In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn was a free book from Amazon with our Prime account. I was SHOCKED to see it had excellent reviews on Goodreads, because I just didn’t think it was that great. Stay tuned to the end of the post for a book I DO recommend.
Finn and her family are in the mountains for a weekend away. They are driving a stripped-down camper, so the whole crew can ride together. On their way to dinner just after arriving, they encounter a deer in the road and the camper goes over the guard rail into a ravine. The book is about the events that happened after the accident and follows each member of the family until they have found happiness again. The whole time I read this book I just felt like something was “off” for me and while reading the author’s note at the end it all started to make sense. This story is based off some real events that happened to the author’s family, but they have been greatly embellished for the sake of drama. Looking back, you can tell the author has some very strong, negative feelings towards a character in the book who was a person in the author’s life.
It was just ok for me. I’m not one to give up on a book once I’ve started, so I did finish this book and I will say it held my attention. It just was not great by any means.
HOWEVER, if you are interested in a GREAT story about tragedy in the mountains, you should read The Mountains Between Us by Charles Martin which is also a movie now. This book was emotional and I couldn’t put it down!
If the beach/remote island setting is more your thing, please read Castle of Water. OH MY this book was emotional, but I loved it so, so much!