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THE ACCIDENT [Kindle Edition]

C.L. Taylor
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Book Description

Fast-paced and suspenseful The Accident is perfect for fans of Before I Go to Sleep, Gone Girl and Sophie Hannah.

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?


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‘An enjoyable rollercoaster of a suspense novel with multiple twists.’ Daily Mail

‘This dark and creepy book is a must read.’ The Sun

‘A thrilling crime debut’ Woman 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

About the Author

CL Taylor studied for a degree in Psychology at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle and currently works 4 days a week as a Distance Learning Design and Development manager for a London university, looks after her toddler son 3 days a week and squeezes in writing her novels when she should be sleeping.


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CL Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. Born in Worcester, she studied for a degree in Psychology at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle then moved to London to work in medical publishing as a sales administrator. After two years she moved to Brighton where she worked as a graphic designer, web developer and instructional designer over the course of 13 years. She now writes full time.

CL Taylor's first psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT has sold over 150,000 copies in in the UK alone and was one of the top ten bestselling debut novels of 2014 according to The Bookseller. Her second novel, THE LIE, charted at number 5 in the Sunday Times Bestsellers list within 10 days of being published.

Cally's third psychological thriller will be published by Avon HarperCollins in April 2016.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I picked this up one Saturday morning, thinking I'd read the first couple of chapters and then get on with the day. I was still there on the sofa when the sun went down, having found myself utterly engrossed by Taylor's brilliantly-drawn characters and compelling storytelling.

It's Taylor's clever plotting that keeps you turning the pages. She skilfully intersperses the present-day story with flashbacks to Susan's younger years, spinning out the mystery in each storyline so that you want to read just one more chapter. And then another, and another...

Though it's the plot that pulls you through the book, it's her central character that keeps you involved. Susan Jackson is the heart of the book, a prickly and paranoid woman to whom you gradually warm as you realise how she came to be this way. As the book reaches its tense climax, you'll be rooting for her as if she were an old friend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable suspense and mystery thriller 23 Nov. 2014
By Ajoobacats VINE VOICE
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Forty-three year old Susan Jackson, a domestic abuse survivor, is the wife of an MP and has a fifteen year old daughter, Charlotte, in a coma. The eyewitness accounts suggest that Charlotte deliberately stepped out in front of a bus. Susan finds Charlotte's diary, which raises more questions about her daughter's state of mind rather than provide answers to what Charlotte was thinking. Susan soon realises that she knows very little about what was going on in Charlotte's life and is determined to get to the bottom of what actually took place on the day of the accident.

I really enjoyed this suspense mystery thriller, it was easy to read and hard to put down as each chapter unravelled Susan's discoveries about her daughter and the horrors she experienced in her past alternately. This alternation kept me at the edge if my seat in both scenarios, each chapter ending on a cliff-hanger. The characterisations were compelling and I really did like Susan despite her flaws.

The only minor issues that hugged me was some of the primary and secondary care medicine. I'm not sure what Susan's GP prescribed her but whatever it was a follow up in 6 weeks under the circumstances was negligent in my opinion. Also a monitored patient in a side room with an out of working order call button for days? I know the NHS has it's faults but I pray this never happens but I appreciate the old adage of never say never.

Overall a very readable and enjoyable suspense and mystery thriller from a new author, I do recommend this read very much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, Thoughtful, Emotional 11 Oct. 2014
By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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After the initial chapter in which we learn that Charlotte is in a coma with her mother, Sue, by her side, the book alternates between present day and 1990/91 when Sue meets and builds a relationship with James, Charlotte's father, and becomes pregnant with Charlotte.

In present day, Sue seems irrational and quite a bag of nerves aqnd even going back to her early life with James, some of her present day actions seem a bit unreasonable. It's only well into her and James' relationship that we see why she is so jumpy and convinced that Charlotte's 'accident' wasn't an accident. Her present day relationship with her husband, Brian, is very strained and lies and deceit come from both of them to give an emotionally taught atmosphere in already strained circumstances of Charlotte being in a coma. This is when a mother realises that the daughter she thought she knew has actually got a very secretive side to her, or is it just normal growing up teenage years.

There are many issues to think about in this book – should a mother read her teenage daughter's diary, mental, physical and sexual abuse, deceit within a marriage, controlling relationships.

I found the book to be a well thought out plot, fast paced with excellent descriptions and emotions, and is written in an easy flowing style. I'd certainly read more by C.L. Taylor.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 16 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Sue Jackson's daughter, Charlotte, walked in front of a bus and is now in a coma. Sue's husband, Brian, believes it was an accident but Sue thinks there is more to it than that and sets to trying to find out what really happened. Sue has demons in her own past which she also has to deal with.

The story is told by Sue which really helps to ramp up the tension in this novel as she desperately tries to get to the truth, and there are diary entries from 20 years earlier which tell the reader what Sue had to deal with in her past.

The Accident is a fantastic psychological thriller which I read in 2 days. I raced through the last half, unable to put it down as the sense of foreboding grew.

This is such a good debut novel which I found exciting to read and I think the author has a good career ahead of her.

Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for allowing me to review this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller 20 July 2014
By BigDog
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Very good thriller- a bit too easy to guess "the twist". Not sure why everything has to have a twist- would be refreshing to read a book that didn't actually. A few bits that didn't gel for me and I got slightly irritated with the mother hence 4 not 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Complicated story set in two different time frames and featuring strong scenes of domestic violence and attempted suicide.

The plot moves rapidly and regularly between past and present allowing the reader an insider view of a violent, controlling relationship with enough clout it's still affecting lead character Sue Jackson twenty years later. When her daughter attempts suicide, or was it suicide?, Sue sets out on a quest to find out exactly what happened that was so bad events have left her daughter in a coma. She drives herself almost insane in her need to know and the further she goes the more her life is opened up revealing some dark history that might just reach out and draw her back in.

It's purely a personal opinion but I thought the plot was stronger and the novel better written in the last half of the novel. Took a while to grow on me. I'd recommend The Accident as a quick read with plenty of pace and a huge amount of intrigue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book that is written well and has interesting flicks ...
Good book that is written well and has interesting flicks between then and now. My only real disappointment was the sharp end as I felt we as a reader needed to know more.
Published 1 day ago by Kerry - Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
Enjoyed this one as much as The Lie
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Awesome book. Love this author!!
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Really enjoyed this book was gripped from the start. Liked how the past and future were intertwined and couldn't wait for the climax. Will definitely read more from this author,
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Good book well written and very good plot I would recommend this one to anyone who likes something that will keep you guessing
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