The Day She Died


After a traumatic head injury, Eve questions every memory and motive in this mind-bending psychological thriller.

Eve Gold’s birthdays are killers, and her twenty-seventh proves to be no different. But for the up-and-coming Vancouver artist, facing death isn’t the real shock — it’s what comes after.

Recovering from a near-fatal accident, Eve is determined to return to the life she’s always wanted: a successful artistic career, marriage to the man who once broke her heart, and another chance at motherhood. But brain damage leaves her forgetful, confused, and tortured by repressed memories of a deeply troubled childhood, where her innocence was stolen one lie — and one suspicious death — at a time.

As the dark, twisted pages unfold, Eve must choose between clinging to the lies that helped her survive her childhood and unearthing the secrets she buried long ago.


The Day She Died is a tightly crafted psychological thriller that explores the themes of memory, perspective, identity, and whether we can ever escape the past. A blend of Elizabeth is Missing and the film Memento, Freedman lures the reader into a dark labyrinth of suspicion that ultimately causes you to question everything.

Elle Wild, award-winning author of Strange Things Done

The opening takes off like a bullet train, hurtling through heartbreak, memory, family, and loss, to an ending which stays with you long after the stunning final chapter. Breathlessly paced and expertly wrought, The Day She Died proves S.M. Freedman is a master of psychological suspense.

Sam Wiebe, award-winning author of the Wakeland series

Tangible, taut, and maddeningly suspenseful, The Day She Died pulls you in and won't let go.

R.M. Greenaway, author of the B.C. Blues crime series

The Day She Died is as unique as it is gripping... a twisting, time-tumbling narrative that drives the action toward a conclusion that is both unexpected and thoroughly satisfying. S.M. Freedman's prose is clean and crisp; her storytelling utterly compelling.

June Hutton, author of Underground, Two Gun & Sun, and Four Umbrellas

A superb work of psychological suspense. The Day She Died is the kind of novel that keeps you racing to turn the pages, even as you want to stop and savour every expertly crafted turn of phrase. This is the best book I've read in I-don't-know-how-long: creepy and atmospheric, compelling and arresting, with an ending that will truly haunt you long after you've put the book down. Highly recommended.

Owen Laukkanen, bestselling author of Deception Cove and Gale Force

About the Author

S.M. Freedman

Posted by Kendra on July 14, 2020
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S.M. Freedman

S.M. Freedman is the author of The Faithful and Impact Winter. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked as a private investigator on the not-so-mean streets of Vancouver, where she lives with her husband and two children.