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The Accident: A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Linwood Barclay
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Glen Garber, 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. 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. Grieving and in denial, Glen resolves to investigate the accident himself—and begins to uncover layers of lawlessness beneath the placid surface of their Connecticut 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.


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"If you like Harlan Coben, you'll love Linwood Barclay."--Peter Robinson, author of "Bad Boy" Praise for Linwood Barclay's "Never Look Away" "The writing is crisp; the twists are jolting and completely unexpected."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" "Fast-paced and with an irresistible blend of suspense and tension.""--Tucson Citizen"

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"If you like Harlan Coben, you'll love Linwood Barclay."--Peter Robinson, author of "Bad Boy"

Praise for Linwood Barclay's "Never Look Away"

"The writing is crisp; the twists are jolting and completely unexpected."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly"

"Fast-paced and with an irresistible blend of suspense and tension.""--Tucson Citizen"


Product Details

  • File Size: 1214 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385670583
  • Publisher: Bantam (August 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WM4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
"The Accident' is a thought provoking story dealing with the sale of knock off items by unwary suburbanites attempting to add to their family's incomes. It also details the members of organized crime behind this activity and the revelation that many of these items were made by young children working in miserable conditions in China and third world countries.

The thrilling story tells of Glen Garber becoming worried when his wife, Sheila, fails to return home from night school.

When Glen attempts to follow the route his wife would take, he comes upon an accident and sees that it is his wife's car. Rushing to the car, police stop him and he learns that his wife did not survive and that she was apparently drinking and passed out. Two people in another car were also killed in the accident.

One of Sheila's friends, Ann Slocum, is ordered to meet an unnamed man who wants his money. We learn that Ann had been selling unregistered pharmaceutical products. Ann meets someone and there is a dispute ending with her death.

Glen has lost so much, there has been a fire in a home he was building and the investigation shows that the cause was shoddy equipment. With his business problems, Sheila's death and children at Glen's daughter Kelly's school treating her cruely, he seems surrounded by people intent on harming him and Kelly. He is a most sympathetic character who we come to admire because he doesn't ask for sympathy or give up after having his world crumble around him.

Barclay has written a riveting book about a man who demonstrates how one man, acting with conviction, can make a difference.

This was an easy read but the reader should cancel all of their appointments before starting the story because once they begin, they won't be able to stop reading.

I enjoyed the fully developed characters and found myself holding my breath in parts of the book, saying "Oh No!" and in other parts cheering for Glen's success.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Linwood Barclay is the master, not to mention the innovator, of the suburban thriller. He has written an admirable and enviable string of books dealing with those among the well-off who, in the words of Lewis Carroll, must run as fast as they can to stay in place, and what happens when some very strange and unexpected sand gets in the gears. Where Barclay has stepped it up a notch or three in book after book has been with the mystery element of his novels, which, not coincidentally, have become darker and darker with each successive offering.

"If you are looking for a mesmerizing and literate escape from the onset of the autumn months, you need look no further than THE ACCIDENT."
THE ACCIDENT, Barclay's newest book, continues the upward trajectory established by its predecessors. He begins with a truism that is not necessarily unusual in thriller literature: everyone has secrets. In this world, as in ours, it's those little common ones that get you into trouble: fudging on taxes; missing payments on bills; or living beyond means, either by carelessness or by necessity. At a certain point, reality rears its head and one needs to do something drastic, which invariably makes things worse. So it is that THE ACCIDENT deals with the scenario of what happens when the honey wagon loses a wheel and dumps its load, and then some, in the front yard.

Glen Garber, the owner of a small but successful construction company, is having difficulties, what with a soft economy and an employee and a subcontractor who seem to be going off the rails in different directions. A fire that all but destroys one of his construction projects may well put him awash in red ink as well.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Glen Garber, a stressed out contractor trying to keep from going under, is shattered when his loving, reliable wife kisses him goodbye one morning, heads off to business class and never comes home. She and another family are killed in a drunk driving accident - and she was the drunk driver. As Glen tries to understand how his buttoned-up wife could have been hiding her alcoholism, the rest of his suburban life continues to unravel as well. More deaths follow - his daughter is threatened -- and Glen starts to realize that his entire community is built on a foundation that's crumbling beneath.

Barclay gets a lot of comparisons to Coben, and fair enough. Both of them can set up a happy family and dismantle it in a minute, leaving both reader and protagonist reeling as we try to uncover the truth. There is a difference, though. While he's good at building up tension, Barclay just can't write like Coben (or other top tier thriller writers) can. The humor isn't as sharp, the writing is a bit lazy, and the characters less focused. Most troubling, there's a certain "trying too hard" element, as he juggles plot elements ranging from counterfeit purse parties to toxic dry wall to housewives peddling prescription drugs to lost money in Ponzi schemes. It never comes together quite as cleanly as one would hope - it's a piece of writing where the strain shows. I'll give him four stars because I'm a sucker for a fast story, and he tells one here. But the writing quality keeps him from being on par with the best in the business.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic author!!!
I love anything Linwood Barclay writes! He takes normal living and turns it into a thriller with normal people and all the complications that come with doing something wrong. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Brenda Sandefur
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a real thriller.
Kept your interest with all the changes you didn't see coming. What an ending to a real book of suspense.
Published 6 days ago by Carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent read
Interesting story line & a decent read.
Best of all, it is not totally predictable.
Published 8 days ago by Review by a reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy reading, fun suspense. I like Linwood Barclay!
Published 16 days ago by bethv
3.0 out of 5 stars Writing is good. Plot is not bad
Writing is good. Plot is not bad. Ending is not even close to believable. Yes, there are bad guys in the world, but to buy this you have to believe that YOU are the only non-bad... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Scott G Horner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story. Lots of action. The between action filler was about right. Linwood Barclay writes a great thriller.
Published 28 days ago by Burner 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Action
This author keeps you on the edge, looking forward to reading all of his books...
Published 28 days ago by Kim Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent thriller.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia L. Skonie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
keeps you interested to the end.
Published 1 month ago by Laura Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars The Accident didn't disappoint.
Four and a half! Linwood Barclay's books and audiobooks are very quick exciting reads. The Accident didn't disappoint.
Published 1 month ago by Renee H. Lee
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Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for The Toronto Star and the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Too Close to Home and No Time for Goodbye, a #1 Sunday Times (UK) bestseller. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

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