However, I also thought the book relied too much on characters not talking (most of this book's tension could have been solved with a good conversation), and I greatly disliked Alice, the book's protagonist. She was very passive, letting life slide over her. I realize that was on purpose and she does grow, but it made for dull reading, in my mind.

I received this review copy from the publis
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Most people who go missing are never found… but Alice was the lucky one.⁣

As a child, Alice was stolen. But her quick thinking policeman father tracked her down and found her within 24 hours.⁣

As an adult, Alice devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages - a group of amateur sleuths who search for missing people to reunite them with their families.⁣

When a missing man is posted on the site, she’s stunned to realize it’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. But
Marc Bougharios
This book will be released on February 18th 2020

3.25 stars

This was my first book by Lori-Rader-Day. I've heard a lot about her before and I'm glad that I was able to discover her writing.

The novel's plot was very interesting. Alice was kidnapped as a little child but then her dad, who was a ploce officer, found her and rescued her. She was the lucky one, but she had never forgotten what happened and she now spends most (if not all) of her time on a website called The Doe Pages to try and find o
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
This is a decent book, if a little convoluted. Once I made sense of it in my head, it was pretty good, but it takes some work by the reader because the author's exposition is a bit clunky.
I liked the idea of the reddit-type threads talking about missing people and trying to match them with discovered bodies. I just didn't get Alice's kidnapping in the first place, and couldn't figure out why she was so docile and let her dad bulldoze her into not asking questions about anything in her life or p
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day is a twisty thriller of betrayal, murder, and dark family secrets.

Alice Fine has only vague memories of being kidnapped from her front yard as a toddler. Rescued within hours by her father, then a police officer, she has always considered herself one of the lucky ones to be reunited with her family, no harm done. Conscious of her good fortune, Alice uses her spare time to participate in the online Doe Network -a website which aims to identify missing persons- whe
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Lori Rader-Day, fans of thrillers
Lori Rader-Day's fans will voraciously gobble up her newest thriller! By the end, the reader is left to put a question mark on the title - THE LUCKY ONE...who exactly was the lucky one? There are a thousand threads artfully woven into the story. Pay attention. Everything on every page is important by the time you come to the last few pages. Winding back and forth between Alice and Merrily's perspectives, it all comes full-circle. The relationship between the two women as they meet, begin working ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alice was kidnapped as a child, but her policeman father found her within a day. He then packed up his family and moved them to another town, where he started a different career. Now, Alice works for her father at his business, and he’s super protective of her. In her spare time, she tries to find missing people that have been posted online, hoping to reconnect loved ones and provide some closure. One day, when she is browsing the missing persons site, she sees a new listing. It seems that the m ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, mystery
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

She was the lucky one...or was she???

Alice has vague memories of the day she was kidnapped as a child. She remembers a strange room, a baby and then feeling safe in her father’s arms. Due to the experience that defined her life, she feels compelled to volunteer on a website that helps locate other missing persons. One day while checking the site for new cases, she sees a photo of a man...a man who she is sure is the man who kidnapped her years earlier. What does this mean
Mar 09, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Lucky One has an interesting premise of a former kidnap victim volunteering to help other find other missing people and possibly stumbling across her kidnapper. I did like how it switched between a couple different points of view as well as message boards. However, I couldn’t get as invested in the main characters as I would have liked and had to make myself keep reading it. It was a good read, but not great.
Thanks to NetGalley, HarperCollins, and the author Lori Rader-Day for a digital rev
Edith Maxwell
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I couldn't put The Lucky One down. The twisted threads that finally come together, the search for the apparently lost, missing, or kidnapped, the suspense, the deeply drawn characters: Rader-Day had hooked me from page one through to the end. ...more
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
This book had a lot going on. So much so, that I set it aside for months only to pick it back up today and tear through it.

The story follows two women who are connected through a mystery dude and a website that helps find missing people.
If you're a murderino you'll like this.

It got a little confusing and had my mind spinning with possiblities, but collected itself in the end. A good Thriller with Crime and Suspense.

3.5 stars rounded to 4.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars.

Merrily and Alice come from different worlds, but the story is told from both perspectives. Alice is an adult who was kidnapped as a child. She has an interest in the Doe Pages, which helps solve cases. Merrily is working, but cannot get off of the Chat X website that seems very similar to a sugardaddy/sugarbaby site. She has a unique relationship with "Searcher" who sends her decent money and expects virtually nothing but companionship from her. Merrily and Alice cross paths unexpected
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This dark and twisted book is told by the two main characters. Alice and Merrily are totally different people in every way but they both hold clues to what happened to them early in their lives and they won't have any answers until they can work together.

