Book Review: The Missing Day

35897227The Missing Day tells the story of Abramo Ferrara. He grew up under the biblical, legalistic hand of his father and complacent mother. Once Abramo turns eighteen, he moves out of his parents’ home and makes it out on his own. He takes up odd jobs and eventually meets a celebrity lover. Abramo seems to have it all, but his heart is far from being at peace. When Abramo commits a terrible crime, he does the only thing he knows how to – flee.

Marco Montorsi is currently on a mission tour with a group of friends. He has finished his work in the states and is continuing his journey to New Zealand. By divine intervention, Marco ends up in a business class seat next to Abramo.

As the plane flies over the international date line, Marco is given a divine task – to unlock Abramo’s heart to the Lord. Marco does not understand what he has been instructed. All he knows is that Abramo’s life is in danger. Can Marco unlock Abramo’s heart in time to save him?

The Missing Day is a very interesting book. The best way to describe it is The Prodigal Son combined with Pilgrim’s Progress. The allegory is very present and easy to understand.

My biggest issue with this book is the way the characters are represented. There is a large class of characters we are introduced to, and the reader isn’t given enough information to KNOW them. I know ABOUT the characters, but I don’t understand the inner thoughts and personalities of them. For the first half of this book, I was really disconnected to them.

My favorite thing about this book is that it addresses some of the issues facing the church community, especially what goes on in the home. I feel that Marchio represented the issues and solutions rather well.

The biggest take away I have from The Missing Day is Grace. It plays such an important role in all the characters story. Grace can sometimes take a back seat in these types of stories, but it was very prominent through the book.

The Missing Day by Mario Marchio gets 3 stars.

*I received this book as a paid review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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