Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: The Accident

The Accident
by Linwood Barclay
Random House Publishing Group Hardcover
ISBN 9780553807189
400 pages
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Available for purchase 

Why did you choose this book? A friend recommended a previous novel by Linwood Barclay, so I picked this one up when I saw it was available in ebook format
When did you read this book? November 2011
Who should read this book? readers who enjoy contemporary mystery and suspense
Disclosure: The copy I read was checked out through my local library in ebook format
Here is a synopsis of ‘The Accident' from Goodreads, where it rates 3.86 stars.
In this mesmerizing thriller by acclaimed author Linwood Barclay, a typical American community descends into darkness, as an ordinary man is swept into one of the most violent mysteries of modern life.

It’s the new normal at the Garber household in Connecticut: Glen, a contractor, has seen his business shaken by the housing crisis, and now his wife, Sheila, is taking a business course at night to increase her chances of landing a good-paying job.
But she should have been home by now.
Waiting for Sheila’s return, with their eight-year-old daughter sleeping soundly, Glen soon finds his worst fears confirmed: Sheila and two others have been killed in a car accident. Adding to the tragedy, the police claim Sheila was responsible.
Glen knows it’s impossible; he knew his wife and she would never do such a thing. When he investigates, Glen begins to uncover layers of lawlessness beneath the placid surface of their suburb, secret after dangerous secret behind the closed doors.
Propelled into a vortex of corruption and illegal activity, pursued by mysterious killers, and confronted by threats from neighbors he thought he knew, Glen must take his own desperate measures and go to terrifying new places in himself to avenge his wife and protect his child.
Bold and timely, with the shocking twists and startling insights that have become trademarks of this new master of domestic suspense, The Accident is a riveting triumph, a book that moves at a breathless pace to a climax no one will see coming.
My Review 

A friend recommended Linwood Barclay to me and I certainly can see why. This book was amazing. Glen, the main character, is up late worrying about his wife and why she has not yet arrived home. He soon learns she is dead as the result of a car accident. Even worse, she has been driving drunk! Glen knows this is not characteristic of her, and refuses to accept this conclusion. While dealing with his shock and grief, he allows his 8 year old daughter to play at her best friends house. However, the visit is cut short when his upset daughter calls for him to come and get her. There have been some mysterious happenings at the friends house and Glen learns they are involved in some not quite legitimate things. There are many twists and turns as Glen uncovers the truth about his wife’s accident, and by the end of the story, over half a dozen people are dead! This is a real thriller and I definitely recommend it, however, I recommend you don’t pick it up until you have time to read it through, because you are NOT want to put it down! Enjoy!
My Rating:  ★★★★★ 5 Stars

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