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Glen Barber isn't the only person in the small town of Milford with things on his mind. The recession has been bad for his construction business, especially after a mysterious fire destroys one of his buildings. But everyone else in Milford seems to have problems too, as the financial pressures begin to pinch.
Glen's troubles, however, are about to escalate to a whole new level. His wife Sheila has her own plans for getting them out of their financial jam, but these come to an abrupt halt when her car is found at the scene of a drunk-driving accident that took three lives. Not only is she dead, but it appears she was the cause of the accident.
Suddenly Glen has to deal with a potent mixture of emotions: grief at the loss of his wife, along with anger at her reckless behaviour that leaves their young daughter motherless. If only he could convince himself that Sheila wasn't responsible for the tragedy - but as he looks deeper into the circumstances and begins to realise just how many secrets lurk behind Milford's idyllic facade, he may have to face something much, much worse...
©2011 Linwood Barklay (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Janie on 09-22-14

so many bad people?

What made the experience of listening to The Accident the most enjoyable?

Linwood Barclay's excellent writing skills being decently performed by Peter Berkrot.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Oh, yes, it certainly did; very hard to pull the earplugs out to sleep. The story moved from one exciting moment to the next in this who dunnit.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I suppose it was but it was almost too exciting and had my adrenaline coursing late into the night while the plot changed from one suspect to the next.

Any additional comments?

A really good mystery suspense thriller with so many bad characters, from Mr & Mrs next door to major crime figures all living in this small town. It moves along at a decent pace until the denouement which is a real surprise. Great book, highly recommend; can't go wrong with this writer.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 10-05-11

Gripping thriller

Another fantastic thriller from Linwood Barclay! Completely gripping with convincing narration. The only thing hat stopped me giving this five stars is the frustration I sometimes felt with the main character Glen who seems a little slow at realising what's going on!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 11-02-11

Suspend belief and enjoy the story

Linwood Barclay is a master creator of nightmare scenarios for his characters and taking his readers on a roller-coaster of shocks and red herrings before the final resolution. In this book Glen Barber's wife dies in the accident of the title, but the circumstances are very strange. Other unexpected accidents and deaths occur and the listener is drawn into a web of deceit and intrigue that certainly kept me listening. There are many threads to the story and numerous characters, the names of which take some concentration to keep track of, but the reader is very good and his use of different voices helps to identify who is speaking.
Like many thrillers the body count defies credibility, but all in all it's a great story, however unbelievable.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mackster on 01-04-17

Too much towards the end

Story had developed well but towards the end it was like how many more times will this guy arrive just in the knock if tone and how many ordeals can he find himself in in one day.

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