|Plot Summary of Accidents Waiting to Happen|
Barclay, 2002, 15.95, 309 pp.
While driving on an isolated bridge overlooking the Sacramento River, a guy in an SUV runs Josh Michaels off the road. Luck saves him when fishermen rescue him. The police believe a random encounter with a psycho or road rage occurred, but Josh thinks otherwise as the culprit watched with his thumb pointing down as Michael almost drowned.
Josh's former secretary Bell wants silence money from him. Besides the affair they shared, she knows how her former boss received construction kickbacks though he used the money to pay his daughter's medical bills. Though he has two dilemmas, he is most immediately concerned immediately with several other attempts to kill him, people he knows being murdered, and ultimately other fatal “accidents” happening around the country. If he can rid himself of that monkey than Josh realizes that Bell will never be satisfied so he must deal with her next.
Though the two story lines that make up Josh's dilemma ultimately come together, they also conflict for much of the story line for lead plot. Still ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN is a non-stop action thriller that uses out of control viatical settlements to spin quite a thriller. Josh is a tremendous protagonist knowing he made two wrongs already that could cost him all he cherishes, but is most worried about the perilous threat he caused to his beloved wife and daughter by those want him dead. Simon Woods will keep the suspense thriller crowd up late reading this one sitting chiller.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Accidents Waiting to Happen|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- business executive
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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