Under A Dark Sky - Lori Rader-Day

FEATURING⇢

 

Closed Circle Murder Mystery
A Dark Sky Park
Lake Michigan Setting
Dealing With Loss Of Spouse
Audio Performed By Tavia Gilbert

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING 3.5STARS - GRADE= B-

 

 

 

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Initially drawn in by the familiar setting of Northern Michigan, (I've not only driven but also walked across the Mackinaw Bridge...which is very cool) I sadly only found this to be an okay read, overall. My favorite element of the story is the setting, actually. Also, if you've read this and you're wondering if the phone service is really as bad as they make out to be in this story...it totally is.

As for the other elements...while I've never read this type of mystery, a closed circle or locked-room sort of thing...I feel like the idea is to make us believe that each person involved could be guilty of the murder. Rader-Day did, for the most part, accomplish this, but it was done somewhat weakly or maybe, it just felt too contrived. The story was also overly long and could've been less detailed in some areas. I also found the MC kind of odd...with her random almost-hook-up to the very random eventual romance interest, to her fear of the dark...why was she afraid of the dark after her husband's death??? Overall, I feel the mystery did have many layers going for it, and the ending did surprise me.

Audio by Tavia Gilbert was doable...she's not the best and she's definitely not the worse, either. I will forever be reminded of the first series I listened to narrated by her, though.


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.3/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4/5
Characters⇢ 3.2/5
The Feels⇢ 3.5/5
Pacing⇢ 3/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 4.5/5
Ending⇢ 3.8/5
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Book Cover⇢ It's pretty enough...but it doesn't really represent the story.
Setting⇢ The tip of the middle finger of Michigan...only in Michigan can you explain a geographical location with parts of your hand. (A Dark Sky Park really does exist in this exact spot)
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 11 hours, 44 minutes