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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385306024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385306027
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Packed with Steel's trademark dense plotting and incidents featuring everything from sexual abuse and infidelity to car crashes and impossible relatives, her 32nd novel (after Vanished ) is set in California's plush Marin County. Page Clarke, devoted wife of Brad and mother of Allyson and Andy, finds her golden life shattered when 15-year-old Allyson sneaks off with friend Chloe to meet two boys. In a subsequent head-on collision, one boy is killed, Chloe is seriously injured and Allyson lapses into a coma. Page can't reach Brad, who confesses when he comes home that he is having an affair. Stunned and hurt, Page keeps a vigil at Allyson's bedside while also coping with needy seven-year-old Andy and an ambivalent husband who can't decide whether to stay or leave. Her only support comes from Chloe's father, Trygve Thorensen, who has been the primary caretaker for his kids since their mother divorced him. Other plot twists include a visit from Page's self-indulgent, neurotic mother and her sister, and a secret concerning the driver of the other car in the accident. While not drawn in much depth, the characters are believable; Trygve in particular is likable and nurturing. The ending is predictable but pleasant, bound to delight Steel's fans. One million first printing; national ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club dual main selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In Steel's 32nd work, Page Clarke waits alone at a hospital to discover whether her daughter will survive a car crash involving several teenagers. As usual, her husband is out of town, but at least Page can lean on handsome Trygve, father of her daughter's best friend.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
Barbara White
If you want to read a book that you won't be able to put down, this is the one!!!
This was some reading...... It made me cry, laugh, get angry.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kelsey Nouse on April 28, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Was everything just an accident, or perhaps fate? Danielle Steele's Accident is one of Steele's better books. If you want a book you absolutely can't put down, this is the book for you! Accident is a powerful, and yet triumphant novel, of lives that were shattered and changed by one devastating moment.
With Page's husband being a business man he is not home a lot but Page Clarke feels blessed with her, what seems to be, happy family and comfortable marriage. They have a house near San Francisco and she keeps busy looking after their seven-year-old son, Andy, and their teenage daughter, Allyson.
Allyson, who is fifteen, lies to her mom and instead of going out with her friend Chloe, the girls go out with two older high school boys. But a Saturday night that was supposed to be fun doesn't quite end up that way. Instead, there is an awful "accident" that takes place when their car collides head-on with another car driven by the mayor's wife.
At the hospital, Page finds Chloe's divorced father, Trygve. She is unable to locate Brad so her and Trygve lean on each other throughout the the long hours at the Marion hospital. Will Allyson live? Will any of them? Were the teenagers drinking? Using drugs? Who was at fault? And where is her husband? Without Brad by her side Page feels her life start to come apart and at the same time is trying to deal with the fact that her daughter may not live and if she does, she may never be the same again.
I read this novel in 5 days; no joke! This novel is impossible to put down. The beginning brought about a relaxing view of Page's life and makes the reader interested in finding out more. Then, all of the sudden, fate occurs and the rest of the story just grabs your heart right away. It leaves you wondering, "What happens next?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The novel, Accident, written by Daniel Steel is fast paced and heart stopping. This book is about two girls, Allyson and Chloe, who lie to their parents to go out with older boys. They go out in one of the boys cars and get into an accident. Page Clark, Allyson's mother, rushed to the hospital to see what happened. Her husband, Brad, is once again out of town on a business trip, but this time he did not leave a phone number where she can contact him. This not only makes Page upset because she cannot let her husband know that their daughter was in an accident, but also confused because she doesn't know what he might really be doing. Page is stuck at the hospital, alone, trying to deal with the fact that Allyson may not survive. That is, until she meets Trygve, Chloe's father, who stays with Page as much as he can to give her the support she needs. As they become closer friends, Brad is still no where to be found, and the doctors don't know what will happen to Allyson.
The book Accident is a very engrossing book. I found myself reading a little bit of it before going to bed. I would put the book away and crawl into bed. Within a few minutes, I was out of bed, had the light on, and was reading more of the book. Daniel Steel did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. She made the main character, Page, soemone that anyone can relate to in some way or another. This book in not just some sappy romance novel, it is a book that brings out all of the human emotions. At some parts I was crying, laughing, angry, smiling, upset, disapointed, confused, and wondering. This boook always keep you wondering on what will happen next. Accident is an outstanding book that I reccommend to everyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Turtleback
Accident is the first Danielle Steel book I read and it was wonderful. It kept me in suspense as to what would happen next. It made me think about how I would feel if I was in Page's place and had to go on wondering if my daughter would live or be disabled for the rest of her life and on top of it to find out that my husband has been cheating. I read this book overnight because I just couldnt put it down. I cant wait to read other DS books. She is great and I hope her other books are as good as Accident. If you want to read and exciting good book read this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a man, Danielle Steel may appear to be somewhat of a mystery to other male readers; however, for me, she offers a nice diversion from other novels which are more literary and intricate. Ms. Steel usually offers a nice easy story told simply and is readable in a relatively short period of time. And while I have only read a handful of Ms. Steel's works, i.e. "Zoya," "Jewels," "The Ranch," and "The Ghost" they have all had interesting characters and plot developments. "Accident" falls short on both counts offering, at best, a mindless read. 'Accident" tells the story of Allyson, a teen-age girl who tragically ends up in a car accident while on a date with a older high school boy, her best friend Chole and her date. Both Allyson and Chole lie to their parents about going on this date as to not be met with disapproval so the shock of the deception as well as the accident is enormous. Allyson ends up in a coma resulting from the accident and Ms. Steel depicts not only on how the accident changes the life of Allyson but changes the life of her mother, Page and her marriage as well. There are no surprises here and the end is predictable almost from the beginning. More troubling then the precdictability of the story, though, is the writing. Although one does not read Danielle Steel for her prose one should not have to be subjected to the innumerable sentences beginning with the word, "but." This is plain sloppiness and eventhough Ms. Steel writes for the masses, better judgement should be used. I like Danielle Steel and I will continue to read her as she offers a different slice of the pie from other authors out there; and, I enjoy every now and again just sitting back and reading a good story. Unfortunately, "Accident" only offers an uneventful story line with characters we really do not care about using, on top of that, poor writing.
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More About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

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