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.