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The Accident: The bestselling psychological thriller Kindle Edition
‘A rollercoaster of a suspense novel with multiple twists’ Daily Mail
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?
Fast-paced, suspenseful, this is a book with more twists than a helter-skelter. Perfect for fans of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.
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Praise for C. L. Taylor:
‘This dark and creepy book is a must read’ SUN
‘A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller’ Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO
‘Haunting and heart-stoppingly creepy … a gripping roller coaster of suspense’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘5/5 stars – Spine-chilling!’ WOMAN MAGAZINE
‘An excellent psychological thriller’ HEAT Magazine
‘An ominous atmosphere, a tense tale of past and present colliding, and a narrator whom no-one believes: this book is a delight’ Alex Marwood
‘Utterly compelling. I could not put this gripping, heart-stopping page-turner down’ Rowan Coleman
‘Twisty, dark and utterly compelling’ Lucy Diamond
‘I was gripped from start to finish. Everyone should read this book!’ Lucy Robinson
‘This fast, twisty psychological thriller has suspense on every page!’ Paula Daly
‘Gripping and terrifying’ Julie Cohen
‘One of the best books I've read in ages – the tension never lets up until the final pages. Page-turning suspense ratcheted up with every new scene. Sub-plots woven in effortlessly. Brilliant – my heart was racing as I drew nearer and nearer to the ending.‘ Mel Sherratt--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
C.L. Taylor is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages, and optioned for television. Her 2019 novel, Sleep, was a Richard and Judy pick. C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00G8SVBQU
- Publisher : Avon (10 April 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 1104 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 132,921 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sue's daughter, Charlotte is in a coma after being hit by a bus. Everyone thinks it was an accident, but Sue is not so sure.
There's a lot of discussion about unreliable narrators in thrillers at the moment. In theory, Sue is an unreliable narrator because of her PTSD, except you know that what she thinks happened, did happen. Where the unreliability kicks in, is when she ascribes meaning to the things that happened. This works very well in that it provides some interesting twists to the plot where you're not sure if Sue is right...
This is a tense story, well told. Sue is a believable and, because you understand how she became the way she is, sympathetic. Her feelings of guilt (because being a parent is full of guilt, no matter how hard you try) and fear and the fierce need to protect her daughter were all wonderful. The secondary characters were brilliant (I especially liked Brian) and even the baddie is almost understandable.
A great book. It pretty much swallowed up my Sunday as I kept sneaking off to read it.
5/5* - A brilliant, tense, chilling suspense novel! If I could rate this book more than 5 stars, I would!
Charlotte, the daughter of Sue and Brian, is in a coma after stepping in front of a bus. Was it an accident or did she attempt to kill herself? After her mother found her diary and read the final entry which ended “keeping this secret is killing me”, she was convinced her daughter was scared and in danger, which resulted in her trying to end her life.
Sue will do absolutely anything to find out why her daughter did what she did and what the secret was that she had been keeping. She’s paranoid and she trusts nobody, Charlotte’s boyfriend, best friend, even her teachers and Sue’s own husband are all scrutinised to decide whether they had anything to do with the accident. Sue goes to such extremes that Brian forces her to visit a doctor as he is afraid she is having another mental breakdown.
Throughout the book, Taylor alternates between Charlotte’s accident and Sue’s diary entries from when she was younger and in an abusive relationship with James. From this we can see that she was mentally ruined by her ex-boyfriend and this explains why she acts the way she does today, the reason why she struggles to trust people.
This book was absolutely brilliant! I found it very easy to read, although at times it was very tense, as I got further through the book the pace built and I struggled to put it down – finding myself still reading at 2am! There are some disturbing scenes in this book, mainly in the diary entry chapters which involve her ex-boyfriend physically, mentally and sexually abusing Sue.
I am extremely glad I was recommended this book at the book club I attend and I will definitely encourage my book loving friends to purchase and read. This was my first read by C L Taylor and I have already purchased The Lie and The Missing, I can’t wait to read them next. I can see myself becoming a big fan of Cally Taylor.
As we know from the synopsis, sixteen year old Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus in an attempt to end her life and is now in a coma. I have to admit that throughout the book I questioned almost every single character’s part to play in Charlotte’s decision to do this as the title ‘The Accident’ seems to imply that her actions were not deliberate at all.
In a desperate search for answers, Charlotte’s mum Sue uses her daughters diary to piece together clues. It’s from this point that we begin to learn more about each of the characters including Charlotte’s mum, dad, step brother, boyfriend, best friend and some new friends she has recently made.
The story pulls you in from the very first page, and even though the cast of characters is vast, it wasn’t hard to keep up with who was who. The plot was fast paced and extremely suspenseful, and the short, sharp chapters was not only perfect for a book club, but an aspect I am a huge fan of. Whenever I finished a chapter I was so absorbed by the story, I continued straight into the next one. These chapters were also separated by flashbacks of Sue’s past which meant I instantly knew her past had a part to play.
The end of the book was wrapped up slightly too fast in my opinion. I liked how it ended, but would have liked a little more detail in regards to one character in particular. Saying that, overall most aspects were bought together and wrapped up perfectly.
In The Accident we meet Sue who, along with her husband, is dealing with the most heartbreaking situation. Their daughter, Charlotte, is in a coma having been hit by a bus. It seems she stepped in front of it on purpose, but what would drive a seemingly happy 15 year old to do such a thing? As a parent of teenagers, I can't even imagine how I would cope in the same situation. To make matters worse, Sue has a past she fears is catching up with her and she is scared, but she is determined to find out what led Charlotte to attempt to end her life. She is convinced Charlotte is too scared to wake up and the truth as to why is shocking.
I really felt for Sue. To feel so petrified most of the time must be absolutely exhausting, especially when others think you're losing the plot. I could almost physically feel her pain and frustration. I'm not surprised, given her past, that she's paranoid about her husband. I did feel a bit sorry for him though, as it can't be easy living with someone who has been through, and is still going through, so much.
This book tackles some sensitive subjects, such as physical and emotional abuse, which make it an uncomfortable read at times, but compelling. It's fast-paced with plot twists, but is very much character driven, I think. It's full of suspense with a satisfying ending and I think anyone who likes a good psychological thriller will enjoy it.