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  • Emotionally Packed & Strangely Uplifting!

    There is a lot of food for thought between the covers of this novel; it certainly made me re-think a few things. On their way home from a party, five young adults are involved in a horrific crash. This is the story of the fallout which follows, and how it affects not only the occupants but also their families in the wider community. A thoughtful and considered story, this one ate me up. Showing both sides of the picture following a car accident, it's hard to decide who to sympathise with the most. Is it the injured or their families? Caroline Bond has covered every eventuality and emotion and, although there is no need to choose 'sides', my empathy swung first one way, then the other - and back again, several times. This is very skilfully crafted; I became engrossed very quickly and the characterisation is terrific. I could easily imagine each and every one and, in several cases, compare them to those I know! A very different kind of tale, but an excellent one, beautifully written and all-encompassing. I had no idea where it was going or even what the ending would be, but I think the author worked it out perfectly. I wouldn't change a single thing. Emotionally packed and strangely uplifting, this is one I would recommend, especially to everyone seeking that something different in a book. I'm delighted to give One Split Second 4.5*.

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  • Incredibly Moving

    Caroline Bond is fast becoming one of my new favourite authors. I read The Forgotten Sister and I was hooked, so was excited to learn about her new publication One Split Second, and even more excited to given the opportunity to read an advanced review copy in staves via the Pigeonhole! This was a wonderful read I wasn't disappointed -what a cracker of a book! The story centres around a group of five teenagers who are about to leave high school and start new paths on journeys to work or university. Coming home one night after a party, there is a dreadful accident which alters the course of everyone's lives within the group, and also their families, forever. This was an intensely emotional book that was sometimes difficult to read. It was exceptionally well written with an excellent and totally believable plot. Although initially, I found the prospect of getting to know five different families of characters rather daunting, I was soon able to cope and it wasn't long before I was at ease with them. Each was brilliantly drawn by Caroline Bond - distinct, full of depth and with their own idiosyncrasies. In this study of human emotion, the reactions of each individual involved was completely different, and this was perfectly portrayed. I wanted to send reassurances to everyone, including Harry’s father, who wasn't the most personable character in the story. The ending was brilliant as it brought the story full circle. This was an absolute pleasure to read and even if the plot had been less stimulating I would have devoured these pages with equal gusto and enthusiasm. One Split Second is a brilliantly executed book in every aspect and if family dramas give you a buzz then this one would be a perfect choice. I’ll certainly be looking out for more from Caroline Bond! I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request, from Atlantic Books/ Corvus via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion. Thank you also to Pigeonhole and Caroline Bond for the opportunity to read this book!

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  • Sensitively told

    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.

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  • A beautiful, captivating story

    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.

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