I just finished Jeffery Deaver's The October List. I always enjoy his books. He did something a bit off the normal track by presenting the story in reverse.
The story begins with chapter 36 and then runs backward to end with chapter 1. I will admit I got annoyed a tweak about a third of the way into it, but not nearly enough to make me put it down. And his endings, no matter if you arrive by the front door or come in through the back porch, are worth the journey.
To me, it was interesting the way he rolled the story out, dribbled clues and disclosures, the way he always does, but I imagine it would be easy to get befuddled going at it in reverse. But Mr. Deaver is a meticulous outliner. For a seat-of-the-pantser to pull off a mystery told backwards, he'd have to have to have a truly beautiful mind.
John Zerr is the author of four novels, The Ensign Locker, Sundown Town Duty Station, Noble Deeds, and The Happy Life of Preston Katt.
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