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If only she'd said no... Katherine knew she’d had too many drinks, but they were only going a short distance. And as Eve pointed out, it was late, there was no traffic anyway... Now, Katherine would do anything to turn back the clock. If anyone ever found out about the accident, it would ruin Katherine’s life. But no one needs to know because Eve was there too, and she If only she'd said no... Katherine knew she’d had too many drinks, but they were only going a short distance. And as Eve pointed out, it was late, there was no traffic anyway... Now, Katherine would do anything to turn back the clock. If anyone ever found out about the accident, it would ruin Katherine’s life. But no one needs to know because Eve was there too, and she’s going to help make it all go away. Except something's not quite right with Eve, and by the time Katherine realizes that… It's too late.


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If only she'd said no... Katherine knew she’d had too many drinks, but they were only going a short distance. And as Eve pointed out, it was late, there was no traffic anyway... Now, Katherine would do anything to turn back the clock. If anyone ever found out about the accident, it would ruin Katherine’s life. But no one needs to know because Eve was there too, and she If only she'd said no... Katherine knew she’d had too many drinks, but they were only going a short distance. And as Eve pointed out, it was late, there was no traffic anyway... Now, Katherine would do anything to turn back the clock. If anyone ever found out about the accident, it would ruin Katherine’s life. But no one needs to know because Eve was there too, and she’s going to help make it all go away. Except something's not quite right with Eve, and by the time Katherine realizes that… It's too late.

30 review for The Accident

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm sorry. I know this book got a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, but I just didn't like it. The main character has to be the MOST gullible person alive. For all of her self-proclaimed genius, she is ridiculously stupid. The majority of this book would be obsolete if she just utilized google one damn time. It just wasn't believable to me. She researches things and creates probabilities and trusts her gut for her job - and if we are to believe her own hype, she is damn good at it. But she blindly be I'm sorry. I know this book got a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, but I just didn't like it. The main character has to be the MOST gullible person alive. For all of her self-proclaimed genius, she is ridiculously stupid. The majority of this book would be obsolete if she just utilized google one damn time. It just wasn't believable to me. She researches things and creates probabilities and trusts her gut for her job - and if we are to believe her own hype, she is damn good at it. But she blindly believes everything and everyone around her without even so much as a simple google search or a few questions. Okay - fool me once, I can get. But once she realized she has been lied to by at least two "important" people in her life, you'd think she's start to be a bit more skeptical... I found her unlikable and unrealistic. Furthermore, I guessed the major "twists" by the second sentence of the book. By the end of chapter 2 - I could have written the plot myself. Maybe this is because I read A LOT and teach writing and fiction for my job, so I understand the tropes of writing, but I was not "blown away" by the amazing twists as so many other critics and readers seemed to be. Once the blackmail started, the entire middle of the book dragged on and on - it was super repetitive. We get it, she's being blackmailed. Uncle Bill is a pretty influential guy apparently. Forgive the hyperbole, but I don't need 12 chapters to establish this. I skimmed the majority of the middle and didn't lose any plot points or character development that I could tell. The ending picked up again as Kat was finally starting to get her head out of her ass and figure out what I knew from the second sentence. But then, the author just had to throw 47 other unnecessary "twists" into the story. Most of them I saw coming, the other ones were entirely unnecessary and I felt like her thought process was "a twist is just the opposite of what I've already written". This does work in small doses, but all it did here was make her protagonist look like a complete and total fool. And what the hell was the point about her aunt and uncle. Another unnecessary plot point that really didn't end up meaning anything or adding to the story in any way. It didn't make the character sympathetic or any more likable. It actually had the opposite effect - why would she be so wracked with guilt and remorse of supposedly leaving someone to die when clearly she has no qualms about killing someone? It didn't fit with her character AT.ALL. And then it just ended. I would have loved much less of the whining and poor is me and I'm gonna call my uncle, Kat from the middle and a little more detail and time spent on the ending. Sorry - not my cup of tea - at all.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Dawn

    This new book proved to be a surprisingly good thriller! Katherine, aka Kat, is set up by Eve, who later is found to be a sociopathic con artist who manipulates and schemes her way into wealthy women’s lives. She sets them up for ruin in various ways. Towards the end of the book I was feeling absolutely frantic and was rooting for Katherine to get out of Eve’s clutches. I loved it and want to read more of this author’s books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I love Natalie Barelli books.. this one was so good!! Nothing is what is seems. The Accident was the least of her problems! Great ending!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pat (currently not accepting new friend requests)

