In an Instant
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.

In an Instant Details

TitleIn an Instant
Author
ReleaseMar 1st, 2020
PublisherLake Union Publishing
ISBN-139781542006583
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary

In an Instant Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Moving, poignant, and ultimately redemptive, In an Instant is an unforgettable tale about grief, mortality, and what it means to be human. I really don't want to say too much about this story, because it would be a grave sin to ruin a perfectly wonderful reading experience for those wishing to pick up the book, but I'll say this: I cried, I sobbed, and I couldn't put this book down. Seriously, I read it in a single sitting. This is a book I won't soon forget, and as a daddy's girl myself, I most Moving, poignant, and ultimately redemptive, In an Instant is an unforgettable tale about grief, mortality, and what it means to be human. I really don't want to say too much about this story, because it would be a grave sin to ruin a perfectly wonderful reading experience for those wishing to pick up the book, but I'll say this: I cried, I sobbed, and I couldn't put this book down. Seriously, I read it in a single sitting. This is a book I won't soon forget, and as a daddy's girl myself, I most intensely related to Finn and Jack's arc. sobs some more Please do yourself a favor and get your hands on this book as soon as physically possible! This is my first read by the author but certainly won't be my last. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    In an Instant....thank goodness I had tissues on hand.In an Instant, lives are changed forever. Sixteen-year-old Finn is dead after a tragic car accident. Finn keeps vigil, watching as those she loves struggle to survive and move on with their lives.Add me to the list of people who sat down and read this book in one day. Whew! I won’t tell you anything else about the book except that it is a moving, thought provoking look at what loss does to an individual and to a family. The choices and In an Instant....thank goodness I had tissues on hand.In an Instant, lives are changed forever. Sixteen-year-old Finn is dead after a tragic car accident. Finn keeps vigil, watching as those she loves struggle to survive and move on with their lives.Add me to the list of people who sat down and read this book in one day. Whew! I won’t tell you anything else about the book except that it is a moving, thought provoking look at what loss does to an individual and to a family. The choices and sacrifices people make to survive. The tears shed and the grief that comes after tragedy. For me this was a tearjerker. I didn't want to put this book down as I wanted to know what would happen next. How these people and families would cope. This is also a character study on human nature - what will people do to survive. Will they go against their nature or will their true nature be shown? When ordinary people are put in extraordinary situations, what choices will they make?Grab some tissues and a comfy spot to read as this is absorbing, emotional, engrossing, moving, and thought provoking. It is well written, and nothing felt rushed or drawn out. Don't stop reading when the book ends, the Author's note is informative and tells of her own childhood story of survival.Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the most eerily compelling novels I have read in recent times. I could not put it down for a second and stayed reading it until 5.30am in the morning when I had to give in to sleep. The novel follows the story of two families who are caught up in a serious, tragic accident high in snowy mountains and the lengths that each individual go to to survive. The book takes the ingenious idea of narrating the aftermath of the crash from sixteen year old Finn's PoV. It's ingenious because This was one of the most eerily compelling novels I have read in recent times. I could not put it down for a second and stayed reading it until 5.30am in the morning when I had to give in to sleep. The novel follows the story of two families who are caught up in a serious, tragic accident high in snowy mountains and the lengths that each individual go to to survive. The book takes the ingenious idea of narrating the aftermath of the crash from sixteen year old Finn's PoV. It's ingenious because Finn dies in the crash and therefore she takes on an almost omniscient role and the book becomes a sort of fly-on-the-wall exposé of the crash victim's broken lives. This is a novel that really asks questions about what we as humans