Friday, June 07, 2013

Accidents Happen by Louise Millar (Simon & Schuster)

Kate Parker has experienced unbelievable tragedy in her life.  Her parents were killed in a traffic accident on her wedding night and her husband was murdered five years ago in a home invasion robbery.  She is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and OCD.  Kate has a young son, Jack.  After her husband's death, to have help with Jack, she moved from London to a college town to be near her in-laws.  

Her OCD causes her to constantly run statistics about accidents and death and ways to pick the safest path.  Kate also has a feeling that she is being stalked.  Her behavior is having a detrimental effect on Jack ,and her in-laws are concerned and threatening to call social services.  This threat motivates her to try to turn her life around because she really wants what is best for Jack—and her old life back.  The problem though, is she really just imagining the threat to her and her son are is it real?

The suspense builds as the story progresses. The only problem I had was the ability of one man to change her so rapidly.  OCD and PTSD do not resolve that easily although his methods were unorthodox to say the least.  The characters are well developed, the plot is good, and I had trouble putting this one down—just had to know how it would all end!

—Helen Jones

FTC Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher.

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