- 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The October List Hardcover – 26 Sep 2013
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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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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.
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!
Stick with it if getting frustrated and you will not be disappointed
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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I saw this in the library and as I have read and enjoyed all the author's other books I eagerly took it to the checkout. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gromit07
arrived very quick.book was brand new.would highly recommend.Published 5 months ago by Mr. S. J. Fletcher
I admit that I was unsure about reading a book from finish to start. Jeffrey Deaver is an intelligent, brilliant writer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Helen Blackadder
such a clever idea to write story backwards, I never deduced the twist in tale at end.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having enjoyed other works by this author, I was hugely disappointed in this book. Writing the story backwards was, in my opinion, nothing more than a whimsical exercise by the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shirley Blane
It was a bit hard reading backwards, from end to start. But Jeffrey pulled it off. Very good readPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer