This is the first book I’ve read by C L Taylor and I’m not sure how I’ve managed that, but it most certainly won’t be the last!
In The Accident we meet Sue who, along with her husband, is dealing with the most heartbreaking situation. Their daughter, Charlotte, is in a coma having been hit by a bus. It seems she stepped in front of it on purpose, but what would drive a seemingly happy 15 year old to do such a thing? As a parent of teenagers, I can’t even imagine how I would cope in the same situation. To make matters worse, Sue has a past she fears is catching up with her and she is scared, but she is determined to find out what led Charlotte to attempt to end her life. She is convinced Charlotte is too scared to wake up and the truth as to why is shocking.
I really felt for Sue. To feel so petrified most of the time must be absolutely exhausting, especially when others think you’re losing the plot. I could almost physically feel her pain and frustration. I’m not surprised, given her past, that she’s paranoid about her husband. I did feel a bit sorry for him though, as it can’t be easy living with someone who has been through, and is still going through, so much.
This book tackles some sensitive subjects, such as physical and emotional abuse, which make it an uncomfortable read at times, but compelling. It’s fast-paced with plot twists, but is very much character driven, I think. It’s full of suspense with a satisfying ending and I think anyone who likes a good psychological thriller will enjoy it.