The Accident by Linwood Barclay

The Accident

byLinwood Barclay

Kobo ebook | August 9, 2011

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In this mesmerizing thriller by acclaimed author Linwood Barclay, a typical American community descends into darkness, as an ordinary man is swept into one of the most violent mysteries of modern life.
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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 business course at night to increase her chances of landing a good-paying job.

But she should have been home by now.

Waiting for Sheila’s return, with their eight-year-old daughter sleeping soundly, Glen soon finds his worst fears confirmed: Sheila and two others have been killed in a car accident. Adding to the tragedy, the police claim Sheila was responsible.

Glen knows it’s impossible; he knew his wife and she would never do such a thing. When he investigates, Glen begins to uncover layers of lawlessness beneath the placid surface of their suburb, secret after dangerous secret behind the closed doors.

Propelled into a vortex of corruption and illegal activity, pursued by mysterious killers, and confronted by threats from neighbors he thought he knew, Glen must take his own desperate measures and go to terrifying new places in himself to avenge his wife and protect his child.

Bold and timely, with the shocking twists and startling insights that have become trademarks of this new master of domestic suspense, The Accident is a riveting triumph, a book that moves at a breathless pace to a climax no one will see coming.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Linwood Barclay was born in the United States, but moved to Canada just before turning four years old. He received a B.A. in English from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. He worked for the Peterborough Examiner before joining the Toronto Star in 1981. He held such positions as assistant city editor, chief copy editor, news ed...
Title:The AccidentFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 9, 2011Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385670591

