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The Accident by Linwood Barclay

The AccidentFinished audio 10-23-12, rating 3/5, thriller, pub. 2011

Unabridged audio 12 hours 20 minutes.  Read by Peter Berkrot

Glen’s wife dies in a horrific traffic accident that kills a father and son in another car, leaving him with their 10 year-old daughter and anger that she was drunk and caused the accident. As he tries to normalize life for his daughter, there’s another death in their small Connecticut town.  And then another.  When Glen starts putting the pieces together he discovers layers of secrets and murderers to spare.

I liked Glen.  He had a great relationship with his daughter, was a stand-up boss and neighbor, and a good friend.  The problem was the number of coincidences in the book.  Ever heard of these underground purse parties where you can buy knock-off designer bags?  What about prescription drugs that come from China sold under the (prescription) table?  And electrical parts that aren’t up to code also from China?  Well, not one, not two, but all three make significant appearances in the many storylines of this book.

It was too much, all the murders, the counterfeit sales, the characters that come and go with no purpose.  It was a fast and easy read and I wanted to stick it out to the end to find out how it all came together.  It was an enjoyable, if unbelievable thriller.

A word about the narrator, I didn’t like Berkot’s voices for women.  Every one sounded just plain annoying.  Other than that he was fine 🙂

I checked this audio out of the library.

October 24, 2012 - Posted by | 3 Star Books |


  1. Some mystery/thrillers are over the top, but they are still a lot of fun!

    Comment by bermudaonion(Kathy) | October 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. This one doesn’t sound like it would hold my interest enough to read in print but maybe on audio…

    Comment by boardinginmyforties | October 24, 2012 | Reply

  3. Oh I know what you mean about male narrators who can’t do women’s voices — very annoying! This sounds like a “suspend your belief” type of thriller.

    Comment by Jenners | October 24, 2012 | Reply

  4. Too many coincidences and it starts to feel contrived. Glad that you liked it overall though!!

    Comment by Staci@LifeintheThumb | October 28, 2012 | Reply

  5. I always have a problem with the believablility factor – it definitely affects my opinion of a book. I’ve never read Linwood Barclay, but I do have one of his books on my shelf.

    Comment by Tara | November 6, 2012 | Reply

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