Book review: One Minute Later

By Susan Lewis
Published by HarperCollins

Synopsis: With a high-flying job, a beautiful apartment and friends whose lives are as happy as her own, Vivienne Shager is living the dream. Then, on the afternoon of Vivi’s twenty-seventh birthday, one catastrophic minute changes everything.

Forced to move back to the small seaside town where she grew up, Vivi remembers the reasons she left. The secrets, lies and questions that now must be answered before it’s too late. But the answers lie in thirty years in the past…

Shelley Raynor’s family home, Deerwood Farm, has always been a special place until darkness strikes at its heart. When Vivi’s and Shelley’s worlds begin to entwine, it only takes a moment for the truth to unravel all of their lives.

How did this book end up in my hands? I have read this book via an online serialisation by The Pigeonhole.

Was it a page-turner? I liked the author’s writing style since the very first paragraphs but I found it hard to get into the narrative until I was able to start guessing what connection there could be between the two storylines. After that, the chapters just flew by!

Having read the synopsis, did the book meet my expectations? I wasn’t sure what to expect from the synopsis as I found it quite vague so expectations were clearly exceeded. I am glad about that vagueness though as anything more accurate would have spoiled the surprise.

Did I like the ending? [no spoilers] Yes… and, with a tear or two, there is not much else I can say without giving anything away.

Three words to describe it. Sad. Hopeful. Inspiring.

Do I like the cover? I do, but I would have personally chosen to feature the two dancing bronzes on it.

Have I read any other books by the same author? Not yet. Clearly a mistake!

Will I be recommending this book? Yes, especially if you like slow-building dramas and you’re not ashamed to shed a few tears, both happy and sad. The dual narrative is very well accomplished too and I dare say that the structure of this novel is impeccable.

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