The Accident by Linwood Barclay

The AccidentI think every librarian has an author she secretly adores, and who she likes to think the world is clueless about, a personal treasure, a guilty secret, so to speak. Linwood Barclay is mine (but he can be yours, too).
Barclay is a suspense and thriller writer whose settings are his homeland of Canada, as well as the northern US. He is a former graphic novel writer who made the leap successfully into suspense fiction. Barclay’s characters are believable, every day people, who have extraordinary things happen to them The Accident exemplifies this. A placid and benign suburban setting in Connecticut becomes the scene of an accident – or is it really an accident? Surburban mom Sheila Garber dies in a car accident, leaving her husband Glen and eight year-old daughter Kelly to cope with the aftermath of her death. Sheila wasn’t a drinker – yet her blood alcohol level showed she was very drunk at the time of the accident for which she was at fault – when a neighbor wife also dies under mysterious circumstances a week later. The cast of characters is varied and includes neighbors, employees, and friends, all of whom are flawed enough to be suspicious. The writing is tight, and the plot is credible. The ending is creative, and surprising. I don’t think I have read one of Barclay’s books and been disappointed at the end. I don’t know why this author has not reached the superstar status in terms of book sales like John Grisham. Stephen King has said of Barclay, “My idea of a sweet ride is three days of rain, a fridge filled with snacks, and a new Linwood Barclay.” Shhh, let’s keep him our secret.

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