Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Victims' Club” as Want to Read:
The Victims' Club
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Victims' Club

by
3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,235 ratings  ·  271 reviews

Snap. Upload. Ruin a reputation.

In this page-turning short story from international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, senior detective Jon Avery inherits a deeply troubling case. At an off-campus party, university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, and millions of JPEGs are zipping lik

...more
Kindle Edition, 41 pages
Published March 29th 2018 by Amazon Original Stories
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Victims' Club, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
maria seilius Depending on how fast you read an hour /hour 1/2 .

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.76  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,235 ratings  ·  271 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Bill Lynas
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A stand alone short story set around a university campus where a professor is drugged, undressed & photographed. When her image is released online a small town detective investigates. It's normally the twists in his stories that make me a fan of Jeffery Deaver, but this time I found the story & characters far more compelling than the twist itself.
Sue
THE VICTIM’S CLUB is a standalone short story by international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver.

The novel is set around a small-town university campus, at an off-campus party, a university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed and photographed on a burner phone, and the photos displayed online.

Experienced senior detective Jon Avery is assigned to the case. Why would someone do this? He must determine who was behind this horrific act.

But soon he runs into a wall of silence at Preston Coll
...more
Gary
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A good solid short read from top selling author Jeffery Deaver. This is a quick read but it does have more substance than a lot of short stories resulting in a satisfying read.
Senior detective Jon Avery investigates a case where st an off-campus party, a university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, and millions of JPEGs are zipping like immortal wasps through the internet. What is more of a mystery is what is
...more
Krissy
Listened to this with my husband while driving home from Kansas City. We both liked it okay. I'd definitely check out more by this author

His Rating: 3 stars
My Rating: 2.5 stars
Monnie
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anyone who knows my reading habits knows I'm not a fan of the "glorified short story" format - such as prolific author James Patterson's "Bookshots" and Kindle Singles like this one. But in large part because I get so many freebies to read - most of them advance review copies through NetGalley - I also tend to feel a bit guilty for buying so few books through Amazon (I swear, at one time I bought enough for CEO Jeff Bezos to buy a well-tricked-out BMW). And since I AM a huge Jeffery Deaver fan, ...more
Kevin Stilley
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Jeffrey Deaver writes great suspense thrillers, and just so-so short fiction. This book falls into the second category, and as such is an interesting diversion with a typical Deaver twist but not one of his better works.
A.A. Bavar
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Victims' Club is the first piece I've read by Mr. Deaver. Based on his bio and vast number of highly acclaimed novels, I was very excited to dive into this suspense thriller short-story, expecting an involving and fascinating journey. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed.

I usually write thorough reviews, but in this case it's not necessary. From a technical point, the writing is okay, although it does suffer from too much telling and over-telling. I'm also not a big fan of listening to c
...more
Richard
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Small town community mentality, dominates this short story. Trouble is, it is the prestigious college and the sports department that closes ranks and presents a wall of silence. The sorry state is, it is another faculty’s professor that is the victim and no-one seems prepared to help one of their own.
The local deputy who inherits this case finds it frustrating that no-one comes forward, witnesses have sketchy memories and their is little evidence to get a conviction. Convinced a jock is involved
...more
Dimitris Passas
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short story by the prominent American crime writer Jeffery Deaver, the author of the best-selling Lincoln Rhyme book series, consist an excellent choice for the reader who desires to delve into a short, but well crafted and narrated, crime story and indulge in the well-known and universally acknowledged Deaver's thrilling, full of amazing plot twists, writing style. It is a simple story and for once it doesn't involve a murder but a case of public humiliation of a Preston University profess ...more
Jerry B
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Deaver is not merely one of our favorite authors, he is also a writer whom we admire for his prowess with short stories – well evidenced by his (no less than) three popular anthologies of short tales, all by himself. “Victim’s Club” is no exception, as a diligent cop called upon to take over a case for a colleague with a family emergency tries to solve a really intricate case. Even the title is a bit of a red herring to this quite entertaining crime story – with an application of “justice” than ...more
Catie
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable!

