The Accident by C L Taylor

I read C L Taylor’s The Lie back in 2015 and I couldn’t put it down, so when I spotted her first novel, The Accident, I thought I would give it a go.

The blurb certainly makes it sound interesting – Sue’s teenage daughter, Charlotte, is in a coma after being hit by a bus. When Sue discovers her diary, she realises the accident may not have actually been an accident. Had Charlotte really tried to kill herself?

Determined to find out what happened, Sue sets out to piece together the last few weeks before the accident. But is anyone actually telling her the truth? Sue feels unable to trust anyone around her and is haunted by memories of her own painful past. Is she the real reason her daughter is in danger?

The story begins at Charlotte’s bedside as she already lies in a coma, so there’s no time to ease yourself in gently. It flashes back to an earlier part of Sue’s life regularly and at first that doesn’t make sense. But the whole story unfolds pretty quickly and there’s lots of twists and turns along the way.

This is not a great work of literature, but it is a gripping story, which had me reading quickly and wanting to find out what happened. It’s a psychological thriller, a story about a mother’s love and a story about the things our teenage children do that we don’t know about (eek!).

If you like a fast-paced novel and don’t mind being a little bit scared, The Accident is well worth a read.

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  1. Ooh sounds good! I don’t always look for ‘great works of literature’ but if it absorbs me and gives me that feeling of ‘escapism’ that I long for from books, then it’s all good in my opinion. Have you seen that Parker and Me is starting an online Book Club? You all read the same book then discuss it on Twitter at the end of the month. I’m going to join in this year 🙂

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    • Definitely all good to get the escapism! I don’t like proper old literature, but I do like modern literature. I like to mix it up though! I must admit I’m not keen on the idea of reading what I’ve been advised to read 12 times a year!

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  2. Ooh interesting! I just like a book that I can’t put down, this certainly sounds like one of those if you keep reading to find out what has happened.
    Nat.x

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  3. Sounds quite gripping, it rings bells so I think i’ve read a review of this previously. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    • It was probably popular a couple of years ago! It’s definitely gripping!

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  4. I’ve read both these books, The Lie as The Accident and I agree they are gripping but I was let down by the endings of both, and you are wrote the writing doesn’t set the world on fire but they are good escapism to mix in with more ‘serious’ books. I do seem to be stuck in a rut of reading psychological thrillers at the moment so I need to mix in some other genres before I burn out!!

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    • You sum them up perfectly there! I’ve been reading a lot of psychological thrillers lately too, but have borrowed a couple of biographies recently, so I’m going to give them a go to mix things up a bit!

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  5. I’m not a huge fan of scary books although the plot line of this sounds really interesting. I’m tempted to flick through it f I see it in a bookshop now, this is a great review 🙂

    #readwithme

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    • Thanks very much! I don’t like horror books, but I do enjoy a good psychological thriller!

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    • It certainly is gripping! It’s definitely well worth reading.

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  6. Sounds a great story and I really like the cover – makes it very sinister and threatening. Thanks for a great review.
    #readwithme

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    • It definitely is sinister! It’s well worth a read.

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  7. This sounds like a really gripping read, I’d be interested to read it and find out what happens. #readwithme

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