The Accident by Chris Pavone


the accidentblurb from please scroll down for my review. 

From the author of the New York Times-bestselling and Edgar Award-winning The Expats
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.

ARC review copy from Netgalley.


This is the authors second book (his first is The Expats, published March 2012) which I found to be good, but this is so much better, it kept me reading on and on until real life got in the way. It is written in a similar way.


It is a day in the life of, well, various people actually, but mostly Isabel Reed, it swaps to and from the other main characters in each chapter, it is split into three sections, morning, afternoon and night. I did often found it confusing as to who I was reading about and where I was as there is plenty of international travel. It is a fast moving thriller.


I enjoyed all the mystery as to who is the author of the mysterious book The Accident which kept me guessing and I also enjoyed the ending, a little abupt and it gave the impression that there is another part on the way.


The parts I enjoyed the most were the descriptions of the publishing world in New York, of which I have no idea personally, so it was a most interesting insight.


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