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Accidents Waiting to Happen

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  984 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Josh Michaels is a happily married family man from Sacramento with dark secrets he wouldn't want his family to know. Eight years ago, he took a kickback to pay for his daughter's medical bills when she was born and had major medical problems. Stupidly, he confessed his sin to his mistress and later had to buy her silence. His deceptions remained hidden for years until a bo ...more
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Published August 2nd 2002 by Barclay Books (FL) (first published February 27th 2002)
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First, I must say that this is the first e-book I have read in recent history that was edited well. Probably because it was also published on paper. I found it refreshing that my internal editor was not triggered, and as a result, I enjoyed the story much more.

I met Simon Wood in person a few years ago at Foothill College at a Halloween themed author panel that was part of their Author Series. After finally getting around to reading one of his books, I can tell I am going to be a fan!

As for the
Accidents Waiting to Happen – 5 Paws
Simon Wood
Dorchester Publishing, 2007, 352 pps.
ISBN No. 0-8439-5830-8

One accident after the other seems to be a new way of life for Josh Michaels. Josh is happily married to Kate. They have one little girl named Abby and one dog named Weiner. Josh was happy with his job and his life until the accidents began. The first seemed to be a simple matter of road rage and no one would believe otherwise except for Josh. Besides all the accidents a blackmailer returns t
Tracy Walters
This was an exciting and tense read right from the first few pages.....Josh Michaels is in a bit of a mess because someone is trying to kill him and he doesn't know why plus the fact that the police won't believe gets worse with a couple of prior bad situations coming to light and Josh is trying to keep his life together without letting anyone find out about his past mistakes. Add in his cute little family.......a big ole guy for a best friend........a couple of hitmen and an ex-lover ...more
Hold on to your seats, folks. Lots of fast-paced action.

Blackmail entails threats and Josh is being blackmailed by someone whom he thought was gone from his life.

Murder attempts. Sabotage. Terrorizing.

The "Professional" gets paid to kill and he's professional because he plans out his kills by studying his intended victims.

Tyrell, the vice president of an insurance company is starting to panic, believing he is going to be replaced by someone who can make better profits for the company.

Cathy Ryan
With an absolutely compelling first chapter, the action and suspense keep on coming. The twists, especially the double one at the culmination of the story, and turns are unforseeable and kept me on the edge of my seat with no idea what was going to happen next. Great pace which picks up considerably as the story progresses. All in all a really good read.
Nancy Silk
"When An Accident Is Not A Mishap"

Josh Michael is traveling to Sacramento from Bakersfield, traveling on the slower back roads rather than the I-5 freeway. Without warning, while approaching a bridge over the Sacramento River, a black SUV approached quickly in his rear view mirror. Though Josh is going 70 m.p.h., The SUV was going faster. Josh slows a bit to allow the SUV to pass him. When they were side by side, the SUV swerves in front of Josh's front end causing Josh to over-react and lose co
Aug 29, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
This was my first crack at Simon Wood, and I really enjoyed the book. It's been a bit since I read it, but I would recommend it to anyone that loves a good energetic mystery. He's getting better with each book!
I loved every single detail of this book!
Kathleen Hagen
Accidents Waiting to Happen, by Simon Wood, b-plus, Narrated by James Langton, Produced by Brilliance Audio, Downloaded from

Josh Michaels, a building construction engineer, is driving home from a business trip. As he approaches a bridge to cross a river, a SUV barrels up behind him. He slows down so the driver can pass, which he does, but then he turns around and deliberately gets into Josh’s path and ends up pushing him off the road and into the river. Josh manages to get out of th
Gloria Feit
Josh Michaels, a young man with a wife and little girl he adored, while driving back to his home in Sacramento, California, is forced off the highway and into the river in what appears to be an accident born from what he thinks of as reckless stupidity on the part of the other driver. But the actions of that driver, before he gets back into his car and speeds away, convince Josh that it is anything but. Josh survives the ‘accident,’ but starts to doubt his ability to continue to survive the ensu ...more
Amy Marbach
While this is Wood's first book- I have just read it after reading several of his subsequent books. And while I can tell it's a debut- this book has many of the elements that I love about his books, namely the fact that the plot line always keeps me guessing. Accidents Waiting To Happen did not disappoint there- as I felt like I was in one of those car commercials with the sharp, ever so windy road. This book took me for quite the ride and I love it for that reason.

The first chapter of this book
Michael Timlin
Simon Wood, has done an fabulous job in writing Accidents Waiting to Happen. This was a very good read with a great story line.

Josh Michaels has a pretty good life. He has a beautiful wife and loving daughter. A good job and great friends. So why is it that someone wants him dead. On his way home from work a driver forces him off the road and into a river, where he is left to die. The man who forces him off the road looks on in mild amusement as Josh, is stuck in his sinking car. Looking to the
I read the German edition called "Abgezockt":

Als Josh Michaels mit seinem Auto von der Straße abgedrängt wird, hält er es zunächst für einen Unfall.

Aber die Anschläge auf sein Leben gehen weiter. Offenbar versucht ein Unbekannter, ihn umzubringen. Immer soll es aussehen wie ein böser Zufall. Könnte das vielleicht an Joshs Job bei einer Versicherung liegen?

