Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Books Read: Louise Millar - Accidents Happen

What if the one in a million is you?

Kate Parker has had so much bad luck in her life, she's convinced she's cursed. But when she tries to do her best to keep herself and her son safe, people tell her she's being anxious and obsessive.

Just when her life starts to spin completely out of control, an Oxford professor she meets offers to help. But his methods are not conventional. If she wants to live her life again, he will expect her to take risks.

When a mysterious neighbour starts to take more than a passing interest in her, Kate tries to stay rational and ignore it.

Maybe this, however, is the one time Kate should be worried.

Kate's life has been taken over by her fear that something else bad is going to happen in her life... after all she's already lost her parents and husband in tragic circumstances... so she's determined to keep herself and her son Jack safe no matter what it takes.

Every time she goes anywhere and every time she does something she's mentally calculating the statistics of something bad happening but she cannot see the effect that her paranoia is having on Jack.  He's no longer the happy go lucky boy that he once was which has worried her in-laws, Helen and Richard, so much so that they are considering going for custody of him.

It's only when she has a chance encounter with Jago, a visiting professor who'd written a book about odds, that she finally takes steps to try and tackle her fears head on.  The more time that she spends with Jago, the more he pushes her to take risks but will she ever be able to let go completely.

This book was a bit of a slow starter for me and it did take a few chapters to grab me but once it did I was hooked and wanting to continue to turn the pages to find out what was going to happen next.  Will Kate finally be able to overcome her fears so that she and Jack can live happily ever after?  Or maybe she was right to be concerned and she should be a little worried after all...

If I had one negative point to make about the storyline, and it's a minor one at that, it would be that I did think some of the scenarios that Jago puts Kate in were a little over the top, and not something a law-abiding citizen like herself would do!  I think that even someone at their breaking point would still know right from wrong and would have refused to do the challenges.

Overall it was a gripping complex thriller that had me on edge at times, and I definitely did not see the twist coming which is a sign of a good story, but it's probably not advisable to read this book when you're in an old creaking house on your own... 

I'd like to thank Becky at Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of Accidents Happen to review.

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