Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: The Accident by Linwood Barclay

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553807188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553807189

Product Description


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.

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.

My Review

Wow...I love how this book is set in the suburbs.  I was captivated right away by the story. Soccer Moms trying to make some extra cash during these tough economic times.  Amazing where it can all lead to. 

This riveting novel by Linwood Barclay kept surprising me!  It is a wonderful thriller whose twists and turns make it impossible to put down.  The ending completely surprised me.  Love when that happens!  The characters are all oh so believable...anyone of them could be your suburban next door neighbour.  I've never bought a designer knock off purse but I sure have been tempted at the thought.  Never again! The events in The Accident are pulled right out of real life and that is what makes it so terrifying!

Highly recommend this wonderful thriller from Linwood Barclay.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent review PoCoKat,
    I'm reading this now and enjoying every page.
    I think Linwood Barclay is one of the best story tellers.