This secret is killing me.
It's only one line from her fifteen-year-old daughter's diary, but Susan knows it means everything. Charlotte is smart, popular, and beautiful. She is also in a coma following what looks like a desperate suicide attempt. What's more, Susan has no idea what compelled her daughter to step out in front of a city bus.
Did she really know her daughter at all? In her hunt for the truth, Susan begins to mistrust everyone close to Charlotte, and she's forced to look further, into the depths of her own past. The secrets hidden there may destroy them both.
"This fast, twisty psychological thriller has suspense on every page!"—Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
"One of the best books I've read in ages...such a chilling read."—Mel Sherratt, author of Taunting the Dead
Published in the U.K.as The Accident
"Gripping, memorable, and tense...a delight."—Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls
At the outset of British author Taylor's gripping first novel, 15-year-old Charlotte Jackson has been lying in a coma in a hospital after being hit by a London bus in an apparent suicide attempt six weeks earlier. Charlotte's 43-year-old mother, Sue, looks for clues in her daughter's secret diary to the girl's rash actions. Charlotte's father, Brian, is sure that the bus driver's claim that she deliberately stepped in front of the bus is a lie. When the suspicious Sue catches her husband lying about his whereabouts on a morning when he should have been at his office, for instance he questions her sanity. Sue soon realizes that she can trust no one. Flashbacks from two decades earlier chart the course of her abusive relationship with ex-boyfriend James whose reappearance in the present ratchets up the suspense. This psychological thriller will resonate long after the final page.
I read it in less than 8 hours, couldn’t put it down. The two intertwining stories that pull together this story kept me wanting more. It’s an interesting read about motherhood, love, bravery, sacrifice, and abusive relationships. Also, the strength that a woman gains after coming out of an extremely abusive relationship; which is something many women experience. Not only the strength but also the weaknesses, the PTSD and the paranoia that comes with the territory. If you like this one, pick up The Missing as well by the same author. Was also a really great read that I just couldn’t put down.
Writing was terrible. The story was overly convoluted.