Tuesday 23 August 2011

Book ~ "The Accident" (2011) Linwood Barclay

From GoodreadsIt’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.

I enjoy Barclay's writing and this is the ninth book by him that I've read in the last few years.

This book was good. I found, though, that it took me a while to get into it. The first half of the book wasn't all that exciting and kind of plodded along ... but once the second half got started, it really took off. Lots of action and twists and turns with every page I turned.

I was kind of confused about what was happening at first since Barclay was being coy. But once all was revealed, it made sense. And it didn't ruin the story once I knew what was going on.

The endings were satisfying. I didn't see them coming and I bought them. I thought all along that there was something funky going on with one of the people but I didn't have any idea it was as major as it turned out to be. Hard to say anything else without giving it away.

I'd recommend this book.

1 comment:

Julie said...

I'll have to put this book in my Amazon wishlist. I read Never Look Away last year and really liked it :)