The Accident by Gillian Jackson

The accident by Gillian Jackson

07-02-2020.  3 stars.

The Accident follows the lives of three families involved in a motorway pile up during freezing weather. Each family has to cope with loss and deal with the emotional and practical challenges that stem from this, leading to an enjoyable, interesting and realistic look at families under stress.

The characters were well-drawn and engaging as they dealt with the blows and tried to put their lives back together again. The emotional impact was well-handled and described as the challenges posed by the inquest and ‘getting back to normal’ tested them in different and occasionally surprising ways.

Friends and family rallied round to support each of the main characters and the three families came together for a heart-warming, if predictable ending that offered hope, as well as celebrating triumph over adversity.

The story isn’t the ‘heart-stopping domestic thriller’ described on the front cover. To achieve that more tension, suspense and heart-stopping moments would be needed. That aside, it’s an engaging look at how an accident can transform the lives of those involved.

My thanks to Sapere for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Description

One moment can change a lifetime…

England, February 2018

‘The Beast from the East’ – a deadly combination of below-freezing temperatures, torrential rain and flurries of snow – has swept across the British Isles.

Most people are merely inconvenienced by it, but for some, the deadly storm will change their lives forever.

With the icy conditions on the roads making navigating rush hour more perilous than ever, it only takes a moment for an accident to occur.

Hannah Graham wakes up in hospital, suffering a life-changing injury – but she has no memory of the crash.

Joe Parker escapes the accident but the person he loves most is not so lucky.

Alan and Cassie Jones receive the worst news a parent can imagine a few hours after the collision.

Three families have been affected, but who was to blame?

The accident by Gillian Jackson

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