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Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance Book 2)

Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffery Deaver
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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'ROADSIDE CROSSES is a gripping story peopled with memorable characters. No surprise. Jeffery Deaver is grand master of the ticking-clock thriller.' (Kathy Reichs)

'Kathryn Dance is an engaging and forceful character . . . This gripping thriller has interesting issues regarding freedom of blogging and the use of the new media. A great weekend read' **** (Manly Daily, Australia)

'Tightly constructed with a suspenseful story and plenty of plot twists, Deaver, perhaps more than any other crime writer, is able to fool even the most experienced readers with his right-angle turns . . . an excellent entry in what promises to be a series as popular as the author's Lincoln Rhyme novels' (Booklist)

'Deaver's familiar complex plotting always allows for strong character and the blend remains as potent and chilling as ever. One of the most reliable thrill merchants on the scene.' (Bookseller)

'A terrific thriller, hold onto your seat!' (Daily Telegraph, Australia)

'Fast-paced thriller. In a word, a killer.' (Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin Australia)

Book Description

Number One bestseller Jeffery Deaver returns with a new Kathryn Dance: a chilling tale of a vigilante seeking revenge - in the real and cyber worlds.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,356 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected 11 May 2011
I am a great fan of Jeffery Deaver but although I did manage to finish this book I found it slightly annoying. The language and tedious explanations of the computer speak was unecessary and insulting with the author making the assumption that everyone over 40 is computer illiterate. The side story regarding Kathryn's mother was quite interesting but seemed to just end without any build up to the final conclusion. Also once you realised that the obvious suspect was not the killer it was fairly easy to work out who was even though it took the book ages to get there! The other thing that doesn't quite work is the relationship between Kathryn and Michael which started in the previous book and I'm sure will continue in the next. It is fairly obvious where this relationship is intended to go but the build up comes across as very awkward I'm afraid it left me cold. If this is your first Deaver novel don't buy it start with a Lincoln Rhyme novel and you won't be disappointed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Still not finished... 4 Dec 2009
By melisa
I have to agree with some of the bad reviews, I could just not get into this book at all!
Whenever a new Jeffery Deaver book comes out, I usually realise that my weekend is pretty much going to be reading as his books are impossible to put down until finished - not this one!

I've tried and tried but still cannot get into this book! It's just so boring and I'm sorry for the people that like Kathryn Dance but she just comes across as so smug! Knowing what everyone is thinking or going to say because of their body language.. Dull, dull, dull!

I've given up halfway in the hope that one day I will have read every other book I own and finally have to finish it and be proven wrong..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the writer I used to read 2 Sep 2010
By Pushkin
I have read every one of Jeffery Deaver's books and couldn't wait for the next one to come out. Sadly I think I will give Mr Deaver a miss until there are signs that he has regained his talent for writing a first class 'can't put down' crime story. This book was not one of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Many reviewers have covered the story which, at face value, is very interesting.
The use of Roadside Crosses evokes chilling images at the best of times, but to be placed before something nasty happens is a scary idea.
So full marks for a this.
However the main tract of the writing is about the significance of these roadside crosses and the tragic events which mark their being there but Deaver seems to get blown off course during his writing.
He introuduces other sub-plots and twists which are not really helpful nor meangingful to the plot.
For example, the case brought against her mother (Edie) does not help neither does some sloppy investigating which lead nowhere.
I also found Deaver's use of kinesics, within Kathyrn Dance's character a little overcooked, and ultimatley (IMO) it didn't really help her solve anything!!
The focus on the the cyber world was also a bit dumbed down.
Most of us know how BLOGS work and have basic computer literacy so some of his explanations were a bit patronising.
However I did find that the corollaries he used between the real world and the cyber world in Dimension Quest were well made and food for thought.
The book also contained the usual love interest with two characters bidding for Kathryn's affection.
In summary I was disappointed with this book.
The main event i.e. the discovery of who was responsible was cleared up (IMO) opinion well before the end and I found the last few chapters a bit tedious as if someone had popped my balloon!
In great books you think back to some really interesting characters and plot development but in this book these are both thin.
I've read other Deaver books and he's clearly a talent - maybe this was part of the sausage factory output demanded by his publishers?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something of a hyperlink novel 8 May 2010
By Ofsted
Well written - and with an interesting main plot - but the twists and turns are unconvincing. Only the central character of Dance keeps you reading. In much the same way as the world wide web jumps from place to place, this well written novel does the same - even providing links to a blog that serves to add colour to the book. These could almost certainly have been better exploited. I do not want to spoil the reader's experience - but the blog around which the story centres suffers from the ailments common to that new genre of writing - it wanders about.

The idea of providing internet links within a novel is interesting - and could provide to those who wanted them the pictures that are missing from the text (except in the mind of the reader.) I do not feel that the author has truly captured the spirit of virtual worlds sufficiently - and this means that the motives are at times weak and unconvincing.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I was a tiny bit critical of 'The Sleeping Doll', the first in Jeff's new series featuring kinesics expert Kathryn Dance in a leading role. This is the second, and he appears to have addressed the issues that slightly marred the first volume. For a start, Kathryn herself is a more rounded character in 'Roadside Crosses' - not quite so much 'Miss Goody Two-Shoes' - and she's more interesting and believable as a result. Secondly he's placed less emphasis on her 'kinesics' skills. In 'The Sleeping Doll' she almost had superpowers in being able to 'read' people through their mannerisms and body language. Here he confines her ability more to being able to deduce when people are lying, or at least becoming uncomfortable when talking on specific subjects.

There are also less bits of misdirection crammed into the main body of the novel with Jeff deploying a whole hatful of twists closer to the ending of the book.

You've read the synopsis so I won't provide a plot summary, but confine myself to making one or two points. One of the major characters is Travis, a computer nerd who reminded me of the 'Insect Boy' from the Lincoln Rhyme book 'The Empty Chair'. Jeff serves-up some fascinating passages where he describes the 'synthetic world' and the individuals who spend so much time in there that online gaming becomes their reality. Computers have featured heavily in two earlier JD novels - `The Blue Nowhere' and `The Broken Window', and here he makes ingenious use of cyberspace once again, with a killer choosing victims from a local blogger's website.
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Brilliant read and a great series
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Another Deaver masterpiece. Is there anyone writes as well as this???
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Another great story from a great story teller. It would be best to read his work in order in my opinion.
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I recommend this book. Taking crosses found along the roadside the author takes us into a place where it is hard to work out who did them don't want to spoil the boo for anyone but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jayne Poulter
2.0 out of 5 stars American corn
If that is how crimes are solved, we could be safer with a lynch mob. The use of dual her​oes might be politically correct, but makes for a boring read.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars As enjoyable as I find all his books, once you start to read his...
Ive always read Jeffrey Deaver and always enjoyed his books for a very long time (I am 80 years old)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book
Once again Jeffery Deaver has you wondering who it could be - plenty of twists & turns in it. Couldn't put it down.
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I find Jeffery Deaver's books interesting as a rule and particularly like the Kathryn Dance series. This one has more twists and turns than a roller coaster, and I have to admit... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant read
Brilliant book couldn't put it down. You think you're at the end of the book but there is a final twist to keep you guessing.
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