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The Accident

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  9,349 ratings  ·  1,336 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,
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Crown
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May 10, 2014 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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-1, favorites
This was an awesome conspiracy thriller novel, the second in a series by author Chris Pavone. A manuscript for a tell-all novel about a media giant arrives at literary agent Isabelle’s desk. She can’t put it down. A few copies begin spreading, and disturbingly, just as it predicts in the manuscript, people begin to die. How is the government involved? Who is good, who is bad, and is it even possible to get away or unsee what you’ve seen? Who is the mysterious anonymous author, and what happened ...more
Oct 08, 2013 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
Jan 02, 2014 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
Mar 15, 2014 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 21, 2013 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 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
If my mother had not moved us out of N.Y when we were in elementary school, I probably would've ended up working in publishing so it was fun for me to get a glimpse of that world from this book. Told over the course of one day, morning, afternoon and night, the pace of this thriller is riveting. Plus it alternates, each chapter from one character to another, so, despite it's 481 pages, I read it in just three sittings!
Mar 12, 2014 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
Apr 22, 2014 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 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
Feb 28, 2014 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
Liz Barnsley
Feb 24, 2014 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
(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
Jun 26, 2014 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
Feb 26, 2014 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
Luanne Ollivier
Mar 24, 2014 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
Lisa B.
May 27, 2014 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
Iain Dignall
After the success of his debut 'The Expats' (on my want to read list), this second offering is praiseworthy. The book has a high number of characters throughout though it is relatively easy yo navigate.

The premise is simple; an anonymous manuscript arrives at a publishers containing a scandalous expose of a high ranking media mogul. The mogul wants this quashed and will go to any length to achieve his goal. However, essentially the book is about loyalty and betrayal. Without looking to add spoi
Una Tiers
There were so many characters, so many cliff hangers and so many murders, it overwhelmed the plot. The dialogue was very nice.
Olivia "So many books--so little time.""
I started this book but didn't finish it. It was more than a little boring.
Mar 05, 2014 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
Feb 14, 2014 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
April Henry
May 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This book combined two things I like: it's a thriller (and I write them) and it's about the book business (something I also know about).

The only problem is that the premise doesn't work. The book industry is slooooow. If you had juicy news to get out, you'd pull an Edward Snowden and work through a big newspaper like The Guardian or the New York Times.

Also, I saw the twists coming well in advance.

The writing was great, though, so I will read The Expats, which got such glowing reviews.
Jun 07, 2014 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.
James Nelson
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book! I had never read any of Chris Pavone's work before but gave this a try and was very happy I did. A lot of the book revolves around the publishing industry, which was an added pleasure for me. But the plot moves right along, the characters are well-developed, the prose is lovely and there were enough twists and surprises to have me shouting out loud. Highly recommended.
Oct 05, 2016 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!
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read all year!
"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
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
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CHRIS PAVONE is author of three national-bestselling thrillers: THE EXPATS, which won both the Edgar and Anthony awards, was translated into 20 languages, and is being developed by CBS Films; THE ACCIDENT, another New York Times bestseller; and most recently THE TRAVELERS, an IndieNext bestseller that has been optioned by DreamWorks. Chris grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell University, an ...more

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