One Moment by Kristina McBride

Standalone. Sky Pony Press (Jan. 2017) NetGalley
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?

I've seen the original cover of this book for years. I was surprised to find out that it was being remarketed with a new cover. I never knew that the story surrounded a mysterious death but since I love mysteries I thought this would be perfect. Problem is, if you layout the mystery so obviously you can't call it a mystery.

I wanted to like this but from the get go I pretty much knew what happened down to the reasoning. It was a pretty messed up situation that led to the death of Joey, the main character's boyfriend. We are trying to figure out what Maggie knows. What happened that Joey, the thrill seeker, fell wrongly and died? Sounds interesting but again I could see everything from a mile away. It still felt wrong the way Joey died when all was revealed like Maggie couldn't have waited one moment (ha!) to do what she did? Bad timing.

Maggie and her circle of friends were unrelatable. There was a whole weird thing happening with blame as well as some shady friends but ultimately I didn't care enough about it. I didn't feel anything for her love interest either. I thought it was weird that the first thing he decided to do was drive her home away from a murder scene/potential investigation... How was that smart? This was unfortunately a complete disappointment.


  1. A mystery that isn't a mystery is always a bummer! Sorry this one was so disappointing.


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