December 01, 2021

#BookReview: A Day Like This by Kelley McNeil

Synopsis: What if everything you’ve ever loved, ever known, ever believed to be true…just disappeared?

Annie Beyers has everything—a beautiful house, a loving husband, and an adorable daughter. It’s a day like any other when she takes Hannah to the pediatrician…until she wakes hours later from a car accident. When she asks for her daughter, confused doctors tell Annie that Hannah never existed. In fact, nothing after waking from the crash is the same as Annie remembers. Five happy years of her life apparently never happened.

Annie’s marriage is coming to an end. Now a successful artist living in Manhattan, she’s no longer home in their beloved upstate farmhouse. Her long-estranged sister is more like a best friend, and her recently deceased dog is alive and well. With each passing day, Annie’s remembered past and unfamiliar present begin to blur. Haunted by visions of Hannah, and with knowledge of things she can’t explain, Annie wonders…is everyone lying to her?

The search for answers leads Annie down an illuminating path far from home, to reconcile the memories with reality and to discover the truth about the life she’s living.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This was a very easy book to read. I flew through each page and couldn't put it down.  This book has you walk a mile in someone else's shoes and it just creates a wondrous story to follow.  It will make you weep and cry and be happy as the story progresses.  This was a wonderful debut that readers will enjoy. 


“…fresh and absorbing.” Booklist

“Masterfully crafted and wonderfully original, A Day Like This is storytelling at its best, leaving you with the tingly what-if feeling that keeps you wondering about the story and the possibilities for your own life long after the last page is turned.” ―Suzanne Redfearn, #1 Amazon bestselling author of In an Instant

“Kelley McNeil has woven a fascinating tale that kept me guessing all the way through, surprising me at every turn. A wonderful, fast-paced read.” ―Barbara O’Neal, author of When We Believed in Mermaids

“When we fantasize about different paths we might have taken, we usually think about how our lives would be better―but how much would we have lost to arrive there? In her gorgeous debut, Kelley McNeil explores the question of ‘what if’ through a brilliant premise that kept me captivated hour after hour. This book is bursting with heartache and love, and with tremendous empathy for its genuine and likable characters―including a beloved house. A Day Like This is smart, poignant, and poetic, the story itself like the main character’s life, a blossom that unfolds in fascinating layers.” ―Glendy Vanderah, bestselling author of Where the Forest Meets the Stars and The Light Through the Leaves

“Intriguing and moving, A Day Like This is the compelling story of one woman’s search for the truth. You’ll feel every beat of Annie’s heartache and longing as, driven by love and loss, she works to uncover the clues to her past. Tender, evocative, and hard to put down, this is the perfect read for anyone who has ever wondered how a different life choice might have played out.” ―Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You

“The best books are those that force us into another’s shoes, into their joys and sorrows, their loves and their losses. Kelley McNeil’s A Day Like This is one of those books. A thoughtful tale rich in both question and possibility, plumbing the mysteries of diverging paths, roads not taken, and the journey toward self-acceptance. This beautiful debut is guaranteed to echo long after the last page is turned.” ―Barbara Davis, bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls

About the Author

Kelley McNeil worked in the entertainment industry promoting concert tours and theatrical events for more than a decade before turning her attention to writing. She loves telling stories with a good pen and good music on hand, often with her two daughters bopping along nearby. She’s a native of Pittsburgh, but you can find Kelley living in South Florida most of the time and in London the rest of the time. For more information, visit

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