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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.
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After a tragic accident sends a van of eleven people over the side of a cliff in a snowstorm, sixteen-year-old Finn’s too-short life ends abruptly. Lingering between this world and the next, she watches as her family and friends struggle to survive, and following the rescue, how they then struggle to live with decisions they made in a life-or-death situation.
Redfearn’s beautifully authentic character development completely won me over. Finn is bursting with life and energy and infectious faith. She wants so badly for her family and friends to be OK, and for her memory to be a happy one—and as a reader, I needed those things desperately as well. I turned each page with my heart in my throat, finding myself cycling through intense feelings of grief, then anger, then joy, then sadness, and finally hope.
Hope that the world is in fact a good place, and that even though people make bad choices, ultimately most of us are good too. Hope that there is forgiveness and connection to be found if only we are willing to seek them. Hope that even though life (and this story) aren’t tied up neatly with a pretty bow, closure and peace and second chances are possible.
- Alicia Clancy, Editor
About the Author
Suzanne Redfearn is the award-winning author of three novels: Hush Little Baby, No 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, www.SuzanneRedfearn.com, on Facebook at SuzanneRedfearnAuthor, or on Twitter @SuzanneRedfearn.
- ASIN : B07NVD1276
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 March 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 4720 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 333 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542006589
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,031 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Other points raised: is one death better than two? What is it okay to do when your own biological instinct to survive is running you, especially if you’re a parent? How would our beloved dead prefer us to react? If you’re in loco parentis, what obligations do you have to the child who is not your own? The author tells us in an afterword that in a similar situation in her young life, her father ran to get help. The remaining father rubbed the hands and feet of his own children but not hers and her brother’s, which led to her brother losing some digits to frostbite, as in this story. An interesting and thought provoking read.
Who wants to try to describe the story you just read, only to find your voice cracking with the need to cry again? Who wants to read a story that will stay with you in such a way that when you think about it while driving your car, you can't help the tears that start to burn your eyes?
This is pretty much the hardest. most heartbreaking book I've read in a long time, possibly ever and I couldn't wait to share it with you. stumbled across this book buried in my kindle TBR list and mistakenly started it at 8 pm on Sunday night... 1 am I had to force myself to put it aside in order to get a few hours of sleep before work. I dove back in during my lunch break - bad idea because I barely ate and had to lock myself in my office so no one could see my tears. After work, I was back in again and now I feel wrung out and utterly heartbroken after reading this story. The story is so painful, and yet so compelling and magnificent to read that you're never going to want to put it down. Now I've finished it, all I want to do is go back and start again in the hope of changing just one little thing and saving everyone, characters, other readers and definitely myself the pain that they are about to experience. This story quite frankly is like nothing I've ever read before and this author has a truly amazing gift.
Do yourself a favour, stock up on tissues, lock the family out of the house for a day or two, take the phone off the hook, pull on your daggy t-shirt and leggings and prepare to torture yourself and destroy your own heart and soul. You'll be glad you did - eventually.
My only slight issue with the book is that I don’t feel Oz character was represented well and at points didn’t feel comfortable with what was written about him .
Overall a great book
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I read this book over the weekend, it is now Monday and I can’t stop thinking about it - that’s never happened before!
I haven’t mentioned the plot as you can read that in the book description and in other reviews, but I I highly recommend that you read this book.
I picked this in all honesty as my Kindle First choice this month where not one of the offerings really stood out to me so that made it an even better experience, since I wasn't expecting to get quite that invested in it. It was all over too soon, really. If I had paid fullprice for it I'd be feeling robbed that it only took me a day to read. Hehehe.......I really just couldn't put it down.
There are some terrific characters, real people here. I found your mood with each of them pretty much alters as things progress. Aside from Finn there probably isn't one of them you rolled your eyes about or cheered for at differing sections......quite a clever feat. Usually I like or intensely despise a character from the word go and stick with first impressions but this bunch keep you on your toes. My favourite character is probably Mo. Though many had heroic and not-so-heroic characteristics, she shone through for me. I really liked Finn's philosophy on alcohol, too, an highly interesting observation.
But the tears.....for the carrot, for Charlie, for kittens and of course for our narrator Finn.
The only things I spotted I think are wrong was writing coal and not kohl and not capitalising Greek and French so altogether this is definitely going to be one of my top reads for 2020, without a doubt.
Off now to look up the author's other books to add to my wishlist.
The author did an excellent job in portraying each of these people ...before, during and after the incident. Some of the characters felt no remorse or regret...not even a little ...whereas others felt the guilt that survivors feel. An amazing weaving of their thoughts previously into the 'now'... Each one of the survivors reacted differently to their lives afterwards.
Finn, age 16, keeps a watchful eye on the survivors throughout and the reader will become mesmerized at her 'speeches' and thoughts. The funeral for Finn was poignant and also filled with love for her life. Love and sorrow were in great evidence in the overflowing church.
Human nature and its complexity was present throughout in the characters. There is great sadness in survival and one thing is evident to me... we really don't know one another as well as we should in life.
As Ann Miller (Mom of the family) stated 'We do not control our reactions, only our actions'...excellent, just excellent.
I will admit to getting cold when reading the beginning of this novel. I turned the heat up in the cabin but still felt the chill and the brutal cold the ones in the Miller Mobile were feeling...(Talk about an author getting into one's head!).
So glad that I selected this as my First Read for February 2020. I was not disappointed for one page...not even one.
Most highly recommended.