In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn | I haven’t cried that much in a long time

I love it when the ARCs I choose end up on my favorites of the year list. It doesn’t matter how many of them might not be the best, and how many I might DNF during the year, because there are always a couple that will stand out in the best way possible. 

After reading «In an Instant», I will read anything Suzanne Redfearn publishes in the future. Atmospheric and utterly heartbreaking, the story of the Millers family made me cry multiple times, the tears of sadness and joy. 

goodreads blurb:

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?


Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.

«In an Instant» wasn’t my first book about a car accident or about survival. But it was definitely the most memorable one. Only because Suzanne Redfearn created the most heartbreaking story, where in just over 300 pages she managed to unfurl a large cast of characters showing everyone’s weaknesses and strengths. 


1 – No one can read this book and stay indifferent. I’m 100% certain that even people who rarely cry when reading a book will tear up at some point while reading «In an Instant». Emotionally intense, this was a story about family, love and what people are capable of in the most extreme situations. 

Even those this is not a thriller or mystery, it’s better to go into this book without knowing too much about the plot. This way you won’t see those emotional punches coming your way! 

2 – The way Suzanne Redfearn decided to tell this story was told was a very ingenious writing choice. I can’t say too much about it, but it was a creative way of showing everyone who was involved in the accident and also allowed for a more emotional approach. 

3 – Another highlight of this book, besides all of the feelings, was the atmosphere. The accident and survival felt very dark, and I could almost feel everything the characters were going through. Suzanne Redfearn did an amazing job describing the setting, and also getting to the bottom of human emotions. She dug very deep to find all of their fears, regrets and desires.

My rating:

P.S. Don’t forget to read the author’s note at the end of the book! 



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15 thoughts on “In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn | I haven’t cried that much in a long time

  1. So this is an Amazon First Reads for February (at least in the US) and I hadn’t picked mine yet! I’m so happy I saw your review. Excited to get to this one soon. 🙂

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