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Women’s Fiction | One Minute Later | Susan Lewis

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book cover One Minute Later Susan Lewis

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.

One Minute Later by Susan Lewis is published by Harper Collins (21st February 2019) and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats. The paperback publishes 25th July 2019.


One Minute Later is a family drama with secrets and woes including loss, illness and heartache.

Vivienne’s world changes dramatically on her birthday when a missed heart problem leads her back to her mum and old home. Away from her glamorous lifestyle in London, she takes time to adjust to her familiar surroundings.

Shelley and her family endure loss but decide to share their home to help others.

A dual timeline story depicting Vivienne’s present and Shelley’s past. I struggled to enjoy the beginning as found the two stories difficult to connect with. Once the reason for the two stories became apparent I then finished the book in two sittings, and thoroughly enjoyed the later half.

Details on organ donation provides a thought-provoking and powerful message. So much so, that I want to make sure I am also on the list and to ensure my family understand this wish.

An emotional story and overall a great read.

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Susan Lewis

Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of over forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense and crime. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s.

Following periods of living in Los Angeles and the South of France, she currently lives in Gloucestershire with her husband James, stepsons Michael and Luke, and mischievous dogs Coco and Lulu.

To find out more about Susan Lewis, visit her website, or join in on  You can also follow her on Twitter @susandlewis.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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