Blind Turn by Cara Sue Achterberg

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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What an outstanding book! From the first few sentences, I knew this was going to be a story that I just fell into, tumbling into the pages, completely invested in the characters and what was happening to them.

Blind Turn is a story that is a parent’s nightmare. A daughter’s split-second driving mistake ends in the death of a beloved football coach. The community is outraged. Their impact on both mother and daughter created a last impression on me. I enjoyed that this story was written from dual points of view. I liked seeing how the mother was thinking, and then how the daughter was thinking.

This is a perfect book club pick! It will bring so much discussion to the group. The mother and daughter’s differences, in thought and action, brought such a great view to the story. The mother’s decisions to protect her daughter will bring up a lot of discussion around how far you would go to protect a loved one. This also takes place in a small town, and that setting provides a different type of community reaction from what we would have seen in a large city. I think a book club could have more than one meeting’s worth of discussion time on this one!

I loved how the story unfolds. We start with the mother’s POV, and it’s just everything I think it would be if this was happening to me. She’s frantic, confused, and worried for her daughter. The author’s writing brought all of the character’s emotions out in me. Then we switch to the daughter, and there’s a whole new perspective to view the situation from. It was great!

Overall, I thought this was an excellent book. It is well-written, and while fast-paced, will make you sit back and think about everything happening!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Blind Turn to readers looking for an emotional story of a mother/daughter relationship and how a community’s reaction affects their situation.

Where to Find This Book:

Blind Turn by Cara Sue Achterberg publishes on January 7, 2021, and is available at these sites.

Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Goodreads


In the aftermath of a fatal texting and driving accident, a mother and daughter must come to terms with the real meaning of forgiveness.

Liz Johnson single-handedly raised an exemplary daughter. Jessica is an honor-student, track star, and all-around good kid. So how could that same teenager be responsible for the death of the high school’s beloved football coach? This is Texas, where high school football ranks right up there with God, so while the legal battle wages, the public deals its own verdict.

Desperate for help, Liz turns to a lawyer whose affection she once rejected and attempts to play nice with her ex-husband. Jessica faces her angry peers and her own demons as she awaits a possible prison sentence for an accident she doesn’t remember.

A tragic, emotional, ultimately uplifting story, Blind Turn is a natural book club pick.

Just the Facts:

Blind Turn by Cara Sue Achterberg
Genre: Women’s Lit
Page Count: 320 
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Pub Date: January 7, 2021


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily..

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