are capable of doing to each other. It dares to look at our darkest thoughts of purely self preservation and asks the reader do you know what you would do in these most bleak of moments? No one character in this book is left guilt free. They all experience shame on some level at how they survived and because they survived. This is one of those books that really the less you know about it the better. While the prose may not be that beautiful with an awkward narrative initially, this is still definitely worth a read if you're in the mood for a character study type novel as the most thought provoking themes truly reveal themselves after approx 1/3 the way through. Rating somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. Recommended. *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Lake Union Publishing, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness, my heart!I received an e-copy of In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn from NetGalley for my honest review.A gripping and emotional story of the after-effects that a family and their friends suffer after a deadly accident. We get to learn and understand how each character reacts, how they feel and what they go through during and after the accident. A story of loss and how each person reacts to the loss. A story that will make you think about how short life really is and to take, Oh my goodness, my heart!I received an e-copy of In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn from NetGalley for my honest review.A gripping and emotional story of the after-effects that a family and their friends suffer after a deadly accident. We get to learn and understand how each character reacts, how they feel and what they go through during and after the accident. A story of loss and how each person reacts to the loss. A story that will make you think about how short life really is and to take, appreciate and cherish every moment we have and every breath we take. Get your tissues ready, because you are going to need them.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    A family skiing trip has tragic consequences when their camper van skids on the snow and tumbles over a cliff. Finn their teenage daughter is killed instantly, her father is very badly injured.This story is about the actions of the others in the group and the consequences of their actions during and after the event which leave the survivors changed for ever.This was a very powerful story and the first I have read by this author and I will be looking out for more of her work.Thank you to A family skiing trip has tragic consequences when their camper van skids on the snow and tumbles over a cliff. Finn their teenage daughter is killed instantly, her father is very badly injured.This story is about the actions of the others in the group and the consequences of their actions during and after the event which leave the survivors changed for ever.This was a very powerful story and the first I have read by this author and I will be looking out for more of her work.Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Konny
    January 1, 1970
    In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn is a full length standalone romance novel that had me in twists and knots.In an Instant is told in a single pov, Finn, a young girl tells a gripping heart-wrenching story about family, love and loss, that had me in tears more than one time. I literally just finished the book and I'm sitting here and can't get the book out of my head. The characters and the storyline stubbornly stay with me. I will not spoiler here, only so much, what a ride! In an Instant is an In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn is a full length standalone romance novel that had me in twists and knots.In an Instant is told in a single pov, Finn, a young girl tells a gripping heart-wrenching story about family, love and loss, that had me in tears more than one time. I literally just finished the book and I'm sitting here and can't get the book out of my head. The characters and the storyline stubbornly stay with me. I will not spoiler here, only so much, what a ride! In an Instant is an beautifully thought out, beautifully told and excellent written story. I read the book, cover to cover in one sitting, I couldn't put it down, I simply couldn't and who needs sleep anyway.It's a tragic story, a tearjerking, nailbiting pageturner. S. Redfearn is a new to me author and I'm more than happy I gave her book a try - I was in for a big surprise. This won't be my last read by her.I recommend In an Instant and give 5 Stars.
