Caroline Bond: One Split Second

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review One Split Second.


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 is one of the most emotional books I’ve ever read. Bond’s writing is absolutely beautiful and she manages to capture the emotions of several people, each with a different connection to the accident, perfectly. She is never gratuitous and doesn’t describe the events in gory detail. As a reader, I quickly realised that although the accident was tragic, the split second that changed everything is something that could happen to any of us and this helped me to engage with a difficult subject matter more easily.

Bond shows how the aftermath of the accident affects several people. Each one of the characters in One Split Second is perfectly drawn and even relatively minor characters are explored in great depth. I felt really involved in their lives as I was reading.

This novel does not end how I expected, but nevertheless the ending is wonderfully fitting. I don’t often cry whilst reading but this was one of the exceptions and I feel very emotional to be leaving these characters behind.

One Split Second is available from Amazon.


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