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The Accident, by Gail Schimmel {Book Review}

I hope you are all loving the long weekend and getting your book reading on! I may hit a record this week, having already finished 2 books and currently busy with a third. My sister is starting to wonder if I actually spend time with my kids anymore. If they’re reading when I’m reading, that’s spending time together right?

Today I had another review drafted and ready for publishing, but when I finished The Accident on Wednesday, I knew this was the one I needed to post about. The Accident arrived at my door about a week ago from Pan Macmillan. I’d seen the book on social media, but I’m not sure if I even read what it was about. When I glanced at the cover and the read the back, I was kind of intrigued.

What is The Accident about?

Twenty-six years is a long time not to be alive.

Since The Accident that ruined her life, Catherine has lived on autopilot, going through the motions of work and motherhood without being fully present. Trying to fill the gap, her adult daughter, Julia, is looking for love in all the wrong places, and wreaking havoc on the lives that she touches along the way.

Just what will it take to shock Catherine back into life?

My thoughts

I think what we all want to know when we start reading the book is…what was THE ACCIDENT? What did it entail? Did somebody die? From the first page though, Gail’s writing engrosses you so much in the present, that The Accident somehow becomes a backstory. Each chapter is told from a different person’s perspective and there are 4 main characters in this book (if my maths is correct). The development of each of the characters….is fascinating and done in such an easy, flow-y way. You really learn so much about each person (not just the main characters), but it’s not done in a drawn out manner.

The Accident changed Catherine….she could not live with or deal with her grief from what transpired that day. Julia sort of paid the price for that, with a mother that wasn’t really present. I don’t want to give too much away, but this book deals with grief, divorce, suicide, friendship and healing.

In a nutshell, this book was absolutely amazing. I found myself telling my husband: You’ll never believe what Daniel just did!  My husband was so invested in my random outbursts, that he would answer, or we’d take bets on what the character would do. He won by the way. This book just drew me in…I’ve told my mom she needs to read it. I’ll pass it on to friends. Some of it is uncomfortable, some of it is sad, some of it is so humourous…my random laughing fits a testament to that.

Would I recommend it?

ABSO-FREAKIN-LUTELY! I probably read it in under 24hrs. I could not put it down! Besides the writing, the pages turned easily, the book folds flat nicely and the font size facilitated an easier read. This seems weird to mention, but when I’m reading and I need to find weights to hold the pages down, it’s a bit of a pain. This book was easy to read and easy to read. Makes sense right?

The Accident is available at all leading book retailers and retails for around R229 – R270. The book has a Goodreads average of 4 stars, I think it deserves to rate higher personally. I give it 5 stars….that’s how much I personally enjoyed The Accident.

A roller coaster of emotions…lots of laughter, tears, eyebrow raising… Does this sound like something you’d read?

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


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