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XO (Kathryn Dance #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  7,830 Ratings  ·  812 Reviews
Internationally bestselling author Jeffery Deaver delivers the latest sensational thriller in his wildly popular Kathryn Dance series. Newsweek calls Jeffery Deaver a “suspense superstar,” and in his new novel, he lives up to the accolades once again as he sets his heroine Kathryn Dance on a quest to stop an obsessive stalker from destroying a beautiful young country singe ...more
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Simon Schuster (first published January 1st 2012)
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David XO is cute short hand for a kiss and a hug. Often used at end of letters

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Nov 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
When is a twist not a twist? If you see it coming, certainly. Or if there are so dang many of them that the exercise segues into the realm of absurdity. That is exactly what happens in this stalker tale, in my opinion.

Although I find the study of body language to be fascinating, there is no need to have the word "kinesics" thrown at me with the frequency the author used it in this book. Most of us do not need to be hit in the head with a hammer to "get it". I completely understand that Kathryn D
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Kayleigh Towne is a rising country pop star. She is gorgeous and she is talented. Her single ‘Your shadow’ has put her under the spotlight of the world – just like she wanted. But it also brings her into the focus of a crazy stalker. Her standard signature ‘XO’ means a bit more than what it is to a particular fan. At her concert the fan warns her that he is coming for her and soon accidents and deaths surround Kayleigh. Luckily Kayleigh has a friend, Kathryn Dance, she can turn to. Kathryn, who ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the third in the Kathryn Dance series, and in my opinion, the best!

Beautiful young country music singing star, Kayleigh Towne, signs her standard fan mail return letters with ‘XO’… But Edwin Sharp is certain Kayleigh loves him, and only him, he is obsessively devoted to her, sending her gifts, emails and letters continually.

Special Agent Kathryn Dance is a long-time friend of Kayleigh, and is heading to town for her concert on Friday night, but in the meantime, she will tape some music
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago I once tried a Jeffrey Deaver novel from his Lincoln Rhymes series and I disliked it so much I never finished it. So I am very surprised that I am enjoying the Kathryn Dance series so much! I think it is because she genuinely is a strong, smart , intelligent heroine who does not make unwise decisions or put herself deliberately into danger. (Unlike certain others I could mention - are you listening Patricia Cornwell ?)
In this book Kathryn helps solve a particularly complicated multiple
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I greatly enjoy Jeffery Deaver’s crime writing. He is a remarkable author, whose writing is informed by his diverse range of knowledge and experience. His biographical notes indicate that he has been a journalist, a lawyer and a singer-songwriter, as well as the author of over 20 bestselling crime novels. I have read and enjoyed some of his Lincoln Rhyme novels, but I’m particularly taken with the Kathryn Dance series.

Kathryn Dance is a widow, mother of two teenagers, owner of two dogs, daughter
Matt Allen
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-reads
I'm a little worried about Deaver.

He's written some of the most well-crafted plots I've ever read. His novels are typically engaging, and I can always count on him to get me back on track if I'm coming off a subpar story. That said, the last three Deavers I've read confirm my growing concern.

Is he too comfortable? Not feeling challenged anymore?

The last Rhyme I read, The Burning Wire, was the first time I've been a little disappointed in that series. But both Roadside Crosses, and now XO, hav
Janie Johnson
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-challenge
I was so glad I did a reread on this book. It was even better the second time around. I have read 4 Deaver books so far, and I have enjoyed all of them. Three of those 4 were the Kathryn Dance series. And I gotta say that this one is my favorite of the 3. And I look forward to whatever others he adds to this series.

