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A Maiden's Grave

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended

This book gripped my attention from the start, and kept me interested to the last page. I'm a huge Deaver fan, and have read all of his books. This is my favorite Deaver book.

posted by Anonymous on April 5, 2004

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Plodding, A Chore to Read!

I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series and eagerly picked up A Maiden's Grave. Unfortunately, this novel simply isn't the same calibre of the Rhyme books. The plot involves the kidnapping of several young deaf girls who are held hostage at an old slau...
I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series and eagerly picked up A Maiden's Grave. Unfortunately, this novel simply isn't the same calibre of the Rhyme books. The plot involves the kidnapping of several young deaf girls who are held hostage at an old slaughterhouse in Kansas. The main character in the book is Arthur Potter, an FBI hostage negotiator; he's accompanied by the standard techno-geek, the mousey assistant who faithfully logs info on the bad guys, and the stunningly gorgeous ex-model assistant Angie. For fans of the Rhyme series, you'll recognize this Amelia Sachs-clone immediately...the only change is the hair color. The villains are interesting, but not enough is shared about them to keep this reader interested. Most of the book is spent slogging through countless scenes of tech-talk, political in-fighting, and the developing 'relationship' between one of the deaf women and the hostage negotiator. This plotline alone strains the credibility of the book. All in all, it appears that Deaver has done his research, but the plot is hackneyed and too drawn out -- I've even lost count of the number of times the hostage negotiation team 'bursts into applause' at the slightest 'accomplishment' of the hero, Potter. If you like police procedurals, read A Maiden's Grave. If you want an engaging novel, you'd be better off reading the Lincoln Rhyme series. And for the ultimate hostage negotiation novel, check out Robert Crais' 'Hostage' -- that was a phenomenal read!

posted by Anonymous on June 23, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    Plodding, A Chore to Read!

    I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series and eagerly picked up A Maiden's Grave. Unfortunately, this novel simply isn't the same calibre of the Rhyme books. The plot involves the kidnapping of several young deaf girls who are held hostage at an old slaughterhouse in Kansas. The main character in the book is Arthur Potter, an FBI hostage negotiator; he's accompanied by the standard techno-geek, the mousey assistant who faithfully logs info on the bad guys, and the stunningly gorgeous ex-model assistant Angie. For fans of the Rhyme series, you'll recognize this Amelia Sachs-clone immediately...the only change is the hair color. The villains are interesting, but not enough is shared about them to keep this reader interested. Most of the book is spent slogging through countless scenes of tech-talk, political in-fighting, and the developing 'relationship' between one of the deaf women and the hostage negotiator. This plotline alone strains the credibility of the book. All in all, it appears that Deaver has done his research, but the plot is hackneyed and too drawn out -- I've even lost count of the number of times the hostage negotiation team 'bursts into applause' at the slightest 'accomplishment' of the hero, Potter. If you like police procedurals, read A Maiden's Grave. If you want an engaging novel, you'd be better off reading the Lincoln Rhyme series. And for the ultimate hostage negotiation novel, check out Robert Crais' 'Hostage' -- that was a phenomenal read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    A waste of paper

    I was grievously disappointed with A MAIDEN'S GRAVE, especially after reading THE BONE COLLECTOR. Certain weak premises are unforgiveable - such as frequent the use of the word 'stoat' by numerous characters, including the deaf ones and their interpreters, when a sign-language interpretation of that word would be automatically translated to 'weasel'. This is Kansas, not England! All the characters are poorly-defined and broadly unsympathetic, except the smallest children who are barely more than props shaken at the reader like helpless puppies. The 'suspense' in this book left me feeling dirty and voyeuristic. ***

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2008

    BORING BOOK

    Since I am retired I read about five or more books a week. I had read one of Deaver's books and enjoyed it so I went to the library and got more. This was the most boring and drawn out book that I have read in a very long time. The only reason I plowed through and read it all was that I always finish a book no matter how bad it is and trust me this one was bad. I have four more of his books and hope they are a better read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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