ISBN - 13:9780385670593

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story Good story - wasn't my favourite from Barclay - but definitely worth the read.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from No and Yes very active book, at some points it was really hard to follow
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Suspenseful and couldn't put down....another great novel.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A struggle to read Meh. I've really enjoyed other books by Barclay but this one was a struggle to read. It had a lot of twists but the story was very far-fetched. It was a quick easy read because I was hurrying to just finish it.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accident Loved this book Ir was firsr of hers i haVe read I was iN suspense throughout the book and hsted to put i down I was shocked At ending but so pleased since I was wrong from beginning as to who killed sheila.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Accident by Lindwood Barclay I thought it was good and didn't expect what happened at the end. On with the next book.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Accident Another great mystery!
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Accident Hard to get into at the beginning, but a quarter way in I was hooked.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Accident Whenever I arrived at the end of a chapter I couldn't put the book down. I had to know what was going to happen in the next chapter. Very surprised by the ending. Just when you thought you had it figured out something would happen to change your mind.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average A good story about a few connected white middle class families struggling to adapt to modern economic situations.
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Accident One awful book. I would advise the author not to give up his day job.
Date published: 2013-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My First Barclay, But Not My Last!! Really good book. And I can honestly say, I never saw it coming, and anyone who says they did is either a criminal or a liar. Looking forward to my next Barclay.
Date published: 2013-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent thriller !! You can't be disappointed with this thriller. Linwood Barclay is a really good writer.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read -Never saw it coming! I found this book to be extremely well written, and the story compelling. I truly enjoyed it and looked forward to getting back to reading it each night. Some books just make you want to get lost in their world, and The Accident is definitely one of them.
Date published: 2013-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read -Never saw it coming! Inyeresting read
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Accident Very good. Love his books.
Date published: 2013-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this When Glen's wife, Sheila, is killed in a car crash, and it seems to be her fault because she is drunk, something doesn't add up for Glen. He also has an 8-year old, Kelly, to take care of. I really enjoyed this. It pulled me in fairly quickly, and kept me interested in finding out what was going on. Actually a lot more was happening than the one storyline, so it was interesting to find out how it all connected.
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it First book I read by Linwood Barclay and definitely won't be my last!
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Accident An O.K. Read
Date published: 2013-02-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Accident Disappointed. I really enjoyed his writing in The Toronto Star which was full of very clever wit. I was expecting the same here. Ths story was OK, but missed the mark with me. Good humour is harder to find than a good story. To be able to write it well is a gift Linwood Barclay has. Looking forward to reading some of that in the future.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Barclay never disappoints me. Allot of bad things are going on in Glen's neighbourhood. People start dying mysteriously. Glen can't believe his wife's death is an Accident. In this book there is allot of shocking twist and turns. I was totally shocked at the outcome I had no idea. The Accident is a fast pace suspense mystery,very captivating.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Mystery The Accident is surrounded by mystery. Unlike some books where the reader is aloud to see and hear things the main character can not, in The Accident the reader unravels the mystery at the same pace as Glen. At times this is good because you are confused with him as he tries to sort out the facts, at other times, mainly towards the beginning of the book, the lack of information makes it difficult to hold that much interest in the story. But once I got into it and was surrounded by all the characters and their many secrets, I was as determined as Glen to find out what happened. There were so many times when you think you have it figured out, and can't put the book down, only to be proven wrong with a new suspect to consider.
Date published: 2011-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down! People start dying mysteriously. Glen can’t believe his wife’s death was an accident. Then other people are dying from accidents. Kelly hears a cell phone conversation and gets herself into deep trouble. Will Glen solve the accidents before anyone else dies.
Date published: 2011-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Two Thumbs Up for Barclay!! Fast paced suspense that will have you hanging on the edge of your seat! I’ve read every book Linwood Barclay has written and his suspense novels just keep getting better and better. Although this book was 367 pages long, I read it in one sitting I just couldn’t put it down. It sucked me right in from the beginning and a hold of me until I’d turned the last page. You will be so totally shocked at the outcome that you’ll be left breathless. There were so many twists, turns and surprises in this book that I just didn’t know what was coming next until it happened and then I’d suck in my breath, and say: “No way!!!” This was one of the best suspense novels I’ve read in a long time, you will not be disappointed. If I had more than two thumbs, this book would be getting them!
Date published: 2011-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Barclay delivers again! Comfy chair? Drinks? Snacks? Good lighting? Excellent! 'Cause you're not going to be getting up or stopping once you dive into Linwood Barclay's latest release - The Accident. 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 could have somehow seen into the future - I wouldn't have let go. And then things would have been different." Glen Carver inherited his building business from his father. He's a straight shooter and does right by his customers, staff and his wife Sheila and eight year old daughter Kelly. Times are tough all over - the economy still hasn't fully recovered - the Carvers have money troubles like everyone else. And then the unthinkable happens - Sheila is killed in an accident that also kills a father and son. The cops say Sheila was drunk and was at fault. But Glen knows that Sheila didn't drink to excess...or did she and he just never knew? As Glen struggles to deal with his wife's death and looking after Kelly, more seeming unrelated incidents transpire. A web is being woven around Glen, but he can't see it. We can though. I just wanted to shout at Glen - NO! Look out! Ask them why....! When he finally twigs that there is something really wrong going on with his friends and family, it's almost too late... Barclay's characters are almost anti-heroes; everyday men thrust into situations completely outside the scope of their everyday lives with the need to protect their families. It makes them all the more believable and likable. Adding more reality to the story is the economic thread of the story - foreclosures, lay-offs, downsizing and desperately trying to make ends meet. Barclay has the suspense/thriller genre in a choke hold with no signs of letting go (thank goodness!) Like Harlan Coben? You're going to love Linwood Barclay!
Date published: 2011-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another excellent thriller These past couple of months have proven that I have a problem with mysteries and thrillers. I just can't stop. Once you've read one you're on a road to hell, no kidding. It's a spiraling addiction that will end in my owning a forever growing number of mystery/thriller novels. Linwood Barclay, that name stuck out like a sore thumb at it's mention. Admittedly I have never read any of his previous works but had certainly wanted to. Walking past those copies of suspense goodness each day (at work). It arrived and I nearly died with excitement and immediately dove into it. I found myself enjoying Glen's perspective, heart break and determination. He was definitively a strong character with a vibrant personality that had me wanting to read more. What I enjoyed more than Glen character and Linwood's mystery were the secrets that surfaced every now and then. They were unpredictable, unexpected and helped create a bigger picture while at the same time creating more of struggle for Glen in his search for truth. All is not as it seems in The Accident and for that I am thankful to Linwood Barclay for the adventure. Mystery lovers will find themselves engaged and entranced. I think it's fair to say that I loved The Accident. In fact, you'd have to pry my copy from my dead cold hands. There's no way I'm ever letting it go. Using cupcakes to bribe me will not work, I'm prepared with a lifetime supply. *pulls out her stash*
Date published: 2011-08-08