Riptides by Kirsten Alexander. (2020).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
It’s December 1974. Abby and her brother Charlie are driving to their dad’s isolated farm on a dark country road when they swerve into the path of another car, forcing it into a tree. The pregnant driver is killed instantly. In the heat of the moment they make a fateful decision and flee. They have no idea who they’ve just killed or how many lives will be affected by the death. Soon the truth is like a riptide they can’t escape, as their terrible secret pulls them down deeper by the day.
This novel is a family drama beginning with the death of Skye, a pregnant woman accidentally killed in a car crash caused by Charlie. Abby is in the car with Charlie and while they are horrified, they come to the decision that they need to walk away and pretend they were never there. The rest of the book is the consequences for both of them because of this decision, as well as other issues in their family. While I appreciated the author cleverly demonstrating the long reach effects of such an event, for me I found the book a bit slow and dragging in places. I didn’t really respect Charlie much but I did like Abby so enjoyed her chapters more. I have seen loads of reviews absolutely loving this book, and I did like it, so if you like the sound of the synopsis then definitely give it a read .