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One Split Second (Hardback)

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One split second ... the moment that changed their lives forever.

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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Atlantic Books Publication Date: 04/06/2020 ISBN-13: 9781838951078  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Caroline Bond was born in Scarborough and studied English at Oxford University before working as a market researcher for 25 years. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Leeds Trinity University, and lives in Leeds with her husband and three children. @Bond2Caroline

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A powerful book. The was the second book I have read by Caroline Bond, and it did not disappoint. I found the plot to be original and it was told in a way that captured to emotions of all the characters involved. I enjoyed the third person narrative, as it allowed you to learn a lot about the characters and how they were dealing with the events that take place. All of the characters were interesting and they each seemed to have an important role in the unfolding of the plot. It was intriguing to learn about the characters before the crash and to see how they had been changed by it. I thought that the telling of the plot handled sensitively as it explored the emotions of all those involved. This was great to read and I found it heart breaking to read. I am excited to read more of Caroline Bonds work in the future.

- 28/06/2020
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A haunting portrayal of the aftermath of a tragic accident. One Split Second is a moving exploration of the heartbreaking repercussions of a car crash on a group of teenagers, their families and the wider community. Beautifully written with sensitivity and sincerity, this carefully crafted story is skilfully told from multiple perspectives, offering an intimate and often harrowing portrayal of each character’s thoughts and reflections as they contend with the aftermath of the fatal collision. Examining themes of love, loss, grief, guilt and forgiveness, the story is by no means an easy read, but it is a poignant and thought-provoking one. My enjoyment of the book was slightly marred by the numerous typos in the book, but hopefully these will be corrected in future editions.

- 28/06/2020
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Having loved Caroline Bond’s previous novel, The Forgotten Sister, I was really looking forward to reading this book and it is such a beautiful, unforgettable story! I feel like I have been there alongside these wonderful characters as they each move forward on their unique journeys following an event that changed their lives forever. On one fateful night, a group of teenagers are in a car travelling back from a party when it crashes into a brick wall. The consequences are devastating and far reaching, not only for the teenagers themselves, but also for their families. From the initial opening scene, set thirty-two days after the accident, we learn that one of the group has passed away. This was a really impactful beginning and immediately captured my attention. In the following chapters the parents of the teenagers are introduced as news spreads of the accident, with them soon finding themselves en route to the hospital. The way in which news of their children and their injuries was imparted was really clever, and I liked the little twist for one family who were left waiting for information about their loved one. Even though I knew someone was going to die, I was still wasn’t prepared for when this happened in the story and it wasn’t who I expected. I definitely had a lump in my throat as I was reading these scenes. The events before and after this day were emotional, with feelings of blame, grief and confusion at every turn for the people left behind and whose lives would never be the same again. For one person in particular their life changed in a very big way. I really liked the short chapters and found myself racing through the pages to find out what would happen next. I found that the thoughts and emotions of the characters were really vivid too and this isn’t always the case when books are written in the third person. Here however, their unique personalities, frustrations, upset and torment all really shone through. It made me smile on many occasions to see them grow and find happiness again after such truly unimaginable pain. Forgiveness and understanding really does have the power to heal! I cannot wait to read more of Caroline Bond’s books and am so grateful to have been taken on such a journey. I thought the last scenes were really moving too, and a perfect way for this story to end.

- 27/06/2020
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This is a very emotive book telling the story of a heartbreaking car crash from the perspectives of the teenagers involved and their families. I really like the tone used in this, it’s calm and almost factual but still expresses the feelings and events in a way that really stays with you and works better than extreme emotions would in my opinion. I did worry that with quite a cast of characters it might be easy to lose track of who was who and their relationship to the others however I soon felt comfortable with who each character was. The characters themselves were well written and felt very real, the ways in which they responded in the aftermath of the crash and death of one felt well considered especially the fractured relationship between the deceased’s parents. I’ll definitely be looking out for Caroline Bond’s other books based on this.

- 22/06/2020
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This book looks terrifyingly accurate. I fortunately haven’t experienced this situation before, but it describes the emotions and process which I think every parent and friend would go through. I think this is an important book that we should all read, so that we can have a better empathy for those going through this experience, but also as a way to prevent this from happening. I remember going to a Driving Awareness seminar at school - police, ambulance, fire brigade workers were all there, as well as family members of people who had died in car crashes and some people who were driving the vehicle. They all discussed the impact that this sort of event can have on them, and I really believe that this look will leave the same powerful, important emotion which will stay with you for life. The writing was really good and the author has a great way of making the story flow and keeping you hooked. I loved the front cover - I instantly picked up this book up based on that alone, and the blurb sealed the deal!

- 05/06/2020
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