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The Accident: A Thriller (edition 2012)

by Linwood Barclay

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Title:The Accident: A Thriller
Authors:Linwood Barclay
Info:Bantam (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
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My second Barclay novel and I'm impressed, but I did enjoy "Never Look Away" more! This one has a super engaging first chapter that leads us to a suburban world with counterfeit drugs AND purses! And when a man's daughter is in danger, well, just read it and find out! It's a thriller to the end, with several twists and turns along the way! And I'm officially a Linwood Barclay fan! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading The Accident which was a real page-turner and I read it in one day. Never saw the ending of this one and was greatly surprised. This was my first Barclay book but won't be my last. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Glen Garber becomes worried when his wife does not return home from her evening accounting course. He goes out looking for her and finds her car parked on an off-ramp where it hit another car. Three people, including his wife Sheila, are killed. It seems to have been Sheila’s fault and the autopsy brings to light that she was very drunk. Her husband, Glen, can’t believe that she would ever get behind the wheel intoxicated, but all evidence points to just that. His 8-year old little girl, Kelly, is called names at school because of her mother, but luckily she still has one best friend, Emily. She goes to a sleepover at Emily’s house but calls her father to pick her up before time for bed. After much probing she admits that Emily’s mom became angry with her because she overheard a telephone conversation. The following morning Glen learns that also that same night someone from Sheila’s small circle of friends fell of a pier, another accident claims the police. Glen is now seriously suspicious and his doubts lead to his own investigation, where he finds this group of friends are involved in selling fake designer handbags. The consequences for this little side-business soon become clear as they are all trying to get the money to pay off their debts. The book has several plots and in the end everything is tied together perfectly. Add to that a strong beginning and a surprise ending, and I can say that I really enjoyed this book from the first to the last page. ( )
  Ingstje | Jan 18, 2016 |
Connecticut contractor, Glen Garber, is trying to keep his business from going under when his life is shattered by the death of his wife, Sheila, in a car accident. She and another family are killed in a drunk driving accident , one where she was the drunk driver. Glen knows his wife really doesn't drink to any excess and rarely drinks at all. As Glen struggles to deal with his wife's death and look after their daughter, Kelly, more seemingly unrelated “accidents” continue to occur. He begins his own investigation into Sheila's death as well as the death of one of her friends. Before long he discovers that the women may have been part of a group involved in selling fake designer handbags and imported pharmaceuticals. To add to his grief he is being sued by the family of the people who died in the car accident, his mother-in-law is trying to take Kelly, several of his employees have serious problems, and a secret of his own may lead to blackmail.

The story made a good effort in showing how people who are financially squeezed in bad economic times can, in ignorance and stupidity, get in too far over their heads. The story was a fast paced page turner and there was a roller-coaster of suspense as Glen uncovers the truth. This was a fun read and I'll definitely pick up another Linwood Barclay novel in the near future.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Glen Garber and his 8-year-old daughter Kelly are struggling to pick up the pieces after Glen's wife, Sheila, is killed in a two-car accident. Sheila's blood alcohol level was quite high at the time; she drove her car up a highway offramp stopping sideways across the road and another car, exiting the highway, hit her broadside killing Sheila and 2 of the three people in the other car. Glen's contracting business has hit a major slump and little Kelly is taunted at school about her mother being a drunk. Hoping to give Kelly a fun evening Glen allows her to spend the night with a friend but Kelly calls Glen after only a few hours begging him to come pick her up. It seems the 2 girls were playing hide and seek and as Kelly hid in the master bedroom closet her friend's mother came into the room and had two hushed conversations on her phone. Kelly had been hoping to film her friend with her cell phone as she jumped out of the closet to scare her but instead she filmed the phone conversations, both of which were unsettling to the child. Kelly shows her father the video and thus begins a nightmare that Glen is not sure he nor Kelly will survive. Apparently Sheila and her friends were involved in some extremely dangerous activities and Sheila's death is only the first.

I am a huge fan of Barclay's novels but this is the first time I have felt less than satisfied with the story. There is too much going on with too many coincidences to be believable; in short it's way over the top. I certainly didn't dislike the book but he has written much better ones than this.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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The Canadian-based journalist twists and turns the plot with believability and spices it with plenty of suspects and suspense. In some places, his homework does seem a bit lacking, but the book remains consistently interesting and ready to please thriller fans with both its action and pacing.

Barclay has turned in a home run with plenty of edge-of-the-seat moments.
 
The Accident" (Bantam Books), by Linwood Barclay: A husband is forced to confront his wife's secret life in "The Accident," Linwood Barclay's best thriller to date....Barclay channels the best of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner in stories of families in suburbia dealing with tragic circumstances. Readers will quickly become emotionally involved with Glen and his daughter and will flip the pages of "The Accident" to figure out the puzzle.
 
Former Toronto Star columnist Linwood Barclay has another page turner in his latest, a story of trouble and turmoil in suburbia, in this case, the town of Milford, Conn....Barclay tells a fine tale, with blackmail, murder, suspense and the murky world of counterfeit goods. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, well, you haven’t. Right to the end, there are twists and turns in the plot, and people who you thought were squeaky clean? Not so much.

 

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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.

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Milford, Connecticut is a quiet orderly place to live, a good place to bring up kids. But people are beginning to feel the bite of financial hard times. And even normally law-abiding folks have started getting a little creative when it comes to making ends meet.
For Glen Garber, the recession has been particularly bad for his construction business, especially after a mysterious fire destroyed one of his buildings. But Glen's troubles are about to escalate to a whole new level. His wife, Sheila has her own plans for getting them out of their financial jam, plans that seem to involve a secret network of Milford's wives and are about to pay off big-time.

And that's when the accident happens...

Suddenly , it looks as if the neighbours' 'get rich quick' schemes are mote likely to get you dead, and Glen - no longer able to trust even the people he loves - must risk everything to find out what's lurking behind the town's idyllic facade before it's too late.

Because some accidents aren't accidents at all.
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Glen Garber's wife Sheila is killed in a car accident and the police claim she was responsible. But Glen knows this is impossible. As he investigates he begins to uncover layers of lawlessness and secrets in his suburb. He is forced into a vortex of illegal activity, is persued by mysterious killers and confronted by threats from his neighbors. Can he avenge his wife and protect his child?… (more)

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