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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 sacrif 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 My reviews can also be seen at wow I ve enjoyed Suzanne Redfearn s previous novels so I wasn t surprised that I enjoyed this one too Actually, that s putting it mildly I thought this was an incredible novel Both devastating and heartwarming, this novel is now on my favorites list.Sixteen year old Finn Miller is on vacation with her family and best friend when a tragic car accident changes all their lives forever.Because I listened to this audio so q My reviews can also be seen at wow I ve enjoyed Suzanne Redfearn s previous novels so I wasn t surprised that I enjoyed this one too Actually, that s putting it mildly I thought this was an incredible novel Both devastating and heartwarming, this novel is now on my favorites list.Sixteen year old Finn Miller is on vacation with her family and best friend when a tragic car accident changes all their lives forever.Because I listened to this audio so quickly, I didn t take a lot of notes There was no way I could stop once I started listening I finished it in just one day However, I still wanted to write something to try to show just how amazing I thought this book was Regret is a tough emotion to live with, impossible to move on from Because what s done is done My heart was in my throat throughout most of this novel, but it was totally worth it.Thought provoking and heart wrenching, In An Instant, is an amazing story of tragedy, survival, family, and the power of love Another 5 star novel by Suzanne Redfearn This book was anFirst Reads choice for me and it had me from the moment I started reading it Finn is such a delightful character, sixteen, happy, athletic, smart as a whip but thinking she messes everything up Her mother is a shrew of a lawyer and her dad is the full time caretaker of her mentally disabled hulk of a thirteen year old brother The rest of the family is made up of Aubrey, who is getting married in five months, and Chloe, her goth eighteen year old sister, inseparable fro This book was anFirst Reads choice for me and it had me from the moment I started reading it Finn is such a delightful character, sixteen, happy, athletic, smart as a whip but thinking she messes everything up Her mother is a shrew of a lawyer and her dad is the full time caretaker of her mentally disabled hulk of a thirteen year old brother The rest of the family is made up of Aubrey, who is getting married in five months, and Chloe, her goth eighteen year old sister, inseparable from her tennis playing goth boyfriend The marriage of Finn s mom and dad is barely hanging by a thread and as they leave for a three day vacation in the snow covered mountains, her moms swears that the marriage is over Along for the trip are Bob and Karen and their spoiled teenage daughter and Mo, Finn s best friend Aubrey has stayed home but the rest of the family, the neighbors family, Mo, and a young man needing a ride, fly over the mountain side when the camper that everyone is riding in, has to swerve to miss a deer The damage is devastating, with Finn caught in a limbo that is death but not quite, being able to follow the other characters as they try to survive the wreck and then as they try to deal with the physical, mental, and emotional consequences of the wreck, their actions and reactions, their guilt and overwhelming grief This story was so good and it makes you think at every turn Could you put another child s welfare above your own child, in an event where every action could mean life or death, losing or keeping a digit or a limb Just how selfish would you be when it could be a matter you your life vs another person s life So much guilt, grief, and pain and so many secrets by everyone Finn is helpless bystander to all of this, not knowing why she can still see her family when she knows she is dead I m to thankful that I chose this book as my First Reads pick you know how sometimes GRs recommendations can be a little off well, the side bar told me i would enjoy this because i liked a book about mt everest this story has absolutely nothing to do with mt everest, but the high average rating caught my attention and after finishing this, i can understand why everyone has been loving this this is verythe lovely bonesesque the reader is given a fly on the wall perspective as finn sees how those close to her deal with a horrific accident and the you know how sometimes GRs recommendations can be a little off well, the side bar told me i would enjoy this because i liked a book about mt everest this story has absolutely nothing to do with mt everest, but the high average rating caught my attention and after finishing this, i can understand why everyone has been loving this this is verythe lovely bonesesque the reader is given a fly on the wall perspective as finn sees how those close to her deal with a horrific accident and the consequences of everyones actions in days that follow its a story of survival, grief, coping, and ultimately letting go i really enjoyed the story, especially after reading the authors note and knowing certain aspects of the story are based on a past personal experience im not really one for omnipresent narration, but i thought it worked in this case the writing is quick and easy and the pacing of this is really quite good i feel like i read this in the blink of an eye this is definitely an easy book to recommend to others 4 stars WoW Breathtaking And Mesmerizing This is a book that will stay with me for a long time The haunting story begins with a family happily planning a a daughter s wedding, teens making plans for their upcoming formal, another thinking of upcoming graduation and college while the father and son excitedly get their huge and old traveling van ready for a ski trip over the presidents holiday weekend bringing their lovable dog and longtime friends and daughter along also for this fun and carefree excurs WoW Breathtaking And Mesmerizing This is a book that will stay with me for a long time The