    2.75 stars. Arghh when I started this I thought "oh no, how predictable, I know what's going to happen here." And it did. So I was ready to DNF but soldiered on and then things started to get more interesting, but still predictable in a different way. So it was an okay read but that's about it. Quick and light and moderately satisfying. 2.75 stars. Arghh when I started this I thought "oh no, how predictable, I know what's going to happen here." And it did. So I was ready to DNF but soldiered on and then things started to get more interesting, but still predictable in a different way. So it was an okay read but that's about it. Quick and light and moderately satisfying.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Audio 4 Stars Story 4.5 Stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paige Shelton

    Well. Predictable - yes, and even a little frustrating during the first part. I wanted to shake the MC. But ultimately I loved it. Psychopaths are scary things.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Williams

    I started this book late last night stayed up til 1am because I couldn’t put it down it was so good! Finished it in less than 24 hours. Definitely a great thriller that captures you right away. If you start this book you may not want to put it down until you’re done. Can’t wait to check out Natalie’s other books!

  8. 4 out of 5

    NILTON TEIXEIRA

    Rounded to 3stars. What I find mind blowing is the fact that this book received so many 5 stars rating. This book is so predictable and not a bit original. The storyline is far-fetched. The writing is not bad, although sometimes a bit juvenile. It is hard to except some depth in a book so small (272 pages with 50 chapters). A fast read for sure, but forgettable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nour

    0 stars. Twilight was better than this. Wattpad books and fanfiction were better than this. I hate this with every fibre of my being. 0 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    4 stars audio 5 revenge done right stars story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jodi VanMeter

    I have officially become a Natalie Barelli fan!! This is my second book I’ve read and wow!! I couldn’t put this one down!! I did have a few issues with Katherine....she got just a tad annoying at times....and Eve was just over the top....which is why I think this would make a killer movie!! I’ve been slow starting this year with my reading and haven’t had much time....I’ve pulled this book out while sitting at the bank drive thru! And although the two main characters I wanted to slap....still gi I have officially become a Natalie Barelli fan!! This is my second book I’ve read and wow!! I couldn’t put this one down!! I did have a few issues with Katherine....she got just a tad annoying at times....and Eve was just over the top....which is why I think this would make a killer movie!! I’ve been slow starting this year with my reading and haven’t had much time....I’ve pulled this book out while sitting at the bank drive thru! And although the two main characters I wanted to slap....still giving 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    OMG. A formulaic book read in a child like voice in an edition (audio book) not even listed on good reads. This book should come with a warning: not for anyone over a certain age or who has read a certain number of books. So many red flags starting with a protagonist who cant stop saying how brilliant she is and how clever and how everyone said so including her married boss she is having an affair with (who ofcourse is going to divorce his wife, not). Her mother is in an assisted living and sort OMG. A formulaic book read in a child like voice in an edition (audio book) not even listed on good reads. This book should come with a warning: not for anyone over a certain age or who has read a certain number of books. So many red flags starting with a protagonist who cant stop saying how brilliant she is and how clever and how everyone said so including her married boss she is having an affair with (who ofcourse is going to divorce his wife, not). Her mother is in an assisted living and sort of chokes on a bit of food (this gives the narrator an oppty to imitate what sounds like a Polish accent but we are told is Scottish. Why the woman is told her mother almost choked but didn't is beyond me but this is the set up for her to meet Eve who has every women's fiction sociopathic trait. The brilliant main character gets her a job for almost saving her mother then parties with her and allows this young woman to convince her she can drive drunk and on and on. The whole book is a spoiler. Its painful reading or listening. You know where its going , one misstep at a time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Nutting

