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The Lucky One

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  92 reviews
From the acclaimed author of Under A Dark Sky comes an unforgettable, chilling novel about a young woman who recognizes the man who kidnapped her as a child, setting off a search for justice, and into danger.

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
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Nilufer Ozmekik
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
Lori Rader-Day
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of slow-burn mysteries, perhaps?
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
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marc Bougharios
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
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
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Linda Munro
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
Georgianne Georgiadis
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This the first book that I have read from Lori Rader-Day and I was impressed. My favorite books are agood mystery a good thriller with lots of twists and turns. That keep me guessing until the end and this one did. There are two characters that this book is about Alice and Merrily.
Alice was always told that she was kidnapped when she was a child and her father found her within 24 hours. Her memory about that is not so great. She sees the man who kidnapped her on the Doe Pages a site where she
WAHOO!! I love winning and I want to firstly, thank the publishers Harpercollins for the opportunity to read this ARC book - "The Lucky One" by Lori Rader-Day which was a fabulous read for me. The plot in this centers around Alice, a young woman who sees the face of her childhood abductor on a missing persons page. Her father, who was a cop at the time, found her a few days later and they moved away. Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from "The Doe Pages" to ...more
Pamela Sewell
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Goodreads Giveaway. This was a real page turner. Alice was a "lucky one"--- abducted as a child she was recovered and returned to safety very quickly. As an adult she joins the Doe network a website that seeks to locate the missing. One day she finds a photo of her kidnapper now one of the missing. Further researching she crosses paths with Merrily. The missing man was her "almost" stepfather from her early childhood. Joined by Lillian and JuJu from the Doe network, this diverse band of women ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

In Lori Rader-Day's newest, she's taken the current fascination with true crime and citizen detectives and crafted an of-this-moment, creative story. There's a great element of tension and suspense in Alice's story in particular, as she pieces together her past and present to come to the thunderous conclusions. There are a lot of characters to keep straight in this one, but the overall push of the plot made up for
Sheila Kaye
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Lori Rader-Day book and it won't be my last. The Lucky One started as a slow burn but quickly heated up to a complex mystery that surprised me at every turn. The author's characters were flawed but sympathetic, cowardly yet brave, cruel and at times conflicted. Towards the end of the story, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I highly recommend this book for mystery/suspense lovers!
Olivia L
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting and intricate premise belied an easy read. After a slow start, my interest heightened in this cat and mouse game of find the kidnapper. At around the 30% mark, I eventually devoured the book, needing to discover how Merrily, Alice, Searcher, and Rick were all inter-connected. Admittedly, at times, the different story arcs and introduction of secondary characters became somewhat convoluted, but overall, it was a solid read. Matt's characterization needed to be fleshed out more. Poor ...more
M.A. Koontz
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently, I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of The Lucky One, compliments of Lori Rader-Day and HarperCollins Publishers. I couldn’t wait to read it, and immediately settled in for what I was certain would be a great read. I was not disappointed. Edgar Award nominated Rader-Day has done it again.

A delicious plot-twisting story with a surprise ending, The Lucky One is a suspenseful story told from the viewpoints of two characters, Alice and Merrily. Their confusion and disjointed
Donna Hines
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Alice was kidnapped and rescued by her dad and so the story goes...
Or does it?
What if Alice uncovers a darker more sinister problem and it's not so much the kidnapping but the truths behind her own family.
Lori Rader Day has brought it all in this one and she does so with gusto and a force of nature that can't be contained.
I love the flow of this one and the feel as it's a tremble with a steady burn that suddenly ignites.
Wreckage is everywhere but perhaps it can be salvageable.
A great new
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day is a very highly recommended novel of suspense.

Alice Fine volunteers her spare time on The Doe Pages, a website that matches missing people with unidentified remains. Her preoccupation with helping search for clues to help reunite people with their missing loved ones is a result of her own experiences. When she was three-years-old Alice was kidnapped from her backyard, and, against all odds, found by her policeman father within twenty-four hours. Alice knows how
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was very interesting - a novel concept (to me at least) concerning people who, in their spare time, help ID missing persons via a website, the Doe Pages, devoted to the topic. But one of those people was almost a statistic herself - the "lucky one" who was rescued by her then-cop father. But the details are sketchy, and Alice doesn't remember more than snatches of the episode, until the day she sees her ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars for Lori Rader-Day’s The Lucky One!

