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The Accident

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  6,850 Ratings  ·  1,085 Reviews
From the author of the New York Times-bestselling and Edgar Award-winning The Expats

As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, d
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Crown (first published January 1st 2014)
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Liz Alexander I've just started reading it. Found the opening few chapters very confusing at first. Wasn't sure what was going on. But I'm persistent and it's…moreI've just started reading it. Found the opening few chapters very confusing at first. Wasn't sure what was going on. But I'm persistent and it's beginning to pay off now. On page 84 and it's all beginning to come together. (less)

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Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: World-weary Cynics
Sometimes people know when they're about to die; sometimes they don't.

I was getting increasingly more annoyed and fed up with this book as it progressed.

This is a book which has a better German title than an English one: Das Manuskript.

The book is basically about an anonymously penned exposé that lands on a literary agent's desk, telling of the dark and murderous past of a rich and powerful media-mogul-future-politician. It also implicates the CIA in the crimes.

The whole book from there is a ser
May 27, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I didn’t already know the publishing industry was filled with a bunch of crazy bastards, THE ACCIDENT would have sealed the deal for me. So, of course, I was thrilled with my particular choice. But I digress. What thrilled me to no end were the constant references and insights and foresights into the world of agents and editors and writers that is publishing.

Filled with big dreams and even bigger unfulfilled promises, the odds are stacked against you before you even step up to bat. And since
Therin Knite
Dec 22, 2015 Therin Knite rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller, dnf
I rarely ever DNF, but I couldn't get through this one. There were so many problems with this book.

First off, the entire first third of the book jumped around between more characters than I can name, and the chapters were so short that I barely got to spend any time learning about each one before it switched to another. By the time I got back around to the same character again, I'd forgotten half their details. Don't even get me started on how hard it was to keep track of the minor characters. T
Apr 02, 2014 Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2014
A lot of chasing and dodging, not to mention a fairly high body count. Standard fair for a thriller. But I enjoyed this book for the very crisp descriptive writing and the dead-on characterizations of upper-crust New Yorkers in the publishing world. Or are they caricatures? Maybe some of both, but brilliant and a little bitchy in a fun way. I became engaged enough with the main characters that I looked forward to seeing what would happen to them in the end. But that didn't happen. There was no ...more
Oct 25, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, fiction, review-copy
I enjoyed this book, but it's not as good as his first effort, The Expats. My favorite aspects of the first thriller were a nice European milieu and a probing discussion of marriage and espionage, and this lacks both. I also found this female protagonist much less likeable and realistic than Kate: her only characteristics seem to be bitterness and increasing decrepitude, and you wonder if Pavone even likes her.

The novel concerns a book called "The Accident" which is submitted to literary agent
Mar 12, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The Accident not Really Accidental

Oh wow! I could fill this review full of every single cliché on the market. The Accident by Chris Pavone is the follow up from his debut The Expats and with this one book you will be completely blown out of the water. This is a brilliant page turning thriller that leaves you on the edge right until the end of the book. The pace is breathless and stunning at the same time which literally drives you and also if you are American who do you really trust?

The Accident
Mar 07, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was ok
Shelves: dark-fiction
This review was originally published to Bookish Ardour.

It’s sad, but true; sometimes I’m going to struggle to enjoy a story. As much as I wanted the opposite I struggled with The Accident. The beginning grabbed me, but by the time the story hit the flow of the first chapter it had begun to slowly lose me.

Being an aspiring author means I’m naturally curious about stories based in the publishing world and the idea of such a mind-blowing, dangerous, manuscript ripping lives apart and involving hard
Apr 25, 2014 Evan rated it it was ok
I guess I had higher hopes for this book. It seems like the author tried to write a book that would probably get made into a movie one day (and ironically, the book is about a sensational manuscript that people want to make into a movie) and it's just so shallow. The book takes place in a day so the author has to spend a lot of time going into the past to explain things you wouldn't understand otherwise. I found this to be boring and took me out of the fast-paced story line so many times it was ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
May 16, 2014 switterbug (Betsey) rated it liked it
I was in the mood for a page-turning sorbet type of novel--a book that was literary, but with mainstream appeal, a story that combines thrilling, suspenseful, and propulsive tension. Pavone's book hits the spot, in ways I wasn't expecting. From the opening pages, there is a filmic cat-and-mouse suspense; a manuscript of a text called The Accident is floating around in New York's publishing world. Ambitious, successful, and quasi-successful editors and publishers, and others who are in a slump, w ...more
Liz Barnsley
Mar 06, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**4.5 stars**

