Day of the Accident

Nuala Ellwood


What if your daughter had died and you were to blame?


Moments after she wakes from a coma, Maggie’s world is torn apart. The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. Drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing, just the fleeting sense that someone else was there, standing on the river bank.


When Maggie begs to see her husband Sean, they 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 is Maggie’s husband?


And why can’t she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive?


A gripping, poignant and at times devastating novel - I read it in one sitting.

Rosamund Lupton
Rosamund Lupton

Twisty and unpredictable. Kept me guessing until the end.

Karen Cleveland, author of Need to Know
Karen Cleveland , author of Need to Know

I thought I knew what was coming in The Day Of The Accident. I was wrong. This book will take all your expectations and upend them, making you question everything you thought you knew. It is an emotional, winding maze of a story.

Emma Kavanagh
Emma Kavanagh

The Day of the Accident is a raw, shocking, and serpentine mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. The characters are well-hewn, the plot is torniquet-tight, and beneath the central enigma, beats the heart of a mother's anguish. Nuala Ellwood's writing is an alchemy of beautiful prose and the brutal cataclysm of tragedy.

Nicolas Obregon
Nicolas Obregon


Upmarket thriller

UK Publication

Penguin Random House / Viking, February 2018

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