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In the Blink of an Eye

In the Blink of an Eye

A Novel

Jesse Blackadder

St. Martin's Press

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"Absolutely captivating....This is a masterpiece of women's fiction."—Booklist (starred review)

"Absorbing....Fast-moving but emotionally resonant." Kirkus reviews

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.

Praise for In the Blink of an Eye

"In the Blink of an Eye moves inexorably through the stages of grief and blame after the most unthinkable but all too common tragedy, and Jesse Blackadder forcibly sweeps us along with her. She's created a complex family blindsided by loss, whose pain we can feel as it drags them apart and slowly, by intricate small steps, inches them toward forgiveness. I gave a whole day to this book, unable to put it down until I trusted that they'd found some light to guide them forward." —Rosellen Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Before and After

"In the Blink of an Eye is intimate, raw and beautiful. Blackadder takes the reader into the home, into the very minds of the Brennan family, exposing their loss and painting a vivid landscape of hope and healing." —Bryan Reardon, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Jake

"In the Blink of an Eye is at once heartbreaking but heartening, tragic but life affirming, its characters complex but familiar, its ending miraculous but well earned. It is a book of contrasts then, so it’s little wonder that even as you can’t stop rushing through, you feel it will stay with you for a very long time." —Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How It Always Is

“A captivating, visceral, beautifully written story of a family navigating a nightmare. The characters were so real and relatable that I was riveted, thoroughly invested in each of their journeys. Jesse Blackadder is a powerful storyteller writing from her heart an… More…




"In the Blink of an Eye moves inexorably through the stages of grief and blame after the most unthinkable but all too common tragedy, and Jesse Blackadder forcibly sweeps us along with her. She's created a complex family blindsided by loss, whose pain we can feel as it drags them apart and slowly, by intricate small steps, inches them toward forgiveness. I gave a whole day to this book, unable to put it down until I trusted that they'd found some light to guide them forward." —Rosellen Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Before and After

"In the Blink of an Eye is intimate, raw and beautiful. Blackadder takes the reader into the home, into the very minds of the Brennan family, exposing their loss and painting a vivid landscape of hope and healing." —Bryan Reardon, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Jake

"In the Blink of an Eye is at once heartbreaking but heartening, tragic but life affirming, its characters complex but familiar, its ending miraculous but well earned. It is a book of contrasts then, so it’s little wonder that even as you can’t stop rushing through, you feel it will stay with you for a very long time." —Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How It Always Is

“A captivating, visceral, beautifully written story of a family navigating a nightmare. The characters were so real and relatable that I was riveted, thoroughly invested in each of their journeys. Jesse Blackadder is a powerful storyteller writing from her heart and experience.” —Robyn Harding, international bestselling author of The Party

"In the Blink of an Eye is devastating, heartbreaking, and gut-wrenching. It is also immeasurably beautiful and by far one of the most powerful and compelling explorations of loss and grief I have ever encountered." —Rhiannon Navin, author of Only Child

"Blackadder presents an absolutely captivating look at the aftermath of a tragedy that rips a family apart at the seams. Issues of trust, the burden of responsibility, and forgiveness are dealt with on an expert level. This is a masterpiece of women's fiction, as the complexities and intricacies of both the characters and the situations are devastatingly and utterly realistic. The story is raw in its intimacy, grabbing hold of the reader’s heart and not letting go."—Booklist (starred review)

"Fast-moving but emotionally resonant, the book effectively takes readers inside the minds and hearts of a family blindsided by loss and trying to decide whether they can move forward together, apart, or at all."—Kirkus reviews

"Blackadder's masterful, moving novel explores the unraveling of a family in the face of unimaginable loss— and how they ultimately stitch themselves back together. A searing study of grief, marriage and forgiveness, this book grabbed me by the heart and didn't let go." —Colleen Oakley, author of Before I Go and Close Enough to Touch

"A heart-wrenching, beautifully told story about tragedy and the slow journey toward hope. As Finn, Bridget, and Jarrah wade through their grief, readers will find themselves surprised by moments of grace. This story will linger long after the last page is turned." —Nicole Baart, author of Little Broken Things and You Were Always Mine

"Quite simply a masterpiece." —Kate Forsyth, author of Beauty in Thorns, Bitter Greens, and The Wild Girl

"This achingly beautiful novel broke my heart. And then put it back together." —Wendy James, author of The Golden Child

"A beautiful work. One of the most moving and artistically satisfying endings I’ve read in a long while." —Susan Johnson, author of The Landing

"A novel that will get into your bones —captivating, heartbreaking, and immensely beautiful." —Eliza Henry-Jones, author of In the Quiet and Ache

"A poignant triptych of family grief and redemption that sees the author’s prose leap to a new level of magnificence." —Ashley Hay, author of A Hundred Small Lessons

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Jesse Blackadder

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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