Things will never be the same again….
Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works.
A day like any other, except for Adam, who in a last despairing act jumps in front of Ben’s car, and in killing himself, turns the teacher’s world upside down.
Wracked with guilt and desperate to clear his conscience, Ben develops a friendship with Alice, Adam’s widow, and her 7-year-old son Max.
But as he tries to escape the trauma of the wreckage, could Ben go too far in trying to make amends?
It’s the 9th of January and Ben leaves his home to go to work at the same time he does every morning regular as clockwork, he takes his normal route down the M1, staying in the slow lane, the weather is dreadful, windscreen wipers struggling to cope with all the rain, visibility is down to a minimum, but Ben is a cautious driver, until something white hits is Red Volkswagen car, it appeared from nowhere. Ben slams on his breaks, gets out and sees the body in the road. Within minutes the police are there. Ben is a nervous wreck.
Alice gets a visit from the police, to say her husband Adam has been involved in an accident, she makes a comment that Adam had said he wouldn’t do it again. What wouldn’t he do?
Ben is taken to the police station, where he is questioned, and all tests for sobriety etc, come back clear so at 4.47 that afternoon he is allowed to go home with his dad, who was sat waiting. Ben is in a state. He had heard an officer say the man’s name Adam Selby, and what hospital.
Alice has been staying at the hospital with Adam, their son Max has been with a neighbour. Adams injuries are serious, the worst being a head injury.
Lives were changed that day, Ben is scared to drive for a while, Alice has to make decisions.
How happy was Alice and Adams marriage? he had mental health issues. How can Ben move on? He wants to be there for Alice and Max, but does Alice want him there? How do each of them cope with the future?
This was a great debut novel by Robin Morgan-Bentley, fast paced, the story kept you guessing, at times Ben came across a little obsessive as well as a little creepy. But he is trying to live with the guilt of hitting Adam with his car, even though it is ruled as accidental, there was nothing he could have done. Alice also blows hot and cold with Ben, is it any wonder he is confused, obsessed! Is there more to the accident? Is there more to Alice and Adams marriage? Is there more to Ben? I felt both Ben and Alice have flaws, I felt really bad for Ben after the accident, but then some of his actions my sympathy began to change a little, but had his behaviour changed because of the accident? It had been very traumatic for him. Alice has clearly not had a great life, I wanted to feel for her, but I just couldn’t, she had issues herself.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, a couple of surprises thrown in, I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I would like to thank #netgalley and #Trapeze for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.