Accidents Happen by Louise Millar.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books(June 25, 2013)
*Starred Review* Kate Parker’s extraordinarily bad luck—both parents killed in a freak traffic accident on her wedding day, her husband murdered at home five years later—has left her wary about everything and overprotective of her 10-year-old son, Jack. Even her concerns about such warning flags as recent burglaries and a creepy neighbor’s behavior are considered just skittish Kate’s overreactions, especially by her in-laws, who threaten to raise Jack themselves. Kate’s sole and virtually obsessional solace lies in finding statistics showing the probability of danger in everyday life. So she’s instantly attracted to the book Beat the Odds and Change Your Life, left casually in a juice bar, and to its author, Jago Martin, an Edinburgh professor guest-lecturing at Oxford, who offers to help Kate deal with her anxiety. The risky activities Jago proposes actually make Kate feel alive again—the unlikely result of a pathological plan fueled by revenge. Fans of Millar’s accomplished debut, The Playdate (2012), won’t be surprised to find that things are not always what they seem here and that paranoia may indeed be just increased awareness. As Millar makes truth elusive and builds suspense, she is establishing herself in the top tier of writers of psychological thrillers. --Michele Leber
This was one of those “unexpected books”… Of all things for me to be reading about with my problems, is someone who is “sick with anxiety”! Needless to say I had bought the book a while ago and forgotten what it was about. The cover didn’t give anything away so I just jumped in.
At first one thinks that as bad as things are for ourselves this woman has got it worse! And just when you begin to think she can beat her obsessions…. the total unexpected things begin to happen!
I actually enjoyed the book.. I found myself picking it up more often then other books just to see what was going to happen next ! Overall this was a good read, and I liked how it turned into a mystery more then just a “bad luck story”.