Thursday, August 11, 2011


Story Description:

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 violet mysteries of modern life. 

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 neighbours he thought he knew, Glen must take his own desperate measures and go to terrifying new places 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.

Linwood Barclay, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the internationally bestselling author of seven critically acclaimed novels, including Fear the Worst, Too Close to Home, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children.

My Review:

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!


  1. Thanks for the review! I have read all the Linwood Barclay books except this one, and I will have to get it soon now that you had such a good reading experience. Rae

  2. Thanks for the review, I have heard of Barclay before, but have yet to read any of his books. I love suspense thriller type books, so I will have to pick one up. Which is your favorite, so I am sure to have a great read the first time I read this author?


  3. Thanks! I don't know Barclay but just have to look more into this guy!
    Have added you link to my blog :D