A Maiden's Grave Paperback – 5 Sep 1996
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Deaver knits a seamless fabric of tightening tension right up to the explosive double whammy ending (The Times)
A real chiller, seething with violence and heart-stopping tension (Sunday Telegraph)
A gripping, emotional descent into the mind of evil (Anthony Gallagher, Waterstone's)
Tension-packed pages take the thriller to a new dimension (Doris Mousdale, Whitcoulls, New Zealand)
An authentic and gripping hostage drama (Toby Wrigley, Book League, South Africa)
Riveting and sensitively handled (New Woman)
The ultimate thriller writer's first large-scale, ticking clock standalone thriller. An escaped convict takes hostage a bus of deaf children. He will kill one an hour . . .See all Product Description
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Deaver does not rely on a patronising portrayal of the girls - instead they are real, vibrant people who just happen not to be able to hear. The reader feels for each and every one of them, and wants them all to get out alive.
The storytelling is first-rate, too. The tension is incredible, and once again Deaver throws in a few twists near the end. I did see the ending coming but it was pretty well done all the same.
I lent this book to my girlfriend, who usually avoids reading fiction. At the beginning she didn't like the novel's style but was hooked after a chapter and quite literally struggled to put it down; she spent the rest of that day and the beginning of the next reading it though she had plenty of other things she should have been doing!
All in all, the best of Jeffery Deaver's books I've read so far and one I would recommend to absolutely anyone. Outstanding.
Maiden's Grave makes up for these flaws in his other books. I won't say much more about the plot other than it is about a hostage situation involving a schoolbus full of deaf girls. The main character is an FBI negotiator.
Unlike most of his other books, Deaver has resisted the temptation to make the main guy a real cliche. You have to shake your head and try to look past Amelia Sachs in the Lincoln Rhyme books because she's this outrageous supermodel-turned-policewoman. Deaver manages to go against the grain and produce a first class leading character, and how the hostage situation is handled, contained and how negotiations are carried through. The first hundred pages or so are some of the best I've read anywhere.
Now with the Deaver books, you tend to reach the "fake end" with fifty pages to go, so you know there is a big surprise coming. In Maiden's Grave, this is hinted at, and built up to to such an extent that it is actually expected and fits nicely into the story.
Buy and read in one go.
I agree with previous reviewers that this could be an amazing film in the right director's hands. The whole book was very visual and I could easily picture the hostages and the Rescue Team.
I was fascinated by the amount of research that Deaver had gone into about Deaf culture which made the characters more enthralling and increased the reader's interest in their fates. The evidence of the previous hostages and the psychological planning in hostage negotiation enhanced the book's impact.
I loved this novel, and I am now hooked. Thanks to all the previous reviewers! And Jeffery Deaver!!
The plot is seemingly straight forward enough. Three cons escape from a federal pen in Kansas, hijack a bus carrying two teachers and eight young female students from a school for the deaf, and hole up in an abandoned slaughterhouse on the bank of the Arkansas River. The leader of the Bad Guys is Lou Handy, a smart, amoral and vicious felon that describes himself as "cold death". And you know what? He is. And what's he going to do with that pliers, screwdriver, wrench and hammer? And is his girlfriend, Pris, going to show up? (Handy is one of those horrific sociopaths that, in our nightmares, lurks just outside our bedroom window in the darkness waiting for us to fall asleep so he can drive a stiletto into our eyes for flipping him off on the freeway that day.) Surrounding the hidey-hole, the local, state and federal team of cops is led by Arthur Potter, a fiftyish and out-of-shape FBI agent, who also happens to be that agency's senior hostage negotiator. Arthur is the Common Man's hero, just your regular shmoe doing a job that he's extraordinarily good at.
The strength of this superb novel rests in the distinct individualities of the adversaries, and the non-stop tension as Potter must deal not only with Handy's demands and deadlines, but also with the separate agenda of Kansas state law enforcement that illustrates the saying, "We've met the enemy, and they're us." As a bonus, author Jeffery Deaver, if he did his research right, perhaps gives the reader an insight into the culture of the Deaf. (I mean, how many hearing-impaired people do you know?Read more ›
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Another suspense filled story with many twists and turns that keep you guessing right up the end.Published 4 months ago by Rosie
A person who has never " killed " before cannot perform cold-blooded murder ( no more can be said without spoiling the book for others ). Read morePublished 7 months ago by FP
I do seem to read a lot of rubbish so it is even more of a pleasure to read a great book like this by an author who is able to write a tense gripping story able to entertain from... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Better than James Patterson, from beginning to end it's unpredictable !
A very good read ,and a very good crime and thriller author