The Day She Died: A Time-Travel Mystery Novel

The Day She Died: A Time-Travel Mystery Novel

by Bill Garrison



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The Day She Died: A Time-Travel Mystery Novel by Bill Garrison

A mystery. In this clean time-travel whodunit, a middle-aged coffee-shop owner always wondered what his life would have been like if he'd stayed in town the day his college fiancee disappeared, the victim of an unsolved crime.

One morning he wakes up 20 years earlier and finds himself a student at the University of Oklahoma again on the day she died. In a journey that takes months, he stumbles over people connected to Kim's disappearance and puzzles over connecting the dots.

Oddly enough, things are different when he relives sections of his life. For example, as a teen he plays baseball and as an adult he discovers what it's like to be a Christian pastor, things he never did before.

Can he find some answers about Kim and about his own life? Or prevent Kim's death? And if he succeeds in changing history, what happens to his wife and kids?

Target audience: mystery fans, Oklahomans, Christians, baseball fans, male readers, romance readers.

Debut author Bill Garrison lives the American Dream with his family of five in Oklahoma City. As a graduate of Oklahoma University, Bill works in the healthcare and accounting industry by day, but lives his creative side once he leaves the corporate world. After putting the kids to bed with a good story, he turns to his laptop and spins his daydreams into novels. Bill Garrison, CPA by day, story weaver by night.

Keywords: novel, mystery, fiction, clean, time travel, male readers, men's fiction, baseball, Norman Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, University of Oklahoma, OU, time-travel mystery, whodunit, Bill Garrison, The Day She Died, Christian, romance,
"It was an addicting journey through time that kept me anticipating where my next clue would come from and at what point in the present, future or past would I get it. A classic whodunnit twisted into a time pretzel. I loved it! Be prepared for a mind-racing, time-traveling, heart-stopping odyssey to catch a killer." - Toby Rowland, Voice of the Sooners

"The Day She Died is a mind-bending, page-turning mystery that showcases Bill Garrison's ability to weave a complex plot line into an unforgettable story. Highly recommended!"-- Rene Gutteridge, best-selling author of Misery Loves Company

"Writing a mystery requires skill. Telling a tale of time-travel is rank with pitfalls. Throwing in twists of plot can confound the reader. However, Bill Garrison in The Day She Died delivers an interesting and well-paced story with all these elements. Not only is the reader captivated by characters, the reader is right with them, not only on the same page, but also at the right time. A fascinating book that will delight lovers of mystery and fantasy." --Donita K. Paul, best-selling author of Dragon Keeper Chronicles and The Realm Walkers.

"Very early in my reading I found myself saying, 'This book was written just for me!' An entertaining mystery that taps into the fantasy of what it could be like to go back and redo parts of life." --Jason Gunter, Ph.D. licensed psychologist

"Bill Garrison paints a believable, easily followed story line that will immerse even the most seasoned of mystery readers and time travel enthusiasts, to surprise and delight right up to the end." -- D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"In the mood for a time-travel mystery? Then this is the book for you. ... Debut author Bill Garrison pens an intriguing story of mystery, love, and danger." - Michelle Griep, author of Brentwood's Ward and A Heart Deceived.

"The Day She Died is an exciting, fast-paced read! It's part time travel and part mystery with a little romance thrown in. I literally didn't want to put the book down. All I can say is, you won't be disappointed!" -- Terri Weldon, author of Mistletoe Magic

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990439905
Publisher: Castle Gate Press LLC
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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The Day She Died: A Time-Travel Mystery Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
PattiShene More than 1 year ago
When I started this novel, I had a preconceived notion of how the story would progress. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns the author wove into the plot. John Michaels owns a small business and has a family, but he’s always been haunted by the fact that he went out of town the day of his college fiancé’s death. Wondering what would happen if he had it all to do over again, he suddenly finds himself living his life twenty years ago on the day of Kim’s disappearance.  The interesting thing about this scenario is that people he didn’t know, or didn’t know each other in his real life back then, play a major part in this bizarre rerun of his life. He’s convinced it’s all supposed to mean something and the clues are most likely pointing him to solving Kim’s murder, but putting it all together is an ever increasingly difficult puzzle. Author Bill Garrison kept me guessing as to what was going to happen as John encountered one mystery after another. He does well with capturing the emotion of a character caught in an impossible situation no one would ever believe while missing his “real life” wife and kids. There were times when I had to go back and reread to put the characters in their proper perspective within the timeline of the story since they were juxtaposed into different positions in John’s life during his time travel experiences. Conversely, this added to the intricacy of the plot. I really liked the ending because it was unexpected, but not unrealistic. John Michaels also gains insight into his current life, his relationship with his wife, and himself gleaned from his time travel experiences.    I would recommend this book to any reader who likes a fast-paced mystery and/or has a fascination with the concept of time travel. 
KR3 More than 1 year ago
The Day She Died is a unique, fast-paced ride full of twists and turns that keep you guessing! You are dropped right into the center of the mystery that has tormented 45-year-old John Michaels since college: what happened to the love of his life the day she went missing? When he wakes up twenty years younger back in his college dormroom, he's given the rare chance of saving his love and changing the course of his--and her--life. But more secrets surround that fateful day than even he expected. I truly enjoyed this book. Just when I thought I had the mystery solved, another twist sends me spinning in an entirely different direction as I try to figure out a new secret. It all culmanates in a fast-paced ending that I wouldn't have pictured when I first picked the book up. And can I just say that this girl in Alabama (previously from Oklahoma) loves that the setting surrounds the OU Sooners and the Red River Rivalry? Good job, Garrison! Keep it up! I was provided this book as a reviewer. The opinions expressed are my own.
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
Hang on tight to follow this mid-life crisis. Forty-year-old John Michaels, owner of a coffee shop, lives with his wife and two young children. Until he wakes up in the past – his college apartment on the day his girlfriend goes missing. As he re-lives this day he looks at events from a different perspective and makes an attempt to save his girl and change the future. But it’s not to be. His attempt sends him further into the past – to high school. He re-meets people he’d forgotten about but his forty-year-old mind knows are connected to the disappearance and presumed murder. John’s troubles don’t melt away when he returns home – it’s been six months to him but overnight to his family. Secrets a long time in the making begin to leak out. They affect his current life and also point the way to solving the crime committed twenty years ago. While I found the story interesting and kept turning the pages, a high school sports veteran or Oklahoma Sooners fan will find more to enjoy.