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  • Laurie Tell
    January 1, 1970
    Holy cow! I just cried for 4 hours. Tears dropped down as I continued to read this book. I wanted to take a break but I couldn't. I had to keep reading. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away. But I loved The writing, the story, the characters... First thing in my list is to see if this author wrote anything else. This book was sad, it was sweet, it made you think. Oh, and in case you haven't figured it out yet, I loved it. I want to thank the publisher and Holy cow! I just cried for 4 hours. Tears dropped down as I continued to read this book. I wanted to take a break but I couldn't. I had to keep reading. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away. But I loved The writing, the story, the characters... First thing in my list is to see if this author wrote anything else. This book was sad, it was sweet, it made you think. Oh, and in case you haven't figured it out yet, I loved it. I want to thank the publisher and #netgalley for an advance copy. This didn't affect my review, which I can prove by my red nose.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    An incredible feat of such raw, human emotion. This book gave me a lump in my throat from start to finish and even tears at several points. Even more hard hitting is reading the Author's Note at the end where we find this story is written based upon an experience in her youth and revisiting the forgivenesses she gave when she was a child that look less deserved as an adult.Finn, 2 of her siblings, her parents, and a collection of 5 friends head up into the mountains for a ski holiday over An incredible feat of such raw, human emotion. This book gave me a lump in my throat from start to finish and even tears at several points. Even more hard hitting is reading the Author's Note at the end where we find this story is written based upon an experience in her youth and revisiting the forgivenesses she gave when she was a child that look less deserved as an adult.Finn, 2 of her siblings, her parents, and a collection of 5 friends head up into the mountains for a ski holiday over president's day weekend. As night fell, on their way to dinner, Finn's dad swerves to miss a deer and their camper falls down the side of the mountain. In an instant, Finn is dead. This whole story is told from Finn's perspective as she is dead and can be a fly on the walls of everyone who survived. Because of that, we get to see how each character has dealt with the accident.What comes after the accident is a roller coaster of emotions. This was such a heartbreaking exploration of human character and what happens when given a test you never thought you would need to prepare for. Of anyone, Finn's best friend Mo handled it the best. Considering that Suzanne Redfearn wrote this based upon an experience of her youth, I wonder if Mo is based upon someone in her life - my guess is her brother. Each survivor handled the aftermath differently, but all leaden with immense guilt for their own actions. I loved how the story draws to a close by each thread holding Finn to her family and Mo slowly breaking as each of them finds a way to move forward, although each time the threads broke was absolutely heart wrenching.Redfearn's writing here was beautiful and intense. I really felt like I was there feeling everyone's emotions. Using Finn's perspective was perfect and it even allowed the reader to understand what Finn was feeling because it's always a wonder what those who have left us feel in those weeks/months when we're trying to move on.I loved this beautiful, sad, tragic, but powerful story. I hope Redfearn found some peace in writing it, too. Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Suzanne Redfearn for allowing me to read this book in exchange for honest feedback.
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  • Kookie9200
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book.I was hooked on this novel from the first words. Finn is a 16 year old girl who feels a little lost in her family. Her dad's constant companion is Oz, her 13 year old brother with learning difficulties. Her mother is lost in the wilds of her older sister Aubrey's wedding. Her other sister, Chloe, is close to her, but distracted by her boyfriend Vance. Then there's Mo. Her best friend since childhood, who loves and Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book.I was hooked on this novel from the first words. Finn is a 16 year old girl who feels a little lost in her family. Her dad's constant companion is Oz, her 13 year old brother with learning difficulties. Her mother is lost in the wilds of her older sister Aubrey's wedding. Her other sister, Chloe, is close to her, but distracted by her boyfriend Vance. Then there's Mo. Her best friend since childhood, who loves and understands her.. So when she goes on a quick vacation with her parents, Chloe, Vance, Mo, Oz, and the Golds, Bob, Karen and Natalie, she is sure that things will go wrong. She just doesn't' know how wrong they will go.A crash ends Finn's life, and she is left to look upon the wreckage of the accident. Lives will be lost. Friendships destroyed. Loyalties tested. Finn is privy to it all as she watches them struggle to survive. The book is breathtaking, haunting in a way i wasn't expecting. It's not so much about death as about the life we leave behind, and how one instant can change a whole life.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The choices that we make in our lives are the choices that we alone have to live with. This book takes a terrible tragedy and tells the story of the aftermath. The beginning of the book is Finn's story as she and her family are off on a ski weekend. The rest of the story is still Finn's story, but she's a dead character watching her family deal with the terrible tragedy that they had been a part of. This is the kind of book that you read in one sitting because of the way the author tells the The choices that we make in our lives are the choices that we alone have to live with. This book takes a terrible tragedy and tells the story of the aftermath. The beginning of the book is Finn's story as she and her family are off on a ski weekend. The rest of the story is still Finn's story, but she's a dead character watching her family deal with the terrible tragedy that they had been a part of. This is the kind of book that you read in one sitting because of the way the author tells the story of all of the characters. It was impossible to find a good place to stop at as I wanted to know how things were going to turn out for this family as they dealt with grief and loss, as well as heartbreak as they start to find themselves on the path to recovery. The premise is brilliant and the authors note makes this story even more powerful, as her motivation and inspiration for this book are revealed. Thank you netgalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I can easily say this is the best book I have read in a long time. It is filled with wonderful deep characters. Finn is the narrator and she is a beautiful, warm, intelligent and wondrous character. This book will warm your heart just after it has broken it. You my describe the first of the book as a bit of a suspense book but this is much deeper than that. It delves deeply into each persons true character showing us how differently we act when facing the same problems. I was left feeling at I can easily say this is the best book I have read in a long time. It is filled with wonderful deep characters. Finn is the narrator and she is a beautiful, warm, intelligent and wondrous character. This book will warm your heart just after it has broken it. You my describe the first of the book as a bit of a suspense book but this is much deeper than that. It delves deeply into each persons true character showing us how differently we act when facing the same problems. I was left feeling at peace and happy. Everybody should read this book. I received this book to read through Netgalley. Thank you for the opportunity.
