This booked begins with a crash on the M4 motorway. It tells the stories of those involved in the crash and the lives that are changed forever as a result of this devastating event. Throughout the book Penny reminds us how life can be changed in a split second. However much we like to think we're in control of our own destiny, life can throw the odd curve ball and nothing will ever be the same again. There are many characters in this book but the author helpfully provides a list of characters and their main relationships at the beginning of the book. I found I referred to this list a couple of times, but not as much as I expected, given the amount of characters involved (a credit to the author I think).
As the story unfolds we begin to discover what brought the characters to be on that motorway, on that day, at that exact moment. We learn that some have secrets they don't want revealed and will go to any lengths to ensure they stay hidden. Others have waited a lifetime to meet a long lost love and journey to the airport to be reunited - now they fear they will never meet again. Everyone in the crash has a story, a poignant reason to be there - we learn how life for all of them will never be the same again. Penny Vincenzi weaves a detailed and rich story about the intertwining of lives and how in one second an event so catastrophic can turn your world upside down. Penny's book is well paced and makes you want to read on to find out what happens next. Slightly predictable but not so much that it becomes boring. I'd give this book 6/10.
Here is the art that I created inspired by this book. It's an ATC and it represents the intertwining of the lives of the characters in the book. I decided to use some zentagle type patterns in reverse (white on black instead of the usual black on white).