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A Day For A Day Paperback – Special Limited Edition, March 6, 2010
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About the Author
I am a first time author. I have been married to my wonderful husband for forty years. We live in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. We have four children, two girls and two boys. And we love and spoil our six grand children. I loved to read as a young girl, and now I love to write. My inspiration came from my oldest sister, Gloria. She died 5 years ago from ovarian cancer. I felt as though she was telling me that time is short, so I thought since I have always wanted to see if I could write a book, I would give it a try. I had the title and an idea, A Day for A Day, and the book flowed easily. My husband and I lost our 13 month old son, Tommy, 33 years ago, and I lost my father about eight months ago. I learned that you miss the ones that are gone, and you must cherish the ones that are still with you. We attend a small church every Sunday. My belief in God has been a priority in my life. We taught our children and our grand children to honor God's word. I dedicate this book to my husband and my sister, Gloria. Without my family, my values, and my faith, I would be nothing.
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Incredibly, just as Maggie has a startling revelation about the kidnapping, she herself is kidnapped by a psychotic man who makes Norman Bates look like a choirboy. Imprisoned in a small shed, Maggie learns that she is the fourth woman to be taken by Walter Mills, a ne'er do well who wants a woman to love him. Determined to live, Maggie tries to play along, hoping that an opportunity to escape presents itself.
The police battle with the answer to the question: is there one kidnapper or are there two of them? The younger pre-teen girls were killed almost immediately, and their bodies were found. Maggie and the other young women, on the other hand, just disappeared without a trace, and no bodies had been found. And only Maggie knows the answer.
"A Day For a Day" rachets up the tension and builds to a gut-wrenching climax, one that left me breathless. Ms. Comer knows how to write a suspenseful thriller. She expertly threaded the narrative so that the mysteries were gradually revealed, with the suspense steadily building.
One element of "A Day For a Day" involved the experiences and emotions of families who have lost children to child molesters. I don't know how the author is so familiar with the process that families go through, but it sounded very believable. I should add that even though young girls are abducted and abused and killed in the novel, there are no explicit scenes.
For a new novelist, Ms. Comer's writing style is very smooth, and if not quite at the level of big name authors, it's close. One minor comment about dialog between characters: the lack of contractions made some of the dialog seem a bit stilted or overformal.
Overall, a fine first novel by Ms. Comer that I recommend to anyone.