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Twisted: The Collected Stories of Jeffery Deaver Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2004
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If I have any criticism of this book it is that, after a while, I started (often unconsciously) applying mental energy to trying to figure out what twist was coming in each new story instead of paying full attention to the story. It bugged me, but not THAT much. The stories are not all the same level of quality but most are very enjoyable. I recall only one that I didn't think should have been in the book. Being a special fan of Deaver's Rhyme character, I especially liked the story featuring Rhyme & Sachs.
This would be a great beach read...quick and in short spurts and not as grisly or scary as his novels.
The author explains in the introduction the difference between a novel and a short story, besides length, describing the short story as a "genre" in which the writer is authorized to "cheat" the reader. According to Deaver, in a novel the reader spends time and emotional energy in getting to know the characters, and therefore, it would be unfair to present an unpleasant ending. But in a short story "all bets are off" and the author will do everything in his power to shock the reader, leaving him/her awed and going back in the story to see if it is really possible that he/she assumed facts that weren't really there. This is why the title "Twisted" fits the theme of the stories extremely well.
For those of you that have read Deaver's short stories in the past and are not sure if it is worthwhile to buy this book here is a list of the stories with a brief description:
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My favorite story would probably be "Fall Guy" with it's very satisfying twist. But I found "The Weekender" and "Gone Fishing" very chillingly disturbing and "Triangle" probably has the most unexpected ending.
I had never read anything by this author before - this is the first - but I absolutely must get Garden of Beasts now, as there is an excerpt at the end of this book and I made the mistake of reading it. Oooh, those publishers know their business, don't they?
For Services Rendered and Triangle are probably the two best. They stand out because the of the twist. All stories are similar in that they only involve a few characters. So when the story goes in one direction, you are correct in assuming that the twist will involve the story going in the other direction at the end.
This book was easy to read and may perhaps persuade me to pick up another Jeffrey Deaver novel. I'm all for twists and turns, but for some reason did not enjoy the Empty Chair. I haven't read any more Deaver since. I don't know if its worth paying money for a short story collection. But if you are a Deaver fan, or a suspense fan, I'm sure you'll enjoy this collection of stories.
My absolute favorite story in the collection had to be Triangle, although that is a hard choice given the quality and suspense of each story.
I highly recommend this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the twisted endings are completely unexpected -- and truly clever. A very entertaining read.Published 2 months ago by Ronald
HUGE fan of these short stories! The only better short stories are by Truman CapotePublished 7 months ago by grolarbear
Great short stories that will keep you engaged. Mostly murder mysteries with unpredictable endings. Good writing style- not over or under descriptive. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pocket Brain
What a mostly great set of mystery stories. It even includes a short story with the Lincoln character that has a series. Read morePublished 10 months ago by bookmagic
Great collection of Deaver reads. Perfect for discovering a new author or enjoying a well liked one.Published 12 months ago by Jenn
These stories each had their own "twist". Some I liked, and some, not so much. Overall, it was a good book, but not as entertaining as Deaver's novels. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Carol A. Johnston