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‘The Accident’ By Dawn Goodwin


Cover Image Of The Book 'The Accident' By Dawn GoodwinVeronica

‘It’s me, Veronica. Open the door.’

The letter box rattled. I stood at the top of the stairs and pushed the curtain of lank hair out of my eyes.

‘It’s a beautiful day – open the curtains and see for yourself.’ Felicity’s voice was shrill.

I lowered myself onto the top stair and wrapped my arms around my legs. If I sit quietly, she will go away. She always does eventually.

The letter box rattled again, already with less force.

‘Has Tom gone to the hospital? Come on, open up.’ She paused. ‘We could go out? Do something together? I’m going into town with Zara tomorrow to get Tabitha’s new school uniform for next week. Come with us. A change of scenery will do you good.’

She really didn’t have a clue sometimes. Begrudgingly, she had a point though; I should get that organised too. The summer was over; I hadn’t even noticed.

I lowered my chin to my knees and breathed in the familiar smell of worn flannelette. When last did I wash these pyjamas? When last did I take them off? My mind tried to grasp onto yesterday, last weekend, last week.

‘Okay, fine. I have to go. The cleaner is coming. But this isn’t healthy, Veronica. It’s time to start picking yourself up.’

The letterbox rattled one more time for punctuation, then lay silent.

I buried my face in my thighs and sat a moment longer before slowly making my way back to bed.

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    • Hi Anne,

      Yes, I agree, this story line has the makings of a really sound book, although at a little over 400 pages, I began to wonder whether it might run out of steam towards the end. However, the ratings and reviews have been so good so far, that I would have to be totally out of sync with just about everyone else, not to enjoy it.

      I haven’t actually started reading yet, as the book is still some way down my TBR pile and I am currently running a couple of initial feature posts to mark the book’s launch a few weeks ago.

      Thanks for visiting this week, I always enjoy my ‘Friday Quotes’ memes 🙂

    • Hi Sassy,

      Sometimes you just want the world to stop so that you can get off, but in general that is just not the best solution, because all you end up by doing is alienating friends and family, at a time when you might need them the most!

      Any story line which involves something bad happening to children, is always going to wrench at the heart strings, however the implied twist in the story here, is what’s intriguing me the most.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

  • Hello Yvonne, Here’s hoping your well.

    Intrigued by everything from the cover to the synopsis, I’m with Anne above in that this does indeed sound like it has potential.

    But then what do I know? Almost Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I’m afraid I’ve been disappointed by a book I thought had great potential.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I’m not sure that life is treating my all that well right now, but all things considered we are doing okay – How about yourselves?

      Assessing a book’s worth is always a difficult call, isn’t it? What one person hopes to take away from the reading experience, isn’t necessarily the same as the next person, so I try not to be too critical of writing and storylines which may just not be right for me.

      It is always a little disappointing though, when I start reading a book which I have really looked forward to, only to have that feeling of being a bit let down, usually by a poor ending.

      Personally, I think that ‘Hidden Figures’ would probably suit me better if I watched the film version, which got amazing ratings scores … Although having said that, the book ratings aren’t bad and several of my blogging friends have really enjoyed the read and recommend it big time! – This one is obviously a case of ‘horses for courses’…


      Thanks for an interesting comment and I hope that your weekend has been good 🙂

    • Hi Sherry,

      Definitely! especially at night time if I get an inkling that someone might be going to turn up uninvited. I’ll keep the curtains pulled, the lights turned off and the television volume turned right down.

      I generally also let the answer maching pick up any calls, so that I can hear who it is on the other end, before I decide whether or not to accept the call there and then or phone back later.

      I’m not really an anti-social being, it’s just that after a hard day at work, all I crave is a bit of ‘me’ time!

      Thanks for sharing your comment and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I wouldn’t be giving anything away if I were to say that the answer to that question is in the premise somewhere.

      If that sounds a little vague, then I have just determined that Veronica’s behaviour could be as the result of two separate occurrences, one featured at the beginning of the synopsis, the other near to the end.

      I’m not saying any more than that, because I too, am going to have to read the book to find out!

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

  • This just adds to your earlier posts and I think I may have to finally put it on my wish list. *sigh* (I can dream I’ll get to them all eventually)

    I’ve been known to pretend I wasn’t home. 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      Aria Books have certainly got some great authors on their books and they are very lavish with their review copies and Blog Tour spots. They have just come on with details of another great new thriller, which I shall be sharing in tomorrow’s ‘Mailbox Monday’ post.

      As for lists … Between my ‘Wish List’, ‘Want To Read’ list, the Goodreads Giveaway wins list, my virtual Kindle list and the shelves full of physical books which I have aspirations to read … I’m not so sure this is a dream, as much as a nightmare I can’t wake up from!

      Maybe I could learn to speed read, but perhaps that would shatter the dream and spoil the enjoyment?

      I hope that all is well with you and that you have a good book to read right now 🙂

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