Book Reviews

The Accident by Chris Pavone

18050094[2]“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.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk—and everyone in mortal peril.  The rich cast of characters—in publishing and film, politics and espionage—are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became.

The action rockets around Europe and across America, with an intricate web of duplicities stretching back a quarter-century to a dark winding road in upstate New York, where the shocking truth about the accident itself is buried.

Gripping, sophisticated, layered, and impossible to put down, The Accident proves once again that Chris Pavone is a true master of suspense.” ~ Goodreads

This mysterious, crime thriller was just released this year in March and like the synopsis states, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a high octane chase of who will get to whom first all set in one day broken into three sections of morning, afternoon and night.

Literary agent, Isabel Reed is also hoping to come upon that one gem who “people in the book business are constantly claiming “I couldn’t put it down” or “it kept me up all night” or “I read it in one day”. This time, all that was true.” It was a unique parallel that fictitious character Isabel was experiencing that feeling with an anonymous book titled “The Accident” and at the same time I was feeling the same way reading “The Accident” by Pavone. Very clever.

So, you can imagine, the chase begins. Who can Isabel trust with this anonymous book that reveals terrible, damaging information about a media mogul? Of course this media mogul knows he has a shady past and can only imagine who would write this about him. Someone he knew very well? How does he stop the book from being published? How does this anonymous author stay hidden? How does CIA operative, Hayden get this manuscript before it’s published? Several other characters get caught up in the chase by innocent association as well as a few not so innocent.

“The Accident” is a compelling, tightly written story revolved around the literary world and publishing industry. Not only does it have the thriller/suspense formula but also a rich, literary fiction feel. It’s filled with action, suspense, engaging characters and in-depth plot that will keep readers guessing and on the edge of their seat.

To learn more about Chris Pavone, his books or upcoming events please visit his site here.

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