Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance Series #2)

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The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways — not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

The case lands on the desk of Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation's foremost kinesics — body language-expert. She and Deputy Michael O'Neil follow the leads to Travis Brigham, a troubled teenager whose role in a fatal car accident has inspired vicious attacks against him on a popular blog, The Chilton Report.

As the investigation progresses, Travis vanishes. Using techniques he learned as a brilliant participant in MMORPGs, Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, he easily eludes his pursuers and continues to track his victims, some of whom Kathryn is able to save, some not. Among the obstacles Kathryn must hurdle are politicians from Sacramento, paranoid parents and the blogger himself, James Chilton, whose belief in the importance of blogging and the new media threatens to derail the case and potentially Dance's career. It is this threat that causes Dance to take desperate and risky measures...

In signature Jeffery Deaver style, Roadside Crosses is filled with dozens of plot twists, cliff-hangers and heartrending personal subplots. It is also a searing look at the accountability of blogging and life in the online world. Roadside Crosses is the third in Deaver's bestselling High-Tech Thriller Trilogy, along with The Blue Nowhere and The Broken Window.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440734564
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 07/31/2009
Series: Kathryn Dance Series , #2
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. 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, which is currently being adapted for television by NBC.

He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world, including Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers and the Steel Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association in the United Kingdom. In 2014, he was the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.


Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

May 6, 1950

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

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Chapter 1


The California Highway Patrol trooper, young with bristly yellow hair beneath his crisp hat, squinted through the windshield of his Crown Victoria Police Interceptor as he cruised south along Highway 1 in Monterey. Dunes to the right, modest commercial sprawl to the left.

Something was out of place. What?

Heading home at 5:00 p.m. after his tour had ended, he surveyed the road. The trooper didn'twrite a lot of tickets here, leaving that to the county deputies — professional courtesy — but he occasionally lit up somebody in a German or Italian car if he was in a mood, and this was the route he often took home at this time of day, so he knew the highway pretty well.

There...that was it. Something colorful, a quarter mile ahead, sat by the side of the road at the base of one of the hills of sand that cut off the view of Monterey Bay.

What could it be?

He hit his light bar — protocol — and pulled over onto the right shoulder. He parked with the hood of the Ford pointed leftward toward traffic, so a rear-ender would shove the car away from, not over, him, and climbed out. Stuck in the sand just beyond the shoulder was a cross — a roadside memorial. It was about eighteen inches high and homemade, cobbled together out of dark, broken-off branches, bound with wire like florists use. Dark red roses lay in a splashy bouquet at the base. A cardboard disk was in the center, the date of the accident written on it in blue ink. There were no names on the front or back.

Officially these memorials to traffic accident victims were discouraged, since people were occasionally injured, even killed, planting a cross or leaving flowers or stuffed animals.

Usually the memorials were tasteful and poignant. This one was spooky.

What was odd, though, was that he couldn't remember any accidents along here. In fact this was one of the safest stretches of Highway 1 in California. The roadway becomes an obstacle course south of Carmel, like that spot of a really sad accident several weeks ago: two girls killed coming back from a graduation party. But here, the highway was three lanes and mostly straight, with occasional lazy bends through the old Fort Ord grounds, now a college, and the shopping districts.

The trooper thought about removing the cross, but the mourners might return to leave another one and endanger themselves again. Best just to leave it. Out of curiosity he'd check with his sergeant in the morning and find out what had happened. He walked back to his car, tossed his hat on the seat and rubbed his crew cut. He pulled back into traffic, his mind no longer on roadside accidents. He was thinking about what his wife would be making for supper, about taking the kids to the pool afterward.

And when was his brother coming to town? He looked at the date window on his watch. He frowned. Was that right? A glance at his cell phone confirmed that, yes, today was June 25.

That was curious. Whoever had left the roadside cross had made a mistake. He remembered that the date crudely written on the cardboard disk was June 26, Tuesday, tomorrow.

Maybe the poor mourners who'd left the memorial had been so upset they'd jotted the date down wrong.

Then the images of the eerie cross faded, though they didn'tvanish completely and, as the officer headed down the highway home, he drove a bit more carefully.

