Pleasant Day by Vera Jane Cook is an unusual book. It is written in the first person point of view. Pleasant Day lives in Hollow Creek, South Carolina. A dead body has been discovered and Pleasant Day finds out she knew the girl. Millie Grady was a fifteen year girl who had lost an arm in a car accident. Pleasant wants to find out who hurt Millie.
Clarissa Blackwell runs into Pleasant Day (actually Pleasant almost runs over Clarissa with her bike) and Pleasant looks just like Clarissa’s deceased dead goddaughter, Chloe. Clarissa thinks that Pleasant could be Chloe’s daughter. The little girl was never found. Clarissa has visions and they are leading her to the real person who killed Chloe and what happened to Chloe’s little girl. Serial killer Randall Holmes confessed to killing Chloe, but Clarissa does not think he committed the murder. Clarissa wants the case reopened and the real killer found. However, reopening the case brings some information to light that some people wanted buried.
Pleasant’s father, Graham cannot seem to stay true to his marriage. He cheats on his wife quite frequently. His philandering ways affect more than just his family.
I really wanted to like Pleasant Day, but I could not get into it. I found it difficult to read. I found Pleasant’s sections to be long winded and rambling. There is also a lot of profanity in this book. I find it offensive and do not see the need for using profane words. The book is very, very protracted. I did not think it would ever end (and I really wanted to reach the end of the story). I give Pleasant Day 1.5 stars out of 5 stars (the idea was good). I think the author tried to put to many ideas into one story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My next book is The American Lady. It is the second book in The Glassblower Trilogy. I am looking forward to reading it.
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Reading!