Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series. You can find the first post in the series here, and the second post here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this new series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…
THE ACCIDENT by C.L. Taylor.
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?
‘THE ACCIDENT’ is the second book I read of C.L. Taylor’s, after ‘THE LIE’ (which also made it on my favourites shelf!) I’m a huge fan of Taylor’s writing, and her books never disappoint.
About the Author
C.L. Taylor is the author of four psychological thrillers: ‘THE ACCIDENT’, ‘THE LIE’, ‘THE MISSING’ and ‘THE ESCAPE’. In the past, she has written various short stories and romantic comedy novels (as Cally Taylor). She has also written a Young Adult thriller titled ‘THE TREATMENT’, which was published in September 2017. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.
About the Book
Release Date: April 2014
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense.
Average Goodreads rating: 3.76
Author’s other works: ‘THE LIE’ (2015), ‘THE MISSING’ (2016), ‘THE ESCAPE’ (2017), ‘THE TREATMENT’ (2017) and other romantic comedies as Cally Taylor.
Themes explored: Physical illness, mental illness, domestic abuse, trauma.
Favourite character/narrator: Sue by far!
What I liked/overall standout elements:
- I really loved the switches in time that made up the narrative. The story flits back and forth, from Sue’s diary entries from twenty years previously, to the present day narrative. Sue’s past narrative is troubling and extremely difficult to read, but I found the diary entries very insightful and eye-opening.
- The portrayal of the mother-daughter relationship was very touching and heart-warming. Sue is determined to get her daughter back, and will go to extreme lengths in order to achieve that.
- Taylor creates an intense sense of claustrophobia throughout the novel. The book sucks you in and doesn’t let you go – it’s extremely addictive! I just had to keep reading to solve the mystery and discover exactly what happened to Charlotte.
- The themes of physical illness, mental illness and abuse are portrayed in great detail, with sensitivity but also positivity. The novel teaches the reader not to give up even when times are tough – a message that I greatly appreciated.
- There are many thriller elements within the novel, such as increasing suspense and tension, many twists and turns and an overall fast pace. The narrative builds and builds, exploding into an almighty climax at the end!
My overall verdict: If you enjoy Psychological Thrillers, you MUST pick up one of C.L. Taylor’s novels!
Happy reading 🙂