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The Bodies Left Behind [Kindle Edition]

Jeffery Deaver
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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A distant lake house in Wisconsin. A call to police emergency is cut short. A phone glitch or something more sinister? Off-duty deputy Brynn McKenzie goes to find out. And stumbles onto the scene of a murder. Before she can call for backup, she finds herself the next potential victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn flees, along with the only survivor of the crime. These unlikely allies can survive only by escaping into the dense, deserted woods, on a desperate trek to safety. And ultimately to a life or death choice. Flight. Or fight?

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Praise for Jeffery Deaver (:)

The best psychological thriller writer around (The Times)

The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions. (Daily Telegraph)

'This is a novel that will chill your blood on the warmest day of any summer holiday. Keep looking over your shoulder...' (Independent on Sunday)


Praise for Jeffery Deaver -- : 'The best psychological thriller writer around' -- The Times 'The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world ... [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions.' -- Daily Telegraph 'This is a novel that will chill your blood on the warmest day of any summer holiday. Keep looking over your shoulder...' -- Independent on Sunday

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340994037
  • Publisher: Hodder (29 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V092MY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeffery Deaver is the Number One bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, CARTE BLANCHE, three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney, and folksinger, he has received or been shortlisted for numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers' Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

His most recent novels are THE OCTOBER LIST, a thriller told in reverse; THE SKIN COLLECTOR, a Lincoln Rhyme novel; and XO, a Kathryn Dance thriller, for which he wrote an album of country-western songs, available on iTunes and as a CD.

You can find out more about Jeffery on his website, Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average jungle book 8 Dec. 2008
By Clive
A standalone novel from Deaver with most of the story featuring a female cop and witness to murder escaping from two hitmen and being chased through a jungle.

The story starts off quite tight but the jungle chase drags repetitively and whilst there is a lot of trickery in the chase, with bluffs and double-bluffs, the plot is somewhat unbeliveable in the pitch black night.

Deaver as expected pulls off a few master mis-directions after the jungle chase and you get that 'i didn't see that coming' buzz. He also leaves a few loose ends which I found rather annoying as opposed to intriguing.

Overall, below the high standard we expect from Dever, and an average, read.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly disappointing! 19 Oct. 2009
A rare miss for Jeffery Deaver, he's the only thriller writer I read anymore and I have always to date, enjoyed the convoluted, twisting plots and colourful villains that feature so heavily in his books. This is not a Lincoln Rhyme book but I knew that anyway so I can't take a point off for that but its still not as good as any in the Rhyme cycle.

The majority of the book involves a chase through the woods which has its moments but after a while you're left thinking 'please end'. His earlier book 'The Empty Chair' used the wilderness much more effectively to convey story and plot. As for the famous twists... well you'll see it coming miles off and aha, but what about the other twists... well, there aren't any. There is some minor details that emerge about the heroine's private life but they don't have anything to do with the main thread and feel a little bit like distractions when they do come up. There are a few characters who escape towards the end and you'll be thinking oh wow something big is gonna happen when they reappear but in both cases they don't reappear. I won't say what happens to them but the twists within twists and the real sting in the tail that we've come to appreciate and indeed, expect with a Deaver thriller - simply are not apparent.

