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Day of the Accident

Narrated by: Tara Fitzgerald
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood, read by Tara Fitzgerald. 

Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie's world is torn apart.

The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. That she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing.

When Maggie begs to see her husband, Sean, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of their daughter's funeral.

What really happened that day at the river?

Where is Maggie's husband?

And why can't she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive?

©2018 Nuala Ellwood (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"Gripping, poignant...I read it in one sitting." (Rosamund Lupton)

"Brilliantly compulsive and with one hell of a twist!" (Claire Douglas)

"Makes you question everything you thought you knew." (Emma Kavanagh)

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Tense, Well Paced and Engrossing!


I always like it when trying a new author hits pay dirt and that's precisely what I got with this one from Nuala Ellwood. She does a fine job of building a mystery with an intriguing snippet of a prologue and regular, mysterious letters from a child throughout.

For the most part it's a bit of a tug on the old heart strings and I think most parents will find it gives them food for thought, it did this one anyway! It does rely on amnesia which can be tricky to deal with but I think it does it reasonably well and without any hugely ridiculous situations manages to build a mystery and a threat. Maggie who is the lead is isolated into a hugely difficult situation and her struggles against it feel very real at times.

I found the ending extremely satisfying in a book that moved gradually up through the gears without relying on too many outlandish coincidences. The narration by Tara Fitzgerald is sympathetic and very easy on the ear.

This is an author I will watch out for in the future.

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Wonderful

Well read well written a pleasure to listen to, the story is gripping and tantalising
I totally enjoyed it from start to finish

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Too long

Needed cutting. Kept going of on tangent when you just wanted to get in with story. Juvenile letters went into overkill. Narrator only emphasised issues rather than making the best of it

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great read

couldn't wait to continue listening. great story well written. I really enjoyed the whole book