What the blurb says:
KEEPING THIS SECRET WAS KILLING HER…
A gripping psychological thriller about the deadly secrets your children can keep …
Sue Jackson has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality.
Retracing her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte’s private world. In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past.
Sue will do anything to protect her daughter. But what if she is the reason that Charlotte is in danger?
The Accident starts off with Susan by her daughter’s bedside, Charlotte is in a coma as a result of what appears to have been an accident when she stepped in front of a bus. Susan knows this was no accident and what follows has got to be one of the most tightly plotted and chillingly paced psychological thrillers I have read in a long time! The reader is then taken on a journey from the present day to the 1990s through a series of diary entries which outline a past from which Susan fears that she will never escape – a past she fears has come to haunt her and to claim the life of the daughter she cherishes.
Through the diary entries the reader begins to understand what lies behind Susan and her unreliable narration throughout the book; as a reader you sway between believing her and thinking that just maybe she is unstable and unwell. I was frustrated for Susan as I very much believed her from the outset; I felt her pain and anguish as a mother and a female and wanted to slap her husband, Brian, at times as he just seemed to want to medicalise her every emotion into one that required a chemical cosh to deal with.
Charlotte’s story is told through the voice of her mother and her acquaintances and as a reader I felt a strong empathy for her.The characters we come across evoke some very strong emotions from revulsion to pity throughout. There are some powerfully written characters in this book (but I don’t want to go into too many details and give the game away!)
The Accident tackles some extremely dark and emotional themes, abuse and control alongside secrets and lies; at times it is not an easy read for sure but it is not gratuitous; as a reader I hope it engenders an understanding of the impact emotional abuse can have on an individual and why it is not just as simple as walking out and leaving for some victims.
I finished this book almost in one go (apart from a short sleep in between) and it was a gripping, chilling and twisted read that kept me guessing all the way to the end. The Accident will mess with your head – a sure-fire winner for me!
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