Don’t look away
No one wants to be the mother whose child disappears. It’s unthinkable, the stuff of nightmares. But when she turns her back to pay a parking meter, Carrie Morgan becomes that mother. Ben is gone, and more than a year later, it’s clear that he is never coming back.
Until he does…for just twenty-four hours, before once again vanishing from his crib without a trace. Rumors start to circulate through Carrie’s small town. Whispers that she’s seeing things. That her alibi doesn’t quite add up.
Her husband and friends start to think she’s crazy. The police start to think she’s guilty. As the investigation heats up, Carrie must decide what to share, and why. Because the crime is about to be solved… and her secret revealed.
The description of this book, One More Day, by Kelly Simmons, is what got me interested in reading this book to begin with. I was expecting some sort of thriller or mystery type of story, but instead of it was more of a mystery with a supernatural/paranormal twist. I thought I knew how One More Day would be ending, but Ms. Simmons did well – she threw in a little curve ball when I didn’t expect it, and I was pleasantly surprised. At first I had a hard time getting into the book, but once I was in, I was completely in and the book became a serious page-turner for me.
The plot of One More Day involves a two-year old boy, Ben, who has disappeared after being abducted from his car seat while his mother, Carrie Morgan, she was searching for quarters to feed the parking meter and he was out of her sight for just a few moments. Like I imagine any mother would do, Carrie continuously prays for just “one more day” with Ben. She believes her prayer is answered when Ben shows up in his crib allowing Carrie and John to have “one more day” with him, but then he is gone again. While Carrie gets this “one more day” with Ben, it really just sets off a chain reaction she could have never expected – she begins to see others she never thought would reappear in her life, each for “one more day”.
Carrie’s husband, John, begins to worry that his wife is losing her mind and he begins to follow Carrie around so he can “protect” her. John thinks therapy will help and he arranges an appointment with Dr. Kenny for Carrie. Unfortunately, she can’t explain what she feels and sees and she knows no one will believe her. The people in town start whispering and people start thinking her alibi doesn’t fit. Because there are no witnesses, no fingerprints and no evidence proving someone entered the car and grabbed her son, Carrie is soon under suspicion and the police then start to believe she has murdered her son.
I found One More Day to be a well written book. It is different from the books I’ve read recently, and I really enjoyed it. The plot was unpredictable plot and it peels like an onion – layer after layer – secret after secret. The characters were well developed and they had well portrayed emotions too. This book is definitely one of those books that is great for a stormy night, just as others have said of Ms. Simmons’ books!
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Kelly Simmons is a former journalist and creative advertising director who started writing fiction over fifteen years ago, while studying creative writing and screenwriting at Temple University and University of Pennsylvania. If you’d like to connect with her, check out her Official Website, or catch her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or Instagram!