I read (and blogged about) The Expats by Chris Pavone when it came out. And I loved it. His follow-up book, The Accident, recently came out and I snatched it up. I picked it as my book club pick. I am going to try to write this without any spoilers. The basic plot is a manuscript mysteriously surfaces at a literary agent’s office. It’s a biography of a huge media mogul that contains explosive (and damaging) information about said mogul. The agent gives it to an editor. The manuscript gets copied and leaked and….. people start dying. The book then becomes a race to see if the manuscript ever sees the light of day or it is destroyed, along with everyone who read it.
I have to say that I loved this book. It started a bit slow for me. And I got a little disoriented at times with the flash-backs and flipping between different narrators. That having been said, the book was a good ride. It kept me guessing and threw out some curve balls that were unexpected. I am a fan of thrillers in general and Chris Pavone in particular. Just like the Expats, The Accident keeps you guessing. And just when you think you have it all figured out, you don’t.
The book has a fantastic description of the publishing industry and its insiders. This is for good reason. Chris Pavone was an editor for years before he wrote The Expats. His knowledge of the industry and his knowledge of editing have served him well with this book. There is even a cameo from an Expats character that was a nice unexpected surprise.
I know this is a short review, but I don’t want to discuss too much of the plot lest I spoil the roller coaster from someone else. I hope you read it and enjoy it.