Avid readers will share my joy of discovery. I’ve just read Jeffery Deaver’s most recent two books, The October List and The Kill Room, and enjoyed each very much. And these are the first of Deaver’s books I’ve ever read; in fact, I was entirely unaware of him.
One title led to the other, frankly. Kill Room was published early in June, found it’s way into my hands a couple of weeks ago, and stayed there until finished. People often talk about staying up all night to finish a book too good to put down. Not me, but The Kill Room did stay close to me for a couple of days, until I’d finished it.
Forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme is the principal personality in Kill Room; he’s a popular character in earlier Deaver novels (all of which I plan to get to). He’s clever, witty with words, and surprising in attitude. Rhyme ends up a bit of an action hero, actually, quite a feat for a guy pretty much wired into a wheelchair.
Solving a series of mysteries surrounding a mysterious assassination unearths overlapping circles of influence. government agencies are competing with each other, bad guys are disguised as good guys, and a truly nasty guy named Jacob Swann takes center stage. This mess falls upon Rhyme and his staff, a daunting and nearly overwhelming task.
As I’m learning with Deaver, keep reading and pay attention. Surprising turns are ahead, no matter what you think you’ve figured out. I found myself entirely satisfied with this tense mystery.
The October List is a stunning story. Called “a novel told in reverse”, I jumped in not knowing for certain what that meant. Oh yeah, the story seemingly begins at the end. Most of the time I would be turned off, or bored, by such a device, but Deaver steadily drew me in. During the first few chapters I wasn’t in love with the characters, didn’t have the initial patience, I feared, but I hung in there and with each swiftly read short chapter, the excitement and pacing grew.
There’s so much more in The October List than interpreting a story in reverse. However, I didn’t truly realize this as the pages turned. Levels of understanding and realization came to me along the way. Reading became more exciting. I found myself drawn into the world of Gabriela and her situation surrounding her kidnapped daughter.
No plot summary from me here. Deaver can write, he captures my attention. This isn't a gimmick plot device; the story is amazing. Please get your hands on The October List and dig in. You’ll be very satisfied with this clever thriller.
Grand Central Publishing