The novel was released early in ebook last month, and has been flying off the virtual shelf: sales were at 8,059 last week, and it is currently sitting at No. 9 in the Kindle charts – ahead of Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt.
Since it’s digital publication, Day of the Accident has been featured in the Magic Radio Book Club February ‘We’re Reading’ section, who said: “You’ll be glued to your seat as you witness one mother’s obsession and hope for answers.”
Nuala has also recorded podcast interviews for Radio Gorgeous and Writer’s Routine last week, and the Radio Gorgeous interview is now available here.
The twisty thriller received some brilliant reviews ahead of it’s publication:
“The Day of the Accident is a raw, shocking, and serpentine mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. The characters are well-hewn, the plot is torniquet-tight, and beneath the central enigma, beats the heart of a mother’s anguish. Nuala Ellwood’s writing is an alchemy of beautiful prose and the brutal cataclysm of tragedy.” Nicolas Obregon
“Brilliantly compulsive and with one hell of a twist!” Claire Douglas
“Makes you question everything you thought you knew” Emma Kavanagh
“A stunning book. Compelling, unsettling and powerful this is a book that will stay with me for a long time” C. L. Taylor
“A dark, intense, multi-layered thriller that twists and turns until the last page” Tammy Cohen
What if your daughter had died and you were to blame?
Moments after she wakes from a coma, Maggie’s world is torn apart. The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. Drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing, just the fleeting sense that someone else was there, standing on the river bank.
When Maggie begs to see her husband Sean, they tell her that he has disappeared – he was last seen on the day of her daughter’s funeral.
What really happened that day at the river?
Where is Maggie’s husband?
And why can’t she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive?
She is the daughter of an award-winning journalist, and was inspired by her father’s and other journalists’ experiences to gain Arts Council funding for her research into PTSD, the main theme of her debut psychological thriller, My Sister’s Bones.