Not being a short story reader, I picked this Jeffery Deaver because I haven't read anything by him in years.
And it was a taut story that had good characters. The only problem...to me...was the quick jump at the end.
The title and the actual story are unusual also.
But maybe that's how a good short story should be...!
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
A good, quick listen (1.5 hours) on the drive home. It wasn't as good as the last Deaver single I listened to, but it was interesting enough. I think I would have enjoyed it more reading it, as a couple things at the end didn't make as much sense not seeing it in print. Overall it kept my attention and I liked the resolution.
David Highton
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Clever plot in this short Kindle single
Robert V. Rossi
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 17-35 yoa
Recommended to Robert V. Rossi by: First reads
If you are looking for a lack luster short story to read than this is for you. If Deaver had made it a bit shorter it could be the next multi business television commercial. Because of the content I would recommend this for 17+ and, probably, halt the age at 35. This seems to be what the younger generations are about. There are enough reviews on this book that are as long as the story that I don't need to rehash. Here's why I didn't like it. It is a realistic story about the poisoning of humanit ...more
Pat Patterson
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I obtained this quick read through the Kindles Unlimited program.
I grabbed it and read it, because it was quick, but I DIDN'T Amazon review it at that time, because I was WAY past deadline with some other reviews (of book-length work) I had promised, and I didn't want the writers of those books to know I was sneaking in a little quickie on the side.

Well, I've essentially caught up with the work I'd taken on now, and so I'm fessing up. Not so much out of guilt, but because I really want to say t
...more
Meredith
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'll keep this simple. This book was completely unimpressive. It's not a bad book, but it certainly leaves a lot to be desired. Not to mention a quick read - probably 2 hours in one sitting, if you like.

It's about a college professor who attends a party, is drugged, and has nude photos taken of her and spread across the internet. Devastating, to be sure. The main protagonist is Jon Avery, a detective at the local sheriff's office who is assigned the case after the main investigator goes on leave
...more
Vicki
My rating 3.4

Snap. Upload. Ruin a reputation.

In this page-turning short story from international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, senior detective Jon Avery inherits a deeply troubling case. At an off-campus party, university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, and millions of JPEGs are zipping like immortal wasps through the internet. But why would someone target her? She has no vengeful exes or rival academi
...more
Ezri K
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book
Not a long book. Believe this to be more of a novella of a mystery. Might have taken a little of an hour to read if that is any help on the length. (Am about an average speed of a reader.)

That said this writing was eh. A lot of detail on things that didn't really matter along with background information that had nothing to do with the story. Not sure why the use of some words were used when the basic one would have sufficed. (Example: "holding is cup of black Starbucks." "holding his cup of coff
...more
Kira FlowerChild
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mysteries
Interesting enough, but this didn't seem to be the work of a seasoned author of forty novels. There were places where the prose was awkward and simplistic. A lot of computer jargon was thrown in as if the author was trying to impress the reader with his knowledge of cyber crime. I lost count of the number of times the word "Uber" was used. I know that some authors, such as Tom Clancy and James Patterson, delegate some of their writing to assistants just to keep the pot boiling. Authorship by cor ...more
Jan
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Snap. Upload. Ruin a reputation.

In this page-turning short story from international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, senior detective Jon Avery inherits a deeply troubling case. At an off-campus party, university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, and millions of JPEGs are zipping like immortal wasps through the internet. But why would someone target her? She has no vengeful exes or rival academics, no stalke
...more
Trish
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Again, too long taken to put up this review (I've had a very busy year, leading into some travel) and so I don't have much meat to add to this.

My impression is that it was a good Jeffery Deaver. Straight into the story and very entertaining.

It starts with a youngish academic being drugged, undressed and photographed, with the photos being uploaded on social media. But why? To ruin her reputation? For no reason at all?