Copyright © 2009 by Jeffrey Deaver

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Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
murphyMT More than 1 year ago
I am having a hard time getting through this book. Usually I look forward to the evening when I can sit and read but I haven't been looking forward to finishing this book. Too much about the blogs, and the kinesic information. I will finish it and am counting down the pages to til the end. Sixty pages to go... ugh...Hope the ending is worth it. It also feels like Michael O'Neill doesn't want to be in the book either. Was hoping to see more of him.
Imrahil More than 1 year ago
Roadside Crosses was my introduction to Jeffrey Deaver and sadly, I have confess this book was barely readable. I have to agree with another reviewer that character development was rather minimal and I found it odd that all the story characters spoke in clipped,fragmented sentences. It was irritating and almost considered quitting this story. The only thing that stopped me was that I bought this book. Some men might speak fragmentedly, but I find it difficult to believe that women, even law enforcement career women like Kathryn Dance speak this way as a general rule. Everyone has their own unique speech & vocabulary patterns when they communicate, but everyone in this story spoke in the same fragmented manner. Implausible! Then there was the endless streams of blogs I had to sift through & other techie information which was very monotonous. Ennui quickly set in after awhile, living inside the head of Kathryn Dance throughout most of this book. There was much too much display of kinesics and processing in this story for me. Kathryn Dance read everyone,kids, friends, co-workers, suspects, witnesses, the dog.....on a 24/7 basis. It made me think Dance is a control freak and way too sensitive about what others think and what their body expressions might convey. Her professional analysis of body reading can assist in investigations, but is insubstantive and an inadequate basis as a primary tool for crime solving. It's a good tool as an aid....but just an aid. I found it hard to believe that a good law enforcement agent can conduct a thorough and factually based investigation solely based on kinesics. Furthermore, I wasn't convinced that Dance could effectively control people on a consistent basis by giving hard looks & or growling commands. Once Dance barked, people backed off. Really? Men,in particular, often challenge the authority of women, yet not one gave her a serious challenge. I guess Dance was talented that way. Ha! I really had a difficult time getting through this book. Most of the story was dialog so I presume that the author is hoping for Hollywood to buy the screenplay & movie rights for this story. The author did not appear to "paint" the scenes and just plainly told the reader how things were instead of using the device of powerful or subtle scene descriptions to lead the reader down the path of imagination. It appeared to me, this author wrote this story in a hurried manner to meet a deadline. Sorry to say, it but this is one of the worst novels I've ever read. Interesting storyline & plot twist but extremely disappointly poor in execution. Here's my two thumbs down on this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to the Roadside Crosses audiobook. It was enjoyable, but simple. Although the idea of confusing the online world with reality is fairly fresh, the book didn't go into much depth on this topic. The Roadside Crosses audiobook came with a free book by Deavers called "The Blue Nowhere". This book was absolutely outstanding. The plot was thrilling, the lead character extremely likeable and the technology was thoroughly described. I felt that I really learned about the world of computer hacking in-depth. This book was enjoyable and provocative. I felt like Roadside Crosses was written for a leisure audience, while The Blue Nowhere was written for a more serious reader that wants to learn about a new, scary technology. I read many books, and I felt that the Blue Nowhere was really refreshing because it did not assume that the reader simply wants a cheap thrill. The book was clearly thoroughly researched and I was pleased to finally read a mystery novel that was complicated and intellectually engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all of Deaver's books but this one spent too much time on the family and coworker's side stories. I had hoped for more focus on the title story and felt that more time should have been spend developing that.
WeeziesBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Deaver's ROADSIDE CROSSES is the first of the Deaver books that has not kept my attention. I found that it wasn¿t as captivating as I thought it would be. I know the area where the story took place having spent much of my life in the Salinas/Monterey/Carmel area. I enjoyed listening to the descriptions of the region but the characters seemed shallow and did not captivate me. I was particularly bothered by the way that Kathryn Dance¿s relationship with her mother was treated. That piece seemed way out of context and unreal.The story started well with the ROADSIDE CROSSES, which we have all seen in our travels was a good hook but the tie in wasn¿t up to Deaver¿s usual level of detail. Bringing in the idea of blogging and it¿s place in our society is well chose for our times but agin left me feeling a bit unreal about the possibility of the adult characters being as involved as they were portrayed to be. For me, it was just an adequate novel of mystery but not high on my reading list and I am a Deaver fan.
