The Accident

The Accident

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780385670586
Branch Call Number: FIC Barcl
Characteristics: 386 pages


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Dec 09, 2018

Too slow going.

Nov 03, 2017

I've read a number of Barclay's books; this has got to be one of his best! The plot and characters are absolutely realistic. The efforts that Glen makes to identify what happened to his wife leads the reader down an incredibly exciting road. There's no doubt that Linwood Barclay is one of today's leading mystery writers as exemplified in this excellent book! I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to experience a page-turning adventure. Barclay is an amazing writer!!

Oct 18, 2017

This is my first book by this author and I might not be reading any others. Just about everyone is a criminal of some kind. Too many twists and turns and the plot becomes ludicrous. Skimmed to the end, repetitive, ridiculous plot.

JudeLee Aug 21, 2016

I read this book for one of the Summer Reading Challenges. I read it because it had won the OLA Evergreen Award. I can't believe that it won that award. It's just not that good. The characters were not that well developed and unlikeable. The plot left a lot to be desired. I only finished it because I said I would. I'd give it a miss, if I were you.

Mar 02, 2016

Plot did not flow well enough from characters; author seemed to try to hard to surprise the reader. It fell flat for me.

Feb 17, 2016

This was a better-than-average book, but there were some things that kept me from giving it 5 stars.
First off, the main character doesn't really have a lot of depth. His answers are very terse and concise. His emotions are not hot or cold, but maybe lukewarm. I would like to see more personality in this individual, but maybe he was just too introverted.
There are several different twists in this story. Sort of a tangled mess. You cannot track any one individual as being a hero or a villain. Most were portrayed as having some dysfunction, but you never could really figure out their story until the end.
The writing and plot were good, and you are kept in suspense.
I would say it's worth reading, but not a real page-turner.

Aug 09, 2015

This was my first read from this author and it was fantastic. He kept you guessing right to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be reading more of his books.

PimaLib_VickiP May 07, 2015

This was my first read by Linwood Barclay. Totally enjoyed the book. Read it for book club and it was enjoyed by all.

865841 Oct 29, 2013

okay, might try another

Sep 02, 2013

A good quick easy read. Short chapters, brief character sketches. Can be read easily in an afternoon. Frustrating at times at lack of effective communication between protagonist and police (deliberately evasive to prolong the plot?) yet lots of inane dialogue until end when hero tells all he knows...finally. Don't want to spoil the ending but aren't there any good guys in Barclays' stories? Everyone is a baddie, it seems.
Disappointing that he sets all his stories in USA although he's lived in Canada since childhood. Would have liked some Canadian content to go with the maple leaf on the back cover.

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