Monday, June 18, 2012

One Moment by Kristina McBride

One Moment by Kristina McBride
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Egmont USA

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? - Goodreads.com
I love to find a good, satisfying contemporary read that has a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, and a bit of twist that was startling and unexpected.  This is exactly what I got with Kristina McBridge's One Moment.

The author doesn't waste any time at all getting you right into the suspense of this story.  From the first few pages, the story sucks you right in with Joey's tragic death, and with Maggie's shocked reaction as she represses the memories she doesn't want to and just can't seem to face.  The entire storyline was so real... this could happen to anybody.  The events leading up to Joey's death are ones that happen every day, and where this led Joey was tragic and sad.  The characters in this story band together to get over their friend's death, and then the secrets begin to come out.

I loved how Kristina McBride slowly released the events, little by little, throughout the story until finally, the entire picture becomes clear.  Betrayals that Maggie didn't expect are revealed, and unexpected love she didn't know she had develops.

The characters in this story were real, with real flaws.  You come to care about all of them, even the ones that make mistakes.  And the developing romance for Maggie was so sweet.  The author did a great job in releasing information and taking matters to the next level at just the right moment.  This is my first Kristina McBride book, but I have definitely become a fan.


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