Saturday, March 2, 2019

Blog Tour: Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood Review + Giveaway

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I'm delighted to be able to bring you a review and giveaway today as part of the Blog Tour for Nuala Ellwood's latest book, Day of the Accident.

I was very generously sent a physical copy for review (which I then lost, so I bought it on Kindle), and I thought I'd give it away to one of you.

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.

And when Maggie begs to see her husband, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of her daughter's funeral.

What really happened that day at the river?
Where has Maggie's husband gone?
And why can't she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is stil alive? 

This was a slow burner, one that picked up pace as we went along. As well as Maggie's story, we are given chapters from a young girl stuck in some kind of institution or home. Is Maggie right, is her daughter really alive and expecting her to come and save her? 

This is clever, fresh, and it has those short chapters that I love so much. I've always said that short chapters suck me in, especially with a thriller - I'm always inclined to read "just one more" when I know it's only a few minutes long. As a result, I couldn't put this one down and kept reading late into the night. 

The story is well crafted, and believable. The characters are well developed. If I could have asked for one more thing, I'd like to have seen more of Maggie's husband (as would she - *ba-doom-tish*).

I did have it mostly figured out by about 80%, but instead of feeling like I had spoiled it, I felt excited to see how it was all going to come out. Because Maggie was suffering from memory loss, any little reveals or tells didn't feel like dripfeeding, they felt like things we were all discovering together.

I really liked the supporting characters, the care staff helping Maggie could have been just fleeting names, but they were real people with real personalities and real stories of their own.

This was a sharp, engaging thriller, and shows that the notorious "difficult second novel" isn't difficult at all when you can write like this. 


You can buy Day of the Accident from any good book retailer, including

Or request it at your local library.

If you'd like to check out the other stops on the blog tour featuring excerpts, interviews and giveaways, you can do so by visiting the bloggers listed on the banner below:

Thanks to all at Penguin for inviting me to take part in this tour and allowing me to read the book early. 

To win the paperback copy, please leave your details in the widget below. I'm really interested to find out what everyone has been reading recently!


This giveaway is open worldwide.

 The winners information will not be shared with any third party, their details will be used for the sole purpose of sending the prize and will not be held on file. 


  1. This sounds amazing can wait to read it �� I have recently read Emma hannigan letters to my daughter it is amazing ❤️

  2. Really like the sound of this one Sharon. My fave genre to read ��

  3. Just started Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter.... Only on first chapter but OK so far

  4. Hello there... Interested to take part in the giveaway

  5. I just started the tattooist of auschwitz this morning and am 100 pages in. Very good so far. Finished the Woman in the Window before that and like you with this book I kinda had the ending sussed out about 3 quarters of the way through but it was still really good!

  6. Great review, sounds just like my sort of read!x

  7. I just finished up Holding by Graham Norton.

  8. Sounds very intriguing! Love the idea of a tour, must check out some others

  9. Love short chapters too - though it's always just one more chapter and it's suddenly 3am....

  10. Wow! This wounds interesting! Would love to win a copy!

  11. Love short chapters too. This sounds very intriguing!

  12. Oops, just finished the Rosie Effect and now onto Marie Kondo, Life Changing Magic ..

  13. Sounds like a great read, just finished Skin Deep Liz Nugent

  14. Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough is the book I just finished. Went to the library during the week to pick up my next read,'White Fragility; why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism' by Robin Diangelo.

  15. Just finished into the water by Paula Hawkins

  16. Finished Laura Marshall's Friend Request the other day 😊

  17. Just finished the beautiful Light over London by Julie Kelly!

  18. I think I'm really late to the game with this one but I just finished Oh My God What A Complete Aisling - I loved it, and I'm going to to start on the second one now!

  19. Joanne CuthbertsonMarch 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Great review definitely one I'll be investing in. Recently read unravelling Oliver and I loved it. Couldn't put it down

  20. The last book I read was Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis. I'm currently struggling to decide what to read next.

  21. Black Market by James Patterson... I love his stuff and now have many boxes of his books in the attic... I need to widen my reading scope... and get out more but that's a different story ����������

  22. Sounds great, I'll add it to my ever growing list!! Currently reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Only getting started and it's my first JoJo Moyes book to read so hoping it's good.

  23. I’m with you on the short chapters!!! Love a good thriller, one of my life skills at this stage is figuring out the ending!!! I have just finished “Hidden Bodies” the sequel of “You” by Caroline Kepnes. After watching it on Netflix I had to know what happened and sure as always the book was so different to the show that it probably made no difference!! I’ve also been really liking Karin Slaughter recently.

  24. Margaret Clarkson
    I'm currently reading "Lethal White" by Robert Galbraith


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