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In This Moment by Karma Brown Book Review

In This Moment by Karma Brown Book Review

Release Date May 30, 2017

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?

In This Moment by Karma Brown Book Review

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.

Hooked Me Right Away

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.

Read The Acknowledgments

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. Another one of my favorite summer reads is Kathleen Barber’s Are You Sleeping.

Special thanks to Karma Brown, Harlequin/ Park Row Books & NetGalley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

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About the Author: Karma Brown

In This Moment by Karma Brown Book Review Karma Brown
Karma Brown | Photo by Jenna Davis

Karma has always loved the written word. As a kid she could usually be found with her face buried in a book, or writing stories about ice-skating elephants. Now that she’s (mostly) grown up, she’s a bestselling author whose debut novel, Come Away with Me, was a Globe & Mail Best 100 Books of 2015. Karma’s sophomore novel, The Choices We Make, also earned her a spot on the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star bestseller lists. Her third novel, In This Moment, hits shelves May 30, 2017.

A National Magazine Award winning journalist, Karma has been published in a variety of publications, including SELF, Redbook, Today’s Parent, Best Health, Canadian Living and Chatelaine.

Karma lives just outside Toronto, Canada with her husband, daughter, and a labradoodle named Fred. When not crafting copy or mulling plot lines, she is typically running or working on her downward dog, hanging out with her family, making a mess in the kitchen and checking items off her bucket list. Karma is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists, and is currently wearing down her laptop’s keyboard writing her next novel.

Momma, wife, baker, reader & smart ass. I am Really Into doughnuts, inside jokes, trash TV, pizza, 48 Hours & George Michael.

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