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Blink of an Eye [Kindle Edition]

Cath Staincliffe
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a heartbeat, life changes.

A sunny, Sunday afternoon, a family barbecue, and Naomi Baxter and her boyfriend Alex celebrate good news. Driving home, Naomi's recklessness causes a fatal accident, leaving nine-year-old Lily Vasey dead, Naomi fighting for her life, Alex bruised and bloody and the lives of three families torn apart.

Traumatised, Naomi has no clear memory of the crash and her mother Carmel is forced to break the shocking truth of the child's death to her. Naomi may well be prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving. If convicted she will face a jail term of up to 14 years, especially if her sister's claim that Naomi was drink-driving is proven.In the months before the trial, Carmel strives to help a haunted and remorseful Naomi cope with the consequences of her actions.

Blink of an Eye is a novel about the nightmare that could be just around the next bend for any one of us.

Praise for Cath Staincliffe,

'A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie. Stunning.' Anne Cleeves.

Modest, compassionate...a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' Literary Review

'Complex and satisfying.' The Sunday Times

'About as good as the British private eye novel gets.' Time Out

'An engrossing read'. Sunday Telegraph.

'a page-turning, insightful thriller.' Big Issue.

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In a heartbeat, life changes. Blink of an Eye is a novel about the nightmare that could be just around the next bend for any one of us.

From the Back Cover

What's your worst nightmare?

Imagine a sunny Sunday afternoon. A family barbeque. A celebration. Then tragedy strikes. You wake in hospital, traumatized. Your mother tells you about the accident, a nine-year-old dead, your partner bloody and bruised, the lives of three families torn apart. You face prosecution for causing death by dangerous driving. It could mean 14 years in jail. What have you done?

Welcome to Naomi's world.

Praise for Cath Staincliffe

'Thought-provoking reportage about one aspect of modern Britain.' Literary Review

'An intelligent and emotionally engaging moral workout.' Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

'A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie. Stunning.' Anne Cleeves

'Modest, compassionate . . . a solid, ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' Literary Review

'Complex and satisfying.' Sunday Times

'About as good as the British private eye novel gets.' Time Out

'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that.' Val McDermid

'An engrossing read.' Sunday Telegraph

'A tense, thought-provoking novel that's full of compassion.' Women's Weekly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (18 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZRR1WO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cath Staincliffe is a best selling, award winning novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath's books have been short-listed for the British Crime Writers Association best first novel award and for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l'Année. In 2012 Cath won the CWA Short Story Dagger for Laptop, sharing the prize with Margaret Murphy with her story The Message. Both stories featured in Best Eaten Cold, a Murder Squad anthology. Cath was shortlisted again with Night Nurse in 2014. Cath's Sal Kilkenny private eye series features a single-parent sleuth working the mean streets of Manchester. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, inspired by Cath's own experience. Letters To My Daughter's Killer was selected for Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club in 2014 and featured on ITV3s Crime Thriller Club. Cath also writes the Scott & Bailey novels based on the popular UK TV series. Cath's latest stand alone book, Half The World Away, is a thriller about estranged couple Jo and Tom Maddox reunited in a desperate search for their daughter Lori missing in China. Cath is one of the founding members of Murder Squad - a group of Northern crime writers who give readings, talks and signings around the country. Cath was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK and now lives in Manchester, Lancashire with her family. You can follow her on Twitter, @CathStaincliffe, which she does when she should be busy writing!

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TV Drama waiting to happen! 28 April 2013
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Following a family barbecue on a sunny Sunday afternoon, Naomi and Alex are driving home when they are involved in a fatal car crash - Alex suffers from broken bones, Naomi almost dies, and is left with no memory, and a young nine-year-old girl is knocked off her bike and killed. To make matters worse, Naomi's sister Suzanne insists her younger sibling had been drinking too much, and shouldn't have been driving.

The story starts at the barbecue, and is told from alternative points of view - Carmel, Naomi's mother, and Naomi herself. Carmel is convinced her daughter would not have driven when drunk, which puts her at odds with her oldest daughter, who can't forgive Naomi for what she's done. During her parts of the story, we also learn about her own background, as well as insights into the sister's relationships.

