Book review: One Split Second

By Caroline Bond
Published by Corvus 

Synopsis: 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.

How did this book end up in my hands? I ordered a copy of this book with the points I collected on Readers First but the pandemic got in the way so I ended up reading a serialisation of the novel via The Pigeonhole app. One day I will hold the physical book in my hands!

Was it a page-turner? Absolutely. Even though you will probably want to give your aching heart a break every now and then, it is impossible to stop turning the pages. The first chapter is so full of tension that you’ll just have to keep going.

Did the book meet my expectations? I knew I would like anything crafted by Caroline Bond as her storytelling is just my cup of tea. I loved The Second Child and I thoroughly enjoyed The Forgotten Sister but One Split Second still managed to exceed my expectations. The attention to detail, the understanding of people’s reactions and emotions… there is something very powerful in the way that the author takes such a hellish scenario and makes something beautiful out of it.

Three words to describe it. Delicate. Moving. Hopeful.

Do I like the cover? Yes, it’s beautiful. I love the colours and its subtlety.

Have I read any other books by the same author? Yes, I read both previous books by Caroline Bond and I don’t intend to miss any of her future novels.


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