One Minute Later #BookReview #NetGalley

Written by Susan Lewis


150 hrt


You think your life is perfect.

You think your secrets are safe.

You think it’ll always be this way.

But your life can change in a heartbeat.

With a high-flying job, a beautiful apartment and friends whose lives are as happy as her own, Vivienne Shager is living the dream. Then, on the afternoon of Vivi’s twenty-seventh birthday, one catastrophic minute changes everything.

Forced to move back to the small seaside town where she grew up, Vivi remembers the reasons she left. The secrets, lies and questions that now must be answered before it’s too late. But the answers lie in thirty years in the past…

Shelley Raynor’s family home, Deerwood Farm, has always been a special place until darkness strikes at its heart. When Vivi’s and Shelley’s worlds begin to entwine, it only takes a moment for the truth to unravel all of their lives.

Brilliantly emotional, suspenseful and page-turning, One Minute Later is the stunning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, Susan Lewis.

Susan Lewis – behind every secret lies a story.








Compelling and Flawless!  5-stars


A beautiful read, and one which touched my soul.

Beginning with Vivi, a twenty something lawyer in London we get the feeling of what her life is like – and how much she loves it. Alternating chapters introduce us to Shelley and her life with her family in the country. As both stories merge, we find out much more about them, both happy and sad . . .

I did wonder when both these stories were going to merge and was convinced I had it worked out – but no, wrong again! But meet they do, and this morphs into an amazing read about friends, family, love and, oh, so much more. I have read many of Susan Lewis’ previous novels and this one is completely different to what I expected. A compelling and flawless read, it is one which will stay with me for a long time to come.

I’ve always believed in organ donation and have made sure my family are all aware of my feelings. This has some bearing in this book, and I now understand more than I did previously and can imagine it will have the effect of increasing the number of people who sign up to participate. This isn’t a ‘preachy’ read, rather it is part of the story, and makes it all the more riveting.

My thanks to publisher Harper Collins for my copy via NetGalley. As always, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: women’s fiction
  • Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
  • Size: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • Publication Date: 21 February 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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  •                                 Kobo
  •                                 W. H. Smith
  •                                 Waterstones




Meet the Author


A1htVdspwOL._UX250_ Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of thirty-five novels. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol. She lives in Gloucestershire.

To find out more about Susan Lewis, visit her website, or join in on

Susan is a supporter of the breast cancer charity Breast Cancer Care: and of the childhood bereavement charity Winston’s Wish:

Author photography copyright: Colin Thomas (2011)



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