I saw The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver when my friend, Jessica, was showing me the Amazon Significant Seven, which apparently is actually called Best of the Month. The review of The Bodies Left Behind in the November 2008 edition of Best of the Month was glowing, and both Jessica and I instantly put it on our must read list.
The Bodies Left Behind begins with a great premise: An aborted 911 call is followed up on by an off-duty deputy, Brynn. When Brynn gets to the remote vacation house from where the 911 call came, she finds two dead bodies, two men, Hart and Lewis, who instantly try to kill her, both of them holding guns, and a woman, Michelle, who had been visiting with the dead couple and had surprised the men when she came down the stairs. Brynn and Michelle run into the woods to escape Hart and Lewis, and a game of cat and mouse ensues.
This book was great. I loved how Brynn and Hart set traps for each other, and try to trick the other into going a different direction. Every time you think you’ve got things figured out, PSYCH! the story has taken another turn, another plot twist upsets the balance.
Even though the book is told from alternating points of view, the reader isn’t omniscient and only gets a glimpse of what various characters are thinking and doing. You can’t take anything on face value in this book, because just when you think you know why someone’s done something, you find out you’re wrong and you have to put all the puzzle pieces back together again.
My only complaint is that the ending seemed a little too “just so”, but it’s hard to complain about the ending when I couldn’t figure out the ending until I was right up on top of it.
Something I thought I would complain about but can’t has to do with the main character. I’ve noticed that sometimes in books like this, the main character will have some crazy knowledge or skill, and all of a sudden it comes in useful when they’re being hunted by a killer. Brynn knows all kinds of stuff about trees, and surprise! she gets chased into a woodland area. But her knowledge of trees is very secondary and doesn’t come in overly useful at this harrowing time. Which I appreciate.
I’ve never read any books by Jeffery Deaver, and in looking over some of the reviews on Amazon, this isn’t his best work. My jaw dropped open and I was like, Dude, if this isn’t his best work, then I’ve GOT to read more, ’cause I thought this book was awesome!
Rating: 94 out of 100
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