By: Kristina McBride
Available 26 June 2012
This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.
Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand 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?
This Blonde’s Review:
Everything was perfect. Maggie was spending time with her best friends and her perfect boyfriend and nothing could be better. She was planning a special night with her boyfriend and was finally going to get the courage to jump off the cliff into the water below.
A moment later, it all changed. She doesn’t know what happened, only that something terrible did. She said she trusted him. He kissed her. Then she didn’t jump. He did, but he didn’t make it. Maggie is left screaming and not understanding. Adam is there for her, as he always has been, and finds her. He tries to prevent her from seeing what happened to Joey and he gets her home. The police and Joey’s family try to piece together what happened that day, but Maggie’s can’t remember. She doesn’t know what happened after he kissed her.
In the aftermath of Joey’s death secrets come out. Maggie discovers that Joey didn’t go home that night, and she knows he wasn’t with her. He had been acting strangely and no one will admit to anything. With her friends falling to pieces and attempting to grieve in their own ways, Maggie tries to piece together what happened. What did the secrets he kept from her mean? Maggie starts to remember things about the months leading to Joey’s death and is told things she wasn’t aware of before. As she starts to get a better picture of who Joey really was, she is left trying to decide if the friends she has left are the people she thought they were.
One Moment is the heartbreaking story of how a single moment can change or end a life. As everyone grieves and some struggle with their guilt some things were painfully obvious to me, while other things made me worry about how this one was really going to end. Some things are hard to come back from so I found myself want to race to the end of this one to find out if Maggie, Adam, and the rest of the group would recover or if they’d lose another of the friends by the time this one ended.
I really enjoyed this one. There were so many secrets that Maggie’s friends had been keeping from her, so it was understandable that she wouldn’t tell anyone the things she started to remember. Watching her struggle to put it together was hard to read. There were so many things that I had to hope weren’t true, that I was misreading the situation. With everything that had happened I hoped I wasn’t right about things. When discovering everything you thought mattered was based on a lie, you can run away or you can face it. Watching Maggie’s dance with running from information and facing it seemed very well balanced. This is the author’s second book but my first exposure to her work. I can’t believe I let her first book sit in my kindle tbr list for as long as I have. I’m definitely going to be bumping that one up the list and looking for her next work.
If a book about death, heartbreak, betrayal, and watching the very real way friendships can splinter and fall apart in the wake of disaster sounds like your type of read then you’ll want to catch this one when it comes out. Maggie’s story will break your heart and let you see how even though it’ll never be the same life can be put back together.