"IN AN INSTANT begins as an action-packed tale of survival that is positively addictive, then it digs deep into an emotional and thought-provoking exploration of our humanity and what it means to make difficult moral choices in the most harrowing of circumstances. Redfearn tackles it all brilliantly and compassionately in this mesmerizing and wondrous novel. It’s a triumph on every level, and I absolutely loved it."
USA Today Bestselling Author Julianne MacLean
"Suzanne Redfearn’s IN AN INSTANT is part ghost story, part love letter to a family in crisis after a devastating accident in the midst of a brutal snowstorm. This cleverly crafted novel chronicles a heartbreaking journey from grief and despair to one of acceptance, forgiveness and ultimately hope. Through Redfearn's luminous prose, IN AN INSTANT succeeds in building an unforgettable portrait of human frailty and strength in the face of unfathomable loss."
"Told in gripping prose, IN AN INSTANT is both an addictive, suspenseful read and a thoughtful exploration of what each of us would do in a time of intense trauma. Redfearn’s characters are so real and the plot so mesmerizing, I couldn’t think about anything else. A must for book clubs!"
Anita Hughes Author of Rome In Love and Christmas in Vermont
"Breathtaking, compelling, heart stopping, and original. An utter page turner, I couldn’t put the book down. I highly recommend this unforgettable story. Kudos to Suzanne Redfearn."
Jane Porter, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
"Suzanne Redfearn’s latest IN AN INSTANT is a captivating, heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting novel about a family’s devastating tragedy and its aftermath. Reminiscent of THE LOVELY BONES, the story is told by sixteen-year-old Finn who struggles to find closure for herself while watching her loved ones do the same. Redfearn deftly explores those split-second decisions that can alter our destinies and the guilt we hold onto, despite our need to let go. IN AN INSTANT reminds us what it is to be human--vulnerable, fallible, and also resilient and triumphant when we face our challenges with unity and love."
Janis Thomas, Bestselling Author of What Remains True and All That’s Left of Me
"IN AN INSTANT is a triumph! When tragedy strikes, two families are thrown into chaos as the lines of morality are blurred. Redfearn handles a family’s shock and grief with the perfect balance of empathy and hope and will have you contemplating what really lies underneath the shiny veneer of those closest to you. Make IN AN INSTANT your first read of 2020."
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, Bestselling Authors of Girls’ Night Out
"When a sudden car accident shatters a family, they’re left to pick up the pieces while trying to solve the mystery of just what happened that night. Redfearn deftly pivots from character to character in this multiple point-of-view narrative, unraveling the past and weaving together a new future for the family. IN AN INSTANT is sure to please fans of THE LOVELY BONES and BIG LITTLE LIES."
Catherine McKenzie, Bestselling Author of The Good Liar and Hidden
"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."
I think of the deer in the road, his startled marble eye blinking through the windshield, and I wonder if he is aware of the damage he caused, or if he is oblivious, ignorantly going about his life, completely unaware of the price saving his life has cost.
Life is over in an instant for Finn Miller when a devastating car accident tumbles her and ten others over the side of a mountain during a torrential snowstorm. Suspended between this world and the next, she watches helplessly as her family and friends struggle to survive, and then to reclaim their shattered, forever-altered lives. Unable to let go, she keeps vigil – watching as those she loves come to terms with the loss from that day and as they cope with the reality of which she is no longer a part:
Jack, her grief-stricken father, whose guilt manifests into vengeance against the one person he can blame other than himself.
Mo, her dauntless best friend, who struggles to find the truth as the story of their survival is rewritten, false heroes shamelessly revered and the crimes of that tragic day concealed.
Chloe, her loving middle sister, who is the only one who knows Finn still lingers and who dangerously yearns to join her.
Ann, her heroic mother who saved them all, but who is haunted by her decisions – those she chose to save and those she didn’t, choices she cannot move past.
In the vein of The Lovely Bones, In an Instant is told from the omniscient perspective of Finn, as she watches with longing and growing understanding, those she left behind as they struggle in the wake of seemingly unbearable tragedy. Heartrending and 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.