** advanced copy received via publisher **
Welcome to my stop on the blitz tour for the gripping The Accident by S.D. Monaghan!
Author : S.D. Monaghan
Title : The Accident
Pages : 258
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : September 1, 2017
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?
David and his wife Tara have it all. Wonderful careers, a baby on the way and they have just completed work on their multi-million euro house. But the day before they are meant to move in, David discovers his wife has been sleeping with their builder. During the confrontation that ensues, David hits out at the builder, who stumbles and falls three storeys. Oops. David’s life has changed forever but what he doesn’t know, is that things are about to become much worse.
Well now, this one starts out with a bang and it’s such an excellent way to reel a reader in. What’s frightening is this accident is completely believable and could happen to anyone. Just a wee push and someone hits their head, with devastating consequences. That’s exactly what happens here. And it makes you wonder what you would do, as David does.
Like I said, things are about to get much worse but I won’t get into that as it would give away far too much information. Suffice to say there’s quite the tense ride and with a few chapters ending on a cliffhanger, this is one of those books where you tell yourself you’ll just read a few more pages until you realise it’s gone past midnight and you might as well stay up late and finish the thing in one go.
I did feel that some of the chapters were a tad too slow and broke the flow of the story, specifically those dealing with David and Tara’s past. Although they do shed light on why David does the things he does. Try as I might though, I just can’t understand the reason for Tara’s fling at all.
However, The Accident has a complex and brilliantly executed plot and I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style. While I guessed something out quite early on, I couldn’t at all predict the ending and there were twists galore to keep me hooked until the rather satisfying conclusion. S.D. Monaghan is an exciting new voice in the psychological thriller genre and I look forward to his next book.
Many thanks to Bookouture for my advanced copy and the opportunity to join the tour!
The Accident is available now!
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.