Jenna’s life is turned upside down when she tries to save a stabbing victim on her way home from a night out. She is soon accused of stabbing the victim herself and must fight to clear her name as well as save her marriage and keep her family safe.
The Accusation demonstrates how easy it is for life to fall apart and how secrets never stay hidden forever. There is a phrase ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ and this is certainly true for Jenna. An act of kindness, risking her own life to save a stabbing victim results in a nightmare situation. It is obvious that there is more to the accusation than just mistaken identity and Jenna becomes convinced that it is malicious.
Jenna is a likeable character and the use of first person narrative helps the reader to identify with her and feel anxious as the situation worsens. She is very human and realistic, making decisions amidst her own doubts and is is fianlly revealed that one decision was wrong but done for the right reasons.
There are several secrets that need to be exposed. I think most parents would identify with Jenna’s situation of conflict with her teen over an older boyfriend and the animosity with her mother in law. Her husband has received notes which are gradually breaking down the trust in the marrriage so when this accusation occurs, he is confused and dounts Jenna’s innocence.
I liked the way that Victoria Jenkins makes the reader wonder about characters’ motivation and this allowed me to make plenty on incorrect guesses about the truth behind Jenna’s family secrets.
The Accusation is an intriguing and entertaining psychological thriller that forces the reader to question how they would act in the same circumstances.
I have previously reviewed The Argument, also by Victoria Jenkins.
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