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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444780433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444780437
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.jefferydeaver.com, Facebook page facebook.com/JefferyDeaver, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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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)

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)

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)

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

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. (Sunday Times)

Praise for master thriller writer Deaver (:)

'Devious, diabolical and devilish ' (New York Times)

The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax . . . If you want thrills, Deaver is your man. (Guardian)

Sometimes the purest escapism can only be found in a knuckle-bleaching thriller that messes with your blood pressure. This is a job for Jeffery Deaver (Saga Magazine)

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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3.3 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Twigger on 9 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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 By M.D. Smart TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
I've never read one of Jeffery Deaver's books before, but I was tempted to try this by the interesting premise - a thriller told in reverse chronological order and yet still maintaining the suspense and twists the genre is famous for. Quite a task. In a technical sense, 'The October List' works: the novel starts with the plot's climax and then goes back over the previous two days' worth of events leading up to the opening chapter. And yes, he manages to pull off a few twists.

Unfortunately, it seems Deaver was so caught up in managing the reverse mechanics, he completely neglected the crucial aspects of plot and characterisation. I was surprised by some of the revelations but after finishing the final page my immediate reaction was, 'is that it?'. The plot is really worth no more than a short story at best; once you've finished reading and can think about the events in their proper order, you realise how insubstantial it all was. The characters are similarly flimsy and two-dimensional, only described in terms of their physical attributes and an endless list of brand names for what they're wearing, what car they drive, what phone they use and so on. Add to that some dreadfully hackneyed prose and you have a clever idea but a stinker of a novel.

I notice from the other reviews than many of the author's regular readers were also disappointed with this book, so I suppose he must be unusually off-form here. Full marks for an ingenious concept, but no marks at all for execution.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RICHARD WELLOCK on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick C. on 28 Sept. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
To me, this simply didn't work at all. Telling the story backwards didn't even sound like an interesting idea before I started reading it, and I really struggled to make it to the end (even though it was relatively short). When you look back at the story, it's not particularly good so the only point of the book seems to be the 'gimic' of the way it was told. I'm not going to spoil it by going into detail, but the last (first?) couple of chapters are just plain silly and smack of somebody desperate to try and provide any sort of explanation to tie everything up.

I think the real test of this would be to read it in the correct order (starting from the back) to see how good the plot really is...I think the answer would be pretty poor.

Love Jeffery Deaver and have all his other books but consider this was a waste of money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Du Plessis on 14 Nov. 2013
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To me this book was the epitome of what happens when authors belief their own hype. I think Mr Deaver would have turned off most of his fans with this rubbish.

First you have the fact that the book is written backwards, this did not work at all. You had to work too hard to enjoy the story line or his writing.

Secondly is the fact that he put those horrendous photos in...and as you have guessed these were taken by our Mr Deaver. They brought nothing to the story and was in black and white so half the time you weren't even sure what you were looking at.

The book was very thin the stupid photos took up a good 10%

I feel like I should be offered a discount or my money back. Very over priced for what you received.

Shame on you Jeffery Deaver for scamming me out of my hard earnt money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By roneo_ron on 13 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
What on earth was the point? Read fifty pages and gave up as nothing made any sense and no clue as to what was going on. Then started reading from back chapter to front and it made sense although the storyline was dull and the plot had no ending. Seems that Deaver sacrificed plot and characters in order to write a totally unnecessary back to front book. Bit like architects who insist on building houses out of glass and chipboard with grass roofs because they've run out of ideas using materials that work in the UK climate! Deaver needs to stick to Rhyme and Dance if he wants to keep his readers!
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By Luanne Ollivier on 15 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Jeffery Deaver has been on my must read author's list from the very beginning. But with The October List, he's challenged both himself as an author and the reader.

For you see, The October List is written backwards. Yes, a novel in reverse. The last chapter is the first one in the book So we know the outcome - or do we? - from the very beginning.

Gabriela is waiting in an apartment with a man, hoping that the other two men who have set out to rescue her kidnapped daughter are successful. The door opens and .....

Okay, that's the end. Now who is Gabriela, who are the men helping her? Why was her daughter targeted? What does she have that they want?

You must read carefully, paying attention to details. With every chapter (remember, counting backwards on the clock) more connections are made, more characters and motives introduced. And with each new chapter there seems to be another twist, another piece of the puzzle, another 'no way!' as Deaver carefully manipulates the reader. You'll be completely unable to predict what will happen by the last (which is of course the first) chapter. I loved the fact that I had no idea where the story was going - it was refreshing to be completely clueless! I know, it's hard to wrap your head around. I can't even begin to imagine the detailed notes Deaver must have kept to write the book. And when you finally reach that last (first) page, you absolutely have to go back to the beginning (the end) and reread that last chapter. It turns around 360 degrees! I wonder if anyone has gone back and read it from last page to first?

I absolutely loved The October List - I thought it was a brilliant and bold premise.
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