Have you ever been filled with so much grief that it consumes you? That you find yourself going through the motions and just putting one foot in front of another to try and get through the day? You may have experienced heartache before, but after months or years that sorrow may start to lift a little and you find that you can start to live again.
But what if that grief didn’t pass, what if it became all-consuming and 26 years later you still find yourself in mourning. This is the situation that Catherine finds herself in, a wife and a mother who has been lost in her grief since The Accident. On that day her life changed forever, since then she’s been doing what she has to in order to provide for her young daughter Julia, but sadly because she’s closed herself off she’s not able to provide what Julia really needs…love and affection.
Burdened with the emotional toll of this relationship, Julia starts to look for love but when she finds it she doesn’t consider the consequences of what it may cost her. This soon sets into motion a chain of events that will cause chaos in many people’s lives, but ultimately does lead to redemption in the most surprising way.
The Accident is told from the perspective of the four main characters of the story, giving you a detailed insight into their feelings as the story unfolds. Gail Schimmel has masterfully woven this tale together, so you won’t want to put the book down until you have delved deeper and discovered more. It’s easy to read, but will keep you guessing right until the end…even when you think you have it all figured out it will surprise you yet again with another twist to The Accident.
This book was a delight to read from start to finish, and just what I needed to reignite my love of reading after a busy few weeks where I myself was feeling lost with life. It comes recommended from me, and being a local book it gets an extra stamp of approval too!
The Accident is available from online retailers and book stores for a recommended retail price of R270.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sharing this wonderful local book with me.