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by Lori Rader-Day
William Morrow Paperbacks, August 2018
416 pages
ISBN: 0062560301

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Eden Wallace, hoping to move on a bit from the grief of her husband's death, has gone to a dark sky park in the Midwest—it was to be, she assumes, a present from her husband for their 10th wedding anniversary, a romantic getaway alone with the stars. In clearing out his papers, she has found the reservation, made a year ago.

The only problem: Since his death nine months ago, Eden has been plagued by night terrors and is unable to function in the dark. She even sleeps with all the lights on in the bedroom.

Well, there's more than just one problem. When Eden arrives at the cabin, she finds it is already occupied—by six twentysomethings. Both parties are surprised, but the park won't refund what they paid—the shared arrangement was spelled out in a contract. Eden has a separate suite in the same cabin, but it is not far enough from the band of college friends. Because she cannot drive hours back to her home in Chicago—in the dark—Eden is forced to spend the night in the same house. Some of her housemates are friendly enough, although a couple of them are obviously unhappy with Eden's presence—five years out of college, they are there to celebrate an anniversary too.

Then the problems multiply: One of the college friends is found murdered in the middle of the night. Everyone starts pointing fingers at each other, including at Eden. The sheriff detains them all in town as he investigates. There are strange texts on Eden's cell phone and other evidence that implicates her. Mysterious accidents befall more of the group.

Eden, who had been a budding photographer until her husband's death, uses her photographer's eye to unravel the mysteries—and all the many secrets that everyone has been keeping, even secrets that Eden has kept from herself.

Lori Rader-Day, who writes compelling psychological thrillers, has done another masterful job here. Her characters are always multilayered and her plots never simple. The story is not just a murder mystery—a very good one—but a story about moving past grief and overcoming your fears.

§ Lourdes Venard is an independent editor who divides her time between New York and Maui.

Reviewed by Lourdes Venard, June 2018

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