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  • Jen Juenke
    January 1, 1970
    Sit down, get a steamy cup of hot cocoa and read this book. You will NOT want to go out into the cold for a long time after reading this harrowing story.In the vein of "The Lovely Bones", the main narrator is a ghost. Kind of weird to get used to but as the story progresses, you needed a spirit to infiltrate between all of the characters.two families go on vacation in an RV.The choices that they make will change them all forever.The first 20 pages were a bit too detailed for my liking. I thought Sit down, get a steamy cup of hot cocoa and read this book. You will NOT want to go out into the cold for a long time after reading this harrowing story.In the vein of "The Lovely Bones", the main narrator is a ghost. Kind of weird to get used to but as the story progresses, you needed a spirit to infiltrate between all of the characters.two families go on vacation in an RV.The choices that they make will change them all forever.The first 20 pages were a bit too detailed for my liking. I thought that they could be whittled down and I almost gave up on the book.As soon as the accident happened, I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! Its a great story of friendship, love, betrayal, and madness.Overall, a great book.Also loved the authors note after the book on HOW this story was really HER story!
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  • Ashley Maxam
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing book that forces the reader to think about how decisions are affected by tragedy, how people change when faced with their survival, and then how dealing with grief and regret can change the future. Told from the point of view of the ghost of Finn, the story is able to capture multiple viewpoints of each character, and it adds a depth to the story that makes it truly unique. Found myself rooting for the characters and not wanting to put it down until I finished and believing that although Amazing book that forces the reader to think about how decisions are affected by tragedy, how people change when faced with their survival, and then how dealing with grief and regret can change the future. Told from the point of view of the ghost of Finn, the story is able to capture multiple viewpoints of each character, and it adds a depth to the story that makes it truly unique. Found myself rooting for the characters and not wanting to put it down until I finished and believing that although life can change in an instant that it can fall back in place too.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this. It was the most compulsively readable book I’ve picked up all year. The story, told from Finns perspective offered such a wonderful observer feel to this already compelling premise. Trust this book to make you think, rethink and then think once more about the dynamics of a family and the dynamics of interactions with various people in your life. I could not recommend this book more.
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  • Heather Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    In an Instant is a fantastic thriller that I could not down. The writing and and characters are well done. I hope to read more by this author.
