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Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Accident by C L Taylor

The Accident

I’d been looking forward to reading this book ever since I first read the premise, so I was really excited to receive a review copy. I’m pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Right from the start, the book takes you into a frightening world where it feels like anything could happen and probably will.

Two narratives run alongside each other through the novel. One thread follows the present day story of Sue, whose teenaged daughter is in a coma after deliberately walking in front of a bus. The other is a series of diary entries from Sue’s earlier life which throw light on the circumstances she’s found herself in and, equally importantly, how she reacts to them.

Both narratives are equally strong, and in each the tension, fear and jeopardy for Sue build up towards the climax in a terrifying and foreboding mix.

Sue’s quest to find out what happened to her daughter, and why, is hindered by the lies being told and secrets being kept by almost all the other characters. Unravelling the mystery with her is part of the appeal of the book and ultimately leads to a satisfying conclusion.

This book covers some dark themes, including domestic violence, betrayal and breakdown. In doing so it provides a thought-provoking as well as a challenging and satisfying one.

I’m definitely looking forward to CL Taylor’s next psychological thriller and can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers next.

I recommend this book to thriller lovers, and now I'm just looking forward to the next one.

Thanks very much to the publishers for a review copy of this book.

You can buy a copy here.

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