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The Accident

A Novel

Pavone, Chris

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Accident
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Feverishly paging through a disturbing anonymous manuscript that she believes has world-changing potential, New York literary agent Isabel Reed catches the attention of Copenhagen veteran station chief Hayden Gray, who resolves to keep the book's secrets from being exposed.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0385348452
9780385348454
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 24 cm

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Aug 07, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A really bland novel, with the author attempting to be clever by half, but fails miserably. There has to be some justification, some hook to the cleverness, not simply being clever in and of itself, while not improving on the blandness of this book. A trivial novel compared to the news stories of the day. [If you need a book to read to kill the time, this might be the one, but if you are looking for entertaining fiction, I would pass.]

May 26, 2014
  • KBesserman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great follow up to The Expats. Unique writing style that keeps the reader fully engaged.

Apr 24, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

An anonymous manuscript is delivered to literary agent Isabel Reed. It contains an explosive tell all about a well known media mogul. The more people read it, however they acquire it, the more likely they are to end up dead. This novel takes place over the course of one day as Isabel tries to stay one step ahead of CIA operative Hayden Gray, who seeks to destroy the manuscript and all knowledge of it. Meanwhile our anonymous, cancer ridden author is anxiously awaiting for the shoe to drop in hiding in Zurich.

Quite honestly, I managed to figure out the ending quite early so that was a bit of a draw back for me. There is a great deal of espionage and conspiracy here to delight most thriller fans. For a face paced story taking place in one day, however, I found myself constantly looking to see how many pages I had left to get through. That being said I did very much want to see whether this manuscript, and its writer and readers, would live to the last page.

Apr 15, 2014
  • bdemian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great plot with many secrets, gradually revealed up until the very end, and compelling characters. With all its twists and turns, truly suspenseful.

"Isabel Reed is a New York literary agent who's just received an anonymous manuscript that -- if published -- promises to make a lot of money, but will also destroy the career of a very powerful man. This man would do anything to keep the secret that's exposed in the manuscript, and though Isabel is careful, she's not quite careful enough. As copies of the manuscript start to get out, Isabel and quite a few others find themselves in mortal danger. The "suspense is palpable" (Publishers Weekly) but where author Chris Pavone really shines is in the backstories of his characters. And though The Accident stands alone, fans of his 2012 debut (The Expats) will enjoy seeing some familiar faces pop up here." Thrillers and Suspense April 2014 newsletter. http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/4787b6e3-0d15-41b5-8d26-1475253dca28?postId=3be71b4b-2ba6-4447-a08c-ee3763ea6a89

Apr 10, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Despite some great twists and turns, I didn’t love this one. Confusing and disjointed, I almost gave up on it several times. It did get better, but not enough for me to want to read another book by this author.

Feb 06, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fast-paced, full of twists and turns, totally stuffed full of immensely clever people who know just what to do in a life-threatening situation -- in short, the perfect kind of thriller for an evening by the fire or reading on the beach. The (somewhat unbelievable) setting in the world of publishing adds to the fun for readers who are bookish. Completely enjoyable.

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