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Day of the Accident

Narrated by: Tara Fitzgerald
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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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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Fantastic

All I can say is this book was fantastic. I read it in a day and a half. It had such a twist at the end that it blew my mind. I didn’t see it coming. Seriously, you need to read this book. You’ll be glad you did. The suspense was so intense. Loved this book.

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Didn't see that coming

A great novel full of twists and turns. I didn't see that ending coming. Can't recommend enough.

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A thoroughly gripping read

I have read many many books during my lifetime and continue to do so. Some have been good, some have been not so good and then, a very small minority have been outstanding. Some have left me wondering why I bothered to persevere, some have just left me and been forgotten by the time I closed the back cover and then, very occasionally, a book comes along which stays with me long after I have finished it.
This book has done just that. It drew me into the lives of the characters so well I really felt I knew them. More than that, I actually cared about them! Very well written with just a little hint of an underlying menace that makes it compulsive. I don’t want to give anything of the plot away but I relished every word and every twist and turn. Gripping!

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Highly recommended

Bought the audible version read it within a few days could not put it down. Loved all the twists - Amazing

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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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Was I listening to a different book? Maybe it would have been better had I read it myself.

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Great start but a disappointing end

I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this book and found it difficult to stop listening. However towards the end when the plot and twist unfolded it was just silly. It's difficult to say what was silly without being a plot spoiler but when the reason behind the events that led up to the accident were revealed it was just daft. If only the end had echoed the first chapters which were engrossing and had real tension. I am also not sure about Tara Fitzgerald as a narrator she has a very strong voice that tends to grate after a long period of listening. I will give this author another go as there were good things about this book.

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Slow, slow, slow

Great for insomniacs but too slow to be remotely thrilling. Child character is sickeningly sweet and the narrator only emphasises this.

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  • Sarah Hajduk
  • 09-12-19

Riveting Read

This book grasped my full attention from the first few sentences. I went through all sorts of machinations when attempting to solve the puzzle! I had never read Ms. Ellwood until this book and will certainly go back and read whatever she has written

The reader was par excellence! Marvelous voice and her interpretations of the different characters was simply perfect.