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

In New York City, Isabel Reed, one of the most respected and powerful literary agents in the city, frantically turns the pages of a manuscript into the early dawn hours. This manuscript – printed out, hand-delivered, totally anonymous – is full of shocking revelations and disturbing truths, things which could compromise national security. Is this what she’s been waiting for her entire career: a book that will help her move o
Rebecca Foster
(2.5) Not quite as entertaining as Pavone’s previous thriller, The Expats, but enjoyable for its publishing theme. Perfect plane reading, I would say. (“A cross-continental flight provides ample reading time,” it says, in a little metafictional twist, on page 182.) In fact, I started The Accident on a plane ride back in March and then, 230 pages in, inexplicably left it unfinished for months (bonus: an Edelweiss book that didn’t expire!). That’s not to say that it was boring, just that I didn’t ...more
Una Tiers
There were so many characters, so many cliff hangers and so many murders, it overwhelmed the plot. The dialogue was very nice.
Lisa B.
Aug 03, 2014 Lisa B. rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts

A book has been written about a powerful media mogul. It is loaded with incriminating stories about the mogul’s past. The manuscript has been given to a literary agent to see if she can get it published. All of the people who want to get it published are driven by a personal need to succeed. Most, for one reason or another, are at the end of their literary careers and want one last blow out of a book. All of the people who don’t want it published have millions of dollars to try and ge
Mar 11, 2014 Cynthia rated it liked it
Spies, politicians, ruthless business people, the CIA

“The Accident” alternates between many characters. Each chapter is told from a different person’s perspective. It’s challenging to keep all the stories sorted out. The transitions are abrupt. About a third of the way through the book begins to flow more easily as the characters and disparate storylines come together. The vague hints start to intriguingly tie together. Even before this the story is intense but it’s hard to see how the disparate
Luanne Ollivier
Mar 24, 2014 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it


I read Chris Pavone's debut novel, an Edgar award winner, The Ex-Pats, last year.

The Accident is the title of Pavone's new book.....and it's also the title of the book within the book. Huh?

An unnamed author opens the pages of Pavone's book with the last page of his book..."Because if what you are reading is a finished book, printed and bound and distributed into the world, I am, almost certainly, dead."

This manuscript has the power to ruin - and everyone wants their hands on it - fo
Feb 12, 2015 SUSAN rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Review to come.
Jun 26, 2014 Availlan rated it it was ok
Overall, I was very disappointed that this story was so fabricated and unconvincing – especially after reading his first book, The Expats. As another reviewer indicated – it’s highly probable that this was his first book (and then he wrote The Expats). The Accident was just so forced and unbelievable. I’m not sorry I slogged through 400+ pages because I would have always wondered if it got any better. I did think it was interesting that Hayden appeared in both books – and while he seemed a littl ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok
An anonymous manuscript is delivered to literary agent Isabel Reed. It contains an explosive tell all about a well known media mogul. The more people read it, however they acquire it, the more likely they are to end up dead. This novel takes place over the course of one day as Isabel tries to stay one step ahead of CIA operative Hayden Gray, who seeks to destroy the manuscript and all knowledge of it. Meanwhile our anonymous, cancer ridden author is anxiously awaiting for the shoe to drop in hid ...more
Oct 07, 2016 Belles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read all year!
Nancy Steinle gummel
The Accident by Chris Pavone is a first reads win and I'm giving my honest opinion. Isabel receives a manuscript. It's terrific and terrible at the same time. Everyone who reads it is in danger, especially if it's true. It's not a story of book publishing, though it does take you through the steps. It's a book about ambition and how easily it is to go down the wrong tracks. Charles Wolfe of Wolfe Media got his hands dirty through a drunken stage. His friend Dave and his father dug him out. This ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel by Chris Pavone, whose debut was the immensely successful “The Expats.” Taking place over the course of one day, it begins with publishing agent Isabel Reed finishing reading an anonymous manuscript called “The Accident.” This concerns the life story of a media mogul, Charlie Wolfe, and secrets in his life and career which threaten to expose all kinds of scandals about both him personally, and the government. Isabel’s career is suffering something of a downslide – and, i ...more
Oct 05, 2016 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I figured some things out early on, but there were so many twists that the ending took me by surprise. Super fun read!
The Books Blender

- Ho ricevuto una copia di questo libro dalla casa editrice in cambio di un'onesta recensione -

e per la presione.

