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.
‘Cath Staincliffe takes instances which could happen to any of us, and takes us into its depths – you can’t help but wonder how you would feel and respond in the same situation, and characters are real and believable’ BCF Book Reviews
‘Staincliffe knows how to crawl inside a character’s mind and spill out her story. A slice of realism, but a cracking good read’ Mystery People
‘A novel of betrayal, guilt and family relationships that is an utterly compelling read’ RandomThingsThroughMyLetterbox
‘The story is well written, the principal characters, and the story of sibling rivalry very believable … The author never fails to impress’ www.eurocrime.co.uk