#1 bestselling author Jeffery Deaver has created the most riveting and original novel of the year-a race-against-the-clock mystery, told in reverse.
THE OCTOBER LIST
Gabriela waits desperately for news of her abducted daughter.
At last, the door opens.
But it's not the negotiators. It's not the FBI.
It's the kidnapper.
And he has a gun.
How did it come to this?
Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again.
A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, THE OCTOBER LIST is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.
What I liked: The whole idea of starting at the end. Believe me this doesn't ruin the novel. There are so many subtleties, that while you're scratching your head wondering if there's an epilogue to explain things, the story just unfolds, backwards in time. So many times, I thought I had the story solved, I was and wasn't right. No thriller reader can ask for more.
What I didn't like: I did have a problem remembering who was who among the characters. You need to fix them in your mind and keep them there. It's important. Several times, I had to go back and jog my memory. I had a hard time at the middle point of the novel trying to stay sympathetic to the lead, Gabriela. Hang in there though.
I read The October List in almost one sitting and when I was interrupted, I wasn't happy. Did you ever watch the Seinfeld episode where the story starts at the end? This is very similar except much more intricate. The story keeps you hooked tidbit by tidbit.
Now, having said all that, I don't ever want to read a novel this way again. It was genius but only once. Be patient, pay attention and you will be shockingly surprised by the beginning of the end.