The Accident

A Novel

Barclay, Linwood

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Accident
It is 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 is impossible. 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. -- From publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0553908065
Characteristics: 386 p. ;,25 cm
Alternate Title: Accident


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A good quick easy read. Short chapters, brief character sketches. Can be read easily in an afternoon. Frustrating at times at lack of effective communication between protagonist and police (deliberately evasive to prolong the plot?) yet lots of inane dialogue until end when hero tells all he knows...finally. Don't want to spoil the ending but aren't there any good guys in Barclays' stories? Everyone is a baddie, it seems.
Disappointing that he sets all his stories in USA although he's lived in Canada since childhood. Would have liked some Canadian content to go with the maple leaf on the back cover.

The tipping point of any romance is its hero, and therein lies the problem with Linwood Barclay's page-turner, The Accident. Heroes, of course, need to solve the problems laid out in the story, and Barclay's POV character, building contractor Glen Garber, does just that. Unfortunately, it takes more than success to justify wearing the white Stetson. Heroes need to be loved (or at least be loveable) not just by some damsel in distress, but more importantly by the reader. Garber is a hard sell (somewhat surprising for an Evergreen award winner.) Barclay doesn't help his case by slipping into third person to give the reader background information to which the protagonist couldn't be privy. While the shifts add to the suspense, they do nothing for Garber. But the real problem is Garber's penchant for withholding information in criminal investigations, his recklessness in endangering both himself and others by attempting to investigate serious crimes himself and apprehend criminals known to be dangerous. Garber's frontier style of assault-first-and-ask-questions-later, his exceptional deficit in good judgement, makes him difficult to like, let alone love. The happy ending is more the result of good fortune than anything heroic. (The ending is further spoiled by the conundrum of making the ultimate cliff-hanger a threat to the life of the storyteller. Duh?)

Feb 17, 2013
  • onealyako rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I got this book from the library (Ancaster) on Saturday and i finished today (Sunday) on Saturday i read 9 hours straight! Today 4 hours straight. The book was amazing and if i were you i would read this book. AMAZING 5/5

Aug 05, 2012
  • Eil_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As with all his books - this was an incredibly good one!! The plot, characters and non-stop action were mesmerizing. Couldn't put it down. Read and returned in two days for the other 50 waiting in line. Worth the wait.

Jun 07, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This BOOK was okay – but not one of my favorites.

May 23, 2012
  • RLakey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My 1st Linwood Barclay read and I am now hooked! This was a fast paced, totally twisted plot that hits you right between the eyes! It was hard to put down after just the 1st chapter. Enjoy!

May 08, 2012
  • rdr37 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Gave up at chapter 3, he jumps around too much without a lead-in.

Apr 28, 2012
  • sasie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not as suspensful as some of his other books and a bit predictable as well. It was okay but not memorable and certainly not Award worthy in my opinion.

Apr 10, 2012
  • bedard4012 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is really good i usually read books extremely slow because i cant get hooked on to the story but when i read Barclay's books i cant put them down. He is an amazing writer. im not done this book but i read 16 chapters in 2 days and 16 chapters usually takes me like 5 days to read. He knows how to make an awesome mystery book. When i met him on a school trip he started talking about fear the worst and i just got caught on as soon as i got home i rented it out i read that book in 1 month. Then the other day i decided to see if he had any other books so i rented this one out. i can honestly say that Linwood Barclay is my favourite author ever. :)

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