The lowdown from Goodreads
Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she’s able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.
After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him.
Meg can’t help but blame herself for her role in this horrific disaster. Full of remorse, she throws herself into helping the boy’s family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more Meg tries to absolve herself, the more she alienates her own family—and the more she finds herself being drawn to the boy’s father, Andrew.
Soon Meg’s picture-perfect life is unravelling before her eyes. As the painful secrets she’s been burying bubble dangerously close to the surface, she will have to decide: Can she forgive herself, or will she risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart?
I’ve been wanting to read a Karma Brown book for what seems like forever! Come Away With Me has been sitting on my TBR pile for so long & I’ve heard such wonderful things about her writing style, so when I had the opportunity to snag a copy of In This Moment, I couldn’t resist.
Let me just say my Saturday afternoon came to a dead halt once I started reading, In This Moment; it hooked me right away. I do love a good thriller, but this book is so much more. Karma touches on the overwhelm so many of us feel & that nagging feeling of things being just enough out of our control that it affects every aspect of our life. The readers see this in Meg as her past catches up with her present & she deals with the aftermath of her actions. This book is heartbreaking, tense, fast paced, emotional with a satisfying ending.
I was sweating reading this book. The suspense builds & I felt my chest tighten as Meg just had the world stacking against her. I’m seriously calling into work next time I feel sick, just like Meg wished she had done. Can I just say that all the interaction with Andrew made me so incredibly uncomfortable? Even from the start I just didn’t trust him. I wasn’t totally in love with her spouse, Ryan, but some of Meg’s decisions made me cringe. W all do crazy things when we’re under overwhelming stress, so I can’t really blame her.
I loved reading about Karma’s inspiration for In This Moment in the Acknowledgments. An older aged woman was waiting to cross a busy street & the author was going to let her cross, but was concerned the other cars wouldn’t see her & BAM! that’s how she came up with the plot for In This Moment. I love it because it is so incredibly relatable. We’ve all been in situations where one tiny decision could (or does) have lifelong implications. I was Really Into my first Karma Brown book & I’m going to read the rest of her books ASAP. This is a wonderful summer read, a quick & enjoyable beach or airplane read & I bet you’ll be seeing & hearing more about it. In This Moment stays with you.
Special thanks to Karma Brown, Harlequin, Park Row Books & NetGalley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.