By Kelly Simmons
3 out of 5 stars
You know when you make a soup at the last minute and you throw whatever you have into the pot? That’s kind of how I felt this book went. It was tasty but sometimes I couldn’t tell what all the ingredients were.
Carrie’s son Ben is taken from her car as she is searching for change for the parking meter. He’s gone for a year when one night, he miraculously is back in his home. Her husband John is ecstatic but Carrie seems to know it’s just for one day. Ben hasn’t grown in the year. He hasn’t matured at all. The next morning, he is gone. Carrie has already been the main suspect in it all and her actions are all very suspect.
Then she starts seeing dead people. Was Ben one of those dead people? A reporter is looking into her past. There are quite a few secrets hiding there. Everyone has secrets. John has his own. Is there more to the story of Ben’s disappearance?
And then there is Raina. I don’t even know how to describe this character. I think she was a child that had psychic abilities as well. She pops in every so often because she knows Carrie’s truth.
I was very interested to see how this would all end. It’s one of those books that I am still ruminating over the next day. Carrie and John were an interesting couple. They were both very strange in their own ways. Probably why they are together after all the secrets being revealed. Well, not all. I think it took some interesting turns but I felt there were just too many of them for it to truly work for me. I felt the same way about her book The Bird House. I loved Standing Still. I look forward to more of her books.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.