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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553807188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553807189
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR LINWOOD BARCLAY
 
“If you like Harlan Coben, you’ll love Linwood Barclay.”—Peter Robinson, author of Bad Boy
 
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
 
Fear the Worst
 
“Gripping . . . unfolds with mounting tension and suspense.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
Fear the Worst holds the reader in a tight grip, as good and evil match wits and wiles. Barclay pushes the envelope of suspense to the edge and beyond.”—Steve Berry, author of The Jefferson Key
 
Too Close to Home
 
“A terrifically fast-paced suspense story.”—The Washington Post
 
“Affecting and effective.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
No Time for Goodbye
 
“You won’t get up until you’ve turned the last page.”—Michael Connelly
 
“[An] anxiety-inducing thriller.”—USA Today

About the Author

Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the #1 internationally bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed novels, including Never Look Away, Fear the Worst, Too Close to Home, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children. He is currently at work on his next thriller.

More About the Author

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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I started reading this book and couldn't put it down.
Linda Demaree
The book had too many characters, and the plot it's self didn't seem like this could really happen.
Redwoodreads
Very good read that kept you wanting to read more with a surprise at the end.
ladyyank

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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 By Bookreporter on August 31, 2011
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 By RobynJC VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
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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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