Day of the Accident, the second thriller by bestselling author Nuala Ellwood, is published in ebook today ahead of the paperback publication next month (Penguin Books / Viking).

Nuala was chosen as one of The Observer’s ‘New Faces of Fiction’ for her debut novel, My Sister’s Bones, which was nominated for the Best First Novel Award at the 2018 Strand Critics AwardsDay of the Accident is due to be published in paperback on 21st February…

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?


The ebook release is being supported by an extensive blog tour:


Day of the Accident has received brilliant reviews in the run up to publication:

Twisty and unpredictable. Kept me guessing until the end.” Karen Cleveland, New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know

Brilliantly compulsive and with one hell of a twist!” Claire Douglas

I thought I knew what was coming in The Day Of The Accident. I was wrong. This book will take all your expectations and upend them, making you question everything you thought you knew. It is an emotional, winding maze of a story.” Emma Kavanagh

“A gripping, poignant and at times devastating novel – I read it in one sitting” Rosamund Lupton

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. 


Nuala Ellwood is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. She was inspired by his 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.