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The Accident: A Thriller by Linwood Barclay

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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The Accident by Linwood Barclay

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THE ACCIDENT, another suspense thriller by Linwood Barclay, combined with my favorite male narrator, Peter Berkrot - What a combo! Would love for him to perform all Barclay's audiobooks.

After reading Broken Promise , (Top Books of 2015), Barclay has been added to my favorite author list, and immediately purchased all his backlist in audio format. I am slowly making my way through the list. This is one intense suspense thriller - glued to my iPod for hours!

Glen is a contractor and they barely are making ends meet, and his wife Shelia is attending night classes in order to help with the accounting needs of their small business. However, she does not return on time after her class, and Glen discovers she is dead. A car accident involving alcohol. His daughter Kelly is devastated, and kids at school begin making fun of her drunken mother. Glen cannot even imagine how this would have happened, as not like his wife.

When Kelly stays over at a friend’s home, the girls are playing hide and seek. Kelly happens to find herself hiding in the mother’s closet and overhears a disturbing phone conversation. Who was on the other end of the line?

She calls her dad to pick her up. Glen is now more concerned the more he digs into more accidents, and realizes his wife may have been innocent and caught up in the middle of illegal activities. As more suspicions surface, he now has to protect his daughter, not knowing who he can trust, while he attempts to avenge his wife’s reputation and protect his family.

From designer handbags, home parties, girls New York trip, to knock off Rolex watches, and illegal drugs—a string of conspiracy. A little scandalous Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Lane, suburbs, and hidden secrets. A fast- paced suspense crime mystery thriller fans will enjoy! Well-developed characters and non-stop twists and turns. Nicely done; look forward to more. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Aug 9, 2015 |
Very good read! ( )
  chrissilu68 | May 23, 2015 |
As thrillers go, this one was pretty good. There is a lot going on and while it can get a bit convoluted at times, there is definite resolution to each individual mystery. It'll keep you guessing for sure. I listened to the audio version and the narrator was excellent. His characterizations were spot on. I'll be looking out for more of his work. ( )
  enemyanniemae | Jan 1, 2015 |
Wow! This was the first book I have read from this author. I took the advice of a staff member at Chapters and was so impressed. I could not put it down! Just when I thought I had figured out what was happening there was a twist! And then another twist! Definitely not what I expected and was pleasantly surprised. ( )
  IsisCashmere | Sep 18, 2014 |
Wow. Barclay does it again. Holy cow. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
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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.

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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