  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do . A deeply moving story of carrying on even when it seems impossible.Life is over in When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. 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.This was the perfect book to read when it is hot outside and when it comes out in January it will be nice to appreciate being inside when it is cold outside. (There is some middle ground in the part of Canada where I live but most days it feels like we have gone from winter to summer overnight!) The story is lovingly and expertly crafted - there are a lot of people involved in this novel but none seem superfluous. Everything and everyone is stitched together like a crazy quilt - there is a lot going on but it works. Wonderfully. Redfearn is a novelist and a restauranteur - what an extraordinary combination. The book is presented like a fabulous meal - an appetizer of an opening, a satisfying but multi-layered entree/story and a satisfying dessert/ending. Yummy. This would be a great book club pick as family and guilt are always a great theme for a gathering of women and books. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🏔 🏔 🏔 🏔 🏔
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  • Cori
    January 1, 1970
    I just reviewed In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn. #InAnInstant #NetGalley this book was AMAZING. I binged it in just a few short hours. I love how we are getting the story from a "fly on the wall" type character. One minute you aren't sure where the story is going and the next you are gasping because no way did that just happen. In an Instant is a reminder that life is short. That people sometimes make drastic decisions. That maybe your friend isn't who you thought they were. I definitely I just reviewed In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn. #InAnInstant #NetGalley this book was AMAZING. I binged it in just a few short hours. I love how we are getting the story from a "fly on the wall" type character. One minute you aren't sure where the story is going and the next you are gasping because no way did that just happen. In an Instant is a reminder that life is short. That people sometimes make drastic decisions. That maybe your friend isn't who you thought they were. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read a story that grasps on to you from page one. And the most thrilling part for me was that the ending wasn't just thrown together. It tied everything up for you. Rave reviews for this book.
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  • Corey
    January 1, 1970
    Finn is dead. After the sudden split-second decision to miss a deer while driving to dinner, Finn's Dad sends their vehicle careening down a mountainside leaving Finn dead. While her spirit remains behind she is forced to watch helplessly as everyone makes choices - both good and bad - when fighting to survive. Once the survivors make it back to the land of the living, she stays on and observes the aftermath and the lies that are told to hide the dark truth of what happened during the blizzard. Finn is dead. After the sudden split-second decision to miss a deer while driving to dinner, Finn's Dad sends their vehicle careening down a mountainside leaving Finn dead. While her spirit remains behind she is forced to watch helplessly as everyone makes choices - both good and bad - when fighting to survive. Once the survivors make it back to the land of the living, she stays on and observes the aftermath and the lies that are told to hide the dark truth of what happened during the blizzard.This book was IMPOSSIBLE to put down. I finished it in just over a day by carrying it around with me and reading it at every spare moment I could scrape up. It is engrossing and such a realistic look into humanity and how we handle life-or-death decisions. If you want a page turning that you will hate to put down, this is your book. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an eARC copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Shanna
    January 1, 1970
    No words for how much I LOVED this book. A Beautiful story that is unlike anything else I've read. It will have you engaged from the first page and heartbroken through parts, but a beautifully told story. Highly recommend.Thank you to NetGalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ludwig
    January 1, 1970
    "As I watch, I consider for a moment that perhaps this is hell, an invisible and silent existence where you have no ability to help those you love, forced to watch them struggle and suffer."As I had cried my way through books like If I Stay and movies such as The Lovely Bones and Before I Fall, I thought I was mentally prepared for In An Instant. I wasn't. Finn Miller is no longer a part of her body. She's stuck in the in-between. A brutal accident during a snowstorm has taken her life and "As I watch, I consider for a moment that perhaps this is hell, an invisible and silent existence where you have no ability to help those you love, forced to watch them struggle and suffer."As I had cried my way through books like If I Stay and movies such as The Lovely Bones and Before I Fall, I thought I was mentally prepared for In An Instant. I wasn't. Finn Miller is no longer a part of her body. She's stuck in the in-between. A brutal accident during a snowstorm has taken her life and there's nothing she could do but helplessly watch her family suffer through this harrowing ordeal. We see the entire upcoming journey unravel through Finn's eyes, and it was interesting to see how her emotions towards her loved ones seem to alter drastically after this turning point. Finn gets to see her life and her family's clearly now. So many secrets. So much bottled-up burden. Guilt, regret and grief are the strongest emotions that some of our characters have to go through in this book. There's the bond of sisterhood and motherhood, but I was especially amazed by how moved I was by the father-daughter relationship between Finn and her dad. Watching him grieve brought me to tears. But maybe the most precious memories are the ones Finn will make during this small period of time before she leaves this earth. Maybe when she learns the truth about herself and the ones she cares about, she will ready. And free. In An Instant is a persuasive exploration of our true selves; an aftermath of the difficult choices we make following a life-changing moment. I hope this book will help and make an impact on other people the way it did me. "Because I get it. You only live once, and no one has any idea how long that once is going to be, so grab on tight and hold on for the ride and don’t worry about it and don’t look back."