This book was exactly what I needed to read right now. Full of twists and turns and so engrossing, The Lucky One met all the criteria for a good mystery/thriller.

Since being kidnapped as a child and returned to her father, Alice is interested in seeking out closure for families of other missing persons. Along with others, she reviews files via The Doe Pages, an online forum for solving missing persons cases. While reviewing new files on the site, Alice
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intelligent thriller with a tight and unpredictable plot, The Lucky One delves into the world of missing persons or “does.” Alice works with an online network that tries to find them after the police gives up and the trail goes cold. Alice’s handle is “The Lucky One” because she herself was abducted as a toddler, even if only for a few hours before her cop father found her and got her back. The other main character, Merrily, is also a young woman. Where Alice is fearful and scared, Merrily is ...more
Girl Well Read
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, edelweiss
A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Alice Fine was kidnapped when she was a child. But against all odds, her police officer father was able to find her and bring her home, she was the "lucky one." But Alice has never forgotten what happened to her. She spends her free time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages in the hopes of finding other missing people.

When a familiar face shows up on her screen, Alice is stunned to realize
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Lori Rader-Day book and I was quite impressed with most of it. The character development was good, and the flow of the storyline was excellent.
We first meet Alice, a young woman working in a man’s world of construction in the family business. She has been haunted by the memory of being kidnapped as a small child and works with other friends, such as Lillian and Juby, in a volunteer group of “The Doe’s or the Doe Pages”. This is a group investigating lost or missing persons.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alice and Merrily are discontent, with their jobs and their personal lives.

Alice is going through the motions at her father’s construction company, and only finds purpose in the online group Doe Pages, whose volunteers search for clues in missing persons cases. She remembers little about her own brief kidnapping long ago and wants to help others find closure.

When police arrive at Merrily’s office, they question her about the disappearance of Rick, her mother’s old boyfriend and the closest
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I had high hopes for this one and, unfortunately, it fell below the mark.

For the entire first half of the book, I was left feeling very discombobulated by the choppy dialogue (I think it was meant to be witty?) and confused as to what was actually happening. The first half felt like trudging through a vat of molasses, as well, and I wondered if this story would actually go anywhere or shock me in any way.

It didn't.

Despite being confused by the writing style and actual storyline, it was, at the
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book started off strong to me. When Alice recognizes her kidnappers photo on the Doe Pages, I was ok, here we go! Alice is a rare statistic. Meaning that a kidnapped child was found within hours of being taken. That being said, it was a little suspicious to me that she was found so soon, and that there was hardly any media coverage on it. The investigation just ends when she's found. Hello red flags! Now the man who took her is missing, and Alice wants to find him.

This book had so much
Connie Marston
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
Alice Fine is kidnapped as a young girl, but her cop dad somehow finds her and rescues her. The family moves from Indiana to Chicago after this and makes a fresh start, or are the really just covering their tracks? Alice grows up, devotes her time to volunteering to, The Doe Pages trying time find missing families loved ones. She comes across a picture and knows it’s her kidnapper from years ago. Alices friends that also work the Doe Pages with her, Juby and Lillian set out to find Alice’s ...more
J.C. Kenney
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lucky One, the latest mystery from Lori Rader-Day is the ultimate page-turner that will keep you reading way past your bedtime. With more twists and turns than a mountain road, this sale of family, friends, loyalty, and secrets had me guessing who killed the mysterious Rick all the way to the end. I found the two main characters, Emily and Merrily, to be two sides of the same coin. They're very different women, yet facing similar questions. How does one cope with a tragedy when there's ...more
The Book Avenue
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, I feel like one lucky reader having read this novel. Layer by layer peeled back with every step of the journey, exposing the lies and the truths. I was intrigued with the style of writing, each chapter building toward a magnificent ending.

Alice and Merrily are both standout characters. Each struggling with lives that feel incomplete. One facing an impossible choice, the other feeling the effects of never really getting to choose. All of the characters in this The Lucky One are
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LORI RADER-DAY is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony Award and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of 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-chair of the mystery reader conference ...more
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