Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Book #54–The October List

An interesting book from Jeffrey Deaver. The October List is told in reverse, which at first annoyed me, but as I read through it, the style really intrigued me.

There's a murder, and a man and women are on the run. The women's daughter was kidnapped, and she has a friend helping her. A man that owns an investment company, and a few of his colleagues are helping them try to get her daughter back, along with The October List, a list of people that apparently has some value.

Each chapter of the book goes back in time slightly further, giving us a new view of the situation. The first chapter has the victims together and splitting up at 6:30 on Sunday night. The next chapter is an hour earlier. Eventually we get to the Thur or Fri before as the last chapter, but the first point in time.

It's confusing at first. We don't know what's happening, but slowly over time, we gain more and more information. We realize that things we saw happening, weren't what they appeared. By the end, I thought this was a brilliant piece of writing.