A great premise to the story that can keep your mind reeling and keep you guessing with the turn of every page. I quite literally could not put the book down. Deaver has the knack fo
-#3 of the Kathryn Dance Series-This was disappointing. Deaver is usually a master at his work. This, however, was a total bomb. I got the impression that he was writing this to fit his desire to highlight the music industry aspect of his plot. It was like he manipulated his plot and his characters to fit his theme. It was a poor choice. All of a sudden Kathryn has a hobby of recording eccentric music from rural California and posting on her website? She is friends with a very young country musi ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in Kathryn Dance series. Lots of twists and turns in plot, great cast of characters, elusive perp, a visit from Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs - this book really delivers. There are also some unexpected developments in Dance's private life. I really cannot wait to read another book in that series!
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is what I love about Jeffrey Deaver...multiple climaxes. No, not like THAT...get your mind out of the gutter, we're talking about literature here! What I mean is, he will write a fantastic twist ending that you never saw coming, yet makes perfect sense in the context of the novel. It would be a satisfying ending to any novel...but in a Deaver book, this happens when there are about 200 pages left, and three or four more such twists to look forward to. And the most beautiful part? That even ...more
Amanda Patterson
Kayleigh Towne, a beautiful young singing superstar, signs her fan mail XO.
Most fans realise this is a form email sent to millions, but Edwin Sharp loves Kayleigh a little more than the average fan. And that XO means everything to him. Edwin sends gifts, mails messages to her private address and he knows everything about her. When he arrives in Fresno for a concert, Kayleigh and her entourage are stunned.
Kathryn Dance, music lover, is in town. Dance is a police officer, an agent with the Califor
John Bunyan
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I picked this up from the bargain table at Barnes and Noble. It is the third novel featuring Katherine Dance. I have not read the first 2 though I did read the Lincoln Rhyme story she is in and she was in one of the short stories I read recently. I don't like her as much as Lincoln Rhyme but maybe because I can always picture him as Denzel Washington and I don't have a clear picture of her. Anyway the story is pretty good, about a stalker following a country singer and ... Maybe ... Trying to ki ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
Ag no sis man Mr Deaver! This book was just too too much. It starts off at a good pace, interesting characters, good dialogue interspersed with interesting facts about the music business and then Gentle Reader Mr Deaver loses his marbles. He writes a convoluted stories with more twists than the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany. Then this happens then that and then the other thing. It was just too many twists. I felt quite tired at the end of this book.
A good surprise twist that works is a joyou
Jerry B
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Mystery/Crime Thriller Author or Country Music Wannabe?

“XO” is the third Deaver novel to feature body-language expert Kathyn Dance as leading lady. This somewhat unoriginal story featured Dance as a fan of music star Kayleigh Towne, a Taylor Swift knockoff if there ever was one (even to the extent of copying the infamous Kanye West disruption during one of Swift’s award acceptances). Towne is being mercilessly stalked by an obsessive fan – and when there are a couple of unexpected deaths in her
Wow! Wow! Wow! First off, I love Jeffery Deaver's mind... No doubt about it, what a smart, analytical, sleight of hand, procedural kind of guy. What I did learn... that I didn't know... was more about the author and his love for music. Just another depth of coolness this guy wears. This series rocks because the characters are fresh and because Jeffery has merged them with my other favorite... Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. Outstanding! Now the story.... Oh I'm not going to give you the synopsis ...more
Deyth Banger
"April 4, 2017 – Finished Reading
April 4, 2017 – page 376
97.66% "At least something... to be schooled!"
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75.06% "-1 Star mainly because repeation comes."
April 3, 2017 – page 289
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49.09% "He likes each character to have something in his hand."
March 30, 2017 – page 187
48.57% "Creating characters and fast playi
Seeley James
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
XO - Author Jeffery Deaver - 98,000 ~ words, $26.95 HC / $12.99 E

I finished reading XO while sitting in the front row of the Poisoned Pen (our cherished local bookstore) just as Jeffery Deaver took the microphone on stage. Perfect timing! Except … I couldn’t think of any questions to ask him that wouldn’t spoil it for everyone else. So I sat there recalling the day when the book came out. I’d ordered it without a second thought but when I went to pick it up, I read the liner and almost put it ba
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
2.5 stars

I expected to like this a lot more but found that there was one twist too many for my liking. Kathryn Dance is on vacation, visiting her country superstar friend, Kayleigh Towne (think Taylor Swift - though oddly enough Swift is mentioned a few times in the novel), who has an obsessive stalker shaking up her world. Dance forces herself into the local investigation as members of Kayleigh's inner circle begin to be killed.

