Book Review: The October List by Jeffery Deaver
The October List by Jeffery Deaver
In this masterpiece of plotting, Jeffery Deaver has written a page-turning, highly suspenseful novel that is written in reverse. The October List starts with Chapter 36, on 6.30pm on a Sunday and works back in time to Chapter 1 on 8.20am the Friday before.
In Chapter 36 the novel opens with highly dramatic scene. Gabriela McKenzie’s six-year-old daughter, Sarah, has been kidnapped and Daniel, a handsome, rich man, she has only recently met, has gone with an associate to swap ‘The October List’ of the titles name and $400,000 in cash, for Sarah. Gabriela is hurt and bleeding and as she talks to Sam, another associate left to take care of her, the reader learns that something happened that afternoon that prevents her from going to the emergency room and the police are clearly not involved. Gabriela is almost hysterical as she waits for the men to return with her daughter. At the end of the chapter there is the sound of the front door opening – but instead of Daniel, the man who steps into the room is Joseph – the psychopath who kidnapped her daughter. He has a gun that he points at them.
From this intriguing opening, each chapter goes minutes or hours back in time – and what emerges is a psychological thriller with a great deal of punch. Just be warned that nothing is as it first seems, but the plot will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as this explosive kidnapping situation unfolds and unravels.