SamSattler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy a good whodunit as much as the next guy and I am relatively easy to please when it comes to the type of detective novel/thriller so popular today. I do, though, expect a few things from the author: fully-fleshed main characters, explicit descriptions of crime scenes, and side plots to reveal more about the makeup of the main character's life, among them. Most important of all, though, I expect the author to play fair with me as a reader. Just give me a chance to figure out "whodunit" on my own - fool me if you can, but give me a fighting chance. That is where Jeffery Deaver let me down in "Roadside Crosses." I found out, only after reading well over 500 pages, that I never really had a chance. Those roadside crosses placed along the highways of America at the scenes of fatal accidents seem a little creepy to many people even though they probably feel sympathy for those who placed the crosses there. In "Roadside Crosses," Jeffery Deaver imagines just how creepy it would be if someone planted roadside crosses along the highway to announce the date of his next murder. That is exactly what someone in California is doing and agent Kathryn Dance of the California Bureau of Investigation and her crew are finding it impossible to stop him. Dance suspects the killer might be a sixteen-year-old victim of cyber-bullying who is seeking the ultimate revenge on those who have most viciously attacked him on "The Chilton Report," a hugely popular blog based in his home town. The young man is being vilified on the blog because of his involvement in an accident that claimed the lives of two popular high school girls he barely knew. Dance's efforts to track the killer, and to identify his potential victims, take her deep into the worlds of blogging and internet gaming and she is shocked by the viciousness she finds there - and how the cyber world is more important to some people than the real world. With every new victim, Dance becomes more desperate to stop the killer but she cannot escape the other distractions in her life. Her boss, who is all about bureau politics and covering his own butt, ups the pressure on her every day to end the case - or to show enough obvious progress to keep the papers and his own CBI bosses calm. Her mother has been arrested and charged with a mercy killing (see the previous Kathryn Dance novel for a tie-in from there) and Dance feels that she is letting her mother down by spending so much time on the Roadside Crosses case. To top things off, she is a single mom trying to raise two young children on her own. "Roadside Crosses" is filled with enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages - there is, in fact, much to like about this novel. The concept of a killer pre-announcing his kills through roadside crosses is intriguing; the cyber-investigation into the gaming and blogging societies is interesting; and Kathryn Dance is an absorbing enough character to merit her continuing series. But, and it is a big "but," I still feel so cheated by how the book's ending unfolded that I feel I wasted my time with it. Rated at: 2.5
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Roadside Crosses by Jeffrey Deaver, we once more read about Kathryn Dance, a body-language or kinesic analysis expert for the California Bureau of Investigation. Someone is leaving disturbing crosses by the roadsides, made of dark, broken branches, with blood red roses at the base. On the crosses is etched a date; a date in the future. The crosses appear to be notices that someone will be attacked and left for dead on those dates. It¿s up to Kathryn and the other officers in the CBI and Monterey Sheriffs Dept. to stop this madman. Add to this the personal family crisis caused by Kathryn¿s mom being arrested for murder, corrupt politicians, an obsessive blogger, a tech savvy professor and teenaged cyber bullies, and you have the makings of a pretty good novel.Deaver does an excellent job in this second in the Kathryn Dance series. Even though the book references the incidents of the previous novel, the reader can follow along quite well. Dance¿s character is further fleshed out, allowing us to see a bit more of what ¿makes her tick¿. The book is an interesting foray into the world of blogging and especially into the world of cyber bullying. It was frighteningly true to life to see how rumors, innuendo and outright lies can travel the globe in the speed of a mouse click and the terrible ramifications for those targeted. I really only had two complaints about the book, and neither one are terribly significant. First, I¿m starting to feel a bit smacked over the head with the info that Kathryn Dance is a kinesic analysis expert and what this means to how she interacts with the world. Okay¿I get it. I wouldn¿t need to be told more that a couple of times if a character was a world class marksman, or a translator, or someone who can read lips. It almost feels as if the specialty that Dance practices isn¿t considered legitimate, so we must be reminded frequently lest we hold her in lower esteem. On the other hand, it is an odd specialty, so maybe we need to be reminded of its value.The other complaint is just down right silly. The author got teen behavior just spot on, with one tiny exception:¿Then he walked inside, and to his horror he¿d seen only the kewl people, none of the slackers or games. The Miley Cyrus crowd.