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A Maiden's Grave
A Maiden's Grave
Author: Jeffery Deaver
ISBN-13: 9780451188489
ISBN-10: 0451188489
Publication Date: 10/1/1996
Pages: 419
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 86 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Loved this book, but it would definitely be R-rated as a movie for violence and some really intense scenes. It reminded me of some of the really great hostage stories, mixed with that classic Deaver twisting and turning throughout.
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Helpful Score: 3
Although I love the Lincoln Rhyme series, this is one of Jeffery Deaver's better books. It is suspenseful until the very end. If you enjoy any of Deaver's other books, you will thouroughly enjoy this one. Make sure you have time to read -- once you get past halfway in the book, you will not be able to put it down.
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This was as intense novel. I bought it to read on my trip and i couldnt put it down. This was a really good suspense novel, the plot kept me on my toes and the ending was interesting too. Overall it was a good read :)
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Helpful Score: 2
Although I love the Lincoln Rhyme series, this is one of Jeffery Deaver's better books. It is suspenseful until the very end. If you enjoy any of Deaver's other books, you will thouroughly enjoy this one. Make sure you have time to read -- once you get past halfway in the book, you will not be able to put it down.
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A leap from other books he's done, and he does it well.
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This book had me reading for hours at a time! A terrific suspense book.I don't read suspense novels ,I asked my daughter to give me some of her books to read(she knows what I like to read)& she gave me this one so I strated to read it thinking it would be a tame and my type of book but once I got started reading,I couldn't stop!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is an excellent thriller, with Deaver's classic twists that keep you guessing and second guessing up to the last page. Even then, everything you think is probably wrong!
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Eight deaf girls and their teachers are pulled off a school bus in Kansas. They are hels hostage in an abandoned slaunter house by escaped murdered Lou Handy and two of his fellow inmates. They threaten to kill one hostage an hour unless their demands are met.
The FBI cheif negotiator is called to the sccene and this is going to be the toughest adversary of his career. Hostage Meelanie Charrol takes on the killers in a effort to save her students...the clock is ticking as aterrifying game of cat-and-mouse begins.
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As usual Deaver comes through again. This was a little hard for me to get in to at first but once I got past that point, it was a good read.
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8 deaf girls and their teachers are pulled off a school bus along a windswept Kansas road. They are hel hostage in an abandoned slaughterhouse by escpared murderer Lou Handy and 2 fellow inmates. They threaten to kill 1 hostage an hour unless their demands are met.

Called to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's senoir hostage negotiator, who meets in Lou Handy the toughest adversary of his career. As Potter struggles to outwit Handy, hostage Melanie Charrol takes on the killers in a deperate effort to save her students.

The clock is ticking as a terrifying game of cat and mouse begins.....
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Helpful Score: 1
8deaf girls and their teachers are taken off a bus and held hostage by an escaped murder, Low Handy and two other inmates. While FBI negotiator Arthur Potter tries to outwit Handy, teacher Melanie Charrol takes on the killers from the inside. Very chilling.
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If you like horror,you will love this book
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Interesting character development.
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Quick read, keeps you interested, twists and turns until the end.
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A really good read, lots of suspense, a quirky love story, and surprizes in the story line. Really looking forward to more of Jeffery Deavers books.
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This was an introduction for me to Jeffery Deaver's excellent writing, and it almost scared me to death! He is an intelligent writer with detailed content and leads you through many dark tunnels thinking you see the end when he throws another heart-stopping shock at you.
"A Maiden's Grave" is particularly frightening as it has a busload of hearing impaired students captured by murderous escapees who are negotiating with the FBI. You will read through the night rather than put this book down.
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Very good, like all deavers books
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good mystery
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This is a very good book, its about eight young girls and their teachers. There is a mad man that keeps them hostage in an old abandoned slaughterhouse. Called to help them get out is an FBI hostage negotiator.
You cant put the book down its that good.
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I truly enjoyed this book in a "shivery" kind of way. Jeff Deaver knows how to write a book that gets in your head and gives you the willies if you are by yourself or reading late at night
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This thriller had its moments, but it started SLOW and then the plot just didn't work for me, I think the author was reaching way too far with all of the adversity, it was too much, a fiction book is just that, but in this one too many liberties were taken.
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I enjoyed this book, a little slow in the beginning but I could not put it down until I finished it...
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This is simple an outstanding book. it is the best hostage thriller i have ever read, and that i expect i ever will.

Deaver mounts the tension beautifully...every now and then it gets so high that you literally feel it as he lets a little of the tension out...it's a wonderful display of suspense writing.

