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 pace to a climax no one will see coming.
Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the #1 internationally bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed novels, including Never Look Away, Fear the Worst, Too Close to Home, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children. He is currently at work on his next thriller.
“Barclay tells a fine tale. . . . Just when you think you’ve figured it out, well, you haven’t. Right to the end, there are twists and turns in the plot, and people who you thought were squeaky clean? Not so much.”
—The Gazette (Montreal)
“Barclay has turned in a home run with plenty of edge-of-the-seat moments.”
“Linwood Barclay excels at genuinely scary, tension-filled tales of ordinary folk in seemingly normal and peaceful small-town America, and this latest chiller is well up to the mark.”
—The Independent (UK)
“Linwood Barclay's best thriller to date. . . . Barclay channels the best of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Barclay is amazing at putting average people in extraordinary situations.”
PRAISE FOR LINWOOD BARCLAY
“If you like Harlan Coben, you’ll love Linwood Barclay.”—Peter Robinson, author of Bad Boy
Never Look Away
“The writing is crisp; the twists are jolting and completely unexpected.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
“Fast-paced and with an irresistible blend of suspense and tension.”—Tucson Citizen
Fear the Worst
“Gripping . . . unfolds with mounting tension and suspense.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Fear the Worst holds the reader in a tight grip, as good and evil match wits and wiles. Barclay pushes the envelope of suspense to the edge and beyond.”—Steve Berry, author of The Jefferson Key
Too Close to Home
“A terrifically fast-paced suspense story.”—The Washington Post
“Affecting and effective.”—The Wall Street Journal
No Time for Goodbye
“You won’t get up until you’ve turned the last page.”—Michael Connelly
“[An] anxiety-inducing thriller.”—USA Today