In the Blink of an Eye: A Novel

In the Blink of an Eye: A Novel

by Jesse Blackadder


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ISBN-13: 9781250199959
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 156,456
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

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.

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In the Blink of an Eye: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
CLynnT 1 days ago
If you want to walk out of your life and into another, feel the love, the pain, the loneliness, the entire gamut of emotions of someone other than yourself, even if only for a glimpse, this is your book. The subject is a difficult one to write about. A family loses their two-year-old in an accident when he drowns in the family pool. Sadly, this is a common occurrence but not many authors will attempt to put it on paper. Jesse Blackadder wasn’t afraid. She exposes human nature; the ugliness, the sacredness, the harsh reality, and the will to live that’s kept us in perpetual motion for centuries. I strongly recommend this book, this author, and I salute her for her honest portrayal of human angst. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for making it available.)
Caroldaz 2 days ago
This is a heartbreaking, yet moving story. Bridget and Finn have moved to a new area in New South Wales with their children, Jarrah, a teenager and Toby, a toddler. The story is told from various POV’s which makes it more interesting. Jarrah is struggling as a teenager, struggling with his emotions and his sexual identity. He is very close to Toby, caring for him as a father would. Bridget works full time and is the main earner in the family while Finn is a struggling artist. A tragedy strikes when Toby wanders into the pool in their back yard and drowns. The story is then mainly about how each struggles with their grief and self-blame and their struggle to remain a family. I particularly enjoyed each POV. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
brf1948 2 days ago
In the Blink of an Eye is a novel that will break your heart - and help you find forgiveness and closure as you work through the grief, and find ways to aid others to achieve acceptance and the path to serenity as you yourself must do. Jesse Blackadder writes from a place of personal knowledge, and her very sincerity can help the reader find peace within. I started out reading a fictional account of a tragedy and ended finding answers long hidden in a tragedy of my own. Thank you, Jesse Blackadder, for sharing with us your understanding of grief. The first thing your mind does in an instant of life-changing pain is looking for blame. And you can always find a reason to blame yourself. This is a book I am grateful to recommend to friends and family. It is a story all parents should read. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Jesse Blackadder, and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
KerryACroucier 4 days ago
Being a mom, this one ripped out my heart. In the blink of an eye, everything can change. It just takes a back turned for a second, a small distraction, and tragedy can strike. What happens after the tragedy is the heart of the novel. How can the Brennan family survive when the unthinkable happens? The guilt, the blame, and the loss are all jumbled together as each member tries to understand and figure out how it happened, why it happened, and how they will live with the consequences. Told from the points of view of the three Brennan family members, in first, second, and third person, this is a novel that will make you think about how you would react. My heart broke for Jarrah, the teen was already floundering, and his parents were so wrapped up in their own grief, he had no one to talk to, and then there was the confusing teen stuff piled on top of it. This book will put you through an emotional wringer. It is well-written, and will make you wonder: what would you do if something like this happened? It will also make you want to keep an eagle-eye on young ones, because, a second of distraction and the unthinkable can happen.
bookluvr35SL 4 days ago
Finn & Bridget Brennanand their two sons, Jarrah and Toby have recently moved to Murwillumbah, New South Wales. Everyone is still getting adjusted to new schedules and places, not yet had the opportunity to make any close friends. Then tragedy strikes in the blink of an eye, and their youngest son Toby is found dead in their pool. What follows is blame... blaming each other, blaming themselves, not really knowing who or what is to blame. This book was so sad. I really felt for Finn, Bridget and Jarrah, It was hard to read, but so worth it.
Fredreeca2001 4 days ago
The Brennan’s have uprooted and moved to a totally different place. The family, Finn, Bridget, Jarrah and Toby are just working hard to adjust to a whole new environment. New jobs, new friends, new school is tough on everybody. Then the unthinkable happens. It tears the family apart. Jarrah is a young boy coming to terms with who he is. When the tragedy strikes he has to take on an adult role he is not ready for. Bridget is so wracked with guilt and anger she makes some self-destructive decisions. Then there is Finn. He is so determined to protect and keep his family together, he loses sight of who he is. This is an emotional story. Each person in this family deals with the heartbreak differently and it takes a huge toll on the family as a unit. This novel takes you in an emotional roller coaster. It is hard to read in places because it rips your heart to pieces. Don’t miss this tale of love, strength, hope and forgiveness. I received this novel from St. Martin’s Press for a honest review.
