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Solitude Creek (A Kathryn Dance Novel) Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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"Deaver is a master of manipulation himself; his skillfully constructed plots are devilishly tricky to track and impossible to solve, just the way we like them."―New York Times Book Review - One of Marilyn Stasio's Top Ten Crime Novels of the Year
"What do we truly fear, and how would we react in a crisis? Would we fall apart and claw our way to safety? Or would we help someone else? Deaver forces the reader to tackle these questions, then adds his own brand of twists to play with expectations, delivering another outstanding and unpredictable thriller."―Associated Press
"Numerous surprises are in store for Kathryn Dance (and the reader) in bestseller Deaver's stellar fourth novel featuring the California Bureau of Investigation kinesics expert...Deaver's meaty thrillers are as good as they come."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One of Deaver's most diabolical villains."―New York Times Book Review
"Riveting...[Deaver] is definitely the Master of Suspense."―Crimespree Magazine
"Deaver once again meets and exceeds his own high water mark for surprises with SOLITUDE CREEK. Antioch March is a chilling and unforgettable antagonist...It's a story you will not soon forget."―BookReporter.com
"Deaver is a genius...The cat and mouse elements of this story are Deaver at his best."―Huffington Post
About the Author
Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. He lives in North Carolina.
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For me, it just doesn't ring true. I understand the complexities of life and how personal matters sometimes conflict with professions, and how juggling it all can be crazy at times, but it all wraps up much too conveniently for me.
Although Deaver uses many devices to lead us in one direction before deftly doing a 180, I just didn't think much of the plausibility overall.
For other readers, it might be, "Boy, I didn't see that coming at all!", but for me it was ,"OK. Ho-Hum."
In this amazingly good novel, Dance is observing a suspect's questioning as she always does--but unlike hundreds of previous cases, she gets it wrong. Dangerously and horribly wrong. And she is demoted just as a madman starts committing mass murders in the most horrendous of ways--by causing panics and ensuing stampedes of people trapped in various venues. Deaver's ingenious description of the perp and his horrendous acts is brilliant, and one can almost physically feel Dance's acute frustration in not being on the front lines of the investigation.
How many mass murders can one guy accomplish without being caught? Can Dance find a way to worm herself in to the investigation without completely ruining her already damaged career? And what about her complicated romantic feelings? Has she finally fallen in love again after the tragic death of her husband? Or not. Are her teenaged children, who make up her world, OK? Or not.
This is a multi-layered, finely written, exquisite mystery, and as always with Deaver, you will NOT be able to guess the ending. Read it!
Deaver must plan his books well before writing. And it shows. There are no loose ends. Or plot lines that twist their way to nowhere.
If this is your first choice for a Jeffery Deaver book, enjoy it. You'll find mentions of other books but nothing that ruins their plots. If you like this book, and I hope you do, go back and read more. But start back at the beginning.
I have always been a huge Deaver fan, counting him among my favorite authors. But, as another reviewer stated, this book was somewhat disappointing. The side storyline involving the racist graffiti was almost laughable.
But, if you put these annoyances aside, this was still an enjoyable read. And Deaver has mastered the art of writing a narrative that you just never want to stop reading until you reach the end. But please, Jeffery....just describe your characters. Don't tell the reader that your characters look like flavor of the month celebrities. I would rather paint my own pictures in my mind.