“On the 7th Day” (Atria Books, $24.99) by T.D. Jakes continues the bestselling author’s exploration of marriage and is based on the second installment in his thought-provoking “Woman Thou Art Loosed!” film franchise. The film drama, “On the 7th Day,” featured Blair Underwood (“Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Set It Off”) and Sharon Leal (“Why Did I Get Married Too?,” “This Christmas”), and both are featured on the book’s cover. In addition to being an entrepreneur and filmmaker, Jakes is also the founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc.
A husband (Davis, played by Underwood in the movie) and wife (Kari, portrayed by Leal) find themselves in the midst of a crisis after their young daughter is kidnapped. The couple must race against time to find their child, who is believed to have been abducted by a serial killer that symbolically murders his victims, “On the 7th Day.” During their desperate search, a series of deep, dark, damaging secrets unveil a troubling past, putting the marriage and their futures in jeopardy.
The use of the number seven in the title is metaphorical, and symbolizes the timeline within the film by which the protagonists must resolve the mystery of their daughter’s abduction or face dire, unimaginable consequences. Like the movie, the book is a suspenseful race against the clock thriller which takes readers on a seven-day journey inside the souls and secrets of a married couple fighting to save their kidnapped child, while relying on their faith, strength and religious convictions to rebuild a broken marriage against all odds.