The Lucky One
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 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 website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice’s screen that she recognizes, she’s stunned to realize it’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers.Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who’s been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark, painful web of lies that will change what they thought they knew—and could cost them everything.Twisting and compulsively readable, The Lucky One explores the lies we tell ourselves to feel safe.

The Lucky One Details

TitleThe Lucky One
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 18th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062938084
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

The Lucky One Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    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 Alices kidnapping, her dysfunctional family story, two womens 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 storys 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 building slowly collapsed with the help dislikable characters. Don’t get me wrong, I love broken, flawed, problematic characters which make them more realistic but at this book Alice’s attitudes and her passivity makes me pissed off. I wished she could have held on her life more.I can sense them the author made some decision to build characters and form story progression with unexpected and different way but unfortunately her writing technique didn’t work for me and made me loss my interest easily.So for darker themes and intriguing blurb, I could only give three stars. I couldn’t find anything from those characters’ stories resonate with me. I really did try but it didn’t fit with my expectations.Special thanks to Netgalley and William Morrow Paperbacks to share this intriguing ARC Copy with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Lori Rader-Day
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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 moms 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. Shed been pursued by it and now here it sat in her lap, breathing 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, breathing its stink on her. Her age would ruin everything, if not this year, then soon.“There’s my Alice in Wonderland.” Alice got up and met him for a hug. He couldn’t swing her off her feet anymore, but the old nickname never failed to shrink her to fit the tiny door of childhood.Every sweet thing about Uncle Jim, Jimmy could ruin like a funhouse mirror. She liked to think that Jimmy was adopted, some changeling JimBig and his ex-wife had found and taken home.Merrily had always wished for a baby brother or sister, but she needn’t have bothered. Her own mother provided all the mischief she could handle… Why were the grown-ups in her life so damaged and needy?My Review:This gripping, tautly written, and twisty book had me in knots and frequently chewing on my lips and picking at my ragged cuticles, which were merely the early clues that this was going to be a 5-Star read. Each character was oddly compelling and complex while also deeply flawed and not all that admirable. Neither of the two main characters, Merrily and Alice, were among the sharpest tools in the shed and I frequently wanted to schedule each of them a colonoscopy to search for their misplaced craniums. The storylines were shrewdly crafted, cunningly paced, and riveting with intrigue while fraught with tension, family secrets, and impending peril. This was my first experience with the diabolically clever and unpredictable storytelling of Lori Rader-Day and in my expert analysis - she may well be a high priestess of the word voodoo as I was totally sucked into her vortex, tumbled around, and spit back out hours later feeling rather stunned, dazed, and pleasantly amazed.
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 publisher on NetGalley. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review; I appreciate it!
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  • Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
    January 1, 1970
    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, shes stunned to realize its the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. But its 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 it’s deleted right away and Alice finds herself determined to find him.⁣⁣This was a WILD ride! I love the idea of the Doe Pages and crowdsourcing to find missing people. And these characters are quirky, and smart, and just how you’d imagine them to be! The search for Alice’s kidnapper is a web of twisty turns and sooo many lies - and Alice begins to uncover things in both her personal and professional life that make this one compulsively readable and a true nail-biter.⁣⁣Definitely pick this one up if you enjoy true crime, solving mysteries, and sleuthing. It’s a fun read and I found myself marveling at the development and pace of the story. The intricacies of lies and deceptions - and their unravelling was a web of complexities that had an extremely satisfying ending. And a group of bad ass chicks solving cold cases…fantastic!⁣
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 many years ago. Before she knows it, Alice and some others from the Doe Pages are working to find the man before he can hurt another. During their search, they meet Merrily, a woman searching for the same man for entirely different reasons. And Alice begins to dig deeper, she will uncover secrets that have long meant to be buried. This was my first book by Lori Rader-Day and overall, I enjoyed it. I will read more by her, I'm sure. I did find the book a little choppy and hard to follow. There was just something that slowed it down for me. I also could never quite figure out why Merrily was so invested in finding Rick, Alice's missing person. I was never fully invested in the characters, including Alice or Merrily. Still, there are a lot of mysteries to solve here and much to keep the reader guessing. The book is intricately plotted, with lots of twists. It's often captivating and certainly interesting. 3.75 stars, rounded to 4 here. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 past. The ending is good because it does tie up all loose ends and things do make sense, so that's why 3 stars instead of 2, because my confusion was alleviated.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Marc Bougharios
    January 1, 1970
