As you can imagine, I haven't been reading very much just lately. I find I've been picking up my Kindle, turning it on and just staring at the words in front of me. The mind is a very complicated thing and it will only allow so much in before it switches off. I've found it very hard to concentrate on anything and reading has required more effort than I've been able to manage so I haven't read very much for quite some time now.
I started One Split Second by Caroline Bond before my dad died and it's taken a long time for me to get it finished, not because I wasn't enjoying reading it, just for the reasons mentioned above. It was definitely worth the effort though.
"When a car carrying five friends home from a party crashes into a wall, the consequences are devastating - not just for the young people directly involved, but also for their families and the wider community.
No one escapes unscathed, but some are more deeply scarred than others. Those affected are left to question who was to blame for the accident, and what price they will pay.
This moving story of an accident and its aftermath explores our understanding of love and loyalty, grief and forgiveness."
I found this a moving and sad story, not least because our family has suffered such a similar tragedy. My cousin's daughter was killed in a very similar car crash when she was travelling in a car with friends on a night out. I've witnessed first hand what devastation an incident such as this can cause, how lives can be torn apart for ever, and I think the author has dealt with the subject matter well and with compassion. The book explores the effect of the crash on different characters and it's very believable.
The course of so many people's lives can change in just one split second. I'd definitely recommend this book.