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Title: In An Instant
Author: Suzanne Redfearn
Publication Date: March 1, 2020
I started reading this one last year and just struggled to get into the state of mind to continue it. Recently, I revisited it and I can’t believe I didn’t read it through earlier.
This book follows a family and close friends as they take a weekend trip to their family cabin and a horrible accident changes their lives irrevocably. The author does a breath taking job of narrating this story and demonstrating how fear changes people from someone you might have considered kind, into someone you wouldn’t never trust.
Based on her own life changing experience, Suzanne Redfearn shares a story about endurance and making difficult choices that will forever change the way you see yourself and your behaviors. This family demonstrated a normal amount of challenges with how marriage is difficult and parent/children relationships can be heart breaking. But when you find yourself facing imminent death – what kinds of choices do you make about your own survival and also for those around you that you’re responsible for.
I was amazed with the way this story laid out because it went much deeper than I had expected it to. She touches on topics that are hard to swallow at times and will make your stomach curl. But it’s done in such a way that represents the reality of a challenge situation and doesn’t shy away from things that you’d rather not think about.T
He main character, Finn, goes through so many variations of growth and development. As does her family – all in their own unique ways of dealing with what they each experienced.
All told from a single perspective, you get a level of closeness with Finn and a deeper understanding for her transition and overall experience.A
This is a great recommended read for anyone interested in thriller, suspense or mysteries and is also a fantastic book club choice as it has discussion questions at the end for a group to go through and expand on your own understanding of this complex story.
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An Amazon Charts bestseller.
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.