Author: Linwood Barclay

Who’s the bad guy in The Accident by Linwood Barclay?

Posted May 30, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Who’s the bad guy in The Accident by Linwood Barclay?The Accident by Linwood Barclay
Published by Bantam on August 9, 2011
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 482
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Glen Garber, 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. 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. Grieving and in denial, Glen resolves to investigate the accident himself—and begins to uncover layers of lawlessness beneath the placid surface of their Connecticut 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.


Quick Summary

What starts out as a typical ordinary day for building contractor Glen Garber and his family ends very tragically. His wife, Sheila, is killed in a car accident under confusing circumstances. As he begins to investigate the circumstances on his own after the police close the case, Glen uncovers a morass of secrets and questionable activities involving people close or connected to him.


The Bottom Line

This was a page turner with so many twists, turns and discoveries in each chapter. In the background of the story is the fallout from the recession and how normally upstanding members of this working class neighborhood handled their individual situations. The writing is nimble and well constructed. With so many surprises throughout the book I was impressed that the climax could still squeeze out a few more. Barclay’s style in some ways reminds me of Harlan Coben but still manages to maintain his own unique identity. I really liked this story and I’ve loaded up my reader with more of his titles.



About Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay was born in the United States but moved to Canada just before turning four years old. He obtained an Honours B.A. in English at Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario and got his first newspaper job at the Peterborough Examiner, a small Ontario daily. In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper.

Barclay became the paper’s humour columnist in 1993, one of the paper’s most popular columnists before retiring from the position in 2008 to work exclusively on books.

Between 1996 and 2000 he published four non-fiction books.
In 2004, he launched his mystery series about an anxiety-ridden, know-it-all, pain-in-the-butt father by the name of Zack Walker. His first standalone thriller, No Time for Goodbye, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim and great international success.

It was at Trent that he met the woman who would become his wife. He and Neetha, who teaches kindergarten, have been married for more than 30 years. They have two children, Spencer and Paige.