Accident is a powerful and ultimately triumphant novel of lives shattered and changed by one devastating moment.
Although frequent business meetings keep her husband, Brad, away from home, Page Clarke feels blessed with her happy family and comfortable marriage. They have a house near San Francisco and she keeps busy looking after their seven-year-old son, Andy, and their teenage daughter, Allyson.
Allyson, at fifteen, is trying her wings and one weekend, instead of an evening with her friend Chloe, the girls lie and go out with two older high school boys. But a Saturday night that was supposed to be fun ends in tragedy when their car collides head-on with another.
At the hospital, Page finds Chloe's divorced father, Trygve, and, unable to locate Brad, she leans on his strength throughout the the long hours of tormenting questions. Will Allyson live? Will any of them? Were the teenagers drinking? Using drugs? Who was at fault? And where is her husband? Without Brad by her side Page feels her life start to come apart as she is forced to confront the fact that Allyson may not live, and if she does, she may never be the same again.
In an inspiring novel that explores how many people are affected by one tragic accident and how they survive it, Danielle Steel brings us close to the characters whose lives are as familiar as our own... and who live, as we all do, in a world where everything can change in a single moment.
Steele's Accident - Shattered lives due to accident or fate?
By Kelsey Nouse - April 28, 2003
Was everything just an accident, or perhaps fate? Danielle Steele's Accident is one of Steele's better books. If you want a book you absolutely can't put down, this is the book for you! Accident is a powerful, and yet triumphant novel, of lives that were shattered and changed by one devastating moment. With Page's husband being a business man he is not home a lot but Page Clarke feels blessed with her, what seems to be, happy family and comfortable marriage. They have a house near San Francisco and she keeps busy looking after their seven-year-old son, Andy, and their teenage daughter, Allyson.Allyson, who is fifteen, lies to her mom and instead of going out with her friend Chloe, the girls go out with two older high school boys. But a Saturday night that was supposed to be fun doesn't quite end up that way. Instead, there is an awful "accident" that takes place when their car collides head-on with another car driven by the mayor's wife.At the hospital, Page finds Chloe's... read more
emotional, engrossing reading
By A Customer - January 18, 2001
The novel, Accident, written by Daniel Steel is fast paced and heart stopping. This book is about two girls, Allyson and Chloe, who lie to their parents to go out with older boys. They go out in one of the boys cars and get into an accident. Page Clark, Allyson's mother, rushed to the hospital to see what happened. Her husband, Brad, is once again out of town on a business trip, but this time he did not leave a phone number where she can contact him. This not only makes Page upset because she cannot let her husband know that their daughter was in an accident, but also confused because she doesn't know what he might really be doing. Page is stuck at the hospital, alone, trying to deal with the fact that Allyson may not survive. That is, until she meets Trygve, Chloe's father, who stays with Page as much as he can to give her the support she needs. As they become closer friends, Brad is still no where to be found, and the doctors don't know what will happen to Allyson. The book... read more
By A Customer - July 23, 1999
Accident is the first Danielle Steel book I read and it was wonderful. It kept me in suspense as to what would happen next. It made me think about how I would feel if I was in Page's place and had to go on wondering if my daughter would live or be disabled for the rest of her life and on top of it to find out that my husband has been cheating. I read this book overnight because I just couldnt put it down. I cant wait to read other DS books. She is great and I hope her other books are as good as Accident. If you want to read and exciting good book read this one.
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