This week's book review is The Accident by C.L.Taylor which I picked up for my kindle app at the bargain price of 99p a few weeks ago.
After walking out in front of a bus Sue's 15yr old daughter Charlotte is in a coma. The doctors don't know why she hasn't woken up yet but Sue does. She has read Charlotte's diary and she knows she had a secret, a secret so bad it was killing her... Now Sue needs to find out what her daughter was keeping from her and how it links to her own past.
The structure of this story was engaging, flipping between the present day hunt for Charlotte's secret and Sue's bleak past. It was well paced, building the tension as the story was pieced together leading to the dramatic climax. The back story of Sue's PTSD and previous breakdown was a great set up for why she had to investigate alone even if it was a little far fetched at times. I struggle slightly with plots which involve very dramatic, planned revenue strategies as often I feel they are unrealistic, often to the point of absurd. However, we clearly aren't dealing with a normal person in this book and I could just about, at a stretch, believe that this scenario could be plausible.
So how about the ending. Thrillers live or die by their endings in my opinion. I found the action good but ultimately the ending a little flat after the tension built earlier. I had the feeling of 'Oh, is that it' which is always a bit of a disappointment. I think I actually would have liked a messier ending, which makes me an awful person obviously, but I just think in real life it probably wouldn't have worked out the way it did. But fiction isn't real life so it doesn't have to follow the rules.
Overall 4/5. I've downloaded C.L Taylor's next book, The Lie. I'm looking forward to more twists and turns. You can by The Accident on Amazon using the link below:
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