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Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
It 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 party the night before. She remembers climbing the path hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, safe. So why can’t she remember what happened next?

All it takes is one second for everything to change. One moment to realize that it’s the people you love who hurt you the most.
Maggie and her close friends spend one summer day at a gorge where they take turns diving into the water. Maggie is scared but Joey, her boyfriend, takes her hand and they climb the rocky ledge and prepare to jump together. The next moment, Maggie climbs down the gorge to find Joey surrounded by blood and not breathing. All she can remember was the kiss before the jump and Joey telling her to trust him.

I hated the feeling of being kept in the dark while Maggie narrated and she kept going in circles about the whole gorge incident. Thankfully the book was not so long and things came to light pretty soon. The writing was great in the way that it made me analyse the behaviour of characters in the aftermath of Joey's death and in incidents Maggie recalled (her first date with Joey, parties and other events) and question why someone would be acting a certain way.

Although I didn't like Maggie as she was quite self-absorbed and the type to run away from the truth even though it was staring her in the eye, I felt for her when the secrets kept from her were revealed and things got ugly. Overall an engrossing novel.