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Reviewed by Rosalind Morris for Readers' Favorite
In The Missing Day, author Mario Marchiò spins an interesting tale about a young man who is running from the law and a minister traveling around the world who happen to sit next to each other on a first class trip to New Zealand, where they will ultimately “lose” an entire day as they and the entire plane full of passengers cross the international date line. The minister, Marco, is pulled into the missing day, and given an assignment from God to unlock eight locks that are preventing the young man from considering God’s gift of salvation.
With little regard to many literary devices, the story reads like a parable. There is lots of telling, with some showing, but not a lot. This, however, was okay with me. I thought the story was well told. Even with the author’s tendency to occasionally insert his own thoughts (mostly in quotes at the beginning of certain chapters) and at one time including a selection from another of his books, I enjoyed the read. I was curious about where Mario Marchiò was going with this story, and when I knew where he was going, I was interested in seeing what happened next. I think I would have enjoyed it more as an audio book rather than reading it on the page. At any rate, it is a good story. It is interesting, and the themes of God’s love, grace, and redemption are beautifully displayed. I loved the rapport various characters had with God, or as the book calls him, Divinity.