You know that feeling when you think you've done something really terrible? It's not like you are sure you are guilty, and it's probably not your fault, but there is a sneaking suspicion that maybe you could have done something differently or that if one thing had just gone differently, you would be relieved of this potential guilt? This feeling is perfectly captured in An Accident in August by the same author as [b:A Novel Bookstore|7998632|A Novel Bookstore|Laurence Cossé|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1346131063s/7998632.jpg|12511438] and [b:Bitter Almonds|15812228|Bitter Almonds|Laurence Cossé|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1355057945s/15812228.jpg|21537510]. The eponymous accident is the car wreck that killed Princess Diana, and Lou just happens to have her white Fiat hit by a speeding car when entering the fateful tunnel. Lou wasn't the one who caused the accident (or did she?) and she continues to drive. Not until the next morning does she realize that her hit and run was the accident that caused the speeding car, containing Princess Diana, to flip and kill the former-Windsor passenger (or did it?). Through the speculation in the press about the cause of the accident and a visit by a private investigator who is on the lookout for a white Fiat (but there are thousands in Paris) and tries to get Lou to confess, Lou goes through hell mostly from within her own mind. She's constantly looking over her shoulder and before long it's too late to come forward. Lou feels much more guilty than an outsider would thing she would be if it was just a simple side-swipe. The psychological suspense as well as feeling of latent guilt is perfectly captured by Cossé in a novel of modern history. A few events are a little far fetched for this otherwise highly realistic novel, but these are minor when compared to the other strong elements of this novel.