Monday, September 19, 2011

The AccidentThe Accident by Linwood Barclay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Overview:

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.

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.

My Thoughts:

Woo – hoo! What a fun story this turned out to be. A real page turner from the very beginning. Poor Glen, one thing on top of another happens to him after his wife dies. How quickly his life changed when he least expected it, only to find out that nothing was what it seemed when Sheila was still alive. And just when everything seems solved, there is a twist at the very end.

At one point as I was reading this book I thought ok – really, could all this really happen to one man in one small town? It made me think of when we are watching a movie and my husband says –no way that could ever happen. You know what I say – it’s a dang movie – anything can happen in a movie!

That’s how I felt about The Accident. Does it matter if it’s all possible? It’s a book of fiction – chill out and enjoy the ride! Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for allowing me to read this ARC.

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