    This book will be released on February 18th 20203.25 starsThis 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 This book will be released on February 18th 20203.25 starsThis 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 other missing people, almost like a way to pay it forward. But she sees a profile on that page that she recognizes and her world spirals from there full of secrets and lies that she didn't know were being hidden from her. I really enjoyed the narrative of this story. I liked how it was told in dual perspectives; Alice's and Merrily (a women who is somehow connected to Alice, and I won't say how). It's two different women, two different stories and the way their lives become connected is really entertaining to read. Each perspective is fresh and mysterious in their way and it always kept me hooked. Halfway throughout the story, I felt like it was getting dragged on a little and the novel felt a little too long for me and so I started to lose interest in the story. That being said, I'm glad that I finished reading until the end because there were a few good plot twists. The beginning and the ending of the story was a bit stronger than the middle part of it. I do wish that some of the twists would have been placed a little more in the center of the story, not that there weren't any in the middle, but not enough to hook me. A great ending though, fast-paced and action packed and it's a nice satisfying conclusion. Thank you to HarperCollins Canada and William Morrow Books for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    January 1, 1970
    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- 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- where one evening she unexpectedly comes across the face of her abductor. Wanting answers Alice, with the help of two other amateur websleuths, decides to learn more about him. When her search leads her to cross paths with Merrily Cruz, who is worried about her missing former stepfather, the pair realise they are both looking for the same man and the shocking truth about who he is will unravel their past, and their future.The story unfolds from the alternating perspectives of Alice and Merrily, who seem to have almost nothing in common except for a tenuous connection to the missing man. Neither of them have any idea of the danger that will place them in as they begin to dig into his past in order to understand their own. To be honest I thought the characterisation overall was a little weak and sometimes inconsistent, particularly in relation to Alice, however I was interested in how Alice and Merrily would be affected as the truth was revealed.The mystery is well plotted offering a few intriguing twists. I thought the pace was a little slow until the lives of Alice and Merrily intersected, but Rader-Day does effectively build tension, and I was engrossed in the unraveling lies, secrets, and betrayals. I thought the major twist was unique and unpredictable, leading to a satisfying conclusion.With its original premise, I thought The Lucky One was a decent thriller.
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  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 unexpectedly, and the story that unfolds is.... unlikely.The plot was great and the description piqued my interest. However, this was a slow read for me, and did not keep my interest. I definitely skimmed here and there, and was just glad that it was finished. There were no questions at the end for me, but this is just "meh" to me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 together to each answer a completely different question from her own life and finally, grudgingly considering becoming friends, is fascinating as it unfolds. The cocky reader thinks she's figured "it" out a quarter of the way in. But, no. Much more satisfying. Interestingly, two of the pivotal characters in the book never participate in the live action. Big thumbs up!
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  • Asheley
    January 1, 1970
    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 hes 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 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 man that kidnapped her many years ago is now missing himself.At the same time, Merrily is looking for the man that has been like a father to her throughout her life. He has just gone missing, and she feels compelled to find him. Her path crosses with Alice’s one day, and Merrily learns that Alice may be looking for the very same man. So the two team up to try and find him. The thing is that these two women have very different ideas of who that man is.I had no idea what to expect when Alice and Merrily found one another. What are the odds that they’d both be looking for the same man? The story started out a little bit slower for me, but picked up as I neared the halfway point. As the chapters unfold, there are little twists and turns that come up that threw me for a loop. I would think I had a grasp on solving the case, but then I would find that I was wildly wrong. I could not have foreseen how the book ended, but it was a lot of fun trying to guess while I was reading.Neither Alice nor Merrily felt much like super-strong characters to me; what I liked about them is that when they decided to go look for this missing man, they were all in. It was both neat and horrifying to watch these two women re-examine their childhoods and their current lives to try to determine how much of what they remember is truth.I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you, William Morrow Books!Find this review and more like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books!
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  • Edith Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    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 couldnt 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 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 review copy. This story was published February 4, 2020
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 them both in danger.What could have been a exciting book was a little slow. For much of the story, there were two separate stories with nothing connecting them and no connection between the two women. It wasn't until they began to work together that the book got really interesting. I was bored with the book when the two women were working alone as I didn't much like either character, especially Alice who seems to just live her life without any involvement - she just went along with whatever happened. Merrily was a bit more energetic in her life but it didn't make sense to my why she was even looking for this man. However, once they both started working together, after their initial dislike of each other, the book took off for me and I really enjoyed it.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Genevieve Trono
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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 the author! Get this one on your TBR today!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThe 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.