¿The quote is part of a passage describing a party this particular teen went to, expecting his friends to be there. The passage goes on to describe a party out of control, teens drinking and using, etc. Pretty much a typical, unsupervised teen party. So what¿s my beef? I¿m warning you¿it¿s silly¿.The Miley Cyrus crowd¿part. I don¿t know what it¿s like in other parts of the country, but where my youngest goes to school, at our local high school, the ¿kewl¿ kids, the drinkers, the partier¿s, would NEVER¿. EVER-in a MILLION years listen to or watch Miley Cyrus. Only ¿goody-two-shoes¿ nerds would profess anything but disgust for her music, movies and tv shows. How do I know this with such authority? Easy¿.my lil¿ Sophomore is a ¿goody-two-shoes nerd¿. Now she happens to be a JV cheerleader too, (weird, huh?) with a GPA of over 4.0 (weirder, huh?). But when she went to a birthday party at another cheerleaders house and kids showed up drunk, she was on the phone to me in about 30 seconds flat looking for a ride home. And yup¿she¿s a Miley Cyrus fan. I know¿silly thing to bug me, but everything else was so well done, it was like a teenager wrote those parts, so¿what can I say? Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! Aside from my own petty little problems, it¿s a good book and Jeffrey Deaver has done it again!! (One of these days, he¿ll write a klinker, just playin¿ the odds, but not this time!)
mainrun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Roadside Crosses is the fifth book I have read since joining LibraryThing. The other four are Lost in the Gila, Return to Mars, Grant: A Novel, and Stone¿s Fall. I gave Gila a one, Stone a two, Grant and Mars a three. This book may end up being changed to five stars. It is that good. I¿ll start it at a four, and if time is kind to it, I¿ll move it to a five.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Deaver is another big favorite of mine. He's prolific, but he always delivers a quality page-turning thriller. He's got several series going, most famously the Lincoln Rhyme novels, but this is the second book in a new series of novels featuring California Bureau of Investigations agent Kathryn Dance. Where Lincoln Rhyme is interesting because he is a highly intelligent & driven forensic scientist who happens to be a quadriplegic, Kathryn Dance is interesting because she's an expert in kinesics (body language to the rest of us).Deaver is a retired attorney & he builds a plot much like I imagine you build a case - step by step, bit by bit - in his novels he deals the cards to you one by one until you get the whole picture. He is also the master of the unexpected twist. He does this better than anyone I've ever read - throwing a monkey wrench into what you thought was going on & forcing you to look at everything from another perspective. I've often thought he should consider a third a career as an illusionist because he's just that good at misdirection.This was an enjoyable novel combining additional character development with a great story that features the world of blogs & MMORPG's - two things I like an awful lot. He manages to write about the virtual world (or synth world, as he calls it) without sounding like a complete n00b - that tells me he actually researches what he's writing & listens to the experts he consults (another really great quality in a human being). A fun, smart read.
YogiABB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. It is a murder mystery starring Kathryn Dance, a California Bureau of Investigation investigator who is trained in detecting deception. She is also very hot hot and has a couple of adorable children.The story is set in Carmel, California a beautiful spot with a lot going on, most of it suspicious. Roads being built in environmentally sensitive areas, a desalinazation plant, nuclear power plants, a mercy killing at the local hospital, and murders foretold by mysterious roadside crosses. All this is being reported by blogger, Jim Chilton on the Chilton report. It takes Ms. Dance a little time to figure out who is lieing a like a rug and who is telling the truth, but she figures it out in the end. If you are a crook don't let her get a baseline on you, she'll nail you.This book has lots of twists and turns and I enjoyed it immensely. I give it 3 stars out of 4.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Deaver knows how to write a thriller, and I have followed him for a number of years. His Kathryn Dance series is a little different though because he goes into the fascinating field of kinesiology. That's what Dance does - she reads people's involuntary speech and behaviour patterns, and uses this to separate the truth from lies. This book also steps wholeheartedly into the cyber world. The world of blogging, instant messaging and gaming is discussed in detail in this book. Deaver provides a unique insight into the teen world of cyberspace, and gives us a good idea of what synth life is like. The lines between reality and synth are shifting all the time, and it is so easy for young people these days to get totally taken up in synth, and then they can't separate that from reality. This book is full of twists and turns as Dance and her team try to track down the Roadside Cross Killer who appears to be a teenage boy who seems to totally exist in synth. Dance and her immediate team get drawn into a macabre world where reality blurs and gets lost somewhere in cyber space. This is an excellent book.
