Accidents Waiting to Happen Paperback – November 13, 2012
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About the Author
A former racecar driver, licensed pilot, and occasional private eye, Simon Wood is also an accomplished author with more than 150 published stories and articles under his belt. His mystery fiction, which has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, earned him both the prestigious Anthony Award and a CWA Dagger Award nomination. In addition to Accidents Waiting to Happen, his books include Working Stiffs, Asking for Trouble, Paying the Piper, We All Fall Down, and Terminated.
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Paperback : 295 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612184022
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (November 13, 2012)
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612184029
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,716,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The writer has an excellent ability to build intrigue while not being long winded. I often have trouble putting his books down at the end of my lunch break or at bedtime. He has caused me many a late night because I just have to finish.
His choice of motivating factors are well thought out and not of the "dime a dozen" variety. His antagonists can be very creepy and realistic (who doesn't have that one weird guy in the office that you think is going to lose it one day)!
I bought my first Simon Wood as a 99 cent Kindle Daily Deal and the second I finished it bought another, then another and so on...
As a plus, the author is "approachable", in a Facebook kind of way. He will respond to any question or feedback you leave and in general just chats and shares his day to day life. I find that to be a very admirable quality. He fully appreciates that his readers are the reason he keeps writing and doesn't ignore them.
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Author Simon Wood starts out at a fast pace in "Accidents Waiting to Happen", a thriller that misses being really good. The action is fast, and although the hard-to-buy reasons behind the accidents set out in the novel might be overlooked as par for the course for this genre, Josh is not sympathetic enough for readers to spend much time fretting about. His continual reiteration of the importance of his family seems to be lip service in the face of his actions and the distant attitude of his wife. I could never buy that he was really remorseful for anything he'd done. He was just very worried about being found out. One of the incidents his ex-mistress is using to blackmail him is picked up by news media that apparently never heard of the two sources for a story rule. (SPOILER) Josh having to answer for what he did never materializes for a pretty flimsy reason.
"Accidents Waiting to Happen" is not an awful book, but there are much better thrillers out there.
There definitely wasn't enough character development in this novel. There was only one character I cared anything about in the book and he was a minor character...Bob, the best friend of the protagonist, Josh Michaels. I don't have to like all the characters in a book but it does help to like some of them and care whether they get killed off or not.
There were too many accidents/coincidences/plot twists. I wish Wood had picked the best out of all of them and developed one or two of them further rather than skipping here and there and everywhere. And the ending was really unbelievable.
I normally like Wood's books so this one hiccup won't keep me from reading other of his books but I really wish this one had been better. Promising idea but poor execution.
I did take a star off for this reason: I thought this was one of the rare books where the heroes did not live happily ever after; that was where the author was going, but then he wasn't brave enough to follow through. Few are though.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is one of those where you can tell something is coming, or you may have guessed the twist, and it can be a little frustrating at times, however it is well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The main character is in a car accident, that wasn't an accident, and it soon becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill him. There is a lot of drama and tension as the plot thickens. Will his family survive the threat to his life and the dark secrets unveiled?
This is not really a crime novel or a detective novel, although it does have suspence and some features out of those genres.
The characters are fairly normal, not overblown.
All in all a fresh approach and a worth while read, but not, I think, a sunny cheery book to lift your spirits.