Title: One Moment
Author: Kristina McBride
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication date: 26th June 2012
My rating: 4 stars
I was a little hesitant about picking up One Moment, the synopsis sounded so heartfelt and achy, and I usually have a hard time coping with books dealing with death and heartache, however when I decided to try it, it sort of matched the mood I was in, I remember Reyjne saying once that often the best reading experience comes out of reading a book when you’re in that particular frame of mind or when a book compliments your mood. And for some strange reason this book at that moment in time really worked for me.
One Moment follows the story o f a group of 6 close friends; Maggie, Joey, Adam, Shannon, Tanna and Pete, they’ve been such a close knit of friends for a while now, always hanging out, having a laugh. But one unfortunate night the loyalties and friendship is brought under scrutiny when Joey after attempting a cliff dive he’s done several times before fluffs his jump and ends up dead. The kids are utterly distraught but not more than Joey’s girlfriend Maggie. Her entire memory leading up to Joey’s jump is gone, and the fact that her and Adam left the scene immediately make the police and the others suspect she knows more than she’s letting on. Slowly everything starts falling apart, everything Maggie knew and believed her relationship with Joey was built upon comes tumbling down. Dark secrets are brought up she would never have imagined and loyalties and friendships are pushed to the limit.
It was an extremely difficult time for Maggie, and I honestly felt for her, her boyfriend of nearly two years was ripped away from her so quickly and she couldn’t even remember a single thing? And then she had to deal with everything unravelling around her, she thought she had the best relationship with Joey however it ended up that she didn’t really know him at all.
With a lot of books, if I’m able to this guess what is going to happen this usually puts me off from continuing with the book. But with One Moment despite realising early on what was going on, I still found myself spurred on to read to see how everything would unfold. I think the fact that I also had a massive connection with Maggie compelled me into reading too, she was such a strong character, with everything she kept discovering, she tried her utmost hardest to keep it together.
McBride’s writing also contributed significantly in making me want to read this book. Her writing flowed so well, it was poignant, breathtaking and occasionally left me with a huge lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. I wish I could share some of my favourite beautiful quotes in this review. I think I may have gone a bit overboard with the highlighting in my kindle!
Overall One Moment was an intense beautiful read which shattered my already fragile heart into tiny smithereens several times. I will definitely be checking out more of McBride’s work in the future.
Thank you NetGalley and Egmont USA for the opportunity to read this book.