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  • Kookie9200
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book.I was hooked on this novel from the first words. Finn is a 16 year old girl who feels a little lost in her family. Her dad's constant companion is Oz, her 13 year old brother with learning difficulties. Her mother is lost in the wilds of her older sister Aubrey's wedding. Her other sister, Chloe, is close to her, but distracted by her boyfriend Vance. Then there's Mo. Her best friend since childhood, who loves and Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book.I was hooked on this novel from the first words. Finn is a 16 year old girl who feels a little lost in her family. Her dad's constant companion is Oz, her 13 year old brother with learning difficulties. Her mother is lost in the wilds of her older sister Aubrey's wedding. Her other sister, Chloe, is close to her, but distracted by her boyfriend Vance. Then there's Mo. Her best friend since childhood, who loves and understands her.. So when she goes on a quick vacation with her parents, Chloe, Vance, Mo, Oz, and the Golds, Bob, Karen and Natalie, she is sure that things will go wrong. She just doesn't' know how wrong they will go.A crash ends Finn's life, and she is left to look upon the wreckage of the accident. Lives will be lost. Friendships destroyed. Loyalties tested. Finn is privy to it all as she watches them struggle to survive. The book is breathtaking, haunting in a way i wasn't expecting. It's not so much about death as about the life we leave behind, and how one instant can change a whole life.Don't forget! Com
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this. It was the most compulsively readable book I’ve picked up all year. The story, told from Finns perspective offered such a wonderful observer feel to this already compelling premise. Trust this book to make you think, rethink and then think once more about the dynamics of a family and the dynamics of interactions with various people in your life. I could not recommend this book more.
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  • Jill Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know where to start in this review because I have so many wonderful things to say about this book! In an Instant is going to be one of those books I recommend to everyone to read. How do we act when nobody is looking? Are we truly "good" people (or bad) all the time? What lies under our self that we show to the world? How would we act toward others if we thought our life, or those we love, was on the line? Would we be an every-man-for-himself person?There are a hundred layers of I don't know where to start in this review because I have so many wonderful things to say about this book! In an Instant is going to be one of those books I recommend to everyone to read. How do we act when nobody is looking? Are we truly "good" people (or bad) all the time? What lies under our self that we show to the world? How would we act toward others if we thought our life, or those we love, was on the line? Would we be an every-man-for-himself person?There are a hundred layers of questions this story peels away, along with a riveting story of how these people will survive the bitter cold, and even more important, how they will survive emotionally after tragedy.I instantly fell in love with Finn, the voice of the main character who gets to see how everyone acts after the accident.So much is packed into this book, and although I've been impatiently waiting for Suzanne's next book, this one was well worth the wait. A MUST for your TBR list!
