When she finds a week's reservation at a park among her husband's effect, she decides to go, to shake herself out of the doldrums. When she gets there, it turns out a group of college friends are staying too.
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Then someone gets murdered. It's been a few days since I finished the book. I would still give it four stars as it was a well written book and I was turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. I was disappointed somewhat in the ending. It just felt flat to me. Maybe this form of crime fiction is not for me.
Granted the suspects fit into this category as you knew it had to be one of them. Even though I gave it fou It's been a few days since I finished the book. Even though I gave it four stars, if I knew what I know now, I probably wouldn't have chosen to read the book.
It just wasn't for me but is a well written mystery enjoyed by many. Aug 12, Jamie Canaves rated it really liked it Shelves: Eden Wallace is a widow with a debilitating fear of the dark, which has taken over her life. Jul 15, Cathy rated it did not like it. From the back cover comes "a terrifying twist on a locked room mystery". I disagree with all of that. The book is too plodding for any suspense.
That includes Eden's fear of the dark. The author had her tell the reader about her fear but failed to make it believable. That made the setting of a dark sky park worthless. This was paint by numbers predictable. Locked room generally means the killer could neither enter nor the room where the murder occur From the back cover comes "a terrifying twist on a locked room mystery".
Locked room generally means the killer could neither enter nor the room where the murder occurred.
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But here Eden hears someone running off into the dark just before the body is found. That defeats the purpose of the locked room mystery. Mystery doesn't really apply when the author points a flaming red neon arrow at the murderer. There's no fun when you know who did it. Then there's the problem that none of the characters are likable. You are not supposed to want them all to die. That is particularly true for Eden. She is so self absorbed and whiny that you want to put her out of her misery. This author goes on my list of "do not bother with".
I received a free copy of this book through the First Reads program. Jun 19, Stephen rated it it was ok. Eden Wallace's life has been a mess since her husband, Bix died in an accident 5 years ago. However she decided to fulfill a reservation he made for 5 years in the future. She has now arrived a private house on a lake north of Chicago, only to find that there had been a mix up in the reservations. After the initial mix-up it was determined that the private suite in the rear of the building could be used by Eden.
Eden has never been able to get Eden Wallace's life has been a mess since her husband, Bix died in an accident 5 years ago. Eden has never been able to get out of the 'funk' re: Bix's death but she was going to try.
But everything was about to change with the murder of the most popular member of the other group, Malloy! Now Eden would have to stay because the police need to find the murderer! The pace of this book was much to slow for me. So many quirky facts about all the characters until we find out who the murdered View all 3 comments.
Feb 17, Alissa K rated it liked it Shelves: I thought this was a fun read. Lots of potential suspects and sorting through the changing possible murderer made it hard to put down. Great beach read or to pass a snowy Saturday. The author rated her own book as five stars? That seems rather tacky. Jul 31, Kathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: She has everything under control, even the missteps the readers make in assigning guilt to the wrong characters. Oh, and the main character has a phobia about the dark.
Realizing that she is far too young to become a recluse, Eden makes a decision contradictory to her phobia. She feels she might actually find some solace and strength from a change of scenery in a retreat by herself, and her husband, Bix, did plan it to coincide with their 10th wedding anniversary. But, just about everything she thinks this trip will be is turned on its head from the moment she arrives at the reserved guest house.
She has only a suite in the house and must share the rest of the house with a group of twenty-something strangers who are coming together for a college reunion of sorts. Not wanting to stay with arrangements as they are, but with night getting close to falling, Eden knows she is stuck for one night where she is.
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One night with all the lights in her room on and leaving the next day seems an option she will have to live with. And then there is someone dead on the kitchen floor with a screwdriver stuck in the throat. No one is going anywhere right away. The six friends all seem to have different agendas for the reunion and different issues from the past to resolve.
And, there is the ghost of a past friend the six share. No one is innocent and, thus, everyone is guilty, at least of some regrettable sin. For Eden, the answers mean clearing her name and staying alive. Her storytelling and writing talents won me over at the beginning. Her stories are always uniquely interesting, no trace of having read this set-up before.
But, I think that with Under a Dark Sky, she has achieved a stellar status that will catapult her into the highest stratosphere of fame. Aug 03, Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing. This is such a fascinating story. Like Eden, we are dropped into this situation with no knowledge of who the friends are.
