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The October List

The October List [Kindle Edition]

Jeffery Deaver
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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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)

This will keep you gripped right to the last page (Press Association)

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)

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Jeffery Deaver's extraordinary new standalone thriller begins with his most amazing twist - the book's ending...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2549 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455576646
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,825 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book defies the rules of story telling 9 Oct 2013
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I am a HUGE fan of Deaver. I pre-ordered this book. I saved it for a flight. And I left it on the plane. But that's just me. I think some people MIGHT like this- but you have to face the giant hurdle of starting afresh with each chapter. In a word- it messes with the basic idea of a story- 'what comes next?'. When it's changed into 'what came before' we're in a different zone- and one I, for one, hated. I am only writing this because if you loved lincoln rhyme and the masterful bodies left behind this is VERY different. Think Virginia Woolf meets James Patterson. A story is helped by surprise but is NOT made of them. It's like having a burger with no bun and salad etc. The basis of a story is unpacking to the full a promising premise. 2 or 3 surprises are enough. Too many and we suspect everything and it loses all credibility.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a go! 1 Oct 2013
By Ali
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I very nearly didn't buy this but I love the author so went for it. I must admit the thought of reading a story backwards did at first take some getting used to but once I got my head round that I couldn't put it down. The twists and turns are breathtaking and I doubt anyone would be expecting them. Great read I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapoined 4 Nov 2013
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I have always enjoyed Jeffrey Deaver ,always a twist in the tail !!!! But with this book I think he really has lost the plot ,and what poor value 286 pages .it certainly needed another 50 pages to finish off .he needs to stick to Amelia Sachs etc
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars koob sdrawkcab A 28 Sep 2013
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Mr Deaver has set himself the challenge of starting a book with the final chapter and working backwards, unpicking the true motives of the protagonists and the true explanation as to why two people are in a room waiting for the visit of a kidnapper, and still keeping the twists and turns that are usual in his novels. It works, though it is difficult to keep a track of events in one's own head until one becomes familiar with the characters, but after a while one adjusts and the book flows along as Mr Deaver's books usually do. My only problem is that a book which relies so much on structure lends itself best to paper and pages so that flicking around is easy, rather than a kindle format where navigating around the book is not so easy. And the pictures at the beginning of chapters are not so clear either in the digital format, so it is difficult to take part in the conundrums they represent. Still, an enjoyable read, and in these days of 400+ page thrillers, refreshingly concise - just go for the book format rather than the kindle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to front! 5 Oct 2013
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Took a bit of getting used to starting at the end and admit did have to re read the first chapter to work out what the outcome was but this is the usual Deaver excellence if delivered in an unusual way
Stick with it if getting frustrated and you will not be disappointed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Jan 2014
By Joyce
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Only Jeffery Deaver could get away with writing a book that starts at the end. Confusing initially but well worth the effort. I couldn't put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous idea 1 Jan 2014
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brilliantly executed. You will always have a good time with Jeffrey Deaver, guaranteed! The master of the surprise ending here gives us a story told in reverse (just stop a minute to really think about that - this is a thriller novel, not some pretentious 500-page yawn of navel-gazing. This actually has a proper story and to write it in reverse and have everything work this well is a monumental achievement). After thirty-odd thrillers it is hard for a writer to still be able to pull off the kind of surprises that Deaver does here. Having read all of his books I can usually figure out his reveal - something that never, ever spoils the enjoyment of his work. This time I thought I had it all sorted but there are more surprises than you can shake a stick at. If you are a long-time fan like me this has the feel of something like The Coffin Dancer to it. Treat yourself, but it and read it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever backwards narration 25 Oct 2013
By jw1951
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This novel has the unusual device that it's actually told backwards, starting with the last chapter in chronological terms and ending up with the first. It's basically a kind of chase involving a search for a mysterious "October List". There are lots of twists of plot, and with the unusual narrative order things that you thought meant X actually turn out to mean Y. You have to wait for the last few chapters for the surprises to really flow, and they are clever, but I can't help thinking that Deaver wrote it backwards just to see if it could be done. Played out in the right order it wouldn't have been all that interesting really. A narrative tour de force but not a great thriller.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Normally love Jeffrey Deaver but can't get to grips with this "backwards" book and feel I have just wasted my money
Published 8 days ago by Helen Minter
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep at it, it's worth the effort
Deaver's most experimental work is a logical tour de force: how do you write a thriller, complete with cliffhangers, unexpected twists and turns and a couple of game-changing... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Stanley Knife
5.0 out of 5 stars Book this liked I
Why is this five-star? Well, this is the first time I have read a book and immediately sat down to write something to encourage others to read it. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Simon X
5.0 out of 5 stars October list
Very strange reading it back to front.
Deaver at his best
Published 23 days ago by Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it
I started off being very pessimistic about this. 2-3 chapters in I almost gave up. However being a big fan of Mr Deaver I persevered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ace Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing The October List
As ever I really enjoyed this classic Jeffery Deaver novel. Its many twists and turns kept me turning the pages.
Published 1 month ago by Jonfern
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I loved it, great plot and intriguing storyline which makes you think. Well worth reading - but no cheating !
Published 2 months ago by A. J. Cooke
2.0 out of 5 stars Contrived and unconvincing
Not one of his best. He has used the quirky device of running the chapters in reverse order, totally pointless and irritating when reading on Kindle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Nw Mcphee
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and not enjoyable
Im a massive Deaver fan but found this very confusing and gave it a good go, but in the end gave up. I really didnt like the way none of it flows and its all backwards. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dawn Beatson-NJie
4.0 out of 5 stars So Different!
I read the reviews of this book before I bought it and was not sure how it would work, but it did. As I read I felt that I was approaching the story as an investigator would do by... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J Lagden
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