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Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
Emily never lived in Seattle’s Blue Diamond apartments but now she’s packing up her parent’s unit following the death of her abusive, alcoholic mother. An awkward misfit who aspires to be an artist, Emily is stuck working for her famous father in a job she hates. She has to dodge her father’s efforts to set her up with eligible men and advance her career in his company as she pursues a romance with post doctorate physics student, James, who lives in a unit upstairs. Competition is fierce between James and his fellow students. When a position is rumored to be available at Cern, one of James’ peers will stop at nothing to ensure she gets it. Colby doesn’t want to be back in Seattle. His frustrations bubble over, channeled into bigotry and disgust. An altercation at a bakery sets him at odds with drag artist Charlemagne, who makes it her mission to get Colby kicked out of the Blue Diamond.
Every Moment and Not a Second More is an intimate study of personality and human relationships across the spectrum from loving to abusive. Each character in this novel is distinct and nuanced although not necessarily likeable or relatable. Hanson captures both their inner lives and their varying levels of societal integration with precision. Every Moment and Not a Second More becomes progressively darker as tensions between the characters increase and painful secrets are revealed. The denouement delivered one blindside after another as the lives of the Blue Diamond’s residents descend into madness and death, both of which Hanson details with surprising tenderness.