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There is a lot of backstory that we're not privy to and, as a result, it's impossible to know who we can trust if anyone. The situation is made even more complicated by the fact that, since her husband died, Eden's developed a paralyzing fear of the dark. And I don't just mean "sleeps with a light on. I'm really only afraid of the dark in unfamiliar places and so the idea of being in essentially pitch black conditions is unnerving anyway, but especially when you factor in strangers, let alone "strangers and a body count.
It feels like Agatha Christie, almost, but not really suitable for all ages. Lori Rader-Day only gets better with each novel, and I can't wait to see where the next one goes. It may literally kill me. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Eden Wallace has changed since losing her husband Bix.
A romantic getaway was in the works for their 10th wed anniversary but sadly she never made it. Just one problem though, she was never invited. It was meant for someone else. The reservations were made in advance for a week under the stars in the sky park and she's afraid of the dark. However, she doesn't know any of this so she goes however the getaway was taken over by a bunch of young ones so she heads home only to learn there w Eden Wallace has changed since losing her husband Bix.
However, she doesn't know any of this so she goes however the getaway was taken over by a bunch of young ones so she heads home only to learn there was a murder. Everyone that day was a suspect. As the story unravels, Bix had a secret. A secret which took the lives of 4 people in a car accident. One of which was close to his heart as it involved the death of his girlfriend Colleen. To make matters worse he was drunk. He was bringing bringing her using his married name not Eden. He was a 'sick man' as a war hero who may have just killed a woman on purpose. Now with this new murder the trust factor is truly diminished.
What if Malloy our victim wasn't the true target? It's an amazing ride so buckle up. Lori writes with such eloquence, conviction, thrills. The mystery is finding out how and who's the blame. But Eden goes on a somewhat anniversary that her husband planned before his death but once there she runs into a group of people that's there for star gazing. Eden stays due it's dark she scared of the dark. But while there the mystery guests start to die or ends up hurt with Eden the prime suspect but why. Just interesting nothing to twisting about it but at times confusing to the reasoning to the actions at times.
Aug 01, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance egalley in exchange for an honest review! These days, with a busy life outside of reading and far too many books on the TBR, my enjoyment of a book can be marked not just by how quickly I read it but by how obsessively I want to pick it up and want to read it. I stayed up late last night sneaking in a few more pages chapters and then woke up early this morning to finish. Under a Dark Sky totally caught my attention with a main character who Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance egalley in exchange for an honest review!
Under a Dark Sky totally caught my attention with a main character who is sad, broken, and just trying to find a little peace when she realizes that instead of the secluded getaway she'd imagine, she'll be sharing the house with six younger, happier friends. Eden quickly is swept up in their drama and history, and when one of them dies, suspicion is cast on everyone- including her.
Frantic to prove her innocence and help pinpoint who the real murderer is, Eden works hard to cobble together her memories and knowledge of the night, while dealing with her own history. Eden has secrets, but if you're sick of reading about unreliable narrators, that's not really the case here- just some slow reveals that aren't plot twists.
Engrossing and perfect for summer nights. Aug 19, Becky rated it really liked it. In the year since her husband's death, Eden has become inexplicably afraid of the dark. She sleeps, when she can, during the day and spends each evening holed up in her house with the lights burning. When she finds out that her husband had booked a trip to a dark sky park for their anniversary, she decides to take the opportunity to try and work through her fear. A week alone in a beach house at a park devoted to star watching might just be the thing she needs to get on with her life.
But when s In the year since her husband's death, Eden has become inexplicably afraid of the dark. But when she arrives she finds the house in question has also been rented by a group of six celebrating their own anniversary. Her husband had simply rented a suite within the house.
And Eden doesn't want to share her week with strangers. Though some of the group encourage her to stay, Eden vows to leave first thing the following day - when she knows she can make it home to Chicago before nightfall. But in the early hours of the morning, Eden is awakened by screaming and stumbles out of her room to discover that one of the group has been murdered. Now, everyone in the house is a suspect and Eden can't leave until the killer is revealed. One person found this helpful.
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The increased and widespread use of artificial light at night is not only impairing our view of the universe, it is adversely affecting our environment , our safety , our energy consumption and our health.
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Most of us are familiar with air, water, and land pollution, but did you know that light can also be a pollutant? The inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light — known as light pollution — can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate. Components of light pollution include:. Light pollution is a side effect of industrial civilization. Its sources include building exterior and interior lighting, advertising, commercial properties, offices, factories, streetlights, and illuminated sporting venues. The fact is that much outdoor lighting used at night is inefficient, overly bright, poorly targeted, improperly shielded, and, in many cases, completely unnecessary.
If you live in an urban or suburban area all you have to do to see this type of pollution is go outside at night and look up at the sky.