The October List

The October List

by Jeffery Deaver
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The October List by Jeffery Deaver

One of Kirkus Review's "Best Books of 2013"

The shocking end is only the beginning . . .

#1 bestselling author Jeffery Deaver has created the most riveting and original novel of the year-a race-against-the-clock mystery, told in reverse.


Gabriela waits desperately for news of her abducted daughter.
At last, the door opens.
But it's not the negotiators. It's not the FBI.
It's the kidnapper.
And he has a gun.

How did it come to this?

Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again.

A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, THE OCTOBER LIST is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455549672
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty 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. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. 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. You can visit his website at


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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The October List 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeffery Deaver is one of the best authors on the planet and I always buy his books. I am sorry I wasted money on this one. I do not believe that writing a novel backwards works. I cannot follow it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Backwards unrolling of the story is a pain! Have been a fan for years.....from a maidens prayer... Sorry I spent the $$$$
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happen to love Jeffery Deaver's books. Couldn't wait to read this one because of it's difference. It was such a disappointment and actually would have been so much better had it been written in reverse. There wasn't even a completion to it. Would NOT recommend this book at all.
ImissMJ More than 1 year ago
Of all the brilliant writings of Jeffery Deaver I can honestly say I was so disappointed in this book.  It was very difficult to follow as he starts the ending at the beginning of the book.  I am attending a Q and A session this coming Thursday with Mr. Deaver in Michigan.  I wish he would stick with Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance novels.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hard to follow and a lot of work to keep the storyline going. I love this authors books, but this one was not up to his usual great work. Sorry I spent the $$. Still not sure what happened to one character. My advice- read any of his other books- they were fast reads that you could not put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just awful. The tale-told-backward format is not only confusing but actually disturbing and, dare I say it, boring. I didn't develop any interest in the characters at all. I wonder whether the story would be any good if the publisher re-worked it into a normal forwardly told format. Maybe not. Recommendation: don't bother.
buddycanada More than 1 year ago
Love this writer but hated this book. I read every night but this took me two weeks to get through I had to go back every night as had not a clue what was going on. Thought the book chapters were mixed up . Will never buy another book without finding out more about it Waste of time to read this book
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Sub-titled “A Novel in Reverse,” this book is literally unlike anything I have ever read. The author is apparently enamored of what he calls a fractured time line. In his newest novel, following the conclusion (really the beginning, although it appears at the end of the novel), that is, after the final page (actually page 1), there is, naturally, a Foreword. The opening chapter, which, one soon discovers, is the dénouement, is Chapter 36, labeled “6:30 P.M., Sunday,” and is marked as page 297. The final chapter in the book, which naturally is Chapter 1, takes place on the Friday morning prior to that. Sound confusing? As for me, one could add the terms disorienting and, certainly, original. A more immediate appreciation of the novel would take minds perhaps more agile than that owned by this reader, but appreciation did certainly take place in the end. The crux of the novel is the eponymous document, something so valuable that Gabriela McKenzie, the protagonist, says of it “everybody in the world, it seems, wants the goddamn October List!” Indeed, such is its value that Gabriela’s six-year-old daughter is being held by a kidnapper until such time as Gabriela turns the List over to the kidnapper(s). The major problem being that she has to find it first. All the while being chased through the streets of New York, in eye-catching manner: a “homicidal auburn-haired woman and her actor look-alike companion.” She has of late been involved with one Frank Walsh, a knife fetishist in both the real and the virtual worlds. Anything more I leave to the reader to discover, in this mind-bending, and recommended, novel.
waterchildCS More than 1 year ago
This was just not his usual book. It took me a week to finish instead of an evening; because I just could not get into it. But I still like the author and will continue to read his novels.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The October List is a stand-alone novel by popular American author, Jeffery Deaver. Early on a September Sunday evening, Gabriela McKenzie waits nervously in a “safe” apartment with minder, Sam Easton, for news of the negotiation with her daughter’s kidnapper. She is hoping her new (and apparently wealthy) friend, Daniel Reardon and his expert team can save Sarah. Her kidnapper is demanding a large sum of money, and something called The October List. But when the door opens, a shock awaits: the kidnapper, gun in hand, enters. In this unusually constructed thriller, Deaver begins with the final chapter and works back through the events of the previous days. The first (ie last) chapters are quite confusing, but if the reader persists, the reward is a cleverly put-together story that is filled with twists, turns and red herrings. As the story progresses (?) in reverse, the reader learns that none of the characters is quite who or what they seem. Some arouse suspicion from the start, but others are a complete surprise. Original and very imaginative. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting way to write a book, but I didn't find the plot to be very good really.
mobile More than 1 year ago
A total waste of money. I did not like the format in which "The October List" was written. Starting the book from the end and working the story backward gave everything away. It did not take long before I had the whole plot line figured out. No surprise moments, no unexpected twists or turns in the plot.
GingerSnap1 More than 1 year ago
this book is very boring. im little more than half way thru and I just don't think I can muster the effort to finish it. its story is written backwards which guess was supposed to make it more interesting, but it doesn't. I love the Lincoln/sachs stories but this isn't one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeffery Deavers proves once again why he's the master of suspence. I thought it a little strange reading backwards. Best book ever.
Buckwheat1 More than 1 year ago
Very cleverly written....working backward toward the beginning, but was difficult to grasp until well into the story! an otherwise good plot.
On2wheels More than 1 year ago
Jeffery Deaver proves again that he is a great writer.
dixierc More than 1 year ago
This format was a bit too strange for me. I was about 80% through the book before I decided that the format was "interesting" enough to keep going. In the end I liked it, but would not knowingly do it again. After finishing the book, I went back to re-read the "first" chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not like the style of the writing. Deaver is an excellent writer/ storyteller so I see how this writing was a challenge for him. When I read a book, I want to be taken to a different world, but one I won't have trouble following the story. I'm glad that I've read all his other books (excellent) and know how great a writer he is, otherwise I probably would not read them based on October List.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of jeffery deaver's books. This one"ain't up to par!!!". Very disappointed! Sorry i wasted my $$ on it. Hope there are nomore like it in the future.
jharding More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this author for years and have never read a bad book of his. This book is backwards from the start and very hard to read. If it was an automobile I would ask for the warranty to replace it. My mind won't work in reverse, sorry.
CrystalAnnie More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time with the "backward" concept and keeping things straight,but it was an interesting twist,but not sure I would like to read many books like that..NOT one of his best.
Labayou More than 1 year ago
As mentioned before this book was not very good. I could not make myself care for the characters who spoke like they were confined to as few words as possible. It is hard to read a book when you do not like the characters. As far as the "backward" issue, I might have enjoyed being surprised if I had invested all of my interest. I just could not enjoy this book
Tracey_R More than 1 year ago
Deaver never disappoints. He really pulled off another surprise here!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not finish the book ... difficult reading the story backward.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story behind the book, but you literally read the book backwards and it makes it a little confusing. Also the end of the book basically leaves you hanging, it doesn't really have a great ending at all.