Title: Accidents Happen
Author: Louise Millar
First Published: 1st April 2013
Kate Parker has weathered unimaginable horrors—her parents died in a traffic accident on her wedding night, and her husband, Hugo, was murdered in a tragic break-in gone wrong. All she has left is her young son, Jack, and determined to make a better future for him, she attempts to pull her life back together. But are she and her son safe? (From Goodreads 27th June 2013)
I was slightly hesitant after I began reading and thought ‘am I reading another OCD book right after reading Addition??’ but soon I realised that this was a completely different style of book with some anxiety traits focused on but not OCD. Kate’s adult life has not been easy, and now living alone with her son Jack all she wants is for both of them to be safe, but is Kate focusing too much on her anxieties? Determined to show her in-laws that she is trying to get better for her sake and Jack’s sake she begins to deal with her anxiety. Meeting an acclaimed Scottish Statistician she begins to take a journey towards normality. Her life is getting better, her love life is beginning to heat up, but can it all be too good to be true?
I really enjoyed this book, I found it to be a bit slow at the beginning but by the last quarter it picked up speed, and a lot of speed! This is a psychological thriller that leads you along gently before erupting into pure edge of the seat action.
My best advice for this novel is keep with it. It may seem a bit slow and anxiety focused to begin with but soon you learn more and more about Kate’s life and why she is the way she is, then the pace quickens and quickens before going off into a sprint.
4 out of 5