Blog Tour! The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello

“Don’t get me wrong. I loved my sister. I never, not once, wished her dead.”

Brady and Sabine Wilson are sisters born eleven months apart, but they couldn’t be more different. Popular Sabine, the head cheerleader dating the high school hunk, seems to have all the luck, while her younger, artsy sister "Brady Brooder" is a loner who prefers the sidelines to the limelight.

After Sabine dies in a horrific cheerleading accident, grief unravels Brady and her family. Once recognized for her artistic talent, 17-year-old Brady finds herself questioning the value of everything she once held dear. Her best friend betrays her. Her parents’ marriage is crumbling. And the boy everyone blames for the accident seems to be her only ally in the search for answers in the wake of her sister’s death. As an unlikely friendship emerges, Brady learns more about Sabine – and love – than she bargained for.

It is a known fact that everybody deals with death differently. We get to see several sides of the mourning process in this book. Brady's family and friends have all experienced the loss of Sabine, but have taken that loss in different ways.

The focus of the story is on Brady as she learns more about Sabine's life and the secrets that Sabine kept from her. She doesn't intentionally go looking for answers, but once the opportunity is open to her, she engages it. With each piece of information she takes a step back and looks at their past together and signs that what she is hearing is true. She is at a vulnerable point, not knowing what to believe or if the knowledge helps with the healing process or not.

With a small glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel and a foreseeable future. Brady makes a friend in the oddest of situations, and helps another from the same circumstances that befell her sister.

Bio: As a founding member of what the Oregonian has dubbed Portland’s “hottest writing group” (members include Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain, Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake and Cheryl Strayed), Suzy’s name has graced the acknowledgement pages of many a book. Her own award-winning writing has appeared in a bunch of journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA from Antioch Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing novels, does freelance copywriting and editing. The Moment Before is her debut novel. Suzy lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Kirk, and son, Carson. Find out more on

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