Glen Barber isn't the only person in the small town of Milford with things on his mind. The recession has been bad for his construction business, especially after a mysterious fire destroys one of his buildings. But everyone else in Milford seems to have problems too, as the financial pressures begin to pinch.
Glen's troubles, however, are about to escalate to a whole new level. His wife Sheila has her own plans for getting them out of their financial jam, but these come to an abrupt halt when her car is found at the scene of a drunk-driving accident that took three lives. Not only is she dead, but it appears she was the cause of the accident.
Suddenly Glen has to deal with a potent mixture of emotions: grief at the loss of his wife, along with anger at her reckless behaviour that leaves their young daughter motherless. If only he could convince himself that Sheila wasn't responsible for the tragedy - but as he looks deeper into the circumstances and begins to realise just how many secrets lurk behind Milford's idyllic facade, he may have to face something much, much worse...
©2011 Linwood Barklay (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
Linwood Barclay's excellent writing skills being decently performed by Peter Berkrot.
Oh, yes, it certainly did; very hard to pull the earplugs out to sleep. The story moved from one exciting moment to the next in this who dunnit.
Yes, I suppose it was but it was almost too exciting and had my adrenaline coursing late into the night while the plot changed from one suspect to the next.
A really good mystery suspense thriller with so many bad characters, from Mr & Mrs next door to major crime figures all living in this small town. It moves along at a decent pace until the denouement which is a real surprise. Great book, highly recommend; can't go wrong with this writer.
"Suspend belief and enjoy the story"
Linwood Barclay is a master creator of nightmare scenarios for his characters and taking his readers on a roller-coaster of shocks and red herrings before the final resolution. In this book Glen Barber's wife dies in the accident of the title, but the circumstances are very strange. Other unexpected accidents and deaths occur and the listener is drawn into a web of deceit and intrigue that certainly kept me listening. There are many threads to the story and numerous characters, the names of which take some concentration to keep track of, but the reader is very good and his use of different voices helps to identify who is speaking.
Like many thrillers the body count defies credibility, but all in all it's a great story, however unbelievable.
Another fantastic thriller from Linwood Barclay! Completely gripping with convincing narration. The only thing hat stopped me giving this five stars is the frustration I sometimes felt with the main character Glen who seems a little slow at realising what's going on!
"Most enjoyable book"
I really enjoyed this book, brilliant storyline that kept me guessing till the end. Thoroughly recommended.
This book was gripping from start to end. Need I say more? No, not really.
"Twists and turns a-plenty"
When Glen Garber's wife dies in a car accident that causes the deaths of a father and son as well, his life begins to unravel. His building business is suffering and the people he thinks of as his friends become entangled in a web of deceit and fraudulence. We follow this story from different perspectives which keeps the listener involved with Glenn and his small daughter Kelly. The twists and turns of this dark and at times mysterious story keep you guessing right to the end. I found myself listening to this in my car parked outside my house, not wanting to switch it off! A real page-turner.
"Accident or a set up!"
Again Lynwood Barclay is in top form. This is a very unusal and emtional story. How would you feel if a family member died in an accident but caused the death of other inocent people? You can't think of anything worse, unless it was a set up, a murder made to look like an accident, but why would somebody go to such lengths to do this?
The town has been hit with the credit crunch, so much unemployment and there are loads of illegal actives to cover up. Who can you trust?
I loved the way it keeps you guessing and its an amazingly clever modern day plot.
The voices are amazing he brings it all too life.
I found this book very emotional as described above.
You wont be dissapointed with this audiobook I'm sure.
I have to say, I am a Linwood Barclay fan and have read/listened to everything he has written, and this one for me is one of his best. As usual the pace of the plot is very fast with the usual twists and turns and sub stories which keep you guessing until the end. As is the case with most Linwood Barclay thrillers, once I got into it I could not stop listening until the end.
I thought the narrator was very good as well.
"Bit rubbish really."
Not particularly well written or gripping or interesting. Read by an annoying American guy. Boring, lazy writing.
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