Every now and then, after reading as much heavy war or historical fiction as I do, I find myself craving what I consider a light easy read. I was feeling that way when I grabbed up One More Day by Kelly Simmons from the NetGalley library. I didn’t expect One More Day, a psychological supernatural mystery about a kidnapped child who miraculously reappears after a year only to disappear again 24 hours later, to really be light reading but as a contemporary fiction novel it’s certainly better than the mega-heavy stories I’m used to reading.
I was initially sold on the book because of early reviews like this one,
“Beautifully dark, totally devastating and so riveting you might find yourself gripping the pages,
One More Day is about the holes in our lives and how we struggle to fill them, the love of parent for child, and the secrets that define us. Absolutely mesmerizing.” — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You
But I ended up feeling like it was just…ok.
Honestly, I feel a little bit deceived although I can admit that maybe I should have done a little bit more research into the book before reading it. Anyone that really knows me already knows that I do not read paranormal, science fiction, or supernatural books. Nothing against them, they just aren’t for me. This book had a lot more supernatural elements in it than I expected. I mean, the primary story arc was based in the supernatural but the book jacket description doesn’t hint at that at all. Sure, it says that the kid disappears again after 24 hours but I thought it meant that he was kidnapped again, or that the family was being tormented, or that the danger was coming from inside. I didn’t realize it meant that he literally vanished in to thin air in a weird supernatural storyline.
It was just odd; although, I did tell my husband and my co-workers that the book is, conceptually, great. Simmons had a great idea for a story. Carrie lost her son and prayed, continually, for just one more day. Well, her prayer is answered and she gets one more day but it just sets off a chain reaction she didn’t really expect.
I’m just left feeling conflicted because the description didn’t match the overarching theme of the book and I feel like I didn’t get to read the story I expected. Essentially it’s going to come down to this, if you like paranormal or supernatural themes you’ll likely love this book. If you don’t, then you won’t.
I loved the idea, but I just didn’t love this execution. Weirdly I can honestly say it’s a well-written book, well-told story, but not at all what I expected from it. If you’re interested in reading it I can only suggest that you read other reviews before making up your mind. I can see some people loving this book, unfortunately I’m not one of them.
Have you read One More Day? What do you think of the premise? Think you’ll grab a copy?