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All right: This isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea as it lacks the usual hallmarks of a Deaver tale. But on a sheer writing challenge level, the novel in reverse is a brilliant concept and while not flawless, is pulled off with aplomb.
I am so glad I read other reviews before reading this book. I chose to read this from back to front so as to avoid the confusion of many readers. A very fast, enjoyable read. Deaver is indeed clever and a good writer.
After having read this book both frontwards AND backwards I am still not sure if I enjoyed it. It was extremely confusing on the first read through and I had to continually go back to re-read chapters to figure out what was going on and who was who. I did enjoy the surprise ending ( or should I say beginning) but I am not convinced it was worth the effort.
The only sensible way to read this book is "backwards". Start with chapter 1 at the back of the book, and read it in the proper order of the events in the story. The backward ordering of the book took some time to sort out how it was written, and it was very annoying to try to figure out what sort of game Deaver was playing with his readers. This format is a total failure as a gimmick.
I have given it 0 stars.
Initially frustrating reading the story back to font, you have to invert your mind-set. I almost quit. But what a great story and twisted ending. I too had to go back and read it again knowing what the crime was going to be in the last chapter.
My husband just finished reading it. He was disappointed how it went in reverse. It ended with a surprise ending and yes he had to go back and read the first chapter to see how it ended. I now have to read it.
I generally love my Deaver novels, but this one, a psychological thriller written in reverse, fell well short of his usual excellence. I frequently skipped lengthy descriptive sections & by the final chapter, I was so bored, I no longer cared HOW it ended. Disappointing
Oh wow. This was an incredible feat of writing in a technical sense, and full of patented Deaver twists and turns. Took a while to get into it; it is written in reverse, each chapter taking place before the preceding chapter.
Amazing work, surprises all through, and big surprise at the end.
Very difficult to follow but I too kept reading because it was Deaver. After finishing I had to go back and read Chapt. 1 and then I was satisfied as to how things turned out. I decided to give it a three star rating.
Disappointing effort from a writer I usually enjoy. So hard to get into I finally gave up, read the last part, and returned it.
Enjoyed the book. Just read it through without over analyzing. By the time it ended I thought "well, that was a different but a good read."
I agree with leafsfan67 regarding this particular Deaver book and I too kept reading because it is a Deaver book and he is entitled to write whatever he wants because he writes so well. This was a diversion for him but the book could have done without the photographs which were distracting.
Because I like Deaver books, I kept reading this one past the point when I usually would have given up - it started slowly & gave me too many unanswered questions. I thought the pace was uneven. Each chapter added a little more to the story & then all of a sudden, in the last 4 chapters or so, there was plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. And after all that, I'm still not sure what happened at the end... or is it the beginning....