Jeffery Deaver

The Bodies Left Behind

"Deaver, as ever, doesn't disappoint."


A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin.. A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short.. A phone glitch or an aborted report of a crime? Off-duty deputy Brynn leaves her family's dinner table and drives up to deserted Lake Mondac to find out. She stumbles onto the scene of a heinous murder. Before she can call for backup though she finds herself the next potential victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn and an unlikely ally – a survivor of the carnage – can endure only by fleeing into the dense, deserted woods on a desperate trek to safety and, ultimately, to the choice to fight back. The professional criminals, also strangers to this hostile setting, must forge a tense alliance too, in order to find and kill the two witnesses to the crime...

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I guarantee anyone who picks up this book won't be disappointed with the story, but you may be a little surprised... It is certainly not typical of Deaver, in fact in a strange way, more Harlen Coben! The story is set over a period of 24 hours and sees the two main characters trying to escape the men trying to kill them. The pace is fast and the characters well written. Unlike most other books by Deaver, I think there are a few clues to help the reader work out who the bad guys are, but again Deaver manages to keep the reader in suspense until the end. Most of the story is located in a National Park, and I wondered how a book could possible be filled and kept interesting just centering on the flight of people trying to escape hit me. Deaver, as ever, doesn't disappoint. This is a real change from all other Deaver books I have read, lacking any of the forensics or characters that have made him famous, but as usual, Deaver has written a fantastic page turner.

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