Having read and enjoyed The Expats (while actually living as an expat in Switzerland!), I was happy to be granted access to Chris Pavone’s latest thriller, The Accident.
As a new day dawns in New York City, literary agent Isabel Reed has just finished reading the anonymous manuscript entitled ‘The Accident’, a potentially explosive exposé of a successful and very popular media mogul. Unbeknownst to Isabel, and half a world away in Copenhagen, CIA operative Hayden Gray is using his talents to quash this exposé and prevent the manuscript from seeing the light of day. The author, hiding away in Zurich, thanks to a new identity, hopes the publication of this manuscript with help him atone for all his misdeeds.
Each set on their own path and having their own reasons for protecting or destroying ‘The Accident’, Isabel, Hayden and the anonymous author face a myriad of obstacles and potential danger at every turn in order to get to their goal. Along the way, their paths slowly come together, revealing shocking secrets from their pasts and leading to a quite unexpected conclusion.
With The Accident, Chris Pavone has offered up readers another fast paced, action packed venture into the world of spies, agents and hit men, as well as a fairly glamorous and intriguing, cut-throat view of the publishing industry. It’s unbelievable that all this action occurs in only one day but it does and only adds to the adrenaline rush you get while flipping the pages. What I thought a clever touch, and to compensate for the limited timeline, the author has turned to flashbacks, in the form of manuscript excerpts, to aid in the plot and character development.
A thoroughly fun and enjoyable read, The Accident is a great choice to bring along on a long plane or train ride or while lounging this summer by the pool or on the beach.
Thank you to Blogging for Books and the Crown Publishing Group for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.