Thursday, December 29, 2011
The Accident; Linwood Barclay
Title: The Accident
Author: Linwood Barclay
Publication Year: 2011
Edition: eBook/Kindle (and audio)
Source: Net Galley and Library
Date Completed: 12/23/2011
The Accident is a fast paced thriller that drew me into the story from the very first chapter.
The story is set in the small town of Milford, Connecticut, where Glen Barber, his wife Sheila, and 8-year old daughter Kelly live. Glen is local building contractor, and because of the economy, his business is barely making it. Early on in the story, when Sheila is late returning home from an evening class she has been taking, Glen grows concerned. His concerns are warranted when he learns that Sheila has been killed in a car crash. However, upon investigation, Glen learns that Sheila, never attended class that evening, and was driving drunk. She parked her car on a highway ramp, and the car was hit by another with Sheila still inside. Nothing makes sense. Sheila was only a social drinker, and would have never driven drunk.
Not long after, one of Sheila's friends also ends up dead, then little Kelly, overhears a strange phone conversation while playing hide and seek at her friend's house. When the mother realizes Kelly witnessed the conversation she becomes highly concerned about a secret being exposed.
Could this have anything to do with Kelly's mom's accident? Bit by bit the reader learns that desperate people do desperate things, and even previously stable individuals can see their lives spiral out of control, when they engage in risky behaviors.
Although a bit far-fetched at times, The Accident, was a fast read and an engaging thriller.
I read the eBook and listened to the audio version. The audio was read by Peter Berkrot who did a great job.