mniday on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Dance is back in her second novel from thriller master Jeffery Deaver. This novel begins shortly after the conclusion of the first novel, The Sleeping Doll. There are complications with the court case involving Daniel Pell, the villain from said first novel. Kathryn is pulled away to begin work on a new case. A young girl was found bound in the trunk of her car on the beach, left there to die as the high tide rolled in.The new case revolves around a blog, The Chilton Report. The publisher of the blog posted a story about a killer that leaves roadside crosses for his victims before they are attacked. People commenting at the blog decide that a teenage boy, Travis Brigham, is responsible for the attacks. He is viciously attacked by the commenters, labeled a freak.Travis denies any connection with the attack but then disappears. More attacks occur and Kathryn is forced to track down Travis. Travis is very savvy in the online world and Kathryn recruits Jonathan Boling, a college professor, to assist her with the technical aspects of the case. Just to make matters worse, Kathryn's mother is arrested for the mercy killing of a patient at the hospital where she works.Jeffery Deaver delivers another great thriller. This is a book that you will read quickly. The story sucks you in, you are helpless to control it. The whole novel takes place in just five days. That makes the story even more suspenseful, a technique Deaver uses in a lot of his books. Also in true Deaver form, the ending is full of twists and turns. The story is wrapped up in a nice bow and then, suddenly, maybe it's not. I know his books have twists at the end and yet he still is able to surprise me.I enjoyed this novel very much and I look forward to further novels featuring Kathryn Dance.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: It's almost embarrassing to say but I have never read Jeffery Deaver before. But I have wanted to ever since I saw the movie The Bone Collector a very long time ago, it just seems that with so many thriller writers I'm already reading I just never seemed to get around to reading Deaver so when the chance came to read this one, I jumped. Comments: Kathryn Dance is the CBI's specialist in kinesics, body language, which makes her a great agent especially when it comes to interviewing suspects and witnesses alike. A cross surrounded by roses is found on the roadside with tomorrow's date written upon it, the trooper who finds it thinks nothing much about it until the next day they find a car parked on the beach which has been there during the coming and going of the tide with a girl locked in the trunk and with her is found a rose petal. More crosses pop up with dates to announce when the next victim will be attacked and each day brings a new victim. A connection comes up between the victims and a teenage boy who is being cyberbullied, especially cruelly on one blog called The Chilton Report. Just when the police find their suspect he disappears and we enter the strange co-existence between the synthetic (online) world and the "real" world through blogging and MMORPGs.Brilliant. Amazing that an author can carry so many story lines seamlessly and without effort keep the suspense on full tilt all the way through the book. I loved the way the several plot lines run together for more than half the book, then as one get solved there is an about face and the plot rushes in a different direction as the solving of one case only makes it or the others more complex leaving more to be solved. Deaver is very clever, which I'm sure his long time fans already know. But as a first time reader myself, it was exciting to realize this. I was especially tickled with Deaver's deviousness when early in the book I had my eye on a very minor character because of a single word he'd said and through out the book my suspicions about him were deepened with subtle clues until at the end ... well, I won't tell you but I felt like Deaver had created that character for readers like me who often guess the killer in Chapter 2. I love serial killer books and this one doesn't disappoint. The choices of deaths are imaginative and frightening. It makes for fast reading and long into the night page turning. This book is quite dependant on the first in the series, often speaking of events that previously happened and continuing on with unfinished storylines. Surprisingly, this didn't hamper my reading at all. I easily picked up on what was going on and didn't feel left out though I would highly recommend reading The Sleeping Doll first just as it would be better to be "in the know" to start with before reading this. I intend to go back and read it before book 3 comes out in 2011. But it is because of this heavy reliance on prior events in another book that my rating is a 4 and not otherwise a 5.The book is also quite interesting in its themes of current internet usage. I've never read a book about blogging before and as a blogger found that the issues dealt with of whether there are any moral and ethical obligations of bloggers who are not answerable to anyone such as mainstream journalist are quite thought-provoking. The book does contain a lot of so-called technical information on blogging, what it is , how it works, which I found very elementary and found myself asking "Are there really people who don't know this stuff?" but later on I found myself realizing that the shoe was on the other foot when the same sort of information was being imparted about MMORPGs, which I didn't even know what it was besides some sort of online game.Having not read any other books by the author to compare it to, I can't say whether fans will fin it up-to-par or not as someone new to Deaver you will find out what a very, very clever suspense author this man is. Now I k
