THE OCTOBER LIST
Going beyond flashbacks and chapters with alternate timelines, Deaver constructs a story told in reverse. The book starts with the end; then each succeeding chapter, which takes place up to several hours prior, reveals more of the facts leading up to the climax. If you can make it through the first half of the book in this unusual style, you will be rewarded with a number of surprising twists and a dynamite ending (or beginning).
Gabriela’s life spins out of control when she is told that her daughter has been kidnapped and that she has 30 hours to find a secret list her boss has to get her back. It seems the police are also after her boss, an investment fund manager who is allegedly involved in illegal activities. Gabriela, accompanied by a man she only recently met, goes on the run from the police, while frantically searching for the “October List” and trying to come up with half a million dollars the kidnapper is also demanding. (GRAND CENTRAL, Oct., 320 pp., $26.00)