LlamaJen 5 days ago
For some reason I was extremely worried I wouldn't like this book. I ended up really enjoying. The cover of the book does not do the story justice. I loved the author's writing style. It completely drew me into the story. This book is incredibly sad and follows a family trying to deal with a horrible tragedy. Finn, Bridget and Jarrah each grieve in separate ways. Finn would do anything for his family and pretty much does. Of all the characters, I liked Bridget the least. Actually, I had a hard time liking her at all. I wanted her to see how much her husband loved her and his family. He was willing to take all the blame to protect her. I did love Bridget's job with the koalas. After finishing the book, I reread the prologue and it definitely makes more sense to me now. Was Meredith really there to offer support for the family or was she there with ulterior motives? I felt like she might have been there to help gather evidence in support of her cause. She not not have been the right volunteer to help the Brennan family. I loved Tom. He was the perfect friend for Jarrah and helped the family deal with their loss. The author's note was heartbreaking and this book was definitely a labor of love. This book was full of love and forgiveness. I definitely recommend the book and can't wait to read more books by the author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Lillian Maddocks-Cummings 5 days ago
You turn your back for a moment. A family is torn apart when their young son dies and one parent will give up everything to try & save what is left of their family. Finn knows that he should try harder but he really hates living on the North Coast he just wants to take his family back home. But his wife Bridget is happy here she has a great job but Finn still can't seem to settle. He knows that it is his fault that they left to come here but he hoped that Bridget would have put that mistake behind them. Bridget won't be going back Tasmania she can't face her best friend after what happened and Finn just needs to accept that this is their new home. Finn loves looking after his sons Toby & Jarrah but he worries about the eldest as he is becoming more withdrawn and he can't seem to get a word out of him. Jarrah is finding school much harder than before he is been teased badly and now a girl wants to be his friend and he isn't even sure if he likes girls. He knows that things are weird at home, his dad hides away in his workshop all the time and his mom is always working. At least he has his little brother Toby, he lights up the room easily and he is all that he needs in his life. Finn has been offered a place in a gallery and that means that he will need to do some serious metalwork to get anything done on time. He knows that his art doesn't make much but he is good at it and he needs this right now. Bridget knows that she needs to step up and help around the house so that Finn can get ready in time. But she turns her back on Toby for one moment and their lives change in an instant. Finn knows that the gate was closed and he doesn't know how Toby made it to the pool. Things take a turn for the worst when he is arrested as the police are blaming Toby's death on him and he knows that he has to make it right. Will they ever be able to recover from this tragedy? What happens if Finn goes to jail? The family needs to stick together but Jarrah is depressed and he scared his only friend Tom away and he doesn't think that there is anything left to live for. Bridget blames Finn for everything and she accepts none of it. Can Finn bring his family closer or is it just too late? A very sad read. Can't even imagine what the author's family went through all those years ago. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.
MeganLeprich 5 days ago
Thank you so much to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I feel like I'm in the minority here because I really didn't like this book. It did peak my interest in the beginning but at the same time I was confused by the dialogue. It was kind of all over the place and numerous times I found myself lost to what was going on in the book. Also it really irritated me that the fifteen-year-old was tasked with always watching his baby brother while his parents both "worked". The fact that the mom had no clue how to even get both of them ready in the mornings was horrible. This book is about a family that recently moved due to the husband Finn cheating on his wife Bridget with her best friend. They have two sons, Jared and Toby, and Bridget is the main bread winner in the family until Finn finds out his art is going to be showcased and is looking at getting a lot of money. It seems like everything is going good for the family in their new home until a tragedy occurs that rocks their worlds. Each one takes the blame for it in their own way and their family starts shattering. I wasn't a huge fan of any of the characters in this book and honestly I found the parents Finn and Bridget really creepy. Who swims naked with their fifteen year old son? Also like I said before, Jared was tasked with pretty much always watching his younger brother while still trying to be a kid himself and go to school. That really annoyed me since the dad was the one supposed to be keeping an eye on him while the mom worked. The obsession that Jared had with his litter brother was also creepy and that somehow made him think that he was gay was another poor point in the book for me. And don't even get me started on the ending, the parents go into the pool turned into a pond and have sex and then......? All in all I really didn't care for this book. I understand it was the author's own story from losing her little sister to a drowning when she was younger but if that's how her life really played out after the tragedy I honestly feel sorry for her.
