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by Kelly Simmons

ONE MORE DAY by Kelly Simmons

Sourcebooks - February 2016

About the book: One more hug. One more story. One more day with her beautiful son. That’s all Carrie asked for after Ben was snatched from his car seat while she searched for quarters to feed the parking meter. All she wanted was for Ben to come back. And then, just like that, Ben did. But 15 months after he was taken, her son is no taller, no heavier than he was on the day he disappeared, and Carrie knows that she is getting exactly what she asked for. Over the next week, as Carrie is visited by people she never thought she’d see again—people who stay for one day and then vanish—she is forced to face the dark secret from her past that she had tried to forget. And as the investigation into Ben’s kidnapping heats up, Carrie must decide what to share, and why. Because the crime is about to be solved….and her secret revealed.

About the author: Kelly Simmons is a former journalist and advertising creative director specializing in marketing to women. She's the author of the critically acclaimed Standing Still and The Bird House (Atria) and lives with her family outside Philadelphia. www.bykellysimmons.com

Why I love ONE MORE DAY: This haunting, up-market thriller-esque book is frightening for the “what if” question it asks. What if you could have one more day? One more day with a kidnapped son? Or father who passed away? But what’s so eerie is that when Carrie’s son comes back, he hasn’t aged or changed….The emotions Carrie reels through are extremely believable and visceral. There’s relief, disbelief, sadness, happiness, confusion. It’s like a punch to the gut. And then other people from Carrie’s past return. It all spirals to a BIG secret. Beautifully written, elegantly plotted, this high concept story is one that will keep you up at night reading and thinking about “what if.”

Foreign sales for Kelly Simmon’s previous books:

Standing Still: British (John Murray), Italy (Newton Compton), The Netherlands (House of Books), Russia (Mir Knigi)

The Bird House: British (John Murray)

* Note: I asked the author why The Bird House didn’t sell to as many foreign publishers as her first book, and she said it was because Standing Still was marketed as a thriller and The Bird House was a family story, so the audience was different.

A sample of praise for Kelly Simmon’s previous work:

The Bird House

“A school project unlocks a Pandora's box of unsettling truths. The writing is evocative and detailed...from this talented author.” – Kirkus, starred review

“A great title for book groups…and fans of Lisa Genova's Still Alice.” – Library Journal

“Simmons as a writer departs from convention…a surprisingly dark novel of modern family life.” – Booklist

“Smoothly shifts between past and present. Complex and poignant.” – Publishers Weekly

“Honest, tender, and very funny.” – Shelf Awareness

“A smart, simmering page turner.” – New York Journal of Books

“Deconstructs the American family with lyrical prose and heartbreaking honesty. Deeply moving.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author

Standing Still

“This compelling debut is a clever, nervy thriller.” – Financial Times of London

“An electrifying debut. The perfect read for a stormy night.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review