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The Bodies Left Behind

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,278 Ratings  ·  694 Reviews
A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin. . . . A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short. . . . A phone glitch or an aborted report of a crime? Off-duty deputy Brynn leaves her family’s dinner table and drives up to deserted Lake Mondac to find out. She stumbles onto the scene of a heinous murder. . . . Before she can call for backup, though, sh ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 15th 2009 by Pocket (first published January 1st 2008)
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Supratim Bose
Jeffery Deaver writes really good thrillers and I had high expectations form this book. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the book and while in the beginning I had made up my mind that the novel merits a four star. Only towards the end I decided that this one is going to get a three star.

This is a stand alone thriller where the protagonist, Deputy Brynn responds to a 911 call from an isolated vacation house only to come across two cold-blooded killers- Hart and Compton, who had killed the couple in t
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Aug 08, 2010 martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Cathy DuPont
Aug 20, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 02, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 16, 2010 Buck rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2009 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
JaVone Bentley
Now this is how you write a thriller!!! I am adding Jeffrey Deaver to my author's list. Reading this book was like watching a good suspense movie. The only reason that I rated it kind of low is that there were some slow moments that did could have been left out. Otherwise this book kept me on the edge of my seat; and just when I would start to get comfortable there would be another twist. I highly recommend it! ...more
Chris Neal
May 30, 2015 Chris Neal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jefferydeaver
This one was very unlike the Jeffery Deaver I'm used to. It wasn't as exciting, suspenseful, or interesting as his books usually are. In fact, it was downright boring and VERY slow in some parts. About 70 percent of the book just feels like it's dragging. I understand the whole "cat and mouse" hunting thing will mostly be description, but there are ways to write a book like this more interesting (see Dean Koontz's "Intensity").
This? Fairly uneventful and just tedious a bit. Plus an ending that f
Aug 05, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  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.
Mar 24, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-
Mar 25, 2015 Nicola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ich weiß gar nicht, wo ich anfangen soll. Kurz: Es ist schon nachvollziehbar, dass Herr Deaver sich eher auf das traditionelle Verlagswesen verlässt, weil seine Bücher mittlerweile ehrlich gesagt so vorhersehbar und gleichzeitig - nur um irgendwelche "Twists", die man ja als Leser eh von ihm erwartet, herbeizuführen - krude sind, dass er es ohne großes Verlagshaus und Werbekampagnen meiner Meinung nach nicht mehr zu einem erhöhten Bekanntheitsgrad bringen würde. Er hat mal recht gute Bücher gesc ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Aspoon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
- 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
Jody Ellis
Things didn't really sit right, the characters didn't make enough sense. For a cop she seemed pretty clueless and what kind of cop runs and can't take down the criminals?

The end twist at the end... Well what I thought was the end but wasn't.... made up for things and whilst it isn't as good as the other book I've read from this author, it still wasn't awful. Not too shabby for a short story.
Oct 31, 2013 Katt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, it wasn't that bad. I liked the beginning, but once all the twists start coming it it starts to get repetitive and silly. How many twists does one book need? I usually like twists, but in this book they just didn't do it for me. When authors have twists, I should be going "Oooooh! Wow! Holy moly my mind is blown!" I should be excited and intrigued. In this book there weren't moments like that. When I read the twists, I was more likely to be going, "What?" "Umm, okay." "Does this really ...more
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
Mar 19, 2010 Monika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 14, 2009 Whit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 04, 2009 Mic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rubbish
This reads like a book that was dashed off to finish a contract so the author could move on. Dull, long-winded, poorly-constructed, one-dimensional.

I am a Deaver fan, but this was like something he wrote in high school.
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)
Strawberry Fields
Apr 10, 2016 Strawberry Fields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I see some pretty negative reviews on here, but I disagree.

This book was a great thriller. It is a stand alone novel, not part of the Kathryn Dance or Lincoln Rhyme series. It was twists and turns at every corner. I never knew what was up or who to trust. Great page turner, I read it in a single day. I was sick and couldn't get much else done, but it took my mind off my physical ailments for awhile.

If you don't want to commit to Deaver's series books, several books in each series, this is a rea
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
Jul 04, 2014 Zachary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Aug 26, 2011 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 27, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 20, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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