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THE ACCIDENT [Kindle Edition]

C.L. Taylor
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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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007540035
  • Publisher: Avon (10 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (820 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. 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 currently works as a Distance Learning Design and Development manager for a London university. She credits Roald Dahl's 'Tales of the Unexpected' for her love of a dark, twisted tale.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 16 May 2014
By Nicola in South Yorkshire TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Story Could Really Happen 26 May 2014
By Chris in Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The story opens with a scene in a hospital. Charlotte, the daughter is in a coma, by her bedside are parents Brian and Sue. They are talking to Charlotte, who is hooked up to all sorts of hospital machinery and monitors, but can she hear her parents and what caused her to be in this state in hospital?

In the next chapter the reader is taken to the year 1990 to Susan's flat in London, where she is on the phone and arranging to meet a man called James. They are to meet in a pub in Camden for their date.

Chapter 2 takes us back to the present day where Sue is at home in Brighton. Husband Brian has gone to work and the only company Sue has at home is "Milly" their Golden Retriever. This chapter gives us some background history to the couple.

The next Chapter goes back to September 1990.

This alternation between past and present sounds disjointed and complicated, but I can assure it is not at all. It fits very well and as the story plays out is the best way of writing it. The past slots into the present as the reader is drawn into the mystery of why Sue is so frightened and her investigations into how and why the accident happened to her daughter and to have such devastating consequences.

The story is full of twists and turns and you will not be able to put this book down. You too will want to know the answers. You too will feel the fear the same as Sue. You too will be scared for her sanity and her safety. You will be led into the seedy world that is shady nightclubs. You will be as relentless as Sue to get to the bottom of all the events. The past merges into the present and like Sue, will wake up to the reality of it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, Thoughtful, Emotional 11 Oct 2014
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and gripping 28 Aug 2014
I bought this book as I was struggling to sleep and I thought having something to read a few pages of every night would ease me into a peaceful slumber, well I've had the book 3 days and I've read the whole thing. I could not put it down and after reading 3-4 chapters for 2 nights caved and read the rest today. This book is really well written in my opinion, it draws you in to the characters personalities from the first page, keeps you wanting to know more. I think it it portrays how one can be mentally manipulated so easily despite being strong and of sane mind. I will definitely be reading more from this author as I love her writing style, not to wordy but yet enough description to draw you in. I am very hard to please with books, if it isn't good from the start I struggle to get through the first few pages and it gathers dust somewhere. My only issue is now I have nothing to help me wind down for a good nights sleep
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars starts off well.... 16 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I found the first half of this book quite compelling, however then it deteriorated into ridiculous. I'm not surprised that people think Sue is crazy judging by her actions for most of the book. The hospital scenario towards the end is so far fetched that it ruined any hopes of redemption. Very disappointed by the ending.
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