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    In the wake of a tragic car accident, the survivors are forced to make unimaginable choices in desperation to survive, spiraling into a heart-wrenching journey to live with those same choices afterwards, forever haunting the ones they love and perceptions of self. Told through the perspective of a teenage girl whose life is cut short, her desperation to be alive and connected to her family is a reminder of how fragile the things we take for granted truly are. Suzanne Redfearn's IN AN INSTANT In the wake of a tragic car accident, the survivors are forced to make unimaginable choices in desperation to survive, spiraling into a heart-wrenching journey to live with those same choices afterwards, forever haunting the ones they love and perceptions of self. Told through the perspective of a teenage girl whose life is cut short, her desperation to be alive and connected to her family is a reminder of how fragile the things we take for granted truly are. Suzanne Redfearn's IN AN INSTANT will make you thankful for every breath you take.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    WowThat was fantastic! It wasn’t a mystery or thriller, and I’m not sure how it was labeled, but it was exactly what I needed. This book slightly reminded my of The Lovely Bones, which I also really appreciated. This journey is different though because it doesn’t try to figure out a crime, just how to live with the aftermath of a horrible accident. The writing is superb, the characters so deep and real. Finn is a wonderful narrator and her thoughts hit me pretty hard. I loved the pacing and WowThat was fantastic! It wasn’t a mystery or thriller, and I’m not sure how it was labeled, but it was exactly what I needed. This book slightly reminded my of The Lovely Bones, which I also really appreciated. This journey is different though because it doesn’t try to figure out a crime, just how to live with the aftermath of a horrible accident. The writing is superb, the characters so deep and real. Finn is a wonderful narrator and her thoughts hit me pretty hard. I loved the pacing and progression of plot. The story did truly resonate with me on the topic of blame, selflessness and goodness and how that really isn’t black and white. There’s a lot of food for thought in this one. I highly recommend and will check out more by this author. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Lake Union Publishing for a copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn a five-star read that will transport you. This has been the hardest review I have written in a long time. I finished the novel well over a week ago, its just trying to put into words how powerful this little story is, one 16-year-old girl telling her story will just captivate you and leave you in knots. I have sat down to write this and then deleted what I had wrote so many times, as I don’t want to give any details away, but I wanted to portray how much this In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn a five-star read that will transport you. This has been the hardest review I have written in a long time. I finished the novel well over a week ago, its just trying to put into words how powerful this little story is, one 16-year-old girl telling her story will just captivate you and leave you in knots. I have sat down to write this and then deleted what I had wrote so many times, as I don’t want to give any details away, but I wanted to portray how much this story needs to be read. The whole premise was a little off and I nearly didn’t bother to pick it up as it sounded a bit dreary and boring. All I will say is that it was so much more than I imagined, one incident changed so many lives so much, it makes you second guest everything. Allowing Finn to be the storyteller just made this an intense story, watching the aftermath unfold just broke me, but as you get through the story the pieces start getting put back together. Do not miss this powerful story, I suspect it is going to be a big favourite of mine this year.
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    In An Instant is a remarkable book that I read with my whole heart. Life changes in an instant for a group of people—family, friends, and stranger—when they are involved in a tragic accident. 16-year-old Finn dies instantly, and the story is told from her unique perspective, something that adds so many layers to this story. We not only learn how it feels to be Finn, as she grieves for all she’s lost; Finn is also able to provide us with insight as to how the survivors of that horrific crash In An Instant is a remarkable book that I read with my whole heart. Life changes in an instant for a group of people—family, friends, and stranger—when they are involved in a tragic accident. 16-year-old Finn dies instantly, and the story is told from her unique perspective, something that adds so many layers to this story. We not only learn how it feels to be Finn, as she grieves for all she’s lost; Finn is also able to provide us with insight as to how the survivors of that horrific crash grieve, forgive, and heal. I felt completely immersed in these characters and the emotions that were overwhelming and haunting. Despite the tears tears that flowed freely down my own cheeks, the book was not maudlin or gloomy. There were also sweet, tender, poignant moments woven through the sadness, leaving me still broken-hearted, but also hopeful. This is a beautifully-written novel, one that I will never forget, one that I will find myself rereading and reliving for a very long time.