haunting story begins with a family happily planning a a daughter s wedding, teens making plans for their upcoming formal, another thinking of upcoming graduation and college while the father and son excitedly get their huge and old traveling van ready for a ski trip over the presidents holiday weekend bringing their lovable dog and longtime friends and daughter along also for this fun and carefree excursion Unbeknownst to all of them, there will be an accident involving everyone and some will be severely injured and dying while a blizzard will challenge love, loyalty, stamina, heartache, betrayal with devastating conditions where survival means making choices that will eventually cause guilt and regret for some The impact of the accident is only the catalyst for the aftermath of what is to come when they finally arrive home Not one life will be left unscathed by this traumatic event and some will come to realize that the people you thought you knew and loved were capable of making very selfish decisions that will have debilitating consequences when the truth is finally revealed.Suzanne Redfearn s brilliant writing is some of the best I have read She doesn t overuse words and descriptions where you find yourself fidgeting and yawning, her writing had me hanging on the edge and eager for each new word, sentence and chapter I was mesmerized and that doesn t happen too often The story pulled so many emotions from me and sadness with crying was certainly one of them and that rarely occurs while reading a book I felt myself cheering for some characters while saying out loud to others No, No or Please don t.Each and every character, likeable and despicable were so well developed that I felt the realness and honesty of their personalities and that is powerful writing I truly loved this book and I recommend it to all readers Just be sure to have a box of tissues ready I cannot wait to read another book by this fantastic author I want to thank the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this wonderful ARC The publication date is March 1, 2020 Readers Don t Miss Out On Reading This Book I have given a rating on 5 Breathtaking and Stunning Stars I was invited to choose from several books offered vias February First Reads and downloaded this for free Before doing so, I read my Goodreads friend Debra s raving review, which confirmed my choice On the product page for the book init cites that readers who enjoyed the book The Lovely Bones would like this Therefore, it wouldn t be much of a spoiler for me to reveal that the narrator of this story is a teenager of 16 who dies early on in the book This sudden death sets th I was invited to choose from several books offered vias February First Reads and downloaded this for free Before doing so, I read my Goodreads friend Debra s raving review, which confirmed my choice On the product page for the book init cites that readers who enjoyed the book The Lovely Bones would like this Therefore, it wouldn t be much of a spoiler for me to reveal that the narrator of this story is a teenager of 16 who dies early on in the book This sudden death sets the stage for a riveting account of the aftermath of a horrible accident in blizzard conditions The deceased teenager flits here and there following the various family members and friends describing their actions immediately following the accident You really find out a lot about people you might not otherwise know in the middle of a crisis situation Some people are selfish, others are heroic, sensible and resourceful Oftentimes it s just survival of the fittest Debra was so right when she said that she couldn t put the book down I read it marathon style over the weekend, a rarity for me I had to immediately know how it all panned out The writing style flowed easily and this was just a fantastic read I ll be looking out for this author in the future |Download Book ☩ In An Instant ☦ 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 surviveImpossible 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 A tight nit family along with a few friends go on their annual trip to a secluded cabin that has been passed down for generations Along the way, they swerve to miss hitting a deer This instant changes their lives forever and their camper falls below the guardrails on the side of a mountain into the snow Finn, a sixteen year old, is immediately dead, but does not pass through to her next world She continues to watch her family through survival, rescue, guilt, and grief.The chapters are short A tight nit family along with a few friends go on their annual trip to a secluded cabin that has been passed down for generations Along the way, they swerve to miss hitting a deer This instant changes their lives forever and their camper falls below the guardrails on the side of a mountain into the snow Finn, a sixteen year old, is immediately dead, but does not pass through to her next world She continues to watch her family through survival, rescue, guilt, and grief.The chapters are short and there are a total of 94 chapters The first 14% ch.1 5 of the story were the days leading up to their trip before the accident occurs When the accident hit, it really picked up I couldn t read fast enough There is a huge omg moment that happens while they are fighting for survival I was astounded, angry, and my jaw dropped when this happened.At 38 % the rescue is complete but not all survive Meaning only 14 38% or ch 6 35 of the novel was their survival story, the rest is what happens after they get back home From this point on the family is drowning in blame, grief, and hate Guilt radiates the life and relationships of those who survived and a secret is kept about that fateful night This is the bulk and focus of the story, so for most of the story it is not very happy.Paranormal aspect The narrator is dead and narrates all of the story for the family characters She watches them while lingering in limbo They cannot see her, but she talks to them in their dreams Towards the end this narration style got repetitive.There is some minor mundane stuff that happens