    This gal really knows how to write a psychological thriller! This is my third one and they are all entirely different! She creates wonderfully original plots and keeps you guessing until the last pages. It’s not fast paced, just slow torture as Eve spins her evil venom. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and it does. It’s like in a horror movie when you want to scream “don’t open that door!” - slow suspenseful. It couldn’t have been better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    OH MY GOD!!! This is the first book by this author for me. Although there were points where I wanted to grab and shake Katherine, horrified by her not standing up for herself as her life rapidly was taken from her by the the personification of straight up EVIL (aka Eve) and while she was allowing herself to let Mark play her, I stuck with the book as I was able to understand that some people aren’t able to do that and this wasn’t a bad thing, it just meant that not everyone is like me...which is OH MY GOD!!! This is the first book by this author for me. Although there were points where I wanted to grab and shake Katherine, horrified by her not standing up for herself as her life rapidly was taken from her by the the personification of straight up EVIL (aka Eve) and while she was allowing herself to let Mark play her, I stuck with the book as I was able to understand that some people aren’t able to do that and this wasn’t a bad thing, it just meant that not everyone is like me...which is a REALLY good thing. I can say that the world wouldn’t make it if we were so much alike as all that. I can also admit that too many headstrong and stubborn people wouldn’t be such a grand place to live. But I digress. This book kept me on pins and needles, something that hasn’t happened for awhile. I went from annoyance at Katherine allowing herself to be kicked around to understanding what made her that way and why. There were things I didn’t see coming and then there were things obvious to me but she seemed oblivious. Blinder than a deaf bat! Overall, the part about the conception of Lucy was good because these social issues make the characters more realistic and relatable. The ending...Woah! Didn’t see that coming, well, partially. Elements of the ending were somewhat predictable and others weren’t. The twists were there and the excitement. That the author keeping me guessing was a total bonus.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    Natalie Barelli is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! Great twists as usual!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carol Fix

    The main character is a gullible weakling and her nemesis is a total dipsh*t. The story was improbable and predictable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Very well written but omg I HATED Kat. This book is what I like to call the “A-hole plot” as in there wouldn’t be a plot if the main character wasn’t a complete A-hole. I enjoyed the book though, it was a little painful but the writing was good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda Smith

    I can't even finish this book. Maybe if I hadn't listened to the audio version. The narrator made this banal book even worse. This book is like a Lifetime movie, a brilliant but stupid protagonist, overly kind Villian, obvious plot. The author let me down on this one. I can't even finish this book. Maybe if I hadn't listened to the audio version. The narrator made this banal book even worse. This book is like a Lifetime movie, a brilliant but stupid protagonist, overly kind Villian, obvious plot. The author let me down on this one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tal

    After the initial shocking event, everything is very very predictable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    As you can probably tell by the rating, this book wasn't for me. I want to say that the target market for this type of book will enjoy it though, but to be honest, I can't really see what anyone finds enjoyable here. The plot is predictable and the few 'twists' are only possible thanks to exceptional stupidity and coincidence. The protagonist is a whiny, naive, annoying moron who tries to keep assuring us that she's actually really smart. The antagonist is somehow even more annoying, so you can' As you can probably tell by the rating, this book wasn't for me. I want to say that the target market for this type of book will enjoy it though, but to be honest, I can't really see what anyone finds enjoyable here. The plot is predictable and the few 'twists' are only possible thanks to exceptional stupidity and coincidence. The protagonist is a whiny, naive, annoying moron who tries to keep assuring us that she's actually really smart. The antagonist is somehow even more annoying, so you can't even root for her instead. Maybe it's the basic writing and short length that lends itself to a quick read where you can simply let go of reality and quietly judge the characters to your heart's content? There's really not much else to say about this book. You really have to be prepared to turn off your brain and not think about how utterly stupid everyone involved has to be in order for any of the events to happen. Maybe if this was set in the late 90s, where there was no Google or Uber, things might have been more plausible, but in this modern context, it's simply ridiculous. But maybe you're more interested in the characters and how they react and develop to the insane situations? Well, the problem there is that they don't behave consistently enough to be believable either and pretty much all their choices are usually entirely plot-driven and exactly the opposite of what a rational person would do. I think there was one likeable character in this entire book and that's probably because they didn't get much page time and actually acted as someone would in their situation (well, mostly. Being a perfect child is hard work after all). If you are able to just run with what you're told, then I guess there's enough here to be a fun read. Don't overthink everything like I do and strap yourself in for the ride. Although don't expect much originality, creativity or genuine surprises. I should also note that I did the audiobook version which didn't have the best of narrators, but I doubt a less whiny voice would have done much to save this one, unfortunately.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tamera Wallen-Strong