KindleKat64 5 days ago
Incredibly well written story about loss and the grieving an entire family goes through and how they manage. How "in the blink of an eye" your life can be tragically turned upside down. I felt everything. Every single emotion, every bit of pain. It was gut wrenching but it was heartwarming. I could not stop until I finished because I needed to know they would all be okay in the end. I will not soon forget this story.
Aqswr 5 days ago
The death of a young child through a preventable accident causes ripples of trauma through the remaining family unit. The accusations, whether verbalized or silent, of negligence hover over every thought and conversation. And these accusations don’t just involve the actual accident; they expand and engulf untold episodes of other almost-accidents. As though the child had been saved from death countless times only to be lost finally, somehow, intentionally. Author Jesse Blackadder wrote IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE with a survivor’s perspective and the devotion to detail gives her away. This is a book that is riveting in its feeling of authenticity and heightened sense of humanity. It is impossible to stop once started; not so much as a family in disintegration but as a storm brewing. You’ll want to read through the raging and get to the calm beyond the storm. It is a heart-rending tale based in part on the author’s childhood. I received my copy from the publisher though NetGalley.
Jenny_Brown 6 days ago
This is the story of parents Bridget and Finn and their son Jarrah, after a family tragedy. Because the subject matter is a little tough (the tragedy that sets things in motion), I had a difficult time getting started on the book, but once I did, I was drawn into their world. Blackadder made an interesting writing choice, giving us the story of Finn in the third person, the story of Bridget in the second person, and the story of Jarrah in the first person. It made knowing whose chapter you were in quite easy to follow. But it also was a way to really draw us into the story, as an observer, a participant, and even as an accuser of sorts. Each character reacts to the tragedy in different ways, and I was drawn to each of them. There are some twists, some legal issues, and a lot of each coping in his or her own way. The story takes place in Australia, so as an American, I was fascinated too by the locale, which is described and discussed at length as aspects are relevant to the plot (Bridget is working on saving koalas). The ending of this book was just right and I'm ultimately glad I got over my initial hesitation and read it.
PegGlover 6 days ago
In The Blink of an Eye is a beautifully written poignant story about the Brennan family and how each member survived after being crushed by a catastrophic loss. After being betrayed, Bridget decided that a move to, far away subtropical Murwillumbah, NSW was necessary. Fifteen-year-old Jarred and two-year-old Toby had no say, in the matter. And, Finn, didn’t dare voice his opinion. The Brennan’s were just finding their rhythm and enjoying their new start in life, when a tragedy, so great, struck, forever changing each one of their lives. To protect his wife, from crumbling under the heavy weight of guilt, Finn took the blame for the horrific accident. Bridget could hardly look at Finn, and banned him, from their marital bed. Jarred coped by withdrawing into his lonely adolescent existence. That was, until a friend, comforted Jarred; opening his eyes, shattering his world, but setting him onto the road to acceptance. In The Blink of an Eye is a gripping, heartwrenching story, crafted with larger-than-life characters, raw emotion, and hope. Although this story is poignant, it is also heartfelt and enlightening. Bridget bathes in the healing love of Finn’s selfless sacrifice, Finn rejoices in Bridget’s forgiveness, and Jarred discovers freedom in acceptance. And I, closed this bittersweet book, with a smile on my face. This is the first book that I have read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last. Highly recommended. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.
lee2staes 6 days ago
In The Blink Of An Eye is a deeply emotional, intense drama about a family that crumbles after a terrible tragedy. It’s about a family fighting to make it through an unbearable grief, while attempting to protect and not blame each other. It is well written and is a fascinating read that I absolutely loved and highly recommend. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
lauriesophee 6 days ago
This is the perfect title! How fast a catastrophe can occur! In a blink of an eye! Can the fragments of family life be picked up and resemble any type of "normal" following a devastating tragedy? A novel of grief, hope and blame, following a family aberration that had me turning the pages to also find out "who did it or rather who did not do it"? It's heartbreaking, painful and certainly had me questioning each of the characters in this book. Yet, what was answered is that forgiveness to oneself is key to survival for all. A descriptive, beautifully written story!