Can we really let go of the past?
Publication date: 30th August 2022
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher via DMCPRMedia
My review of The Accident
I loved Katie McMahon's debut novel The Mistake so I was eager to read her next offering and I wasn't disappointed. Katie's second book is even better than her first.
The book opens with an unidentified accident not far from the local high school. This mystery immediately hooked me in as the story then goes back to the nine months leading up to the accident and the question of what happened was always in the back of my mind.
Grace is the mother of teenaged Emma who is struggling with an eating disorder and is also being bullied by the girls in her class at school.
Zoe is a teacher at the local high school.
Imogen is an intern in the local hospital's A & E department.
The three women are linked by friends, family and lovers. I found the connection to Zoe and Imogen stronger with their first person narration rather than the third person narrative of Grace.
There is a very strong theme of rejection as each of the women feel they have lost their soulmate to someone else and deal with this lose in different ways.
There are a few emotive themes running through the novel, such as; overworked emergency doctors, eating disorders, stalking, infidelity, mental illness, bullying, infertility and moral dilemmas. McMahon explores how life experiences shape us and have far reaching affects on those around us.
I enjoyed the mixed media style with coronial inquest notes and emails adding to the story and building the suspense.
Katie McMahon's writing is rich in suspense, mystery and humour. Her characters are funny, flawed and real. I loved them all!
5 / 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the author
With thanks to Echo Publishing and DMCPRMedia I have one paperback copy of The Accident to give away.
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