One Last Second by Sam Vickery

I’m delighted to be part of the tour today for this wonderful book. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

I never expected to be doubted, but if I can’t make them believe me, what then? I sit here beside her stroking her tiny hands as she sleeps and she looks so perfect. It never crossed my mind that something would be wrong with my sweet girl and I’d be powerless to do anything to help her.
When Madeline’s six-year-old daughter Tilly collapses one Sunday night, Madeline’s world is turned upside down. Racing to the hospital, she imagines the worst scenarios in her mind, but when they arrive the doctors say that Tilly is fine.
Madeline’s ex-husband Adam and her best friend Laura think Madeline is being overprotective, that Tilly fainted because of her fussy eating. But Madeline is sure something is seriously wrong with Tilly. She can feel it. And she believes that a mother’s instinct is never wrong.
As Madeline embarks on a desperate journey to have Tilly re-diagnosed, taking her in and out of hospital, Adam and Laura begin to wonder if Tilly would be safer in Adam’s care. Madeline just wants to keep her daughter safe, but the harder she pushes the closer she comes to losing her…

One Last Second is an emotional reminder of just how far a mother will go to protect her child. Readers of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Kate Hewitt will never be able to forget this heartbreaking and beautiful story.

My Review:

This is actually a difficult book to review. Not because I didn’t like it, quite the opposite. I loved it so much that it’s difficult to describe quite how wonderful this book is.

Straight away I was totally consumed by this book. I was totally absorbed into the world of the characters. I literally sat all evening reading this, because I couldn’t put it down.

It’s so well written. It’s told from both Madeleine and Laura’s points of view. They’ve been friends for most of their lives, and the lives of them all, including Adam, are very intertwined. There are chapters which delve into the past, which give us a real insight into their relationships.

I couldn’t tell if Madeleine was a very over protective mother, or if her instinct was right. Poor Tilly certainly seemed very ill, but when we get Laura’s perspective on things, it casts a little bit of doubt. Either way, I really felt for Madeleine, you could feel her urgency and fear.

I won’t say too much about the plot, for fear of spoiling it, but it’s totally compelling and complex.

This is a book that will totally consume you and that won’t let you go. It’s one that will stay with me for a long time. Heart-rending and beautiful.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author Bio:
Sam Vickery is an English author who loves gritty, emotional stories that can make you sob. As a child, she was forever getting in trouble for being caught with her nose in a book, and these days are no different. She lives on the south coast of England with her husband, two children and a cat that thinks it’s a dog.
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