“The person you trust most may only be telling you half the story…
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?”
Posts have been a bit thin on the ground lately as we had a sudden and unexpected house move which entailed lots of packing, cleaning, decorating etc. which hasn’t left much time for blogging even though I have managed to keep up with listening to new albums and a bit of reading. No doubt I’ll get around to talking about some of those albums before too much longer but for today I am concentrating on the latest novel that I have finished reading.
“The Accident” is Bristol-based author Cally Taylor’s debut book writing under the name C.L. Taylor. A psychological thriller, the story is told exclusively from the perspective of Sue Jackson, whose teenaged daughter is in a coma as a result of walking out in front of a bus.
This is achieved by a present-day narrative as Sue tries desperately to discover just what is the secret that Charlotte mentioned in her diary which, Sue believes, caused her to deliberately walk out into the path of the bus.
This is interspersed with diary entries from twenty years previously when Sue was in an abusive relationship with her the-boyfriend James. These give a bit more of an insight into the reasons for Sue’s actions and thought processes and just why she seems so convinced that James has finally tracked her down after all these years.
Secrets play a large part in this tale with Sue keeping things from her MP husband Brian, trying to unlock Charlotte’s secrets and also being aware that Brian too is keeping things to himself. Numerous other characters in the story have their own secrets to be uncovered. Trust is also an issue for many of the characters that we encounter along the way.
Although I felt that some of the plot twists perhaps stretched believability a little too much I did nonetheless really enjoy the story and thought that in the main it was very well put together. Apparently Taylor used her own experience of being in an abusive relationship years ago as some of the inspiration for this tale, and certainly that aspect of the book would seem to ring particularly true.