Car Crash: A Memoir by Lech Blaine – Our Review
Car Crash: A Memoir by Lech Blaine is an emotional, authentic and confronting recollection of life in the lead up to and after an unimaginable and tragic car accident that changed everything.
In 2009, Lech was a free spirited seventeen-year-old who piled into a car with six of his mates in Toowoomba, Queensland, but they never made it to their destination after a routine driver error proved catastrophic.
Lech, the front seat passenger, was miraculously physically unharmed in the devastating accident while three of his friends died and another other two remained in a coma.
In the aftermath, the rumours and investigation into whether alcohol, drugs and speed were a factor led to an arduous court battle which further added to the dismay and heartache.
To the onlooker, Lech not only walked away from the accident unharmed but he also remained stoic, positive and unbeaten by the tragedy. In private however, Lech was filled with shame, grief and a deep darkness, turning to self medicating with alcohol and self-loathing.
This book is brilliantly written, masterfully crafted with light and shade it is profoundly personal. It is a wise, heartfelt and engaging read that will stay with you long after you’ve finished.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books