Book Review: The Accident

April 18, 2014 Book Review, reviews 8

Book Review:  The AccidentThe Accident by Chris Pavone
Published by Crown Publishing Group on March 11, 2014
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 400
Source: complimentary review copy
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As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

The Accident is to publishing as The Devil Wears Prada is to fashion magazines.  It reads like an expose of the publishing industry and is a wild roller coaster ride following the assassinations and intrigue.  And there are quite a few bodies piling up throughout.  Each turn of the page brought a new plot detail into the open.  I was guessing all the way to the very last page.

I have not read The Expats (Pavone’s first novel) yet but intend to do so very soon.  If you like a good suspenseful thriller with lots of espionage, secrecy, and shock-value then you will probably enjoy The Accident.  It will have you asking questions like how well do we know the ones we love? and wow! is the publishing world really that intense?  And how well do we trust the government to serve the people?

Pavone’s writing is sharp.  The plot is fast-moving.  I read The Accident in one sitting because I could never get to a pausing point – I was afraid of missing something 😉  I did have to suspend belief somewhat because I really hate to think the publishing world is that cutthroat.  The Accident was entertaining, a wonderful escape and immense fun.

Have you read The Accident?  What are your thoughts on this one?


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8 Responses to “Book Review: The Accident”

  1. Sheila DeChantal

    I love those books that grab you to the point on not putting them down!

    • Stacy

      oooo Tanya you must tell us more! even if you’re not a spy {although spies do say they’re not spies so shall we believe you or believe you with a wink wink to the side 😉
      Do you love Scotland? Is it as romantic as the pictures appear? Oh, sorry. . .we were talking books til I got way off subject. So glad to hear another blogger loved The Accident. It was fabulous was it not?!?

  2. Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves)

    This sounds fantastic! I love a good page turner with some espionage…and you got me with your description of “The Devil Wears Prada” of the publishing industry. I’m adding this to my TBR list ASAP!!

    • Stacy

      The Devil Wears Prada was what I kept thinking of as I was reading the book – how DWP was all about the fashion world and magazines and bad behavior but The Accident takes it a good step forward by not only having bad behavior but having bad, bad, baaaadddd behavior in the publishing world. I wonder what the scuttlebutt is around the publishing houses with this book – if there are cheeky know-it-all grins or eye rolls and OMG about the book. hummmmm, I’ll have to ask around about that one! oh, and don’t just add it to your tbr list – put it at the top 🙂

  3. Tea Time with Marce

    This sounds really good, I want to read The Expats, hadn’t heard of this one but want to read this also now.

    • Stacy

      oh Marce with your love of thrillers this one is right up your alley! and to be about books and publishing makes it all the better {I think}!

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