The October List

The October List

A Novel in Reverse

eBook - 2013
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One of Kirkus Review's "Best Books of 2013" The shocking end is only the beginning . . .#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 LISTGabriela 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...
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781455551330
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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cambridgedon
Feb 19, 2018

All right: This isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea as it lacks the usual hallmarks of a Deaver tale. But on a sheer writing challenge level, the novel in reverse is a brilliant concept and while not flawless, is pulled off with aplomb.

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wmtlady
Jan 15, 2018

I am so glad I read other reviews before reading this book. I chose to read this from back to front so as to avoid the confusion of many readers. A very fast, enjoyable read. Deaver is indeed clever and a good writer.

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Gekko123
Nov 16, 2017

After having read this book both frontwards AND backwards I am still not sure if I enjoyed it. It was extremely confusing on the first read through and I had to continually go back to re-read chapters to figure out what was going on and who was who. I did enjoy the surprise ending ( or should I say beginning) but I am not convinced it was worth the effort.

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rpaasuke
Apr 21, 2017

The only sensible way to read this book is "backwards". Start with chapter 1 at the back of the book, and read it in the proper order of the events in the story. The backward ordering of the book took some time to sort out how it was written, and it was very annoying to try to figure out what sort of game Deaver was playing with his readers. This format is a total failure as a gimmick.
I have given it 0 stars.

Initially frustrating reading the story back to font, you have to invert your mind-set. I almost quit. But what a great story and twisted ending. I too had to go back and read it again knowing what the crime was going to be in the last chapter.

Junelouise Dec 05, 2014

My husband just finished reading it. He was disappointed how it went in reverse. It ended with a surprise ending and yes he had to go back and read the first chapter to see how it ended. I now have to read it.

Djeremay Sep 30, 2014

I generally love my Deaver novels, but this one, a psychological thriller written in reverse, fell well short of his usual excellence. I frequently skipped lengthy descriptive sections & by the final chapter, I was so bored, I no longer cared HOW it ended. Disappointing

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AitchmarkB52
May 16, 2014

Oh wow. This was an incredible feat of writing in a technical sense, and full of patented Deaver twists and turns. Took a while to get into it; it is written in reverse, each chapter taking place before the preceding chapter.

Amazing work, surprises all through, and big surprise at the end.

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honeybutton97
Mar 06, 2014

not the Jeffery Deaver I know.................blah

mrsgail5756 Jan 06, 2014

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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