If I'd known this was our last morning, I'd have rolled over in bed and held her. But of course, if it had been possible to know something like that--if I could have somehow seen into the future--I wouldn't have let go. And then things would have been different.
I'd been staring at the ceiling for a while when I finally threw back the covers and planted my feet on the hardwood floor.
"How'd you sleep?" Sheila asked as I rubbed my eyes. She reached out and touched my back.
"Not so good. You?"
"Off and on."
"I sensed you were awake, but I didn't want to bug you, on the off chance you were sleeping," I said, glancing over my shoulder. The sun's first rays of the day filtered through the drapes and played across my wife's face as she lay in bed, looking at me. This wasn't a time of day when people looked their best, but there was something about Sheila. She was always beautiful. Even when she looked worried, which was how she looked now.
I turned back around, looked down at my bare feet. "I couldn't get to sleep for the longest time, then I think I finally nodded off around two, but then I looked at the clock and it was five. Been awake since then."
"Glen, it's going to be okay," Sheila said. She moved her hand across my back, soothing me.
"Yeah, well, I'm glad you think so."
"Things'll pick up. Everything goes in cycles. Recessions don't last forever."
I sighed. "This one sure seems to. After these jobs I'm doing now, we got nothin' lined up. Some nibbles, did a couple of estimates last week--one for a kitchen, one to finish off a basement--but they haven't called back."
I stood up, turned and said, "What's your excuse for staring at the ceiling all night?"
"Worried about you. And . . . I've got things on my mind, too."
"Nothing," she said quickly. "I mean, just the usual. This course I'm taking, Kelly, your work."
"What's wrong with Kelly?"
"Nothing's wrong with her. I'm a mother. She's eight. I worry. It's what I do. When I've done the course, I can help you more. That'll make a difference."
"When you made the decision to take it, we had the business to justify it. Now, I don't know if I'll even have any work for you to do," I said. "I just hope I have enough to keep Sally busy."
Sheila'd started her business accounting course mid-August, and two months in was enjoying it more than she'd expected. The plan was for Sheila to do the day-to-day accounts for Garber Contracting, the company that was once my father's, and which I now ran. She could even do it from home, which would allow Sally Diehl, our "office girl," to focus more on general office management, returning phone calls, hounding suppliers, fielding customer inquiries.
Excerpted from The Accident by Linwood Barclay. Copyright © 2011 by Linwood Barclay. Excerpted by permission of Bantam, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
In Linwood Barclay’s riveting thriller, The Accident, Sheila Garber is taking an evening business course to land a well-paying job. But tonight, Glen and his 8-year-old daughter are worried; Sheila should have been home by now.
Soon, his worst fears are confirmed: His wife and two others have been killed in a car accident, one police claim Sheila caused.
Glen knows his wife—Sheila would never drink and drive. She wasn’t even supposed to be on the road where she died. When he investigates, he uncovers dangerous secrets behind his town’s closed doors.
To find out what really happened to his wife, Glen must seek a truth that could get him killed. To protect his daughter, he’ll have to go further…to terrifying places within himself.
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group/Div. Random House ( August 09, 2011 )
Item #: 13-429031
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.875inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This author is new to me and he is REALLY GOOD at what he does; character developement, story time line and plot. I see you are not offering his other books (there are eight before this one) and I would strongly suggest you do so. Move over, Stuart Woods.
I am an avid reader, and love mysteries. This book was right up there with some of the best. The husband's character started out slow, but boy did he step up to the plate as the book progressed. Good characters, fast-paced reading, and you did not want it to end, you wanted more. This is like a "sleeper" book that you have to read,you don't expect it to be so good. And forget about going to bed once you start it, you will definitely be up all night. Would highly recommend it to all. Enjoy.
Reviewer: Vicky L
What a story!! It kept me going through the entire book and couldn't put it down. Make sure you keep all the characters straight cause there are a lot and need to know their part in this mystery. You'll enjoy the twists and turns he develops as the story goes along. Buy it, you'll like it.
Reviewer: william a
I read this in 3 days. I could not put it down. Loved it and highly recommend it.