Are you afraid of the dark? Renowned mystery author Lori Rader-Day shines a light on murder in “Under a Dark Sky”


New novel by Mary Higgins Clark and Anthony Award-winner releasing in August

CHICAGO – Mary Higgins Clark-award winning author Lori Rader-Day is releasing her latest thriller, “Under a Dark Sky,” on Aug. 7, 2018, offering a terrifying twist on a locked-room murder mystery that will keep readers guessing until the last page.

Since the death of her husband, Eden Wallace is terrorized by darkness. She has succumbed to grief, given up on things she once loved, and forced awake by night terrors requiring her to sleep with the lights on. Deciding to conquer her fear, Eden travels to a dark sky park in Michigan, where darkness becomes the least of her fears.

She unwillingly shares her suite with 20-somethings tenaciously hanging on to the college friendships they’ve yet to outgrow. She plans a getaway from her getaway, post-poning her fear-conquering quest with intent to depart the next morning. Until she hears a scream.

One of the friends has been murdered. Now everyone—including Eden—is a suspect. As accidents overtake the group, Eden must navigate lies and find truth in chaos to avoid becoming the next victim when darkness falls.

Lori Rader-Day is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016 for her second novel, “Little Pretty Things.” She is the author of “The Black Hour,” winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and “The Day I Died,” an Indie Next Pick. Lori’s short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, and Good Housekeeping. She lives in Chicago, where she is active in Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and co-chairs the mystery conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago. Lori’s next novel, “Under a Dark Sky,” will be published by Harper Collins William Morrow in August.




About the Book

Under a Dark Sky
Lori Rader-Day | Aug. 7, 2018 | Harper Collins William Morrow
ISBN: (hardcover) 978-0062846143 | $26.99
ISBN: 978-0062560308 (paperback) | $15.99
ASIN: B071VBHQ3P (ebook) | $26.99





Only in the dark can she find the truth . . .

Since her husband died, Eden Wallace’s life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. She doesn’t work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plagued by night terrors that she can’t sleep without the lights on. Everyone, including her family, has grown weary of her grief. So when she finds paperwork in her husband’s effects indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes.

She’s ready to shed her fear and return to the living, even if it means facing her paralyzing phobia of the dark. But when she arrives at the park, the guest suite she thought was a private retreat is teeming with a group of twenty-somethings, all stuck in the orbit of their old college friendships. Horrified that her get-away has been taken over, Eden decides to head home the next day. But then a scream wakes the house in the middle of the night. One of the friends has been murdered. Now everyone—including Eden—is a suspect.

Everyone is keeping secrets, but only one is a murderer. As mishaps continue to befall the group, Eden must make sense of the chaos and lies to evade a ruthless killer—and she’ll have to do it before dark falls…

Lori-Rader-Day-picInterview Questions For Lori Rader-Day

  1. How does “Under A Dark Sky” differ from your previous award-winning novels?
  2. How long did it take you to write “Under A Dark Sky?” Do you write your books in order of their release?
  3. Why did you decide to set “Under a Dark Sky” in Mackinaw City, Michigan? Do you have a personal connection to this setting?
  4. Is it more difficult to write a place you know well? Do you feel increased pressure to accurately portray the setting?
  5. Why do you think it’s important to pen women-driven mystery novels?
  6. You have a background in journalism and now you’re writing thriller fiction. How and why did you make this writing-genre shift?
  7. What does fiction offer to a writer that non-fiction doesn’t?
  8. Did you visit dark sky preserves for this book? What was that like?
  9. Why did you write a character who is afraid of the dark?
  10. What’s next for you?

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