This was an excellent thriller/mystery until about the last 75 pages then it morphed into something that could have been the plot of Desperate Housewives. The story opens with two women looking for "knock-off" designer bags in New York's Canal Street area. They stumble on the wrong place at the wrong time and are killed as witnesses.
The story shifts to a short time later in a town in Connecticut. Glen Garber cannot locate his wife and frantic he drives looking for her. He comes upon an accident scene and his wife is one of the victims. The police feel that she was drunk and fell asleep near an exit ramp and was killed when an oncoming car did not stop in time.
As Glen starts pondering why his wife (Sheila) would do such a thing strange bits of information about her seem to come up. Things may be tied to a party where women could purchase "knock-off" designer bags. Later Glen's daughter (Kelly) goes to a sleepover at the house of the woman (Ann) responsible for the party. There she accidently witnesses Ann making a strange call and receiving another one. Ann is furious at Kelly and tries to decide on what to do. Kelly calls Glen to pick her up immediately.
Later Glen finds out what happened and wants to tell Ann off but after Ann received the phone call she goes out and is killed by the pier in what looks like an "accident." (Guess the title of the book was a tip-off). Many things seem not right. Ann's cop -husband seems shady, some of Glen's work associates may be involved in something that caused a building fire, and the family of the people who were killed along with Sheila in her accident are suing Glen for not knowing that his wife was a drunk (yeah that can happen). Meanwhile a very bad man named Sommers seems to be involved in a lot that is going on.
The book is compelling most of the way and I liked it mostly. Glen is a very likable character (seems like Mike from Desperate Housewives) and most of the characters have some interesting tales that the author explores. If it weren't for the way the author wrapped up the story, I could have given it a full five stars. Instead I barely give it four.
"The Accident" is a thought provoking story dealing with the sale of knock off items by unwary suburbanites attempting to add to their family's incomes. It also details the members of organized crime behind this activity and the revelation that many items were made by young children working in miserable conditions in China and third world countries. The thrilling story tells of Glen Garber becoming worried when his wife, Sheila, fails to return home from night … more
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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.
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 ...