Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Review: The Accident by C.L. Taylor
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: April 10th, 2014
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?
Books like The Accident aren't my usual genre of choice. I've never been into thrillers though have read and enjoyed a couple this year. I bought The Accident because it was really cheap on Kindle and I thought it'd be ok when I wanted to read something different - how right I was! I picked it up intending to just try the first chapter and before I knew it I was a third of the way through and completely addicted. Now that's good storytelling.
The Accident is told from Sue's perspective, a mid-forties woman whose teenage daughter is in a coma after walking in front of a bus. The timeline switches between now and the early nineties, cleverly explaining past events in Sue's life and how they're impacting the present day. Sue always knows that something isn't quite right with her daughter's accident and, as she begins to uncover more clues and more odd occurrences, she unravels a chilling turn of events that could put her whole family in danger.
This book is tightly plotted and compelling right from the beginning. Every character is realistic and flawed, especially Sue. She's not someone I instantly liked, though the flashbacks to her past helped me understand and sympathise with her more. She's not perfect, but neither is her husband or even her daughter. This is a family with a lot of secrets and mistakes, which only makes them that much more believable.
The Accident isn't a book I can talk about in detail without spoiling the plot. It's one that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a fast, immersive read, especially if you like thrillers and uncovering a mystery. The fact that I read it and enjoyed it so much should be testament to Cally Taylor and her writing - she made me go outside my comfort zone and see that, yes, this genre might just be one I like after all. I couldn't put this book down and I'm sure it's the same for most people reading it, so here's a tip: don't start The Accident unless you have a good spare few hours ahead of you. The last thing you'll want to do is put it down.