Naomi's part is told from when she first wakes after the accident, dealing first with physical issues, and then the emotional ones. This for me was one of the strengths of the stories, being with Naomi as the full weight of the accident bears down on her.

I have to admit that for me, the first half of the story was the weakest - the accident didn't have the impact I expected it to, and I couldn't connect that well with Carmel as she reflected on her early life. I was glad I stayed with it though, because the second half had me enthralled. I had an idea at this half way stage as to where the story may go, and I stayed up far to late to finish the book and find out if I was right.

Cath Staincliffe takes instances which could happen to any of us, and takes us into it's depths - you can't help but wonder how you would feel and respond in the same situation, and characters are real and believable. Her experience as a script-writer also shines through - this would work brilliantly as a TV drama, and I would love to see it brought to life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A quick read 28 July 2013
By Sharon
One minute Naomi had been at a family barbeque celebrating the birth of her nephew and her boyfriend Alex's new job, the next she wakes up in hospital with no recollection of what happened inbetween which is probably just as well as she was involved in a terrible accident which killed a nine-year-old girl Lily.

Despite her sister Suzanne's insistence that Naomi had been drinking, her mother Carmel refuses to believe that her daughter would have driven if she was drunk. So who is correct and what exactly caused the accident?

Blink of an Eye is narrated from the viewpoints of both mother and daughter; Naomi's story begins as she wakes up in hospital with no memory of the crash so the only information she has to go on is what everyone is telling her. She struggles to cope with the emotions and guilt being responsible for the death of Lily and pushes everyone around her, including Alex, away.

Whereas through Carmel's part of the story we're provided with a background of the family relationships, particularly the sibling rivalry between Suzanne and Naomi, and we see a mother who strongly believes in her daughter's innocence and is determined to prove so despite what all the evidence is showing. Wouldn't we all want a Carmel on our side if we found ourselves in this position?

Personally for me this book didn't really start going until about half way in but I soon sped through the second half of the book as I wanted to see how it would end, and even though the conclusion was predictable this didn't spoil it for me.
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By ronix
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Blink of an Eye - Cath Staincliffe

Carmel & Phil Baxter are enjoying the splendid BBQ that their elder daughter, Suzanne has organised just three weeks after the birth of Ollie, their first grand-child.

Their younger daughter Naomi arrives with her partner, Alex armed with a bottle of champagne to celebrate Alex finally landing a job as he's recently qualified as a solicitor.

On the way home, Naomi and Alex are involved in a shocking road accident. A little girl is killed and Naomi suffers major injuries and also memory loss. Naomi is charged with the death of the girl and Carmel can't believe that her daughter would have driven drunk so sets out to find out the truth.

So ..... did I like the style used by the author? Carmel talks then Naomi talks ..... got a bit much. A terrible shame because this story should have had the power to make the reader go "What would I have done?" "What if it had been my child accused of this shocking crime?" Instead, I got to the end and breathed a sigh of relief that I'd actually managed to read to the final page. Such a shame, because I normally like Cath Staincliffe.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blink of An Eye 14 May 2013
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This book could have been so much better than it ended up being. I guessed the 'twist' less than half way through. And as for the characters? Quite honestly, I really did not give a damn about any of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than The Sal Kilkenny One I Tried 16 April 2014
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I liked this WAY better than the last one of hers I read, I must say. It was a lot more recently done, though, so better edited, although I was still disappointed in the mistakes in a paid for book. Seems you can't escape errors if you want to stick to reading on devices. A pity.
It was a fascinating story about an accident which kills someone and how it affects those left behind that were in the car and their families. Something that could easily happen to us of us, I'm sure. I really enjoyed it and there was plenty to hold my interest.There were some very funny moments in it despite the grim story as well. A lot of it I guessed ahead of time but that in no way spoilt it.
I didn't like that she opted suddenly now for American spellings !! Eulogized/socializing/modernized...not good in Manchester !! Odd words were missed from sentences, too-like of/in. There weren't any apostrophe mistakes, though !! I'll definitely read more by her, just not the Sal Kilkenny set.
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