Title: The Accident
Author: Linwood Barclay
Number of pages: 480
Started: 17 October 2012
Finished: 24 October 2012
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.
Milford, Connecticut, is a quiet, orderly place to live, a good place to bring up kids. But people are beginning to feel the bite of financial hard times. Even decent, normally law-abiding folks have started getting a little creative when it comes to making ends meet.
For Glen Barber, the recession has been particularly bad for his construction business, especially after a mysterious fire destroyed one of his buildings. But Glen’s troubles are about to escalate to a whole new level. His wife Sheila has her own plans for getting them out of their financial jam, plans that seem to involve a secret network of Milford’s wives and are about to pay off big-time.
And that’s when the accident happens…
Suddenly it looks as if the neighbors’ ‘get rich quick’ schemes are more likely to get you dead. Glen – no longer able to trust even the people he loves – must risk everything to find out what’s lurking behind the town’s idyllic façade.
Because some accidents aren’t accidents at all.
What I thought:
I have often had mixed feelings about Linwood Barclay, but I enjoyed this novel much more than a number of his others. Where a number of his stories tail off a bit toward the end, this one managed to sustain a decent pace right until the end. It was a good read and a nice easy page turner.