Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Accident

The Accident by C.L.Taylor

I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of this book by the publisher.

This is a stunningly good psychological thriller. Sue’s daughter is in a coma, after having stepped in front of a bus. Sue’s convinced it was not an accident, but why would Charlotte want to take her own life? Sue finds a disturbing entry in Charlotte’s diary, and that sets her on the trail of finding out what was going on in her daughter’s life in the last few weeks before her accident. And in doing so, she has to confront demons from her own past.

The story alternates between Sue’s actions in the current day, and Sue’s own diary entries from 20 years earlier, when she was caught in an abusive relationship with charmer James. But how can those long ago event have any bearing on what happened to Charlotte? Sue is sure they do, even though everyone, including her husband, think she must be going mad.

Brilliantly paced, the tension builds throughout this novel to a dramatic conclusion. The author is better known for her funny, light rom-com novels, but I very much hope she writes more of this kind of thing. Tense, compelling, and thoroughly recommended. 

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