The Accident

The Accident

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'A rollercoaster of a suspense novel with multiple twists' Daily Mail


A gripping psychological thriller about the deadly secrets your children can keep...

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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 300g
  • AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007540035
  • 9780007540037
  • 73,298

Review quote

'An enjoyable rollercoaster of a suspense novel with multiple twists.' Daily Mail

'This dark and creepy book is a must read.' The Sun

'A thrilling crime debut' Woman Magazine

"An ominous atmosphere, a tense tale of past and present colliding, and a narrator whom no-one believes: this book is a delight." Alex Marwood

'Utterly compelling. I could not put this gripping, heart-stopping page-turner down' Rowan Coleman

'Twisty, dark and utterly compelling' Lucy Diamond

'I was gripped from start to finish. Everyone should read this book!' Lucy Robinson

'This fast, twisty psychological thriller has suspense on every page!' Paula Daly

'Gripping and terrifying' Julie Cohen

'One of the best books I've read in ages - the tension never lets up until the final pages. Page-turning suspense ratcheted up with every new scene. Sub-plots woven in effortlessly. Brilliant - my heart was racing as I drew nearer and nearer to the ending.' Mel Sherratt
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About C.L. Taylor

C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of five gripping, stand-alone psychological thrillers: THE ACCIDENT, THE LIE, THE MISSING, THE ESCAPE and THE FEAR. Her award winning books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on all the ebook platforms, optioned for television and translated into over 20 languages. She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.
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Rating details

13,467 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 26% (3,545)
4 38% (5,119)
3 27% (3,591)
2 7% (979)
1 2% (233)

Our customer reviews

The Accident is a brilliant debut thriller. Cally Taylor debuts with a brilliant psychological thriller that breaks away from the standard debuts. Cally must have one brilliantly twisted mind and she says the genesis of this novel happened while she was pregnant so who knows what she will produce when someone upsets her! I think Avon HarperCollins are going to be on a winner with Cally Taylor or as I should say C.L. Taylor. Charlotte is a fifteen year old who tries to commit suicide by walking in front of a bus as she cannot cope any longer, she also happens to be the daughter of Brian and Sue Jackson, Brian being the local Member of Parliament for Brighton. All Sue wants to do is find out the reason why Charlotte would attempt to commit suicide what was the dark secret she was hiding? We also get a full back story for Sue when she was with a very abusive boyfriend who would rape, and beat her repeatedly. How he would control her life, who she saw and who she could be friends with, James wants to control every aspect of her life. It would take her four years to escape this torment but she would always be looking over her shoulder waiting for him to pounce. Sue is a mother who is searching for answers while being scared that her past might be catching up with her. She is chasing down every lead she can to find out who may know just a titbit of information so she can put together what happened to her daughter. At the same time envelopes appear reminding her of her past life and she is now in a state of paranoia scared and angry. Nobody seems to be interested in finding out the truth, while thinking Sue is having a mental health episode that she needs to be medicated and humoured. Sue is our narrator throughout the book and at times you feel her irrationality will do more harm than good but it is through her eyes we see the desperate drive to find out why her daughter is in a hospital in a coma. There are so many secrets and lies throughout the narrative it is a reminder that we all carry baggage that we are not proud of and sometimes the answers are not really what we want to hear. We have this in abundance with Sue and Brian, and then with Charlottes friends the secrets that they are keeping from Sue. It is through her determination that she finds the answers to the secrets whether they are the things she wants to discover you will have to read to find out. This book is a wonderful examination of the secrets and lies we all tell each other sometimes to protect one another, but does it really help when someone is in a coma? As a reader you will want Sue to succeed in her search and you feel the psychological torment that she is going through every step of the way. Sue shows that she is willing to fight for her daughter all the way to the end even when her husband does not believe her whether she finds the secret well read the book to find out. You will not be disappointed by Cally Taylor�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s debut just remember not to upset her, a woman scorned and all more
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