Monday, February 1, 2016

#Review - One More Day by Kelly Simmons @kellysimmons @sbkslandmark

One More Day by Kelly Simmons
Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Date Read: January 29, 2015

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.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

This book ended up being just okay for me.  Based on the description, I thought that this was going to be a completely different book than it turned out to be.   If you are a reader that does not enjoy any kind of paranormal or out of the ordinary in a story, you will want to avoid this one.  I do like those things so it wasn't a deal breaker for me although it was unexpected.

I thought that the story moved rather slowly at times and it was never the kind of book that I found hard to put down.  That being said I did want to know how everything would work out.  I really had expected this book to fall nicely into the mystery category but I found that it was really more focused on the characters.  There was some mystery to be found but the focus was different than I had expected.

I never connected with any of the characters.  Carrie seemed too controlled and distant.  As the book progressed, I found that I never really felt anything towards Carrie.  Her backstory was interesting but it never sparked any kind of emotion from me.  This is a story where bad things happen to a tiny boy and I didn't any kind of emotional reaction.  Carrie's husband was even more distant and he was very controlling.  I really didn't connect with him at all and his behavior actually made me question Carrie more since she didn't see any problems with it.

It was a story that took some big risks and unusual turns.  The story unfolded in a manner that made me want to see it to completion.  I wanted to know everyone's secrets and see their reactions even if I didn't feel any connection to the characters.  I liked the idea behind the story but had problems with the characters and pacing of the story.  I also thought the ending of the book was rather lackluster and had hoped for something a little more meaningful.

I do think that some readers will really enjoy this book.  This is the first book by Kelly Simmons that I have read and I would be willing to read more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Landmark via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

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. In addition to her critically acclaimed novels {STANDING STILL, THE BIRD HOUSE and ONE MORE DAY} she is developing a TV series and has been writing a memoir for what seems like her entire life.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

10 comments:

  1. This sounds like one that I would read, only because I enjoyed one that took me by surprise last year, called Eight Minutes by Lori Reisenbichler. If you get the chance, you should try it because I devoured it in one sitting. It was eerie and just so well written that I couldn't put it down. This one has similar qualities, so I can see myself reading it. I know how you love your suspense books! Great review!

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    1. Sometimes I like a surprise too. I didn't care for how different this book was than I thought it would be but sometimes that same thing can be exactly what I am looking forward. I will have to check out Eight Minutes. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. This was one I had wanted to read and didn't get the ARC. It sounds like it may not be for me after all though. Sorry it wasn't better for you! Great review!

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    1. I just couldn't get into this book but I wouldn't say that it was bad. It just never got me excited to read it.

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  3. This one hadn't grabbed me because I don't like books where kids disappear but after your review it doesn't sound like THAT is the thing that wouldn't work with me about this book! I need some connection to a character or at least a really riveting plot. I think I'll pass on this one.

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    1. I wish that there had been more of a focus on the disappearance of the little boy. I just couldn't connect with the characters at all.

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  4. I always love a story where big risks are taken!!! Sorry to hear this didn't work out too well for you though.

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    1. I don't mind risks either but I think that in this case the summary was very misleading.

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  5. This one sounds like an interesting read... Or something I'd watch on Lifetime :)

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    1. The blurb does kind of sound like a Lifetime movie. The actual story...not so much.

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