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The October List by Jeffery Deaver
  

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As Deaver says himself, “a crime scene always begins at the end, you know what happened, you must work backwards, piecing together the events that come before” and so he has produced a novel in reverse. We start at Chapter 36, 6.30 p.m. Sunday, then Chapter 35 is 40 minutes earlier and so on back to Chapter 1 which is only 8.20 a.m. Friday. Each chapter starts with an intriguing photo so your curiosity is aroused even as you pick up the book. Then the process begins and you really do need to pay attention as the twists and turns are considerable to its surprise ending. It is superb. Quite one of the most intriguing crime novels I’ve seen.

If you like Jeffery Deaver you might also like to read books by Frederick Forsyth, Tess Gerritsen and Nelson Demille.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Over the years, many people have devoured Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme novels, featuring the quadriplegic investigator. However (after a recent dalliance with Fleming’s 007), The October List is a non-Rhyme standalone. Gabriela is enjoying an uneventful life. Then, shockingly, she is informed that her baby daughter has been kidnapped. She receives an ultimatum: come up with half a million dollars and – more disturbingly – find an enigmatic document known as the ‘October List’ within a day, or her daughter will die.
~ The Good Book Guide

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Synopsis

The October List by Jeffery Deaver

You wait, desperately, for news of your daughter. At last, the door opens. But it is not the negotiators, or the FBI. It is her kidnapper. And he has a gun ...Two days ago, life was normal. How did it end like this? Every crime scene begins at the end. To know what happened, you must work backwards, piecing together the events that came before.

Reviews

'In THE OCTOBER LIST, the always entertaining Jeffery Deaver attempts the almost impossible: the back-to-front thriller, beginning with its climax and ending with the planning of the initial crime ... It's very readable'

- The Times

'Even halfway through, it seems possible that Deaver has been defeated by the mind-boggling technical challenge of delivering surprises in back-to-front time. But after the reverse journey reaches the couple's first meeting, his gamble is thoroughly vindicated by a series of twists in which he resembles a conjuror who each time seems to have performed his final trick, but then tops it. The Sunday Times

Jeffery Deaver's most fiendish thriller ever ... The reader is never lied to in Deaver's brilliant shell game, merely misdirected, and the best part of this trick is that despite being in on the game, we continue to make false assumptions ... as the pace quickens and the story continues to backtrack, solid evidence, established plot points and sturdily built characters all begin to come undone, until what started out as an interactive game becomes a truly unnerving exercise in deception.'

- New York Times

'A clever, demanding stand-alone ... As the ingenious plot folds back on itself, the reader has to reevaluate and reinterpret the constantly shifting facts in the case. The finished picture finally emerges with a shock of recognition. This is brilliant craftsmanship in a vastly entertaining package.'

- Publishers Weekly

'A child abduction thriller written in reverse, it explains the first (last) chapter with tremendous forward propulsion ... there are still plenty of Deaver's trademark twists and turns. It is a work of genius.'

- Evening Standard

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is the author of three collections of short stories and 32 suspense novels. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim.

A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for The Weekender from Twisted.

Jeffery Deaver lives in North Carolina and California.

Photograph © Russ Kientsch

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Publication date

25th September 2014

Author

Jeffery Deaver

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
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ISBN

9781444780475

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