By Stephan Lee
Updated June 24, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

When Glen Bauer, a usually mild-mannered accountant, indulges in a rare fit of road rage, jerking his steering wheel hard to the left to frighten a reckless driver, the young man steers his car into a tree — and dies. Glen?s actions, and the lies he tells afterward, set off a chain reaction of bad choices that threaten his relationships with his wife and the only witness to the accident, his daughter Sara. In Long Drive Home, Allison focuses on the brutally quick unraveling of Glen?s peaceful existence, filling the reader with not only dread but also the desire to discover what terrible — or hopeful — development awaits on the next page. B+