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Preview — The Accident by Linwood Barclay
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 busi ...more
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What starts out as a typical ordinary day for building contractor Glen Garber and his family ends very tragically. His wife, Sheila, is killed in a car accident under confusing circumstances. As he begins to investigate the circumstances on his own after the police close the case, Glen uncovers a morass of secrets and questionable activities involving people close or connected to him.
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This was a page turner with so many twists, turn ...more
Much of the story focuses on Glen Barber. He the owner of a construction business that’s fallen on hard times. Then he learns that his wife has been killed in an automo ...more
When Glen's wife Sheila is more than an hour overdue from her night class and doesn't answer her phone, he packs up his young daughter Kelly and heads out to find her with devastating results. After Sheila's shocking and untimely death, (no spoiler here) Glen's life and struggling construction business continue to spiral downhill after his daughter pl...more
One night, Glen Garber, a contractor in a Connecticut community, drives upon the scene of an accident where his wife, Sh ...more
Category – Mystery/Thriller
Sherlock Holmes once told Doctor Watson, “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”
Linwood Barclay uses this to its maximum in his latest and best mystery/thriller, “The Accident”.
Two young ladies from Butler, Pennsylvania are celebrating a birthday by going shopping in New York. They heard of a place that sells “knockof ...more
The opening prologue - a violent crime with a distinctly different setting caught my interest. But the foreshadowing in the first paragraph in chapter one clinched it:
"If I'd known this was our last morning, I'd have rolled over in bed and held her. But of course, if it had been possible to know something like that - if I c ...more
Glen Garber’s wife Sheila just died in a car accident. The circumstances seem odd as he doesn’t ever remember her driving drunk before, and now his daughter must continue going to a school where they all know her mother killed two of their fellow students. As Garber digs into the mess he discovers that all may not be as it seems in his peaceful neighbourhood. Friends may not be who they claim to be and this information may just put his family into further dan ...more
The thrilling story tells of Glen Garber becoming worried when his wife, Sheila, fails to return home from night school. He attempts to follow her route and comes upon an acciden ...more
When Glen Garber's wife dies in an apparent accident, the dark underbelly of the community starts to unravel and working through his grief, xx starts to realise there were things about his wife and their community that he had no idea abou ...more
The prologue made me yawn until I got to the end of the scene. I wasn't hooked but I thought I would at least give the book a chance. The voice and style of the writing was rather limp and I was already considering on giving up within the first three chapters.
I pushed myself forward despite having a massive gripe with the book. This is written in first person a ...more
I have a number of pet peeves about this book.
First, it switches between first and third person a lot (each chapter is a new character's thoughts or ...more
Barclay's books belong in the same category as H. Cobin's:domestic mystery, where average people or families are caught up in mysterious and dangerous circumstances.I found the adults ...more
Linwood has created a story about clandestine buying and selling of counterfeit goods being brought into the country. (U.S)
The story setting is in a small town, if you think you know your friends and neighbours, ha! think twice, Linwood takes you into people lives like no one else could.
Some of the violence I could live without however we are talking about a cut throat ...more
The story shifts to a short time later in a town in Connecticut. Glen Garber cannot locate his wife and frantic he drives looking for her. He comes upon an accident scene and his wife is one of the victims. The police feel that she was drunk and fell asleep near an exit ramp and ...more
This book really makes you think about what a person will do when faced with financial challenges.
This sits uneasily with Glen. Besides having to cope with the emotional stresses of the loss, he’s got to look after his daughter and continue a battle to keep his business afloat.
His journey takes him into the world of counterfeit goods, but the bags and the prescription drugs aren’t the only fakes he encounters – it seems that practically every ...more
By the way, I have an 8 year old niece, and she is so much like Kelly it's scary. 8 going on 28. I definitely need to find his other books.
Read again by mistake November 2014. My opinion and review remain unchanged.
The Accident is a great thriller/suspense story that kept me engaged. I couldn't seem to put it down.
I'm not trying to "toot my own horn" here, but I like to think that I'm pretty good at figuring out stories before I reach the ending. Very rarely does an ending hit me with the surprise factor. Not so with The Accident. Just when you think the mysteries have been solved you are hit with a few more ...more
This books has layer after layer after layer of misdeeds. Each one lands soundly atop the other. The central character is clearly defined, believable and likeable, and the reader goes along with him as he sorts through the mess his dead wife has left behind.
This summer, his thriller Broken Promise, the first of three linked novels about his fictional upstate New York town Promise Falls, will be released. Book two will come nine months later, and another nine month ...more