Sue's fifteen-year-old daughter has been in a coma for the past six weeks after being hit by a bus. Everyone thinks it was an unfortunate accident, except Sue. Sue is convinced Charlotte purposefully stepped in front of the bus but can't imagine what would make her daughter do such a thing. When she finds Charlotte's diary, Sue starts to piece together the events, secrets and lies that led to a young girl trying to end her life and she begins to question how well she knew her daughter.
After reading Cally Taylor's previous novels, Heaven Can Wait and Home For Christmas, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy The Accident, especially when I started to hear such wonderful praise for the book. While Heaven Can Wait and Home For Christmas are chick lit novels, The Accident is a psychological thriller and I was interested to see how the transition would go. It went very well. The Accident is a brilliantly paced thriller with plenty of twists and turns that prevented me from putting the book down. Instead, I greedily devoured the whole novel in one day and while that meant a very late night, it was worth the zombie-like state the next morning.
While Sue starts to gather clues as to what happened to her daughter to make her step in front of the bus, we also discover Sue's past through her diary entries, which grow increasingly chilling. These diary entries give us an insight into Sue's life and explains why she has become the woman she is and I found the diary and the main plot to be as gripping as each other. I was hooked as each twist had me reading on, eager to find out what had happened to Charlotte and was certainly kept on my toes throughout. Sue isn't sure who she can trust anymore, so she is forced to carry out the investigation by herself, but she is determined to uncover the truth, no matter what, which showed incredible strength under the circumstances.
I really enjoyed The Accident and I'm looking forward to future publications from this brilliant author.