I love Jeffrey Deaver. He writes the most delicious thrillers.
So when I happened across this book, I was excited.
And then I started to read it. And to say I was confused is beyond an understatement.
Usually, when I read, I ignore the chapter titles. It's a major flaw of mine, I will readily admit. But after two or three chapters I began to pay attention...mainly so I wouldn't have to keep re-reading the previous chapter.
From the book jacket;
The shocking end is only the beginning...#1 bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver has created the most riveting and original novel of the year -- a race-against-the-clock mystery, told in reverse.
Yeah, somehow I missed those last three words. It's true, this novel is written completely in reverse. Once you catch on to that fact, it's an amazingly well written.
Again, from the jacket:
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....
A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, (again, I missed that part) THE OCTOBER LIST is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.
According to the Foreword (which is appropriately, prior to the first chapter - which is also the last chapter) Jeffrey Deaver got the idea to write a novel after listening to a Stephen Sondheim interview in which he discussed Merrily We Roll Along a play that began in the present and moved back in time.
It's an interesting approach and, I imagine, one that might be difficult to actually implement.
But, he pulled it off. It's a fabulous book and one that I heartily recommend. Just pay attention to those chapter titles.