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One Split Second

by Caroline Bond

Family Drama Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on One Split Second

Emotionally haunting, dramatic and provocative, yet ultimately this is a novel full of hope. On the day the car collides with a wall, five sets of parents attend hospital not knowing if their child has survived. What follows isn’t an easy read emotionally as death, turmoil and loss features heavily, but… but… I was completely gripped and couldn’t stop turning the pages. Caroline Bond introduces the characters perfectly, I immediately felt as though I knew everyone. The interplay feels so very real and as the book skips backwards and forwards again, understanding of the personalities, relationships, and secrets seeped into my awareness. There is a thoughtful balance to this novel, no judgement is made by the author, rather she encourages contemplation. The drama sweeps across the stage, the readability factor is huge, and still One Split Second is full of empathy and compassion, earning it a place as a LoveReading Book of the Month. 

Liz Robinson

One Split Second Synopsis

One split second ... the moment that changed their lives forever.

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.

This moving story of an accident and its aftermath explores our understanding of love and loyalty, grief and forgiveness.

One Split Second Press Reviews

I was so invested in every word of this novel. An unthinkable situation, but highly believable, this story is spellbinding, real, and brilliantly written. I felt for every character. It mines the depth of every possible human emotion. Caroline Bond will go far. - Carol Mason on The Second Child

I stayed up long into the night to finish The Second Child... a carefully crafted and utterly compelling tale of lost opportunity and impossible choices. - Amanda Brooke on The Second Child

Caroline Bond takes a complex situation and has written a thoughtful, wrenching and, at times, tear-jerking novel. - Elizabeth Buchan on The Second Child

A deftly written novel [and] a moving exploration of love between sisters and the tangled, often complex emotions that exist in families. - Madeleine Reiss on The Forgotten Sister

Accomplished and deeply affecting, The Forgotten Sister examines how perilous secrets can be in families, and yet how some bonds are almost impossible to break. It really resonated with me. - Carol Mason on The Forgotten Sister

Caroline Bond has a gift for weaving heart-rending tales of impossible decisions and The Forgotten Sisteris no exception. A beautifully written story that will stay with me for quite some time. Would I have made the same choices? - Amanda Brooke on The Forgotten Sister

Caroline Bond has done it again. Haunting and nuanced, this is the story of a split second between normality and appalling tragedy, and of what comes next. Bond describes the most desperate moments with empathy and insight. I was utterly bound up in this story, right to the last line. - Charity Norman

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781786499257
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781838951078
Publication date: 04/06/2020
Publisher: Corvus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786499257
Publication date: 7th January 2021
Author: Caroline Bond
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Fiction & related items, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Caroline Bond

Caroline Bond was born in Scarborough and studied English at Oxford University before working as a market researcher for 25 years. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Leeds Trinity University, and lives in Leeds with her husband and three children. @Bond2Caroline

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