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The Accident – C.L. Taylor

Psychological Thriller 4*'s
Psychological Thriller
4*’s

Fifteen year old Charlotte is in a coma, the legacy of having been hit by a bus, Sue her mother is at her bedside desperate to find the key to bring her round and she is sure that the key is that fateful sentence that she has read in Charlotte’s diary; ‘keeping this secret is killing me.’ The book is about Sue’s search for the elusive secret and this quickly overshadows the day to day worry of her daughter’s condition. An oddity of this book is that we learn very little about Charlotte as a person although we learn through her mother’s investigation, about some of the things she’s done, nothing that gives the essence of Charlotte.

The book is narrated by Sue with excerpts from her diary written in the early 1990’s when she met James, a man who was to change her life. Through the diary entries we learn more about Sue which allows the reader to forgive her clumsy attempts at detective work. Sue is nothing if not direct, she frightens Charlotte’s friend Ella, she accuses her husband, she points the finger at the school and as the reader we watch her anxiety levels rise as she struggles to convince everyone that she is coping.

I really enjoyed the diary sections; the descriptions of Sue’s relationship with James was so authentic it gave me goosebumps on occasions as the young Sue struggled to understand her own feelings and those of the charismatic James. Likewise Sue’s relationship with Brian, her husband was a good portrayal of a couple pulling in different directions wanting to believe their own truths and not able to confront a future without their beautiful daughter.

What stopped this being a five star read? Not a great deal, but some of the past events were inaccurate with one event in particular (which I can’t share for fear of spoiling a part of the story) couldn’t have happened as described in the 90’s. I also found myself wondering at some of Sue’s decisions, there were times when I needed to remind myself that this is a story and the character could behave as she wished and although it didn’t break my connection with the story it did stretch it a little.

I enjoyed this well-paced psychological thriller which was backed up by engaging writing. I’m a big fan of books that are centred on secrets and the ones in The Accident had woven themselves into the fabric of this family. The way C.L. Taylor reveals them is perfect as they reluctantly bought into the open and examined. Even better this book is backed up by the perfect twist at the end, something I hadn’t predicted but made perfect sense along with a small action that linked the beginning and the end!

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WWW Wednesday (April 2)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Accident by C.L. Taylor due to be published on 10 April 2014 by Harper Collins UK

The Accident
Blurb

A gripping debut 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? NetGalley

I have just finished a really great read in Precious Thing by Colette McBeth, my review will follow later this week.

Precious Thing

Next I will be reading a book I have been looking forward to after the first in the Paula McGuire series, The Lost.  My next read will be The Dead Ground by Claire McGowan

The Dead Ground

Blurb

A stolen baby. A murdered woman. A decades-old atrocity. Something connects them all…
A month before Christmas, and Ballyterrin on the Irish border lies under a thick pall of snow. When a newborn baby goes missing from hospital, it’s all too close to home for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, who’s wrestling with the hardest decision of her life.
Then a woman is found in a stone circle with her stomach cut open and it’s clear a brutal killer is on the loose.
As another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, Paula is caught up in the hunt for a killer no one can trace, who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
The Dead Ground will leave you gasping for breath as Paula discovers every decision she makes really is a matter of life and death… NetGalley

What are you reading this week?

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Friday Finds (February 28)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Well here we are at the end of February and my TBR continues to grow at a fair old rate

From NetGalley this week I have The Accident by C.L. Taylor which is due to be published on 10 April 2014.

The Accident
Blurb

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? NetGalley

I also have a copy of The Other Half by Sarah Rayner whose writing I love and even better it chronicles an affair and I haven’t read about adultery for a while! This one will be published on 25 March 2014.

The Other Half

Blurb

Chloe, bright, hip and single, is a feature writer with ambitions to launch a magazine of her own. When she meets James, her potential new boss, she knows she shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but finds it impossible to resist…
Maggie appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, a talented writer, and has a gorgeous husband. But something’s not quite right: his job as a magazine publisher is keeping him in the city until late most evenings, and some nights he doesn’t come home at all… Told in the alternating voices of the mistress and the wife, this story of an affair is a sharp, seductive take on modern love. Who, if anyone, comes out unscathed? In writing that is lively, sexy and sharp, the international bestselling author Sarah Rayner explores modern-day relationships and age-old moral dilemmas. NetGalley

From Amazon Vine I chose Precious Thing by Colette McBeth, a book I have been interested in for a while but had resisted until the willpower melted away.

Precious Thing

Blurb

I know her inside out. I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will.
Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.
They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under one another’s spell and nothing would be the same again. Now in their late twenties Rachel has the television career, the apartment and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, reported missing. Is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether?
Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it. Goodreads

Erin Kelly has another book due to be published in May so The Ties That Bind and since The Burning Air was on my top 10 of 2013, this had to go onto the TBR in readiness.

The Ties That Bind

Blurb

Could a soul, once sold, truly be redeemed?
Luke is a true crime writer in search of a story. When he flees to Brighton after an explosive break-up, the perfect subject lands in his lap: reformed gangster Joss Grand. Now in his eighties, Grand once ruled the Brighton underworld with his sadistic sidekick Jacky Nye – until Jacky washed up by the West Pier in 1968, strangled and thrown into the sea. Though Grand’s alibi seems cast-iron, Luke is sure there’s more to the story than meets the eye, and he convinces the criminal-turned-philanthropist to be interviewed for a book about his life.
Luke is drawn deeper into the mystery of Jacky Nye’s murder. Was Grand there that night? Is he really as reformed a character as he claims? And who was the girl in the red coat seen fleeing the murder scene? Soon Luke realises that in stirring up secrets from the past, he may have placed himself in terrible danger.Goodreads

Lastly I have added The Farm by Tom Rob Smith to my TBR after seeing it mentioned on FictionFan’s TBR Thursday

The Farm


Blurb

Until the moment he received a frantic call from his father, Daniel believed his parents were headed into a peaceful, well-deserved retirement. They had sold their home and business in London, and said “farewell to England” with a cheerful party where all their friends had gathered to wish them well on their great adventure: setting off to begin life anew on a remote, bucolic farm in rural Sweden.
But with that phone call, everything changes. Your mother’s not well, his father tells him. She’s been imagining things–terrible, terrible things. She’s had a psychotic breakdown, and has been committed to a mental hospital.
Daniel prepares to rush to Sweden, on the first available flight the next day. Before he can board the plane, his father contacts him again with even more frightening news: his mother has been released from the hospital, and he doesn’t know where she is.
Then, he hears from his mother:
I’m sure your father has spoken to you. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad. I don’t need a doctor. I need the police. I’m about to board a flight to London. Meet me at Heathrow.
Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother’s unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a horrible crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father. Goodreads

So what have you found to read this week?