Ken Tucker
February 01, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Standing Still

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Kelly Simmons
publisher
Atria
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

A man breaks into Claire Cooper’s suburban home and starts to kidnap one of her kids, but Claire implores him to ”take me” instead. He does. Thus begins a weeklong endurance test, as Claire and her captor form an edgy bond.

Movie Pitch
Midnight Run with a female Charles Grodin.

Bottom Line
Kelly Simmons dilutes the suspense with a lot of backstory about Claire’s troubled marriage, but her invigorating prose in Standing Still beefs up a conventional crime story. B+

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