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  • Sara Strand
    January 1, 1970
    If you have not pre-ordered this yet, DO IT. It is absolutely worth it! I received a copy from the author and I stayed up way past bedtime and gave every minute I had to this book and it was incredibly hard to put down. Harrowing and powerful, I cried in a few spots and I felt I was going through every emotion with our dead narrator. It shows what stress and fear will do to people- who will rise and who will fight dirty. As a teen you'll be gripped to the story and recognize some of the If you have not pre-ordered this yet, DO IT. It is absolutely worth it! I received a copy from the author and I stayed up way past bedtime and gave every minute I had to this book and it was incredibly hard to put down. Harrowing and powerful, I cried in a few spots and I felt I was going through every emotion with our dead narrator. It shows what stress and fear will do to people- who will rise and who will fight dirty. As a teen you'll be gripped to the story and recognize some of the behaviors from adults, and as adults you'll understand why those behaviors are there. I just absolutely loved this book and it's going to be towards the top, if not the top, of my list of best books this year for me. You can see my full review on my blog 10/18/19: Stranded in Chaos
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Emotionally gripping, In an Instant had me choking back tears by Chapter 6. I've read some real trudgers lately, and this was a breath of harrowing, heartbreaking, introspective, and dramatic fresh air. This is easily in my top 5 for the entire year. Years, maybe. Finn and her family set off on a wintery vacation to her grandfather's cabin, and in the blink of an eye, they've crashed over the edge of a guardrail, in an attempt to dodge a deer, and Finn is instantly, gorily killed. The other 9 Emotionally gripping, In an Instant had me choking back tears by Chapter 6. I've read some real trudgers lately, and this was a breath of harrowing, heartbreaking, introspective, and dramatic fresh air. This is easily in my top 5 for the entire year. Years, maybe. Finn and her family set off on a wintery vacation to her grandfather's cabin, and in the blink of an eye, they've crashed over the edge of a guardrail, in an attempt to dodge a deer, and Finn is instantly, gorily killed. The other 9 people in the Miller Mobile (their camper), are alive initially but this book starts on a high note, ratchets the tension to nearly unbearable degrees, and keeps it there right to the very last sentence. We get to see Finn as she ping pongs among her family members and friends, seeing how each person deals with their grief, and the life changing decisions they each make under extreme stress. I cried, multiple times, laughed, cheered for these characters and ultimately walked away the better for having read this. Incredible book, well done.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    When I read the synopsis of this book I wasn’t sure what to expect and whether I was going to enjoy the read. I sat down with a glass of red and settled in for what I hoped was a good read. That glass of wine, turned into 3.It literally starts with death. Poor Finn..... dead.After a decision changes the fate of a car full of people in the blink of an eye, a snap move that leads to the death of his daughter.The choices that they make will haunt them all forever. Once the survivors make it back to When I read the synopsis of this book I wasn’t sure what to expect and whether I was going to enjoy the read. I sat down with a glass of red and settled in for what I hoped was a good read. That glass of wine, turned into 3.It literally starts with death. Poor Finn..... dead.After a decision changes the fate of a car full of people in the blink of an eye, a snap move that leads to the death of his daughter.The choices that they make will haunt them all forever. Once the survivors make it back to the land of the living, she stays on and observes the aftermath and the lies that are told to hide the dark truth of what happened during the blizzard. The story is narrated by Finn who is watching from her afterlife, as her family and friends navigate through their heartache and all consuming rage. She sees everyone and can do nothing to ease their grief. It's devastating to see the aftermath of such a tragedy. Being invisible to the people you love.... That is worse than hell. The whole book is very cleverly put together. She has the main character, who isn’t of this realm anymore, narrating from her birds eye view perspective, so it's all first hand what we are experiencing. Kind of in love with the concept. It was hard to put down. I’m not going to lie, I’m going to be purchasing a copy as soon as it’s available. It's a compelling story of friendship, love, betrayal, and madness.Best book, I think I’ve had as an ARC. Has a similar vibe to the Lovely bones and I was nowhere near blown away with that book as I was with this one. I can’t recommend it enough! If you want a page turning that you will hate to put down (your partner might need to pry it from your hands), then this is your book. Time to hunt down the other books this author has written! I can see us becoming lifelong reading friends. I rarely give 5 stars but this one is brilliant and I will make sure to let the world know they need to purchase this on release day!#InAnInstant #NetGalley
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