This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

“Infused with page-turning mystery, One Moment is as heartbreakingly real as it is unexpectedly romantic.”

—CAT PATRICK, author of Forgotten and Revived



Praise for ONE MOMENT

“Kristina McBride has written a poignant, heartbreaking tale of how one moment in a person’s life can change everything . . . a worthy addition to teen collections.”


“Realistic dialogue and a first-person narration that leaves adults outside the circle of interest mark this as a quick read that offers an aftertaste of thoughtfulness. . . . McBride’s story of death’s effect on the living is both artistic and authentic.”


“Good, solid drama about the power of secrets to test the bounds of friendship, with just enough tension to satisfy teen readers.”


“McBride skillfully interweaves Maggie’s flashes of memory with present action, making for a tense and absorbing psychological mystery.”


One Moment explores themes of loss, friendship, love, grief, and betrayal, and McBride does an excellent job of keeping them from becoming overwhelming. Readers will feel the bond between the teens and their pain. . . . [C]ompelling.”


One Moment took my breath away. Beautifully written, achingly romantic, and so much tension the pages seem like they’re turning themselves. One of the best books I’ve read in ages.”

LAUREN BARNHOLDT, author of Two-Way Street

“A page-turner that grabbed me by the throat, and was impossible to put down!”

KATRINA KITTLE, author of Reasons to Be Happy




We were running.

Almost there.

But the thunder of my feet crashed through something in my consciousness.

And I knew.

It was like I hit an invisible wall.

One that did not exist for Joey.

I had been so close to flying.

Then, suddenlyI stopped.


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One Moment – UK Edition

Book Info

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

ISBN (Hardcover): 978-1-60684-086-3 (1-60684-086-X)

ISBN (Paperback): 9781510714557

ISBN (eBook): 978-1-60684-269-0 (1-60684-269-2)