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"Might well be Deaver's most fiendish thriller ever...as the pace quickens and the story continues to backtrack, solid evidence, established plot points and sturdily built characters all begin to come undone, until what started out as an interactive game becomes a truly unnerving exercise in deception."—New York Times Book Review
"Don't skip ahead to the beginning and spoil the fun that's guaranteed for anyone interested in a thriller that forces readers to use their brains in a creative way...Deaver is a master of manipulation and "The October List" is a small but powerful book."—Associated Press
"Thriller Award-winner Deaver (Edge) delivers a clever, demanding stand-alone...As the ingenious plot folds back on itself, the reader has to reevaluate and reinterpret the constantly shifting "facts" in the case. The finished picture finally emerges with a shock of recognition. This is brilliant craftsmanship in a vastly entertaining package."—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
"Elegantly clever...The novel takes a mischievous delight in misleading the reader, without ever outright cheating. It offers a delightful game of wits with the author."—The Columbus Dispatch
"Perhaps the cleverest of all Deaver's exceptionally clever thrillers. If you've ever wished you could take the film Memento to the beach, here's your chance."—Kirkus (STARRED review / "Best Book of 2013" )
"The premise is clever, but Deaver's ability to execute it successfully makes this experimental novel even more impressive. Revealing the ending first, he still manages to surprise with a few twists, constantly challenging readers' understanding of the story. Read it backward, forward, once or twice, to see how all the pieces fit together--just be sure to chase down this List yourself."—Shelf Awareness