Book Review: The Accident On The A35


TITLE: The Accident On The A35
AUTHOR: Graeme Macrae Burnet



The methodical but troubled Chief Inspector Georges Gorski visits the wife of a lawyer killed in a road accident, the accident on the A35. The case is unremarkable, the visit routine.

Mme Barthelme—alluring and apparently unmoved by the news—has a single question: where was her husband on the night of the accident? The answer might change nothing, but it could change everything. And Gorski sets a course for what can only be a painful truth.

But the dead man’s reticent son is also looking for answers. And his search will have far more devastating consequences.
If you’d ask me whether I consider ‘The Accident on the A35’ a thriller or a mystery, I’d say ‘Neither.’


There’s nothing there that hints at it being so. There’s neither a brain wracking mystery to solve, nor interesting twists and turns that take you by surprise or keep you on the edge. In fact I felt the story is something like a character analysis of people with different traits. The story appeared to me as a work of psychological fiction rather than a mystery/ suspense novel, where an array of characters are presented and you get an opportunity to watch them at close quarters, analyze their actions, and reactions and search for answers to the same.

Having worked for a pretty number of years in the field of translation, I know it’s a tough job to translate a piece of literary fiction with perfection. So though I’d not like to comment on the success of the translation of the original here, I’d just like to mention that I did feel that the book could do with a relook and fresh round of editing to smooth out some rough edges, darn some gaping holes, and remove some portions and instead just include the essence of the original so that it holds the reader’s attention from the word, ‘Go’ till the end. A cut here, a stitch there, can I’m sure do wonders for the story and in turn for the book.

The language is simple, pace is slow and the end abrupt.
If you are looking for a fast paced thriller, this one is definitely not for you, but if you are looking for a book that can give you an insight into people with different characters and different tastes, and if you are interested in analyzing them, then you may want to pick this one up.


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About Geeta Nair

Born in Independent India to two really wonderful people who cherished and nourished me with great care, I consider myself lucky to have had the best that life could offer me. Lucky to have had the best education , the best sibling, the best husband, the best daughter,the best of everything that I could ever want, Love to live life on my terms .

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