Title: In the Blink of an Eye
Author: Jesse Blackadder
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Page Count: 384
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In the Blink of an Eye is award-winning author Jesse Blackadder’s deeply emotional drama that explores a family’s path to forgiveness and redemption in the aftermath of a tragedy.
The Brennans—parents, Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby—have made a sea change, from chilly Hobart, Tasmania, to subtropical Murwillumbah, New South Wales. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they’re still adjusting to work, school, and life in a sprawling purple clapboard house, when one morning, tragedy strikes.
In the devastating aftermath, the questions fly. What really happened? And who’s to blame? Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah—his innocence lost—faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain.
In the Blink of an Eye is a haunting, redemptive story about forgiveness and hope.
In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder is a family drama that follows one family during their time of tragedy. Told from the point of view of both parents and a teenage son this one is an emotional ride from start to finish.
Finn and Bridget Brennan have been married for years and are the proud and happy parents to their two sons, teenage Jarrah and toddler Toby. The family had just made the move from a chillier climate to one of sunshine and warmth in order for Bridget to care for her mother.
Bridget is used to being the bread winner of the family working full time while Finn had been the more hands on parent as he dabbled in a career as an artist. The family however had just gotten the great news that Finn may just have gotten a big break when unfortunately tragedy hits them full force.
After finishing this book I read that Jesse Blackadder wrote this one in tribute to her own family and what they had gone through and it made sense to me how she captured the characters and the emotions. There is obviously no right or wrong way to behave when faced with difficult times and the three characters in the book each have their own ways of coping and grieving so that the story just oozes with emotion as they go through the loss, the anger, the grief, the blame and all other emotions.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Jesse Blackadder is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, freelance journalist and a budding screenwriter. Her novel The Raven’s Heart won the Benjamin Franklin award for historical fiction, and she was awarded an Antarctic Arts Fellowship for her novel Chasing the Light.Jesse Blackadder is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, freelance journalist and a budding screenwriter. Her novel The Raven’s Heart won the Benjamin Franklin award for historical fiction, and she was awarded an Antarctic Arts Fellowship for her novel Chasing the Light.