Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: In An Instant

In an Instant

by Suzanne Redfearn

About In An Instant

Thriller/Women's Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 1, 2020)
Paperback: 331 pages
ISBN-10: 1542006589
ISBN-13: 978-1542006583
Digital ASIN: B07NVD1276

A deeply moving story of carrying on even when it seems impossible.
Life is over in an instant for sixteen-year-old Finn Miller when a devastating car accident tumbles her and ten others over the side of a mountain. Suspended between worlds, she watches helplessly as those she loves struggle to survive.
Impossible choices are made, decisions that leave the survivors tormented with grief and regret. Unable to let go, Finn keeps vigil as they struggle to reclaim their shattered lives. Jack, her father, who seeks vengeance against the one person he can blame other than himself; her best friend, Mo, who bravely searches for the truth as the story of their survival is rewritten; her sister Chloe, who knows Finn lingers and yearns to join her; and her mother, Ann, who saved them all but is haunted by her decisions. Finn needs to move on, but how can she with her family still in pieces?
Heartrending yet ultimately redemptive, In an Instant is a story about the power of love, the meaning of family, and carrying on…even when it seems impossible.

Review: I don't think I can do this book justice in a review. It is just absolutely amazing and heartbreaking and just all the things that make you not want to put a book down EVER.

This  book about an accident that results in the death of a teenager and how all the survivors move on or try to, will just take all your emotions and get them in a total tizzy.

Finn, dies in an automobile accident that includes her bff her mom, dad, older sister, two family friends and their daughter.

Finn is left as a spirit to watch them as their lives crumble. Throughout most of the story, and even at the beginning, I found their mother hard to like. She was very self absorbed and I just didn't warm to her, even as the events unfolded. Sure she was strong and had great instincts, but ultimately, I hated her.

Mo is the character I loved and also Chloe, when it comes to the survivors. I had a hard time wrapping around the actions of Aubrey and Ben, who were to be married a few months after the accident? My little brain kept going, PEOPLE DIED and you aren't postponing the wedding?

But perhaps it is best not to discuss whether I liked certain characters or not. Its more what this story is about. Survival and the aftermath of loss.

And the two things that happened while they were in survival mode will leave you gobsmacked. (No spoilers..but SCREW YOU Bob!)

This book is super emotionally charged. There was another book I read awhile back that made me feel the same way was Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. Similar only in that they involved the death of young person, but both left me in tears as I read them and both are books that I will recommend to anyone that asks for a great read. Just make sure you have a whole lot of tissues handy, because you will need them.

Rating: 5 flowers

About Suzanne Redfearn

Suzanne Redfearn
Suzanne Redfearn is the award-winning author of three novels: Hush Little BabyNo Ordinary Life, and In an Instant. In addition to being an author, she’s also an architect specializing in residential and commercial design. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, where she and her husband own two restaurants: Lumberyard and Slice Pizza and Beer. You can find her at her website,, on Facebook at SuzanneRedfearnAuthor, or on Twitter @SuzanneRedfearn.
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Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for your review on "In an Instant" by Suzanne Redfearn and for being part of the book tour.

Sounds like a book that I would greatly enjoy having the opportunity to read. Can't wait to read this book on my TBR list.
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