Xo by Jeffery Deaver


12 Critic Reviews

an author whose infernal puzzle mysteries invariably inspire words like devious, diabolical and devilish, all of which apply to “XO.” It’s Dance’s toughest case, and one of Deaver’s best books.
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COUNTRY-POP INGÉNUE Kayleigh Towne’s career is just reaching new heights with her huge hit single “Your Shadow”—but increased fame is also bringing unwanted attention. An innocent exchange with one of her fans, signed with an “XO,” leads Kayleigh into the dangerous and terrifying realm of obsession.

Edwin Sharp thinks Kayleigh’s songs contain messages that speak directly to him. Despite her clear rejection and threats from lawyers and law enforcers, he remains convinced that “Your Shadow” was written just for him, and he announces he’s coming for Kayleigh. Then a potentially fatal accident occurs at the concert hall where Kayleigh is rehearsing for a triumphant hometown performance, and she is convinced that someone—maybe Edwin—was there watching her from the darkness.

True to his word, Edwin Sharp soon makes an ominous appearance in town, and California Bureau of Investigation Agent Kathryn Dance, a friend and fan of Kayleigh’s on vacation in Fresno to attend the show, intervenes on her behalf, drawing Sharp’s frightening attention to herself. That night a member of the road crew whom Kayleigh had once dated is murdered in an eerie echo of an image from her chart-topping song. As more deaths loom on the horizon, Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body-language analysis to stop the stalker and save more innocent victims. But before long she learns that, like many celebrities, Kayleigh has more than one fan with a mission . . .

This nail-biting thriller from suspense master Jeffery Deaver speeds along over just three short days, filled with terrifying twists that will keep readers held in rapt suspense until the final shocking revelation.

About Jeffery Deaver

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Jeffery Deaver, a former attorney, is the New York Times bestselling author of two collections of short stories and dozens of previous suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire. Visit the author on Facebook or go to JefferyDeaver.com.
Published June 12, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 402 pages
Genres: Other, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Crime, Horror. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Jul 01 2012
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All: 12 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 3


Below average
May 01 2012

the ending is his most conventional in years. A serious page-turner that would have been even better if it had ended a hundred pages earlier

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NY Times

Reviewed by Marilyn Stasio on Jun 29 2012

an author whose infernal puzzle mysteries invariably inspire words like devious, diabolical and devilish, all of which apply to “XO.” It’s Dance’s toughest case, and one of Deaver’s best books.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jun 15 2012

Set aside several hours for XO; once you start it, you will want to read it in one sitting.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by Barry Forshaw on Jun 28 2012

despite Deaver's customary authority in dispensing an ineluctably gripping crime narrative, your attitude to country music may determine your response to the book,

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Reviewed by Jennifer Selway on Jun 22 2012

You think everything has been resolved but you notice that you have another 100 pages or so to go...you know that there are likely to be some spectacularly dramatic developments.

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St. Louis Today

Reviewed by Harry Levins on Jun 16 2012

"XO" runs a bit long for the genre - well, Deaver's talent will keep you plugging away.

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Below average
Reviewed by Apoorva Dutt on Aug 26 2012

Deaver’s love for country music results in unnecessary lectures (he spends three pages explaining how the music world has changed with the internet and subsequent downloading — facts known to most).

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More Than Just Books

Reviewed by Debbie on Aug 14 2012

In XO, he has crafted a story that keeps you interested until the final page and even manages to write a song or two

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The Northern Echo

Jul 09 2012

Fans of Deaver... will enjoy the thrills and spills with his latest book

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Reviewed by Bookword Torrevieja on Jul 27 2012

Deaver provides a surprising number of unexpected twists and turns, maybes and misdirection to deliver a powerful reckoning when the real villain is unmasked

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Reviewed by Elaine Hoffmann on Aug 01 2012

as the novel comes to an end, he skillfully pulls together all the threads, his multiple subplots merging as one

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Seeley James

Reviewed by Seeley James on Jun 28 2012

Not many writers can pull three twists in a hundred pages without leaving giant plot-holes. Jeffery Deaver is one of the few.

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