Book Review : The Accident by C L Taylor

May 23, 2014 Book review 8 ★★★★½

When I saw the tagline for this one ‘Keeping this secret was killing her’; I knew I had to read it. My curiosity was immediately piqued and I wanted to know what secret and how was it killing her and I wanted to know it now! If you love nosing into family secrets, then this one is for you!

Book Review : The Accident by C L TaylorTHE ACCIDENT by C.L. Taylor
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on 2014-04-10
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

There is a lot that Sue doesn’t know about Charlotte’s life. But then there’s a lot that Charlotte doesn’t know about Sue’s ...

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My Thoughts on The Accident:

This books throws you straight in at the deep end.  Fifteen year old Charlotte is in a coma and we already know a secret put her there. From page one, the conspiracy theories were swirling around in my head and the more I read, the deeper I sank into this puzzling mystery.  Everyone has their secrets but in this family some of those secrets are deadly dangerous. I love psychological thrillers that focus on family settings as the mundane backdrop can make the chilling events seem even more threatening.  I did find that I worked out the mystery pretty quickly but I also had sufficient doubt to keep it all seem really interesting.

There are two timelines; present day and early nineties. Susan is the main character in the nineties storyline and it captures her slow descent into the trap of over possessive man.  From insta-love to slowly controlling to abusive on every level, this relationship just gave me the shudders.  It felt distressingly real and as every alarm bell clanged loudly from the pages, I wanted to tell her run for her life before she was unable to run. And the past events are intertwining with the current day events; spreading a shadow of fear and panic.   At times I was on edge reading, my heart pounding nervously at even the ordinary events as I was waiting, waiting, waiting for the terror to unleash.

The current day story is told in first person perspective from Charlotte’s mothers point of view.  Sue is struggling to discover how her daughter ended up in a coma and suspects everyone and does her own snooping to try and find out just why and how this could have happened.  She is tense and apprehensive but becomes brave and determined on her daughters behalf.

Overall, I loved how the two storylines crank up the tension and hold it there.  The story builds up with lots of layers and when the past and present merge, it becomes even more engrossing.  Even when the past seemed obvious, you still had no idea how it would all end and I flew through the book at high speed as that was the only way my nerves could handle it.  A rock solid debut novel and I will be stalking C L Taylor to check when the next book comes out.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars


Who should read The Accident?

Highly recommended to those who like tension, believability and lots of chills from their suspense novels.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK, Avon for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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8 Responses to “Book Review : The Accident by C L Taylor”

    • trish

      Intense is a good word for it, I just couldn’t put it down until I unravelled it all. Hope you enjoy it someday 🙂

    • trish

      I’m delighted to hear that you have in your queue! Hope you love it as much as I did, I’ll look forward to your review 🙂

    • trish

      I love those creepily realistic scenarios and loved that I stayed hooked for the whole book too. Hope you get to enjoy it too someday Kim.

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