Both Alice and Merrily are on a quest to find out something important to them about their earlier lives. It isn't until they start to work together that they begin to get answers but what they discover will totally change their lives and put the
My first listen for 2021 turned out to be absolutely fantastic! The Lucky One was a narrator motivated pick and I’m thrilled that searching for an audiobook performed by Leslie Howard brought me to discover Lori Rader-Day. This was my favorite kind of mystery/suspense novel. Lots of fascinating characters, complex yet compelling backstories, all melding into a completely unpredictable ending.

I liked and was annoyed by both Alice and Merrily – which I think is what made them truly human and relat
When Alice was a young child, she was kidnapped from her backyard. But she was very lucky to be found in a few hours because of her father being a policeman.

Because of all that happened the Fins decide to move to Chicago to start a new life. Today, Alice, who still remembers the kidnapping night, is now devoted to find the missing and spend most of her time a on a website called the Doe Pages. Scrolling through the pages she sees a familiar face, the face of her kidnapper.....

I really liked the
Crowdsourcing to find missing persons & help solve crimes has become a real thing in the last decade & I find it amazing & fascinating. Billy Jensen has a book & podcast about it as well. Alice & The Doe Pages was inspiring to me as well, fiction or not. This book gave me some Rene Denfield "Child Finder"/"Butterfly GIrl" vibes (which is a good thing!).
"The Lucky One" gave me goosebumps at times & I found it suspenseful, unputdownable, utterly compelling & complex. Now I want to read more by th
Genevieve Trono
The Lucky One is a slow burn suspense novel that shares the story of a woman who was previously kidnapped and is now looking for answers. While I enjoy a character-driven novel, I struggled to connect with these characters (I found them dislikable in general) which caused me to lose interest in the storyline.

I love a book with imperfect characters and some dysfunction but as much as I had hoped to, this one just didn't resonate with me. Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow Books for an adv
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
3.5 stars

The book starts slow, but about 75 pages in the pace picked up. Got to admit, I had this one figured out early on, but there were still some surprises.
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. I try to be generous with my reviews because I love books and authors. I've read a couple of others from this author that I liked better than this one. Nothing about this book worked for me. It was confusing to read and the characters were bland. Everything came together in the end but it was hard for me to get there. On to the next book... ...more
At first I thought premise sounded very interesting but as I started to read it I find the pace to be very slow and with the 2 pov's just seemed sort of disjointed for me. Sadly, I couldn't continue and it just wasn't for me.

I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Shirley McAllister
Family Secrets

This book went hot and cold on me all the way through the book. It had some good storyline and some confusing story line and those annoying posts from the other members of the club exploring dead and missing persons.

I rather liked the characters that Alice met with those investigating the dead and missing persons site. I didn't know how to figure them at times they did not seem to like Alice that much. They did help her find out information when researching the missing Richard and
Feb 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
I kept waiting to care about any of the characters. I kept waiting for things to make sense. When I finished the book, I was disappointed on both counts.

I would have shelved this one halfway through but paid full price for it so I muscled through. It wasn’t worth the time nor the money.
You know what I like about Lori Rader-Day's suspense novels? She takes ordinary women, and puts them in unusual situations, but gives them the intelligence and abilities to solve their own problems. The Lucky One introduces two lost young women who find unexpected answers in the middle of lies.

Alice Fine was a victim, but she survived. She was kidnapped as a child, but her policeman father rescued her that same afternoon. He packed up the family, though, and moved them from the small Indiana tow
Linda Munro
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was asked by the publisher if I would read this book and provide an honest review. I took my time with this book; but not feeling 100% made for a slow read. I do want to say that I enjoyed the book and have set it aside to re-read once I am feeling better.

What if everything you thought you knew about yourself and your life was wrong? What if a major event in your life was not quite what you thought happened? What if trying to help someone else turns your entire world upside down?

When Alice was
Alex Black
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
There was a lot I liked about this book. Or- I should rephrase. There was a lot I should have liked about this book. A lot of elements that usually work for me really well in thrillers. The main character is investigating a child trauma she barely remembers, which is a trope I love. There's an organization of amateurs investigating missing persons cold cases that's handled in a (fairly) realistic way. There are a lot of mystery elements neatly tied together without loose ends and it feels well c ...more
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LORI RADER-DAY is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony Award and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Death at Greenway (coming October 2021), The Lucky One, Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. Lori’s short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. She lives in Chicago, where she is the co- ...more

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