  • Carissa
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Shirley
    January 1, 1970
    Family SecretsThis 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 Family SecretsThis 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 in finding Merrily. The story made Alice look weak, and gave Merrily some immoral behavior .It did take me a while to read the book as it started slow and about midway through the book I wanted to finish it to find out how it ended. It was certainly an unexpected and twisted ending. Thanks to Lori Rader-Day, Harper-Collins Publishers and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of the book
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 town to Chicago, and he changed careers. Now, he's co-owner of King & Fine, a construction company, and Alice works in the office. Her father has always been there for her, hovering over her, and protecting her. However, after her broken engagement, Alice is chafing under the restraints of her father's watchfulness.Alice spends her spare time browsing a website called The Doe Pages, looking for clues to missing people. She knows she was the lucky one, found and rescued while she was still alive. There are so many unidentified people out there. But, she recognizes one of them on the site. A missing man looks like the man she remembers as her kidnapper. So, she turns to her co-voluntteers on The Doe Pages to help her find answers.Merrily Cruz is also looking for answers, after the police take her from her workplace to ask her about a missing man, one she only knows as Uncle Rick. She, too, has more questions than answers, and her mother won't tell her anything about the one afternoon she remembers when they visited Uncle Rick in Indiana.What do two young women actually know about their distant childhoods? When Alice and Merrily actually meet, both women are reluctant to accept the other's reality as truth. What if everything you've ever believed about your own life is a lie? Who do you trust?Rader-Day's protagonists are always ordinary women. Neither of them have superpowers or strengths to extract themselves from unusual situations. They rely on their own skills and a great deal of questions to find answers. And, they're unwilling to quit until they find satisfactory answers, even if the truth is uncomfortable. Once again, in her latest suspense novel, The Lucky One, Rader-Day has introduced unforgettable characters.
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  • Alex Black
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 crafted.But honestly, I was so bored throughout this whole book. I kept waiting for that moment when I was invested and cared about the characters, but it never came. The end got a little more exciting just because closure in any mystery is always exciting, but a superficially exciting ending wasn't enough to make up for so much boredom.The ending became abundantly clear about halfway through the book. I guess thriller endings a lot so that alone wouldn't have bothered me, but it was irritating that other characters in the book already knew. Alice, the main character, is investigating her past with some people from the missing persons group, and you can literally see them pushing her toward the right answers for the last 150 pages. They're like 'here's this information, you should come to your own conclusions.' It was so frustrating because I knew and they knew, but the main character didn't know so we were all just waiting around for her to figure it out.I feel bad that I don't have a really good, in depth review since I got this book as an ARC (not in exchange for a review, although still worth noting), but I don't have a whole lot of thoughts. It wasn't bad. Apart from my one complaint about the predictability, there wasn't anything specific I disliked. It was just boring. I'm going to have forgotten this by the time I wake up tomorrow, and that's almost worse than disliking it.
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  • Linda Munro
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 but a toddler, she was taken from the yard of her home in a tiny Indiana community. Against all odds, her policeman father tracked her down, rescuing her within twenty-four hours. Needing to arase those memories, her family left the tiny community, moving to Chicago. Despite the tender age at which Alice was abducted, she still recalls the day. Pieces of the time away from her own family float back to her at inopportune moments, paralyzing her. Subconsciously, Alice has turned her spare time volunteering to reunite family members or offering closure to families who have waited for years for word about a missing loved one.She volunteers via a website called the Doe Pages. There are page upon page of information about those that are missing; and, page upon page of unidentified bodies throughout the United States. One night, as Alice scrolls through the website, she sees a familiar face; the face of the man who had kidnapped her so long ago. Shortly after seeing the photograph, the post is deleted; leaving Alice’s mind in a whirl.Needing answers, Alice enlists the assistance of other Doe volunteers and the search begins. One of the women that Alice has enlisted in her search is searching for the same man; but for quite different reasons. Their search will drive a wedge between them but, what they learn will change both of their lives forever!Great book. Thought provoking!
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  • Elisa
    January 1, 1970
    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. Alices 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 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 outgoing and lazy. They both want more from life but seem content enough in their lives. Alice lost her mom, but her dad is very present. Merrily has no dad, but she’s really close to her mom. When an old boyfriend of her mom’s who has been in touch with her all her life seems to disappear, she adds him to the doe pages and Alice sees him, recognizing the man who abducted her. They both start looking for him, opening a can of worms with unimaginable consequences that they won’t see coming. Alice and Merrily are both very flawed. Some decisions they make had me screaming at my Kindle. Still, they are realistic and compelling. Their relationships with other characters and their perceptions of them are colored greatly by their experiences, so they vary greatly. It is a little slow at times, but the final twists were truly unexpected, so I couldn’t stop reading. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley/ HarperCollins Publishers!
