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 bus ...more
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Why worry though. No one ever said mysteries and thrillers had to be realistic, and this one worked really well on every level. It moved fast and had more twists and turns than you would believe! I really liked the main character, Glen and his very capable young daughter Kelly. They made a great team in trying to solve the mystery of She ...more
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, turns and discoveries in each chapter. I ...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
I liked this story. The characters were 3 dimensional, the plot was well developed. My only complaint was (for me) it started to really drag near the middle. Conversations were waaaaay to long, explanations about what and why certain things were illegal seemed to drone on forever. There was good information in all that, it just could have been a little more succinct. Kinda like this needed to be expanded 50 or more pages so there were a lot of words added. (High school essay tactic I re ...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
One night, Glen Garber, a contractor in a Connecticut community, drives upon the scene of an accident where his wife, Sh ...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
After reading Broken Promise , (Top Books of 2015), Barclay has been added to my favorite author list, and immediately purchased all his backlist in audio format. I am slowly making my way through the list. This is one intense suspense thriller - glued to my iPod for hours!
Glen is a contractor and they barel ...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
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 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
This was exactly what I needed after several tedious, slow and uninteresting reads - a fast and engaging plot with lots of twists. The ending was somewhat far fetched and convenient, but easily forgiven.
Favorite Quote: 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?”
First Sentence: If I’d known this ...more
We think we know our neighbors, family, and friends fairly well, but do we? Glen Garber certainly thought he did. That is, until the faux-walls came tumbling down, exposing insecurities behind the facades. Insecurities so needy and vain, they'r ...more
Dealing with the aftermath of her death, with a construction project that burned to the ground, and a slump in the economy, it is all Garber can do to keep things together. Then other people start to die and he cannot ignore the coincidences any more.
What is going on in his town ...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
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
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
Three of those seventeen novels comprise the epic Promise Falls trilogy: Broken Promise, Far From True, and The Twenty-Three. His two novels for children – Chas ...more