Deavers characters are vivid, and his characterisation is wonderfully subtle. they are well rounded and very human. Arthur Potter is a compelling hero, and his "invisble" relationship with Melanie is brilliantly done. the way they feel connected to each other during the hostage negotiation even though they have never met is wonderful. I felt very moved.

As well as being a very suspenseful book, this is also an extremely emotional one. there are times when you really feel very sorry for the characters, and an insipid hate for their characters. I felt particularly sorry for poor Donna Hawstrawn. I really wanted this book to keep going, just so that i could see if she would be okay...there are also a couple of moments in the book when you might be moved to tears. there are some devastating events, which really tug at you.

Deavers portrayal of the Deaf is completely unpatronising. He is extremely good at writing about people with what might be termed "handicaps", and in this case i think he was at hsi most sucessful. He wrote about it in such a way that you did feel slight sympathy, but moreover you felt proud of these people. Also, i felt a strange but strong urge to actually really try and get a feel for what it might be like to be Deaf...

This is a brilliant book, with a good twist at the end. good characters, emotional writing, stunning suspense, and an excellent hostage thriller. Deaver is simply the best.
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One of jeffery Deaver's best, I think. Good characters. Great plot.
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I really liked this book. A lot of good twists and turns.
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Excellent book! Jeffrey Deaver is one of my favorite authors.
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EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!! DEAVER IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE WRITERS AND HE OUTDID HIMSELF WITH THIS ONE.
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Along a windswept Kansas road, eight vulnerable girls and their helpless teachers are forced off a school bus and held hostage in an abandoned slaughterhouse. The madman who has them at gunpoint has as simple plan: One hostage an hour will die unless the demands are met.
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Strange but good
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This gripping novel had me from the beginning. Didn't want to put it down!! A FBI negotiator goes up against a cold blooded killer that doesn't know the meaning of compassion. From a day's long stand-off, and the give and take, you get some insights into the workings of a negotiator and the mind of a crazed killer. Excellent!
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Excellent Deaver novel.
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Our bookclub, GRINS, read this book and we all enjoyed it and had a lively discussion about it.
I would recommend it.
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This was an excellent thriller with a great development of the characters.
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IT'S ABOUT
EIGHT DEATH GIRLS AND THERE TEACHER ARE PULLES OFF THE SCHOOL BUS ALONG A WINDSWEPT KANSAS ROAD. THEY ARE HELD HOSTAGE IN A ABABDON SLAUGHTER HOUSE BY ESCAPED MURDERER LOU H ANDY AND TWO FELLOW INMATES .THEY THREATEN TO KILL ONE HOSTAGE AN HOUR UNLESS THERE DEMANDS ARE MEET CALLED TO THE SCENE IS ARUTHER POTTER ,THE FBI SENIOR HOSTAGE NEGOTIATOR, WHO MEETS IN LOU HANDY THE TOUGEST ADVERSARY OF HIS CAREER .AS POTTER STRUGGLES TO OUTWIT HANDY ,HOSTAGE MELANIE CHARROLS TQKES ON THE KILLERS IN A DESPERATE EFFORT TO SAVE HER STUDENTS "'THE CLOCK IS TICKING AS A TERRIFYING GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE BEGGINS
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Very entertaining.
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good suspense
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"A screaming hit."
-NY Times Book Review
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A school bus with eight deaf girls and their two female teachers stop along a deserted Kansas road after coming upon a bad car accident, hoping to help the victims. Their terror mounts as they find that after the accident, the victims were killed. Before they realize whats happening, their bus is overtaken by three escaped inmates and they become hostages, forced to drive to an abandoned slaughterhouse along the Arkansas River. What follows is the hostage negotiation between the FBIs Senior Hostage Negotiator, Arthur Potter, and Lou Handy, the cold and ruthless convict leader. Suffice it to say that at times, the negotiations dont go well or as planned.

The reader gets to know Potter and his team, as well as Handy and his fellow inmates. Toss in the excellent descriptions and personalities developed in the deaf girls and their teachers, along with the other various parties involved in such a case (the hostage rescue team, local police, etc.) and youre in for an explosive ride.

Jeffery Deaver and his brilliant twists and turns keep the reader wanting more. A surprising ending doesnt disappoint! I loved this book!
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A good suspense/crime novel. Delves into the world of hostage negotiations. Also, all of the female hostages are deaf & you learn some things about the deaf community's culture. The hostage takers are an evil, heartless bunch, especially the ring-leader. But one of the deaf girls is very strong-willed & is giving him a good fight.Good read.