The Accident by Chris Pavone is an entertaining thriller which I found incredibly easy to read.
As dawn approaches, 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. Soon the book, The Accident, will begin its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, threatening empires and lives.
Over the course of one long, desperate day, the manuscript will be pursued by Isabel’s eager assistant waiting for her big break, and an ambitious rights director searching for her golden parachute; by a larger-than-life film producer in L.A., and a struggling, conflicted publisher in New York; by a veteran editor, Isabel’s oldest friend, whose long-simmering affections for her might save her life; and by a wily CIA operative in Copenhagen, determined that this sweeping story be buried—right alongside the redemption-seeking author himself, hidden in a shadowy expat life in Zurich, protecting an intricate web of new truths and old lies, and the shocking reality of the accident itself. (read more on GoodReads)
It has a global feel to it in that the story is set on two continents; America and Europe, but also because of the details of people in other places. I enjoyed this element. In fact, I enjoyed Pavone’s style of intertwining the fast paced plot with slowed down moments of detail, details about the characters and the places. I also enjoyed the changes in point of view throughout the novel as well as the chapters that were snippets from the infamous manuscript. And just when you think you’ve got the whole story figured out and there are no more surprises the ending unravels unexpectedly. The story is also not your old faithful ‘crime committed – perp brought to justice’ style thriller either which was refreshing. It also felt current in a sense with its focus on the crimes of a dark media mogul, conspiracy surrounding news producers, and a stop-at-nothing attitude to killing the truth. It was a good read.