Hai presente quella sensazione? Quella di quando cominci a leggere le prime righe di un romanzo e inizi già ad sentire un prurito di fastidio?
Bene; il mio primo fastidio è arrivato con lo stile di scrittura. Bastano davvero poche righe per capire se si è compatibili o meno con lo stile di un autore e quello di Pavone, purtroppo, non si allinea con il mio. Linguaggio troppo colloquia
Lou Schuler
Mar 30, 2014 Lou Schuler rated it really liked it
I started The Accident with a basic question: How could anyone be audacious enough to set a thriller in the world of publishing? What could be less thrilling than a business filled by people like me, who sit on our asses all day writing and editing?

I almost stopped reading just a few chapters in. Just about every point-of-view character, upon introduction, promptly looks at him- or herself in a mirror so the reader knows exactly what he or she looks like. Wouldn't someone who works in publishin
"The Accident" is Chris Pavone's follow up novel to the excellent "The Expats". Unfortunately, this novel is just not as compelling or as enjoyable a read. While the two books share a couple of characters - Kate Moore and Hayden are both characters in The Expats - and a similar universe, the reality is that Kate Moore's inclusion in this novel is so brief and inconsequential, that she merely serves as a stock character, included, along with her "intelligence" boss Hayden solely to tie the two bo ...more
John McKenna
Jul 16, 2015 John McKenna rated it it was amazing
Mysterious Book Report No. 138
by John Dwaine McKenna
It’s no secret to regular readers of the Mysterious Book Report that our focus is on finding new and upcoming authors who show a lot of promise, as well as a lot of talent, in the thriller and crime fiction genres and bring them to your attention. My criteria are simple. Is it a new and unknown author? Does he or she have something interesting to say and a unique voice to say it in? And lastly, am I still thinking about what I’ve read for sever
Andrea Larson
Jan 15, 2014 Andrea Larson rated it really liked it
Chris Pavone, author of last year’s hit book The Expats, has done it again. The Accident is a gripping thriller. I received an advance reader's copy from the publisher, and once I picked up the book, I could hardly put it down.

Isabel Reed, a literary agent, receives an anonymous manuscript at her office, and it turns out to be the book that will define her career and even her life. It’s an expose of a powerful media mogul (I kept imagining Rupert Murdoch) that has explosive and dangerous implic
Max Everhart
Feb 22, 2015 Max Everhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the definition of a page-turner.

The plot: an unauthorized biography of Charlie Wolfe, a billionaire media mogul, lands in the hands of Isabel Reed, a high powered literary agent. This manuscript entitled The Accident unearths some serious crimes perpetrated by Wolfe, and therefore, it's worth killing for. Of course, those backing Wolfe--the CIA, namely--will stop at nothing to destroy the book and anyone who has read it or even knows about its existence. The characters are very well dra
Jun 07, 2014 Rob rated it liked it
Confusing plot. Entertaining, especially if you like the book world – writers, agents, editors, publishers, the whole industry, including Hollywood and movie rights, but it takes a couple of hundred pages to figure out the characters. Ironically, this book could use a better editor. Weak three stars. Apparently, the author’s first book, “The Expats,” was better. I still may give that one a try.
Aug 13, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I liked The Expats, but I really liked this one. Thrillers are my guilty pleasure and this one kept me reading. Not at all disappointed in the ending, although it was certainly up in the air. A sequel, maybe? The ending kind of gave me the same feeling of 3 days of the Condor.
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Chris Pavone is the author of the New York Times bestsellers THE ACCIDENT and THE EXPATS, which won both the Edgar and Anthony awards, has been translated into 20 languages, and is being developed for film; THE TRAVELERS, which publishes March 8, 2016, has already been optioned by DreamWorks. Chris was a book editor for nearly two decades before moving to Luxembourg, where he started writing THE E ...more
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