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New On My Shelf This Week

This is the second of a great trio of thrillers I received from the lovely people at Aria Fiction and facilitated by the equally amazing crew at NetGalley.

My stop on the blog tour for this one, is Monday 16th October, when there will be a chosen ‘teaser’ extract to share with you all!


Cover Image Of The Book 'The Accident' By Dawn GoodwinA tragic accident, an unbearable loss and a marriage in crisis – but who can she trust or is she all alone? A gripping, debut psychological thriller that will keep you hooked. Perfect for the fans of Paula Hawkins and S.J. Watson.

Veronica Pullman’s comfortable suburban life comes to a shuddering halt when her young daughter, Grace, tragically dies in a car accident. 

Months later, unable to come to terms with her daughter’s death, detached from her husband and alienated from her friends and family, a chance encounter on a rainy street pushes her into an unlikely new friendship. 

Scarlet is everything Veronica could’ve been: feisty, adventurous, unpredictable. But as she approaches what would have been Grace’s 10th birthday, it becomes clear to Veronica that the friendship she thought was saving her life could be costing her everything. 

Consumed by grief and left questioning her own sanity, is there anyone she can really trust or is someone out to torment her as part of their twisted game?

Clicking on the book’s title will link you with its dedicated Goodreads page


Image Of Author Dawn GoodwinDawn Goodwin’s twenty-year career has spanned PR, advertising and publishing, both in London and Johannesburg.

A graduate of the Curtis Brown creative writing school, she loves to write about the personalities hiding behind the masks we wear every day, whether beautiful or ugly.

Now a company director, what spare time Dawn has is spent chasing good intentions, contemplating how to get away with various crimes and misdemeanours, and immersing herself in fictitious worlds.

She lives in London with her husband, two daughters and a British bulldog called Geoffrey.

The best thing about being a writer is the ability to live vicariously through your own imagination, with no boundaries as to how you behave on paper. And having a good excuse to read as many books as you like in the name of “research”.

Catch up with all the latest news on Dawn’s website

Follow Dawn on Twitter

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Kelly,

      As you know, I ideally like my blog tour spots to feature an author guest post, however Aria have only been able to secure a selected extract for this book, so I am hoping not to overdose on excerpts if I then feature the book in my usual memes of ‘First Lines’ and ‘Teaser Tuesday’. I’ll just have to play that one by ear!

      The GR ratings and reviews have been very positive so far, so I have great hopes that Veronica’s feelings of sinister intent by person or persons unknown, is going to add that extra kick to this story line.

      I hope that all is well with you. Autumn has well and truly arrived here, with that nip in the air at night time, not to mention the damp and dreary weather and the already falling leaves 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      I must admit that I have so many books, both virtual and physical, on my TBR pile right now, that I have made the difficult but concious decision to only accept review or freebie opportunities for books I really want to read.

      I’m not sure that is going to make the pile more manageable any time soon, but it makes me feel a bit more in control!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is always good to have you visit 🙂

    • Thanks Geybie – You Too 🙂

      I shall be across soon to see what you have added to your own TBR pile this week – I am always on the lookout for any new recommendations 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      Aria Fiction are very good at tracking the kind of books I enjoy reading, then sending me selections which will slot straight into my reading schedule – I do enjoy a good psychological thriller!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It does mention in the premise that it is coming up to what would have been Grace’s tenth birthday, so I guess that is the significance in having the candles on the cover art!

      The fact that half of the candles have been snuffed out, may have something to do with Veronica’s new and old friends, although I have no idea why someone might be out to torment her!

      All supposition on my part of course, so I really do need to get on and read the book to find out the truth of the matter.

      Happy Reading and I hope that your mailbox was kind to you this week 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      The story line about Veronica and Scarlet meeting and becoming friends, does not, on the surface, sound particularly suspenseful. However there are a couple of lines detailed in the premise, which I am hoping are going to up the ante a little and make for an explosive ending!

      “it becomes clear to Veronica that the friendship she thought was saving her life could be costing her everything”

      “is there anyone she can really trust or is someone out to torment her as part of their twisted game?”

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate comments 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I do enjoy a good thriller and you will very rarely find me giving up on a story line which offers up a strong and intriguing premise with that extra little kick and sting in the tail.

      ‘The Accident’ stacks up well in all departments, so thanks for wishing me well in my reading of it 🙂

    • Hi Serena,

      I wonder if this is one of those stories where the outcome is obvious from the very beginning and it is the journey that holds the threat and menace, or if I am going to be kept guessing until the very end and the story line is a slow boiler with a shocking twist or two?

      Thanks for helping to host MM each week. It is such a great meme and I am certain that we all appreciate your combined efforts 🙂

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