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The Bodies Left Behind

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  5,078 ratings  ·  597 reviews
When a night-time call to 911 from a secluded Wisconsin vacation house is cut short, offduty deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her husband and son at the dinner table and drives up to Lake Mondac to investigate. Was it a misdial or an aborted crime report?

Brynn stumbles onto a scene of true horror and narrowly escapes from two professional criminals. She and a terrified visitor...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 02, 2013 Paul rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
Stand alone thriller that ultimately struck me as rather lazy. The protagonist is a female police officer in a small town. She has the standard type family problems with a few gaps in her past where the author can insert things of interest to move the story along later in the book.
She is responds to a routine looking call out in a remote area of her patch. She finds two bodies and disturbs two miscreants. She manages to lose gun, cell phone, access to car etc and picks up a stray female who hap...more
K.D. Absolutely
Solid storytelling. After all, Jeffery Deaver is not called "master of deception" for nothing.

Basically, a "cat-and-mouse" story but Deaver was very clever to put in twists and turns that you would find this book hard to put down. What makes this suspense thriller engaging is that the detective is a woman named Deputy Brynne McKenzie and she has another woman as companion mouse Michelle a sort of bystander because she happened to be in the crime scene when the deputy responded to 511. The two la...more
One to be read only if (a) you've nothing much else to read and (b) someone else paid for it and left it on a train....

Amazing research work perhaps, but the story fails on so many levels as soon as you start thinking about it (I know, that's always a dangerous thing to do with authors who churn out so many books in such a short period, but I just can't help it).

Someone else here mentioned the repetitive nature of the chase through the forest - and another person commented on the weird ability...more
Cathy DuPont
Every time I was steered one way, Deaver within a page or two, steers me another way.

Bad guys turn with the turn of a page, into good guys. Same with good guys.

And this was throughout the book including the last page.

I've read a couple of Jeffery Deaver's novels but due to this one, I'm increasing my consumption because it was so, so good.
Mar 24, 2009 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Steve, Maria, Kelly and Susan- any suspense lovers
Shelves: mystery
Brynn McKenzie, a deputy police officer in a rural Wisconsin town, is called upon to investigate a questionable 911 call. She travels to an isolated home at the edge of the Marquette State Park, a huge area, with thick forests, lakes, streams and formidable cliffs. When she arrives at the home, she is confronted with a bloody murder scene and worse. Her problems have barely begun!
Jefferey Deaver has spun a suspenseful tale with many unexpected twists and turns occuring throughout the narrative-...more
Normally I enjoy Jeffrey Deaver's work. Unfortunately in The Bodies Left Behind he let me down. The book begins when an off-duty deputy stumbles into a "hit" that seems connected to a union organizer.

Our heroine quickly finds herself on the run from the hitmen and meets up with another woman in the woods who presents herself as a house guest of the victims who managed to escape after wounding one of the gunmen.

The bulk of the book follows their efforts to elude the criminals and flee through the...more
This was the first Jeffery Deaver book that I have read, and it will definitely not be the last. I found myself engrossed in this book from the beginning, and I did not want to put it down. I enjoyed the suspenseful storyline, and was surprised by a couple of unexpected plot twists. Brynn McKenzie was a great heroine, a strong, resilient sheriff's deputy whose intrepid acts in her professional environment do not carry over into her personal life. I also enjoyed the character of Brynn's husband,...more
one of my favorite thriller authors to date. not part of the sachs/rhyme series but a great read nonetheless (if you're into this type of genre)
I recently went on a trip and packed three books to read. Each one got cast aside for one reason or another, and I was left book-less (or at least as book-less as someone with 17 shelves of books in a mountain cabin be.) This one had been given to us a while back by a friend, recommended particularly for my husband, who had read it, enjoyed it and put it aside. ((I just read an article that the art of sentence diagramming is dying, which, as I wrote that last sentence, made me particularly sad.)...more
- 1st pet peeve is in the beginning…even though the town was small the police dept who answered the 911 call were clueless and worthless. By the time they gather up information on a simple 911 call, the people would have died…then it would be like what’s the point of even having a 911 if they aren’t good at their jobs.
- I also didn’t buy the fact these “killers” who unexpectedly come upon Michelle and her husband in this cabin…decide to chase after Brynn and Michelle instead of just running and...more
Barbara ★
Jeffery Deaver did a great job developing the characters for this novel. I really liked Brynn's character...she isn't the perfect heroine. She has a troubled marriage, a troubled teen and a secret that could put her and her ex-husband in jail. Hart, the killer, is a real jerk but he has integrity which I found odd but it made him human and almost likable. On the other hand, I didn't like Michelle from the get go. Something seemed off with her bitchy stuck-up character.

I thought the mystery after...more
Grabbed from my “2B read” shelf, this Jeffrey Deaver thriller became a sort of déjà vu reading. I didn’t remember the characters or many of the incidental actions. I had a vague inkling about one pivotal point in the plot. It turns out I probably read this book some years ago. Maybe someone inadvertently plunked the volume back on my slush shelf, or perhaps I’ve read too many similar novels, or quite possibly I am becoming senile.

Ostensibly, the plot involves a game of fox and hounds. In an imag...more
Jeanna-Has Probably Read It!
This book was a little harder to decide on the rating. I would honestly have to say it was a 3.5. However, I gave it a higher rating because it did take you all over the place. I mean one minute I was thinking it was this person but then I found it was actually this person and so on and so on. It was a crazy game of cat and mouse with a lot of cats in the picture. I think Brynn and I know this is what crazy to say it but I would have loved to see a friendship develop more with Hart But of course...more
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I am a HUGE Jeffery Deaver fan and this book does not disappoint.

