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In a question of seconds, completely every little thing can switch …In this masterfully crafted page-turner, peopled with excessive characters and established on one devastating second that contains all of them, plot-twist queen Penny Vincenzi vividly captures how the activities of 1 individual can dramatically have an effect on many within the blink of an eye.On a standard Friday afternoon, on an incredible dual carriageway open air of London, a trailer truck without warning and violently swerves throughout fives lanes of traffic—careening automobiles into each other like dominoes and leaving a path of chaos and confusion. in the area of a minute, an unbelievable miles-long pileup has accumulated, and, because the survivors look ahead to support, their tales unfold.Vincenzi expertly maneuvers the plot among the panic-stricken husband trapped in his motor vehicle together with his younger mistress, his adultery guaranteed to be came across; the bridegroom making an attempt frantically to get to the church on time (he won’t); the widow on her strategy to reunite with the affection of her lifestyles after sixty years, now compelled to wonder whether she’ll ever see him back; the junior surgeon ready to obtain the crash sufferers within the ER … And on the epicenter of this box of destruction lies the truck driving force, being affected by reminiscence loss, whereas the mysterious hitchhiker, the single one who is aware what quite occurred, has fled the scene.Spellbound through those intimate and evocative stories, we watch as destiny takes its robust path and the far-reaching results of the crash ripple in the course of the lives of 1000s of individuals. Written with extraordinary verve, candor, and wit, Penny Vincenzi finds human habit in all its interesting element as she demanding situations her characters to stand predicament boldly—and she surprises us with the implications at each flip.

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But it was still hideous. The first thing that always struck her was how many girls there were, all looking rather like her. Which was logical, but always seemed surprising. And her next reaction was invariably that they were all much prettier than her. Then there were all the awkward little conversations, the longest with the girl immediately ahead—Oh, hi, how are you, what have you been doing, love the dress/boots/hair. And then the long wait while she did her bit, and came out smiling, or looking really tense.

Anyway, I don’t want to be a dancer. I want to act. ” She still lived at home, in Cardiff, with her adoptive parents. Her father was a lecturer at Cardiff University, her mother a social worker: charming, slightly hippie middle-class folk, unsure how to manage the ambitions of the beautiful and brilliant cuckoos in their nest. Their other child, Michael, also black, blacker than Georgia, who was actually mixed-race—a fact that added to her neuroses—was five years older than she was, a barrister, doing well in a London chambers; he had gone to Cambridge and was acknowledged as extraordinarily clever.

She had tried to persuade Georgia to go for some chorus parts in musicals, but she wouldn’t hear of it. ” “Georgia, you’re not! Maybe not Covent Garden standards, but extremely good, and you’ve got an excellent singing voice, and it’d be great experience; you’d almost certainly have got a part in Chicago, or that revival of Hair, or—” “Which folded after about three days. Anyway, I don’t want to be a dancer. I want to act. ” She still lived at home, in Cardiff, with her adoptive parents. Her father was a lecturer at Cardiff University, her mother a social worker: charming, slightly hippie middle-class folk, unsure how to manage the ambitions of the beautiful and brilliant cuckoos in their nest.

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