like watching baseball games, rescuing kittens to help them get through their grief There were hard parts to get through, but there were also cheesy parts Overall, I really enjoyed it though I would definitely classify this as a young adult novel There is cussing and sex, but not the sexy details The ending Author s Note is a must read which explains the real story that inspired this fictional novel Solid 4 stars This is one of the best, outstandingly emotional, heart wrenching and extremely thought provoking books of the year When I reach the half of it I put my book down and start crying I cried for the dead characters, I cried for the ones stumbling between life and death who lost their sanity after the tragic accident, I cried for the characters who suffered to move on and punished themselves with self flagellation This book is something so intense, raw and realistic that crushes your soulth This is one of the best, outstandingly emotional, heart wrenching and extremely thought provoking books of the year When I reach the half of it I put my book down and start crying I cried for the dead characters, I cried for the ones stumbling between life and death who lost their sanity after the tragic accident, I cried for the characters who suffered to move on and punished themselves with self flagellation This book is something so intense, raw and realistic that crushes your soulthan three times a regular poignant story can manage We were firstly introduced with Finn Miller, sweet, sixteen years old girl, having 3 siblings who are polar opposites of her Chloe is cool, artistic, unpredictable, Aubrey isdomestic, people pleaser, getting married in 3 months, Oz on the verge of mental disease, 13 years old boy who needs to be controlled for his unexpected violent tendencies Finn tried to connect with her mother Ann who is tough, smart lawyer, perfectionist But it seems like only Aubrey can truly form a bonding with her But at least she has close relationship with her dad Jack who lately doesn t get along with their mother.Instead of Aubrey who excuses herself for the dinner invitation with her fianc e s family, the entire family including Finn s best friend Mo hardly gets a permission from her over protective mother who has bad premonition about their trip Chloe s love of her life Vance, their neighbors and long time friends Uncle Bob, Aunt Karen, their spoiled, attention seeker daughter gather for the mountain trip And a young, charming man Kyle, whose car has been broke down, joins them Throughout their road trip, suddenly a dear jumps down the road and Jack loses the control of the car ANDFrom now on our narrator and the story s protagonist Finn watches over her family, her dear friend as a trapped soul as they are also trapped in the car Yes, Finn dies after the crush And so many decisions have been made at that night because everyone s priorities were at different places.Ann walks out to find help, accompanied by Kyle, leaving her dead daughter and badly injured husband and her son Oz behind Chloe follows Vance who doesn t want to get trapped in the car, left behind to die And some truly earth shattering and unacceptable thing happens at that night People make choices to save their loved ones in expanse putting the other ones lives into danger.What happens next Finn is restless soul and most of her family members and her best friend have no intention to let her go She has to see how her loved ones crumble into pieces, hurt themselves with pure grief, loss their sanities, showing mentally and physically different reactions to deal with their pain Will they deal with the consequences of their choices Will they learn to make peace with themselves and continue to accuse their loved ones to cover their self loathing tendencies Till they find their inner happiness and closure, Finn s soul can t leave them This is such a tear jerking, heartfelt story which shakes you to the core and those characters stories stay with you forever One of the best books of the year and I already add to my all time favorite books list The epic conclusion made me cry but also warmed my heart with so much hope.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO READ THIS AMAZING NOVEL And don t forget to read the author s note to learn how her real life experience pushed her to pour down her own feelings into this story I m giving blazing, life changing, sensitive, epic , absolutely well deserved five stars I cannot wait to readworks of the author bloginstagramfacebooktwitter If you are anPrime member, and you haven t selected your book for FEB yet, because you weren t sure which one to chooselet me help you out THIS book should be your choice It was CHILLING YES, it is reminiscent of The Lovely Bones as we have 16 year old, Finn, narrating from the omniscient view, as she is caught between this World and what comes next, but the similarities end there Swerving to avoid a deer on a cold, dark night, a camper careens off the road, plummeting over the If you are anPrime member, and you haven t selected your book for FEB yet, because you weren t sure which one to chooselet me help you out THIS book should be your choice It was CHILLING YES, it is reminiscent of The Lovely Bones as we have 16 year old, Finn, narrating from the omniscient view, as she is caught between this World and what comes next, but the similarities end there Swerving to avoid a deer on a cold, dark night, a camper careens off the road, plummeting over the mountainside The occupants have cell phones but cannot get service Freezing cold temperatures will prevent them from surviving the night, if they survive their injuriesif they survive at all Desperate people do things they wouldn t normally do This story is about the choices each survivor will make, that nightout of guilt, fear, cowardice, or strength and how these choices affect their lives after the accident Short chapters kept the pace FAST and the tension HIGH I criedthan once But, I smiled and cheered too And, as other reviewers have said, reading the author s note at the END of the book is a MUST Highly recommended