When Deputy Brynn McKenzie heads out to investigate a 911 call from a house way out in the back woods she has no idea that in a very short while she will be using her survival skills to avoid her own death. She will also be trying to save a young woman who escaped death initially but now needs help in the heavily forested area. When Brynn does not come home from her visit to the woods, her husband, Graham begins his own search.

so the thing is that i really liked brynn, a lot. and the twist! deaver does twists like no one else. i mean, they come when you least expect them even AFTER you know that he's the master of deception.

the other characters were okay, i suppose i could have done with out graham and joey - but they did flesh brynn out, so that was helpful. brynn's "partner" is possibly the best part of the whole thing, but i don't want to spoil anything, because this is definitely a ride worth taking.

it does get...more
Aug 05, 2010 Kathleen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: the gullible who want a thriller
I was pretty disappointed with this. JDeaver has a great talent for twists & typically does research (or so it seems to me)so his details ring true.
Not this time.
City hitmen & country cops found their way thru state park forests at night - bumping into clues in the most amazing ways. Oh, and they could see amazing distances (at night, no special scopes) some that I would be hard pressed to pick out in the Daytime.
And rattlesnakes are just NOT going to be active in WI in April. Not.
Frederick Masterman
Although I am a Jeffery Deaver fan, and have thoroughly enjoyed the many other books he has written, this story fell flat. I got none of the tension, conflict, and fine character development of his other books. What happened? Though tense situations were set up, and the protagonist put in terrible danger, caring about her just didn't get across. The villains are one-dimensional, the soap-opera subthemes of the protagonist's family life are poorly described and provide no power either. I remain c...more

At this point I have read a goodly number of Jeffrey Deaver's novels. I know there will always be not just one twist, but several, with the truth only being known in the last few pages. As a consequence, I know not to get too wrapped up in anything that is going on until then, which can really undercut a novel's hold on me unless I am really wrapped up in the characters. You cling to what you know is worth clinging to, after all. The Lincoln Rhyme novels largely, though not completely, still wor...more
Maia Osborne
This is the first Jeffrey Deaver book I have read, although I have got a couple on my to be read shelf! He is obviously a popular author and I've read some good reviews of his books.

I have to say I had high expectations of this book, but unfortunately was a bit disappointed. On the plus side it was very well written, and certainly kept me wanting to continue reading. There were times it was a real roller coaster ride, but most of the book is basically about the two main female characters being...more
This was a pretty disappointing book in comparison to Deaver's other novels. I'm a big fan of his twist-and-turn plot lines, and while I don't care for the profanity he puts in his books, they usually keep me on the edge of my seat. He has some of his characteristic plot twists, but overall it's a lame plot and the ending is pretty non-climactic. Probably the worst Deaver book I've read, although some people might enjoy this.
Doug Romig
Leave Your Assumptions Behind

The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver

This was a surprising story. The main section of the book begins with two murders, a getaway through the Wisconsin forests, and a story that is entertaining as hunter and hunted trade roles in a live chess match of move and countermove. It was engaging, but I made assumptions that I knew what was happening and could tell where the story was going. As always, assumptions were incorrect. After the adventure concluded, the mystery...more
Deputy Brynn McKenzie gets called to answer a 911 to a remote home on Lake Mondac near a National Park. Just as she arrives, she gets a call that it is a mistake, but sees people with guns and gets out of her car. She finds two people dead, two killers, and a woman who was visiting the couple killed, Michelle. Michelle and Brynn escape into the woods and begin the treck through the night through the National Park to the highway and safety. They can occasionally see the two killers close on their...more
Irina Lak
Just finished reading my first book by Jeffery Deaver. A fictional novel about a tough Wisconsin deputy being pursued by two professional hit men inside a huge state park in the middle of the night. The majority of the book describes the pursuit and escape in great detail with lots of turns and unexpected shockers. There is tremendous buildup and climax, but the book doesn't end there, instead the story continues on and that didn't sit well with me. The ending seems almost as an after thought, a...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
I thought this was a very good mystery/thriller, about a female Wisconsin deputy sheriff who goes to check out a hang-up 911 call. She finds bodies and killers, and through her ingenuity she manages to get home alive eventually. But in this story, things are not always as they seem. An interesting main character.
I'm not going to finish it as I cheated and read the end but only after the writing really pissed me off. I usually like Deaver (which is why I'm giving 2 stars) but I wouldn't recommend this one. Characters are not really believable and the plot is icky...yes icky.
I really enjoyed this book despite struggling with Deavers other titles. I enjoyed the essence of trying to use you wit and determination to escape being found and in the midst of that dealing with trust issues with the person your escaping with. The book progressed fast and had plenty of situations where you weren't sure how they'd turn out. I liked how the ending wasn't just a lazy wrap up and had a small twist. I think this book is definitely worth a read. It's not perfectly formed and you wo...more
I will never read another Deaver book. Always disappointed. It felt as if Deaver wrote this novel for the sole purpose of relating tricks he learned as a boy scout. I was bored stiff.
It was scary nor suspenseful when it desperately wanted to be.
Jul 07, 2009 Raquel rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Raquel by: no one
I normally depend on Jeffery Deaver for a good read. I couldn't wait to get to the end of this book. I kept trying to like it, but it kept trying to get good, and fizzling. The ending was anti-climactic and weak, yet a relief.
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro...more
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