by Chris Pavone
Published by Crown Publishing Group
Published March 11, 2014
Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
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?