    I wanted to like this book, I really did. I had just read "Missing Molley" by the author and was blown away, so when I saw this book I was eager. I dunno......the characters make no sense. Katherine is suppose to be this witty, fast thinking executive, but yet she is dumb as a box of rocks...so which is it? Is she savvy or is she naive? I HATED her.... She can use the Internet to research companies, but it doesn't occur to her to Google news on local hit and run victims? The plot is very predicta I wanted to like this book, I really did. I had just read "Missing Molley" by the author and was blown away, so when I saw this book I was eager. I dunno......the characters make no sense. Katherine is suppose to be this witty, fast thinking executive, but yet she is dumb as a box of rocks...so which is it? Is she savvy or is she naive? I HATED her.... She can use the Internet to research companies, but it doesn't occur to her to Google news on local hit and run victims? The plot is very predictable....the ending anti-climatic and the middle is.just.so.slow. If you can get this book for free on Hoopla, or maybe in the bargain bin for a few bucks, it is an OK read...but for heavens sake, don't pay full price.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Fast paced thriller. If you’re looking for an interesting quick read this is it. Good ending.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    This book was almost impossible to put down! The story seems to unfold quickly, but then there are several surprising twists and once they start, they take it to the end. Katherine is a wonderful character and has so many human flaws and behaviors that are easy to understand and relate to - but also goes pretty far in a number of ways that make you question "what would I do?" I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast-paced psychological novel, much like Better or Worse by Margot Hunt This book was almost impossible to put down! The story seems to unfold quickly, but then there are several surprising twists and once they start, they take it to the end. Katherine is a wonderful character and has so many human flaws and behaviors that are easy to understand and relate to - but also goes pretty far in a number of ways that make you question "what would I do?" I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast-paced psychological novel, much like Better or Worse by Margot Hunt or Still Lives by Maria Hummel. I will trigger warn about violence against children, and that violence happens off the page, so it is not descriptive and it is only mentioned a couple of times.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristal

    Very predictable! Katherine was dumb and Eve was evil. Honestly, the story didn’t feel realistic. Can someone really be that dumb? Can someone not have a backbone AT ALL. Well, that’s Kat for you. The only reason I finished this book was to prove that my prediction was wrong. 11 chapters in, I figured it all out. There was no excitement or twists in this book. It was predictable from the very beginning. Yes, this was an audiobook “read” for me, but I’m pretty sure I would feel the same if I had re Very predictable! Katherine was dumb and Eve was evil. Honestly, the story didn’t feel realistic. Can someone really be that dumb? Can someone not have a backbone AT ALL. Well, that’s Kat for you. The only reason I finished this book was to prove that my prediction was wrong. 11 chapters in, I figured it all out. There was no excitement or twists in this book. It was predictable from the very beginning. Yes, this was an audiobook “read” for me, but I’m pretty sure I would feel the same if I had read the physical copy. I would not recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arielle

    Natalie Barelli has a talent for taking ordinary events and turning them into nightmares. Nightmares with people who look normal but actually have twisted, dark souls. If you are going to read one of Barelli's books, do turn off your cell phone, let people know you will not be available for awhile, and plan to go without sleep until you finish the book. You may also need a short recovery period from the roller coaster ride you will have had. But worth every minute of it all. Natalie Barelli has a talent for taking ordinary events and turning them into nightmares. Nightmares with people who look normal but actually have twisted, dark souls. If you are going to read one of Barelli's books, do turn off your cell phone, let people know you will not be available for awhile, and plan to go without sleep until you finish the book. You may also need a short recovery period from the roller coaster ride you will have had. But worth every minute of it all.

  26. 5 out of 5

    bookscheapestvacation

    I really enjoyed this book. Once I started it, i finished it within 24 hours. I like that there wasn’t too many characters. It also had a happy ending which I know my friend Deb likes. Also I couldn’t guess what was going on. So to me, this was a perfect book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lori Selonke

    OMG!!!!!..........My Heart is pounding from the beginning to the end............Pins and needles.........What a page turner.......This book was picked by bookclub, not something I would choose on my own.......... I don't want to spoil it for others....................Great Thriller!!! OMG!!!!!..........My Heart is pounding from the beginning to the end............Pins and needles.........What a page turner.......This book was picked by bookclub, not something I would choose on my own.......... I don't want to spoil it for others....................Great Thriller!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    I loved this book. The story is very suspenseful and you do not know what the next game of Eve's is going to be!!! She would be enough to push me over the edge, believe me!!! This book is definitely worth the read if you like nail biting suspense! Enjoy! I loved this book. The story is very suspenseful and you do not know what the next game of Eve's is going to be!!! She would be enough to push me over the edge, believe me!!! This book is definitely worth the read if you like nail biting suspense! Enjoy!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Doane

    You know that Geico commercial where they hide behind the chainsaws??? This was a whole book of great decisions like that.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I spent the first third of this book being annoyed and aggravated by the main character for being led so easily down this self destruct in path. Once I got over that I just hung on for the ride. There were several twists, some I saw coming and figured out ahead of time, and others that caught me off guard. All in all I did enjoy the story, however, I felt the ending was a bit rushed. The story did keep my attention and I did enjoy it but I didn’t love it.

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