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most excellent. I enjoy the Dance series and it is a great read and enjoyed the twists. Yes it might be slow in parts but the "hills and valleys " make the story more enjoyable.
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Deaver always brings it with a good story, but while this is a decently good read, it's not one of his best. Kathryn Dance is the kinesics, or “body language” expert for the California Bureau of Investigation. She can “read” people and tell if they are lying, AND what kind of liar they are. She uses this in her investigations and especially interrogations. The case to which she's just been assigned is a serial killer who is leaving crosses at the roadsides, with the date of the death—BEFORE he kills them. The clues lead Kathryn and her team to Travis Brigham, a teen obsessed with online role-playing games. Travis was involved in a car accident where two girls died. Although he was not cited for a criminal act (no drinking involved, appeared to have simply lost control of the vehicle), the community is against him and baying for blood. A popular local blog calls for more investigation into the incident, especially for officials to look into road safety in that area—and it turns into a no-holds-barred attack on Travis from multiple posters. Everyone has heard rumors that they KNOW are true: Travis is a Satanist, he stalks women, he's crazy. When Travis disappears and the killings and attempted killings ramp up, Kathryn knows she must find him before it's too late. But how do you find someone who has spent 8 hours a day online, studying fighting and survival and advanced evasion techniques? One of the reasons that this book is not quite as good as most of Deaver's work is not really the book's fault—it has a lot of information about blogs and online gaming and like any fiction book that has the internet as part of the plot, it is VERY dated. When one character carefully explains to Kathryn what blogs are, how they were invented, their history, etc, it completely ruins the building tension of the storyline because it's sooo not necessary to explain that to anyone in the world reading this book. “Oh my gosh, a “blog” you say? Short for “weblog”? And people write stuff and post it online? And anyone can read it? How crazy and innovative!” Lol. There was information about how there was a huge war going on between computer blog purists who thought all blogs should be about computers, and the other bloggers, who thought blogs should be about anything you want. Also the blogger in this story was considered incredibly influential because he posted his opinion on things like highway safety, new construction projects, etc. And he refused to take it down even though the people commenting were being killed. This all was hard to believe. Sort of a plot hole that if his motivation was that his egotistical thoughts were sooo important that his message must go out—why not just close the posts to comments? Problem solved! Pretty sure that all blog software that lets people post comments also has the option of NOT letting them. The last part that was sort of hard to believe was that all the teenagers would be reading his blog and commenting on it. Yes, because teens love nothing more than posting on adults' blogs about new construction and stuff. When I'm reading a book, I want to believe what's happening, it needs to be believable while I'm reading the book. I want to be lost in the story. So it's annoying when something comes along that throws me out of the story, and that happens a lot in this book because of the outdated technology. The other problem I had with the book was that Deaver tried to cram too much in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a pathetic, boring book which I finally gave up reading. 90% filler and a job to read. This guy makes you endure an entire chapter about nothing more than dinner at the main characters house and endless page after page after page of stupid "blogs" which make up the ( and I use this term loosely)....story. Worst boredom I have endured since Moby Dick. Finally gave up on it halfway through and opened Lee Childs, Gone Tomorrow which was like opening a big box of chocolates. This guy can write and in living color. I'm all better now. Gave this book one star because it was required before submitting the review. Deserves negative stars. What a waste of time and money.
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A 13 year old boy looks around. He has turcoise eyes and dirty blonde hair. I wonder which god is my dad...
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i could not put this book down
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