I was excited to read this, as I myself am a huge country fan. Howe
Yara Hatem
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I have decided to summarize my review in points:

1. The moment Lincoln Rhyme came in, and I was like there was no way they could have solved it without him! 4 pages he came in, did his thing, the chart and got out! I have to say that being the fan of Lincoln Ryhme that I am I was happy to see him do his thing.

2. Again and again, Jeffery D. did an amazing job researching the theme of his book, he always gives you the feeling that he really knows what he is talking about, which may not be the case
Another great Kathryn Dance novel

Thi is book 3 of the Agent Kathryn Dance series!! I BELIVE these books keep getting better and better!! (Prob because I enjoy the main character and the authors style of writing! He's got a great plot for all his books!!) this book is about agent dance taking a Lil Vacation, but that turns into a huge thing for her as her country musician friend is being STALKED!!! She swings into action to help and this book is the story of what happens and her amazing wit, a
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a recent long car trip audio selection and it was excellent in that venue. Deaver is a talented storyteller and his two stock protagonists, Lincoln Rhyme (who makes an extended cameo in this story) and Kathryn Dance, the female lead here, are both like able, realistic characters. This story focused on the country music industry and was loaded with twists, turns, and red herrings. There was even some actual music sprinkled in. All in all, a very enjoyable companion for a multi day road t ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am a huge Jeffrey Deaver fan and this is the first book he has written that I didn't like. The first two Kathryn Dance books were well crafted, suspensful, and held my attention from the first page. This story of a celebrity stalker relentlessly contacting/following a young, pop star in Fresno--a friend of Kathryn's of course--should have been a short story rather than a full blown novel. The plot simply could not sustain a 400 page effort and the writing reflects unnecessary detail of the mus ...more
J. Ewbank
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jeffrey Deaver has written another Kathryn Dance novel and this one is as good as his former novels. We get to know the characters, or at least some of them and the plot does plenty of twists and turns which is common in Deaver works. I was kept interested by the plot which never lets go work its knowns and unknowns. I enjoyed reading this book.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church"
Ross Homer
Jun 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
I couldn't return this to Kindle fast enough! I've read some terrible books but this one really takes the cake. I had meant to download a sample, wish I had, and hit 'buy' by accident. I read about the same number of pages as a sample would have been and was amazed at how poorly it is written. Save your money and buy the new Lincoln Child novel, The Third Gate, instead.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The 3rd book in the Kathryn Dance series by Jeffery Deaver.
Kathryn Dance, an investigator with the California Bureau of Investigation and this series is a spin off from the Lincoln Rhyme books. A very good move on Jeffery Deavers part keeping his books fresh.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love the Kathryn Dance series and this didn't let me down. Fantastic
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is a Kathryn Dance novel. Kathryn is on vacation and has gone to Fresno to see her young friend and up-and-coming country music singer, Kayleigh Towne, perform. She’s not there long before she discovers Kayleigh has a stalker and he’s in town to go to Kayleigh’s concert, too. During the week before the concert, a couple of people with ties to Kayleigh, die. Then an attempt is made on her step-mother’s life. Someone is using her music as a tool to announce there will soon be another victim. ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Jeffery Deaver's book XO is about a young popular country western vocalist, Kayleigh Towne who is being stalked by an obsessed fan. It appears that the stalker takes verses of her popular song as clues to what tragic event will take place next. Problem is when you are in the limelight there may be other people who wish they had your life and look for ways to get close to you. Are those you trust worthy of that trust?Is the stalker being set-up? Kayleigh's friend Kathryn Dance is in town and quic ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a Jeffery Deaver. I devoured the Lincoln Rhyme series back in the day and was so excited to see him and his few side kicks made an appearance in this book! (if only for a short time)

Full of the usual Deaver twists and turns, I had forgotten how this author likes to throw in the occasional big fat red herring! I thought I had this one figured out many times, but then something happened ... and I changed my mind. I came to the conclusion that this is exactly what Dea
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