I’m going to be in the minority, I’m sure, when I say that The Accident by Chris Pavone was not one of my favorite books of the year. It is suspenseful from page 1 to page 380 (the end). But, as I’ve said on some other reviews, too much of a good thing…..? Plus, there are killings and murders galore, more than is (i) necessary and (ii) believable…if, indeed, the plot is believable at all.
An anonymously authored expose of a media mogul appears mysteriously on literary agent Isabel Reed’s desk. If published, it will lead to the downfall of many prominent people. As a result, people are trying to stop its publication and will stop at nothing to make sure all copies are destroyed. That’s the premise. A key factor revealed towards the end of the book was something I figured out after reading about a third of the book, and since I’m notorious for not figuring things out, if I can, you certainly will.
Again, as a minority voice, I like subtlety. I don’t need a murder, especially a brutal one, thrown in my face to know it occurred. That’s my advice to Mr. Pavone. As we’re wont to say in our library, “Less is more.”
One interesting thing about the book, is that it takes place in the course of one day. That’s a lot of activity within 24 hours. It takes place in multiple locations, with a lot of jumping back and forth between places and between time periods. It can get a little confusing at some points.
I did like Pavone’s first book, The Expats. So, is this a case of all the accolades unrealistically raising my expectations? I don’t know. All I do know is that there are better thrillers out there.