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Cath Staincliffe
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Book Description

18 July 2013
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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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780335687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780335681
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cath Staincliffe is an established 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. Cath's latest stand alone book, Letters To My Daughter's Killer, exposes the aftermath of violent crime for an ordinary family and explores fundamental questions of crime and punishment and whether it is possible to forgive. Letters To My Daughter's Killer was selected for Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club in 2014 and featured on ITV3s Crime Thriller Club. Ruthless is Cath's third novel based on the popular Scott & Bailey UK TV series. 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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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.

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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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15 of 17 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
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book BUT 5 July 2013
By Susie
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I did enjoy this book BUT I realised quite early on where it was going, still a very good story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it in 24 hours 30 Jun 2013
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I couldn't put it down. What an unpleasant person her sister is - I really felt like I knew Suzanne! A good light (ish) quick read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read it in one sitting 21 May 2013
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Told from the perspective of a Mother and Daughter.
Everyones worst nightmare..a drink driving accident in which a little girl is killed.
Very traumatic for all the family.
Obvious that all was nt as first assumed.

Would have liked a take on it from the victims Mother
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 14 May 2013
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Well written as all cath Staincliffes books are. Maybe not quite as strong a plot as some of her other books but a good read and very involving as the characters are very well set up and come across as "normal " people.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this, you will not be dissapointed 9 April 2014
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Gripping with an emotional storyline, could not put this down, you just want to keep reading more and you feel as though you are living it and involved with the characters. A twist at the end (did guess this) but can thoroughly recommend.
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Not to my taste. Struggled to bother finishing it.
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still to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lindab
A family torn apart by a tragedy supporting a daughter, not assuming blame. A predictable twist towards the finale. A good read though.
Published 8 months ago by LindaB
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner
This is compulsive reading. I was drawn in from the first sentence and wanted to know so badly the eventual outcome that I was tempted to race ahead, but the quality of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Brilliant book. Plenty of twists and turns . Would never of guessed the ending. Would highly recommend .to anyone who likes suspense books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
Heart wrenching, victims littered along the way, a life changing event that breaks everything. Well written,it's only gradually that the deception begins to emerge as an embryonic... Read more
Published 9 months ago by jackyalan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good and enjoyable 'on the end of your seat' sort of read!
Sad also because of the circumstances but overall well written and would read more from this author.
Published 11 months ago by niki p
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