Published on: 31st March 2020
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Under a cloudless Mediterranean sky, two families wheel their suitcases past swaying palm trees towards their hotel to grab a spot by the pool. But behind the smiles, someone is hiding a terrible secret…
I never wanted to come on this trip. I thought the accident had torn us apart forever, but then my mother called out of the blue, wanting to make amends. So here we are, two families on a beautiful island, sipping sangria like nothing ever happened.
My parents’ oldest friend, Daniel, was invited too – I’ve never trusted him, and now he brings up my past mistake every chance he gets. And why does his son, Victor, keep disappearing off on his own?
Even my brother’s here, with his twins. It’s amazing to see my nieces playing happily in the pool. After what happened at home, it still hurts me to be around the girls, but more so that my brother doesn’t trust me alone with them.
Despite everything, it’s going surprisingly well – everyone forcing a smile at the dinner table, laughing at the twins’ antics – until the night my father is attacked on the beach, left for dead on the sand.
As always, all fingers point to me, but this time I know for certain that I’m innocent. And if I’m not guilty, someone else on this holiday is…
A unique and totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of T.M. Logan and The Girl on the Train racing through the pages late into the night.
Happy Publication Day to After the Accident by Kerry Wilkinson!!!!
“I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review.”
Oh my God, This book was so so addicting! I just couldn’t stop reading it and frankly speaking if I didn’t have my studies to think about I would actually have finished it in one go, it was just so engaging, engrossing, ya… running out of adjectives now.
This book had a feeling of suspense throughout and there were so many twists and turns in this tale that it kept you on the edge of the seat till the very last page.
After the Accident is written in an interview format for the most part of the book. And personally this format worked really well from me. I could almost imagine a room in my head where all the characters were brought in and the camera frame moved from one character to another and their statements formed a seamless narrative. I really loved this format because we got to see so many emotions. And also because of this narrative style Kerry Wilkinson was able to provide us with so many conflicting POVs of the same situation and we really didn’t know which one to believe because people may lie for variety of reasons, maybe they are embarrassed that is why they are lying or maybe it is because they are guilty.
The ending of this book was something I generally don’t like in a book but in this book it was really well done. There was one big twist in the end and a few other shocking revelations and finally we were left with a puzzle. And depending on your imagination you can solve this puzzle in any way. My version of the events can be completely different from yours. Personally I prefer a clear set of events and a proper closure in the ending but this book didn’t provide any of that but still I actually loved the ending.
Finally after everything good has been said I will now like to talk about a few things that I didn’t like in this book. There were a few places where I felt the statements were not able to form a seamless narrative. Some sentences seemed like it didn’t have any connection with the preceding or succeeding reply. There were very few places this happened so it was not much in my opinion. There was this one place where due to conflicting views of the same situation we were not able to get a seamless narrative like we were not really sure what actually happened, I thought this place was way too disjoint but I guess one might argue that it was done intentionally. These were the only two problems I had and when compared with the how great the rest of this book was they were nothing.
If you are a thriller/mystery/suspense reader then this book is a must read in my opinion.