Anyone fancy a blog blitz to kick off a brand new month? Speaking of which, how the hell are we in September already? Surely it must be an accident or something? No? Oh, that’s right – S.D.Monaghan will know more about THE accident right enough….
One mistake could change your life forever.
Tara has it all. Married and about to move into her dream home, she can’t explain why she is tempted by one last fling with her ex before she settles down.
David would do anything for Tara. So when he finds her with another man, his world starts to crumble around him.
Ryan isn’t prepared for the punch David throws at him. Stumbling, he slips over the balcony and falls three storeys to the patio below.
In one split second a man will be killed. In one split second David and Tara’s life will change forever.
How far would you go to save everything you have?
A twist-filled thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door, T.M. Logan and Rachel Abbott.
What does TWG think?
Sometimes when I’m about to get stuck into a brand new author I have a little nosey at some of the reviews which have been left by readers already (basically I skim read the ones without spoilers just so I can get more of an insight). I must say, I was quite taken aback by some of the things people had written and, because of the multiple ‘on the fence and then some’ reviews, I was incredibly curious to begin reading S.D.Monaghan’s novelA. So I did. Forty minutes later I had read 47% of the book. In conclusion, I whole heartedly disagree with a lot of people on Goodreads, and you want to know why? Because I was completely and utterly gripped!
As far as David is concerned, in less than twenty-four hours both him and his wife, Tara, would be embarking on the move to their forever home. How exciting! Well, it would have been exciting if Tara hadn’t been caught doing something she shouldn’t have, with a man who wasn’t her husband! Whoopsy! David and Tara’s house move was meant to symbolise a new chapter in their lives. Instead, the couple find themselves in a ‘love’ triangle where everything could be lost in the blink of an eye.
As I’ve already said, I was completely hooked by the storyline. David and Tara’s relationship (without giving anything away) had me thinking the worst nion straight away. Why? For me, something wasn’t sitting quite right and I couldn’t put my finger on it. I had the most horrendous sinking feeling in my stomach whilst reading the first half of the book, I just knew something wasn’t right and I unnerved me. Part of me was wanting to find out whether my gut instinct was right, yet part of me was frozen with nerves as I had no idea what would be before my eyes on the next page. Luckily my severe nosiness won and I flew through the pages like a woman on a mission. I just had to find out what the hell was going on!
Again, without giving too much away, Shay (David and Tara’s new neighbour) was such an eejit! Seriously! He was like an itch in the middle of your back that you can’t seem reach, regardless of how hard you try; aka severely annoying!
Whilst I do disagree with several of the not so glowing reviews on Goodreads, I have to say that personally, I felt that the storyline seemed to contain a lot of background information and setting the scene, and less of the actual nitty gritty, dun dun dun parts of the storyline. Don’t get me wrong, I was glad to get to know the characters and their lives (past and present) in such an in-depth manner. I just would have preferred more of the action and less of the background information.
All in all, ‘The Accident’ kept my heart racing, my hands shaking, and my heart on route to my mouth; I just couldn’t put the book down! Yes, some parts of the storyline made me raise my eyebrow in disbelief, however, seeing as I managed to finish the book in a couple of hours, it’s safe to say that ‘The Accident’ managed to keep my attention with its suspenseful storyline alone. Very, very cleverly written.
About the author.
S. D. Monaghan grew up in Dublin before travelling extensively in Asia, Europe and America. After teaching English in Thailand for two years, he moved back to Ireland and gained an honours degree in psychology. While living in Canada for four years, he studied screenwriting in Toronto. S. D. Monaghan completed the Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin with the editorial guidance of the Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford and Orange Prize nominee, Deirdre Madden. On the strength of his work there, he was chosen to represent both the university and the Oscar Wilde Writers’Centre to read excerpts at the Dublin Publishers Festival and on Dublin Culture Night. He lives in Dublin with his wife, where he is currently working on his new novel. He is represented by Zoe Ross at United Agents.