A two-time CWA Dagger in the Library nominee, Alison Bruce is more than a safe pair of hands when you pick up any one of her fantastic crime novels – The Moment Before Impact is certainly no exception. Don’t take just my word for it – Ian Rankin says that Alison ‘always delivers . . . Her latest is tense, twisty, terrific.’
Alison’s writing is deeply immersive, keeping you in a chokehold as she expertly balances tension, a complex narrative and compelling characters. The seemingly straightforward hook of this novel (was the car accident its protagonist experienced years ago merely a horrible mistake – or a cunningly calculated murder?) soon pulls you into a tangled web of deceit and half-truths. If you love well-crafted, gripping psychological thrillers with a sharp edge, then The Moment Before Impact is not to be missed.
'Unpredictable, challenging and compelling' Sophie Hannah
A terrible car accident - or calculated murder?
An evening out for five students ends in tragedy, with two dead and one critically injured. Nicci Waldock survives, but her life is left in tatters. Years later, a sighting of Jack Bailey, the brother of her dead friend, leaves her with a shocking realisation about the night of the accident.
Helped by former journalist Celia Henry, Nicci sets out to learn the truth about what really happened, and discovers a series of lies and dangerous secrets that have distorted everything she thinks she knows.
In uncovering the tangled truth of what happened that night three years ago, Nicci must decide who she can trust, and who is about to kill again. And she realises that everything can be saved or lost in the moment before impact.
Praise for Alison Bruce
'As always, Bruce produces a rewarding read' The Times
'I Did It For Us held me from the off. It's compelling, slickly plotted and brilliantly written' Amanda Jennings
'One of our most interesting crime writers' Daily Mail