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Although one of the author's earlier novels is already in my massive TBR, this book is actually my first experience with Rader-Day's writing. And I know it won't be my last!! I had no idea that she is a Chicago author - and I really enjoyed the setting here mainly in Chicago, but with some scenes in Milwaukee, and Indiana that really provides a realistic backdrop to the plot. Split for the most part between two narrators, Alice and Merrily, this is an engaging read that makes it easy to keep Although one of the author's earlier novels is already in my massive TBR, this book is actually my first experience with Rader-Day's writing. And I know it won't be my last!! I had no idea that she is a Chicago author - and I really enjoyed the setting here mainly in Chicago, but with some scenes in Milwaukee, and Indiana that really provides a realistic backdrop to the plot. Split for the most part between two narrators, Alice and Merrily, this is an engaging read that makes it easy to keep turning pages. Alice is a young woman who doesn't really have a lot of friends - she's pretty sheltered, working for the family construction company, but has one rebellious hobby - she volunteers her time with the Doe project - a website that aims to match missing people with unidentified remains. Merrily, is also a young woman living in Chicago, who is interrupted at work after a day off to learn that the man that she was closest to of those her single mother had been with had been reported missing.As events intersect to bring these two women together, the plot gets twister and the book becomes harder and harder to put down! While I never really connected with either main character, I was still curious throughout to see where the story was going. I do wish that I had liked them better - Merrily for being 30 is so immature and Alice feels impossibly sheltered to me... some of the supporting characters also act in very contradictory ways, too. A few of my predictions regarding the plot turned out to be right, but there were definitely surprises, too! I did enjoy it - though the action in the ending was a bit convoluted, detracting a little bit from my satisfaction with the story. But, I liked the multimedia frame of the Doe project a lot. and though the characters' motivations and development are not quite as strong as I had hoped for, for the most part, this is a fast-paced and entertaining read. I am definitely looking forward to checking out more books from this author - plus, it's always fun to read a local author!
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  • Joann
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who's been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark web of lies that will change what they thought they knew - and could cost them everything, even their lives. This was a twisty and compulsively readable book. This will keep you riveted to the end and I would recommend it to my mystery lover friends. This author has written other books that I also found interesting to read. Check them out.
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  • Laura (crofteereader)
    January 1, 1970
    This book got crazier and crazier and crazier. Okay, not true - the crazy didn't start until probably 75% in. But boy did it get absolutely bonkers by the end. There was just... A lot going on. One woman researching her own childhood kidnapping? Fine. A different woman researching the disappearance of her mother's old boyfriend who she stayed close with? Also fine. But the way those two stories converged... That was messy.I suppose, with the way the climax played out, I really wanted a thriller. This book got crazier and crazier and crazier. Okay, not true - the crazy didn't start until probably 75% in. But boy did it get absolutely bonkers by the end. There was just... A lot going on. One woman researching her own childhood kidnapping? Fine. A different woman researching the disappearance of her mother's old boyfriend who she stayed close with? Also fine. But the way those two stories converged... That was messy.I suppose, with the way the climax played out, I really wanted a thriller. This wasn't that. It was a gently unfolding mystery. But in order to really pull off bonkers like this, it has to be a thriller. You can't just be thrown in to the crazy suddenly at 75% - you have to be eased in with frequent, short trips to crazytown.This is my third Rader-Day novel - not my favorite, but she writes well enough that I would read another.{Thank you William Morrow and NetGalley for the advanced review copy!}
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  • Pamela Sewell
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 embarks on a multi-state road trip in search of truth. The emotional journey reveals that their early memories were flimsy fabrication. They discover a twisted trail of corruption, bad cops and the flaws in witness protection. With each new revelation. Merrily and Alice find themselves rethinking who they are and what they value. What holds a family together...what tears it apart. I was on the edge of my chair..I wanted answers and I wanted to find out as quickly as possible. Fast read.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    The blurb for THE LUCKY ONE is the best part of Lori Rader-Days latest book. Told from the indistinguishable points of view of Merrily and Alice, neither woman had much personality and neither made me feel anything. I also couldnt connect to the plot, probably because of the blandness or their personalities. Reading THE LUCKY ONE felt like work, not because the book challenged me, but due to boredom. I tried skimming a few chapters, hoping the plot would pick up even if I didnt care about the The blurb for THE LUCKY ONE is the best part of Lori Rader-Day’s latest book. Told from the indistinguishable points of view of Merrily and Alice, neither woman had much personality and neither made me feel anything. I also couldn’t connect to the plot, probably because of the blandness or their personalities. Reading THE LUCKY ONE felt like work, not because the book challenged me, but due to boredom. I tried skimming a few chapters, hoping the plot would pick up even if I didn’t care about the characters.I don’t like giving just one star, but couldn’t find a reason to give a an additional star.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 it.
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