If this is your first Deaver please don't judge him by this. Read the Bone Collector and then the other Rhyme novels, or to have a break from the paraplegic criminalist try the excellent 'The Blue Nowhere' or 'The Devil's Teardrop'. Give this a miss. He really dropped the ball on this one. It reads as if he just wanted to finish the book quickly, carelessy and grab his paycheque.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some welcome variety from Jeffery Deaver 24 April 2010
By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE
Although best-known for his series of books starring Lincoln Rhyme, some of Jeffery Deaver's most gripping books have been stand-alone thrillers such as The Devil's Teardrop and A Maiden's Grave. While not quite of the quality of these two, The Bodies Left Behind is nonetheless a very good read, with interesting characters, a tense and dramatic plot and some characteristically imaginative twists. As such, it's a welcome relief from his series books, as it's such a different type of story from those associated with Rhyme or Kathryn Dance. Here, the central character is a small-town cop, Brynn McKenzie, following up on a cut-off 911 call. After finding two dead bodies at a remote location, Brynn and an escapee from the scene have to evade the killers. Much of the novel is taken up with their efforts to get out of the woods and to reach help, with chapters alternating between them and the killers. Once that stage is over, there are further complications and twists, and the story moves along quickly to a dramatic conclusion. McKenzie is a great character - the interweaving strands of her personal and professional life add depth and colour. A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the first three-quarters are great 16 Dec. 2009
Jeffery Deaver is a great suspense writer whose stories tend to run out of steam a little in the last few chapters. This one's no exception, but the running out of steam is quite protracted and jarring, and the whole thing ends up a bit disappointing.
Most of the book takes place in the 24 hours following a double homicide in rural Wisconsin, two women on the run from a pair of hitmen. There's plenty of double-bluffs and surprises along the way, and it all leads to an exciting climax as the women and killers finally meet at dawn.
And then the book goes on for another eighty pages.
By the end things have pretty much ground to a halt, and the loose ends have been coldly and clinically tied up. Deaver's normally great at pacing his plots, and I don't know why he seems to have phoned it in on this one.
On the other hand his signature insane and implausible twists are all present and correct, and I found the story of main character Brynn's relationship with her ex- and current husband very touching. It's a good Deaver novel overall, and well worth a read, but be warned that it's not his best.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three steps forwards, two steps back 24 Jan. 2009
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A couple are murdered in a remote house on the edge of Marquette State Park, Wisconsin, and off-duty deputy Brynn McKenzie is called up to look into the reasons behind a one-word 9-1-1 call from the scene. Once there she becomes involved in a shoot-out with the contract killers and manages to escape, minus her weapon, with a younger woman in tow. So begins a night-time pursuit across the unforgivingly mountainous terrain of the park, the killers determined to snuff out the only witnesses to the crime. In real time this takes twelve hours, but it occupies more than 350 pages of a hard-back book that is 439 pages in overall length.

Three steps forwards, two steps back? I say that because the previous Deaver novel I read - THE SLEEPING DOLL - was excellent, one of his best. I have read eighteen of his stories now, so I think it's fair to say that I know his writing well; I know how good he can be, and I know how infuriating he can be with his OTT twists and too-many-endings. Neither accusation can be made against him for this latest release however. It's just 'quite good', with a mildly interesting story, lukewarm characters, and tepid suspense levels. As I said, the bulk of it is made up of two baddies chasing two women in the darkness through the raw landscape of a Wisconsin state park, with any attempts at suspense rather weak and repeatedly knocked down by the hunted women trying but always failing to outwit their pursuers by way of what we Deaver fans know as trademark deceptions and red herrings. So instead of the reader being deceived, it's the criminals themselves, except the smarter of the two (as there always is) manages to second-guess the trickery of the policewoman he is after on every occasion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best Ive read
Published 29 days ago by peter collings
5.0 out of 5 stars Bodies left behind
Jeffery Deaver is an excellent author. I love his books which have always got a twist at the end. Recommend
Published 2 months ago by elaine nielson
5.0 out of 5 stars will love
not read yet but, will love it
Published 2 months ago by sigs
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bodies Left Behind
First book read by Jeffrey Deaver, which I found very gripping. I would certainly read more of his books again.
Published 3 months ago by Ian Partington
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very unlike most of his books. Wonderful twists and turns right up to the end and it keeps you in suspense all the time.
Published 4 months ago by AR
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Deaver yet again
Brilliant storytelling as always. It kept me hooked to the end
Published 6 months ago by Avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars another quality read from Deaver
The usual twists and turns - never fails. Glad he doesn't do the soppy and predictable stuff. Wish there was more Lincoln though.
Published 14 months ago by Stuart-Scotland
4.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best
This is not one of Jeffery Deaver's best books but it keeps you on your toes. The plot was a bit slow moving for my liking but there's a twist I certainly didn't spot. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet
I have only recently discovered Jeffery Deaver books. This is the 5th I have read and its the best one so far. Read more
Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by A. M. Linton
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Read this book several times and loved it every time. A great twist that you just don't see coming. Definitely one to read!!!
Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by Danielle Lambert
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