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on 16 March 2016
Like some other reviewers, I picked this out because it was a Kindle bargain, and I'm glad I did. While I didn't find it as gripping as others have, nor did I think think the twist particuarly "shocking", I was pulled into the story, and wanted to keep on reading
Teenager Charlotte is badly injured when she's knocked over by a bus, and for most of the book she is in a coma in hospital. Meanwhile, her parents must confront two big questions: was this an accident, or did Charlotte intend to commit suicide? And more importantly, will she recover? The first person narrator is Susan, Charlotte's mother, and the story alternates between the present and the past, when Susan was involved with James, a man with secrets (she subsequently married Brian, who is Charlotte's father) who has had a profound influence on her and on the story. The narrative moves easily from the past to the present, and I became involved with both (this doesn't always happen). The tension is well built up, but there are a great many twists and turns, and at the end, one big question remains unanswered. Why? (No details to avoid spoilers.) Also, I was puzzled that a gravely ill unconscious girl was apparently left unattended by any medical staff for much of the time. Surely she would have been cared for on an Intensive Therapy Unit? And her parents, while distressed, didn't seem as upset as I would have expected them to be, and spent a lot of time away from her bedside. As a mother (and a nurse) I found this odd, and not really believeable.
So for me, a mixed bag. I enjoyed the book, but not enough to give it more than three stars.