Chris Pavone's The Accident is a book about a controversial book that powerful people don't want published. Literary agent Isabel Reed receives a manuscript from an anonymous author that purports to be an unauthorized biography of media mogul Charlie Wolfe. The book exposes some of Wolfe's past misdeeds, including illegal activities with the CIA and murder. If the book gets published, it could ruin Charlie Wolfe's career.
Intrigued, Isabel passes the manuscript to her publishing friend Jeffrey Fielder, and soon copies of the manuscript are circulating throughout the publishing industry. And just as quickly, those people are being taken out by a rogue CIA agent who has just as much to lose by the book's publication as Charlie Wolfe.
There are a lot of characters in this book and a lot of locations. It was sometimes difficult to keep track of who was who and who was where. Because each chapter was character-specific, I wish that each chapter heading had included the character name and location.
Confusion aside, I was glad to be confused about how the story was coming together. I honestly didn't see how some things were connected until I was meant to, and it was nice to have those "Oh!" moments. The ending wasn't totally satisfying for me, but I really can't think of any other way it could have ended.
I received a free review copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.