The Black Hour

The Black Hour

by Lori Rader-Day
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The Black Hour 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Susan725 More than 1 year ago
This is the book I'll be recommending to everyone this summer. This masterful debut novel alternates between the points of view of Amelia Emmet, a sociology professor, and her graduate assistant, Nathaniel Barber. Emmet, who is still recovering emotionally and physically from a shooting injury inflicted by a student, is lost in a life that once felt familiar. Now her office has been remodeled, she walks with a cane, and her former live-in boyfriend/boss is newly married to someone else. Meanwhile, Barber is both depressed and obsessed–obsessed with Professor Emmet, that is, and with unraveling the story behind the violent act that nearly killed her. The reader, too, becomes obsessed with uncovering the whys and hows. The midwestern setting, the subtle humor, and the expert pacing all kept me turning the pages wanting more. I can't wait to read more from this author
AdamMorgan More than 1 year ago
A thrilling, suspenseful debut that will keep you up all night. The world needs more Chicago-based fiction, and Rader-Day's electrifying new mystery, THE BLACK HOUR, is a welcome addition to the Chicago canon alongside Michael Harvey, Jim Butcher, and Veronica Roth. Except this novel is better than any of theirs, because it goes beyond the genre's cliches and archetypes, and really showcases Chicagoland instead of relegating it to background scenery. The dialogue crackles like Mamet's. The characters are fascinating and true-to-life. The minimalist prose flows like a well-honed screenplay. And the mystery...THE MYSTERY. It's a killer. A perfect thriller to cuddle up with this summer, preferably at night, in the quiet of your own home. Just don't expect to get much sleep
NSylvester More than 1 year ago
Lori Rader-Day's debut about a sociology professor's return to campus after being the sole victim of a school shooting (aside from the shooter himself) is a brilliant read. It's a page-turner for sure, but it's also a fascinating take on the traditional "whodunnit" mystery because the real driving question to the story is "why"? Why this student, and why this professor his victim? The novel is told from the point of view of Dr. Amelia Emmett and her teaching assistant, Nathaniel Barber (who has his own secret interest in her shooting), and the author vividly brings both to life. I was impressed by the strength of each character's voice, and how clearly we as the readers could see their secrets, their desires, their motivations and baggage, while they themselves could not. It made for a terrific character study in tandem with the mystery's unfolding of events, in addition to a whip-smart commentary on our times and our relationship to violence. You'll definitely keep thinking about this one long after you've turned the final page.
Nooklover35 More than 1 year ago
"That was the thing I'd come to understand about this place. I'd only scratched the surface of what there was to know, but even a superficial nick revealed both the dark past below and how thin the patina covering it was."  I love how noir this book is. Everyone's a little rotten; everyone's got a criminal streak. What's really unusual is the way Rader-Day deals with the aftermath of violence. The main character is alienated, cut off from society by the violence that's been done to her. She is both an insider and the ultimate outsider. A totally real, and usually neglected, aspect to violent crime. Amelia pushes herself further away from the land of the living with drugs, alcohol and borderline inappropriate sexuality. The other main character, Nathan, has dark tendencies himself. He's the kind of guy who sticks his fingers into bullet holes and has created a stalkerish shrine to Amelia's shooting in his bedroom. What happens at the end is-- well, not a typical noir ending. We come to root for these damaged individuals who turn out, in a weird way, to be the most "normal" characters of all. Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Progressively suspenseful, interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow to get into, but picks up. Can be difficult to follow at times. Not too bad a read.
KimRadar More than 1 year ago
Lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this. Clear your day once you start reading, because you won’t want to put this down. Here are some of my favorite things about this book… 1. Characters full of flaws. Who wants to read something with perfect, unrealistic characters? Better to be able to identify with their fears and snarkiness. Especially the snarkiness. Right? 2. At one point in the book, I suspected EVERYBODY. WTF? I love it when I can’t predict where a book is going. 3. The fast-paced, thrilling climax. This is when you don’t want to put the book down people. Let me tell you, I was reading this at lunch. And someone came in and interrupted me right at the end of Chapter 43. Once you read this, you will realize why I was considering lunging across the lunch table. I ended up having to finish it on my commute home. My train arrived when I was so close to the end that I sat in my car and finished it before I left the station. Definitely reminded me of some of my favorite authors… Gillian Flynn, Kate Atkinson, Sophie Hannah. 
CRNP More than 1 year ago
I though this book was tedious with no likeable characters.