Nicht nur ein angeblicher Autounfall, bei dem er nur knapp mit dem Leben entkommt, erschüttert Joshs heile Familienwelt, sondern auch der Anru
Andrea Hollenbeck
Accidents waiting to happen is pure suspense throughout the length of the book. I read it in one night, because I couldn't believe what could or would happen next. Would an insurance company really send out hit men to make their money on viatical insurance claims? In the 80s, insurance companies thought they were doing a big favor to people that were terminal or had AIDS. Breakthroughs in AIDS care has now given AIDS patients 10 or more years, which isn't helping the insurance companies. They of ...more
Jill Burkinshaw
If any Thriller readers have not yet found Simon Wood you don't know what you are missing. I have read several of his books and they all have one thing in common: they are totally gripping, full of suspense in the true sense of the word and very realistic.

Josh is a typical 'man' his life is a car crash, full of mistakes and as he fixes one mistake he creates more. Simon has created a realistic character that you have to love.

The story is very believable based on greed and total lack of compassio
I had this book in my Nook for a while so I decided to read it while waiting for a book to become available in the library. I must say that because it was so inexpensive ($0.99 at B&N), I didn't expect it to be very good. I was WRONG! This was actually a good book that kept me wondering what in the world was going on! Josh had made a terrible mistake that would come back to haunt him years later and would end up costing him more than he could have ever imagined!! Josh THOUGHT he was making a ...more
Just when you thought it couldn't get more intense you get to the next pg

this books puts a deathly realistic twist to insurance . all the characters are more intense as the book comes along. As you read you feel the fear ,hurt,anger that all characters (as cruel as they were) felt. Truly enjoyed this book!
This was so pathetically amateurish I would have sworn it was self-published. The main character is such a tool: he takes a bribe, he cheats on his wife, he accidentally kills an old lady, and he tracks HIV positive blood over most of northern California. The hitman trying to kill him is so incredibly dumb. The point of a hitman is to efficiently and quietly kill someone; you don't menace them for weeks like Robert Mitchum in "Cape Fear," revealing yourself to all and sundry. And just to take th ...more
Awesome read! I finished Accidents Waiting to Happen in the wee hours of this morning, because I had to see how it was possible for all the ends to tie together. The main character epitomizes how one error in judgement, can snowball into an avalanche of pain, hurt and destruction! Be careful what you do today, because tomorrow you may be faced with consequences, only a writer like Simon Wood can so brilliantly create! Just when you think it can't get worse....ohhhh it does!! If you haven't acqua ...more
I've grown to really like this author. I believe this is the sixth book of his I've read since discovering him about 6 months ago. Accidents Waiting To Happen is well written, has a complex and coherent plot, and is peopled with interesting characters. Overall, this is an engrossing read.

darkly amusing and full of wtf as Josh's life spirals out of control.
Cindy Johnson
Absolutely Awesome!!

Fast paced, page turner that will keep you reading long past bedtime, "can't put it down", kind of book...from beginning to end!! Can't wait to read the next Simon Wood book!!
Kathy LeJeune
Excellent read by Simon Wood. He promises action packed thrillers and he always delivers.

The Errors of Our Ways!
What happens when our wrongness is exposed? Josh Michaels is about to find out! Josh makes one mistake trying to make things better for his family. He has no idea what lies ahead.
This is a debut novel for Simon Wood and it is an impressive one. Twist and turns on every page, you will not be able to put this one down until the last page. Simon does a hell of a job interlocking stories
Liam Dodd
Colour me surprised, but this was actually a pretty enjoyable read. It was flawed in many different ways but that didn't detract too much from my enjoyment of what I was reading.

The story revolved around an area I actually find very interesting, viatical settlements. A settlement where an individual hands over the payments, and custody, of their life insurance in return for a lump sum payment of cash (usually worth between 33-60% of it's value). While not dwelling tremendously on the topic as mu
John Marsh
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Marybeth Kobland
I really liked this book, it starts right out with action, Josh Michaels is run off the road in what seems like an accident, but it isn't as it seems. Accidents start happening that end up leading back to him. Although it seems a little unrealistic the story is non stop action, I read it in one day on my Kindle. I will definitely read more stories form this author.
When Josh has an auto accident he begins investigating why he was forced off the road and discovers that someone is out to end his life. The story was so moving and so intense that I found myself not only glued to the page, but I found myself getting very up-tight and almost paranoid. Simon Wood is a very intense writer.
Good book with a fair amount of twists and turns. Without spoiling the end, I found myself in the same boat as the main character toward the end of the book. I didn't know who to believe!! This was not one of those books that I couldn't put down but still a very good and entertaining read.
Elizabeth Blows
A fantastic read full of twists all the way through ,nearly missed my stops heading into work a few times
Dan Beaver
Simon Wood does it again; another solidly-paced thriller about an innocent caught up in a maelstrom. Summer will eventually be upon us, so if you are looking for a good vacation read, I recommend this book.
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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's an ex-competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and five cats. In the last ten years, he's had over 150 stories and articles published. His stories have been included in “Best of” anthologies and h ...more
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“He reached across the couch for the remote and switched channels. He couldn’t bear to watch yet another show about the appalling truth he’d uncovered. The subject had been done to death by the television networks, but they wouldn’t let it go. He couldn’t go anywhere without seeing the words viatical and shocking used in the same sentence. It would be on cereal boxes next. He stopped channel-hopping when he came to the cartoons. He couldn’t see Tom and Jerry selling a viatical settlement to Butch.” 0 likes
“Come on, Abby,” said Kate. “You’re going to sit with Uncle Bobby while Daddy and I talk to the policemen.” Abby slid off the hospital bed and took her mother’s hand. “Is Bob here?” Josh asked. Bob Deuce had been Josh’s friend since they were twelve.” 0 likes
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