Standing Still

Kelly Simmons, Author . Atria $23 (263p) ISBN 978-0-7432-8972-6

What mother wouldn’t sacrifice herself for her child? In Simmons’s electrifying debut, the answer is delivered through the harrowing ordeal of a mother held for ransom by an anonymous kidnapper. A former globetrotting journalist now working for a Midwest TV station, Claire has a comfortable life with her husband, Sam, a successful co-owner of a PR/marketing firm, and their three young daughters, but she’s unhappy with Sam and struggles with a secret past. On one of the frequent nights Sam isn’t home, an intruder crashes through the skylight of the couple’s newly renovated house. The man planned to kidnap their oldest girl, but Claire persuades him to take her instead. An intense bond develops between Claire and her abductor, a widower mourning the loss of his wife, during the eerie seven-day odyssey that follows. As Claire waits for the ransom to be paid, she faces some hard truths about the choices everyone makes that sometimes require lies to endure. The perfect read for a stormy night, Simmons’s suspenseful tale contains nary a wasted word. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/24/2007
Release date: 02/01/2008
Paperback - 263 pages - 978-0-7432-8973-3
Hardcover - 357 pages - 978-1-4104-0736-8
Ebook - 256 pages - 978-1-4165-6512-3
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