by Kristina McBride
Publisher: Egmont USA
Available as of June 26, 2012
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This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.
Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below–dead?
As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?
The best word to describe this novel is stunning. Kristina McBride wrote a story that explores loss, friendship, lies, and moving on. It was delicately written and kept my attention till the very last page.
One moment can change everything. One moment can mean life or death. One choice can change everything. Six best friends go to their favorite place only to leave with five. The memory of one critical moment for one person, the only one who desperately needs to remember, is nonexistent. Will that memory resurface? If it does, will she be able to deal with the truth?
I loved One Moment. It was a quick read that ended in a happy place. So much of the story was focused on grief and trying to find answers, but in the end all the loose ends were tied up in a pretty bow. What I loved the most was the flashbacks. Some scenes were evaluated multiple times after new information was revealed, shedding new light on what Maggie was really seeing. This made the story. I found One Moment to be slow at times, but the slow build up made for an unexpected truth.
Overall, One Moment was an amazing story of grief, letting go, and moving on. It was believable and had me on a roller coaster of emotions. If you enjoy books by Lauren Barnholdt or Jennifer Echols, you will more than likely enjoy this one.