A well deserved  ☆☆☆☆☆ 

What an amazing read!

There is a real rollercoaster of emotions in this book that I could not put down, and then kept thinking about all night.

Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published November 6th 2014 by Sphere

edition languageEnglish

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Synopsis by Goodreads:

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating…


My review:

A five year old killed in an instant: his name was Jacob. It was a hit and run. How could you do that? How does anyone recover from losing a child so needlessly?

I shan’t describe the plot the synopsis is good enough, no spoilers here.

This book is much much more than a simple ‘who done it crime’, so cleverly written in both first and third person that simply messes with your perception.

There are so many facets to this story, the harsh frantic side of police with full on work and failing marriages, along with the destruction of relationships.  Then there is the slow wind-blown side where fractured lives knit very slowly, healing outside of life itself.

Jenna is trying to rebuild her life far away from people as possible, in a remote cottage on the coast in Wales. Hit and run affects a whole community of individuals and Mackintosh conveys that in a way that is subtly huge.

I love it when authors paint pictures enabling me to stand beside a character and feel their lives, exactly like this does:

The sand becomes pockmarked from the rain, and the swollen tide begins to sweep away the shapes I have made in the wet sand at the bottom of the beach, undoing the triumphs as well as the mistakes. It has become routine to begin each day by writing my own name close to the shore, and I shiver to see it sucked into the sea.

AND THEN: POW!  What freakin happened there?   The shock of what I am reading both excites and confuses me.   Never…..     never…..      would I have seen that coming….nor will you I can promise that!

This book then turns your understanding of the story back to front and inside out.

Very, very, cleverly done, thank you Clare Mackintosh for a beautiful and brilliant read!   🙂


Many thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.