The Victim's Club becomes evident much later into this novella (short book). An
...more
Nancy Silk
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"A Quick Mystery To Read"

This is a short story by famous author Jeffery Deaver. Senior detective Jon Avery takes on a troubling case. At an off-campus party, university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed. These photos swamp the internet. Why was she targeted? He is facing a wall of silence at the Preston College,and he may have consequences as the local sheriff does not want him to pursue this case. Great story, intriguing and a good plot and interesting twists.
Khyna
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty

I liked it. It was pretty good for a first time Amazon short story. The author did a good job. It moved quickly and even had some funny parts while dealing with a very serious matter that is affecting our nation, and the world everyday. I think I would have liked to see it as a full novel dealing with what the victim went through more and justice for that victim. It’s a serious problem and I think covering it deeper would have been good awareness for the readers. But it’s a great short sto
...more
Book Worm
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These shorts are why I bought a kindle!

A university party, a woman drugged and assaulted, a case of collective amnesia?

When a female professor has her dignity stripped and all leads end in an impenetrable stone wall Detective Avery seems at a loss...

Great fun short read, free with Prime and cheap as chips for those with a Kindle app. No one makes you respect the law and its officers like Jeffrey Deaver. This book is a satisfying, quick, treat.
Jacki Beights
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Plot perfect

Jeffery Deaver is a favorite author. I have read several of his novels and have never been disappointed. But this short story is superb, the plot, the characters, the crime committed, the unique way of solving the problem, the main character. No missteps thru-out in setting the stage for the finale. Absolutely wonderful. Missing a truly good read it you don't rush to get a copy.
Andrew
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some authors have the unique ability, in very few words, to create characters that the reader either loves or hates. Either way, it is character development that really causes the reader to quickly become invested in the story. This author falls into that category and I will definitely read more of his books. As for this one: a great short story that has an interesting feeling of satisfaction at the end.
ReginaL.Jordan
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting with a academic twist

Entertaining and a short diversion trip into characters that I found compelling . For future stories to my liking, I would need a little more action. It was a slower paced read than the author usually delivers but still had plot twists that were well placed and innovative. Would recommend it for anyone that enjoys police investigations and who done it’s.
Debby
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Deaver's stand alone short story

This is not a typical Jeffery Deaver book. He has his well know characters, Rhyme & Dance but this is and original story. He presents an original detective, who cleverly solves a unique crime. He plots a well written story that the reader can visualize the locations by his rich descriptive language. There is no violence or foul language. A well plotted short story, crime committed, suppious criminals, crime solved. The end.
Black Butterfly
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ADULTS
I HATE TECHNOLOGY IT’S A TOOL I’M FORCED TO USE (like everyone else) JUST TO FUNCTION. THIS BOOK MADE ME WONDER WTF HAPPENED TO OUR SCHOOLS FOR HIGHER LEARNING. YOU SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO LEARN NOT HOW TO BULLY, RAPE, DRINK ALCOHOL, DISRESPECT LESS FORTUNATE OR DISABLED, DO DRUGS, KILL OTHERS etc. THIS LIST GOES ON AND ON WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY DISGUSTING. I DO REALLY LIKE AVERY AND HOBBS, GREAT CHARACTERS, THIS WAS A SHORT READ(novella) BUT IT PACKED A BIG PUNCH. ;D
Erinn
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun quick read. If you’re looking for a quick investigation mystery, this is a nice choice. It’s a perfect single and I’m glad it wasn’t drawn out with filler into a longer novel. It’s also free of gore and melodramatic twists. The only flaw is that the victim seems less angry and passionate about finding the criminals than the detective ... or others.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • On the Lisbon Disaster
  • Hemingway's Ghost
  • The Making of Legend (Cerebral Network, #1)
  • Endless Vacation
  • The 13th
  • Booby Trap
  • Vegas or Bust (Aggie Underhill Mysteries, #7)
  • The Network (DI. Sean Corrigan # 0.6)
  • Concrete Underground
  • Feral (Palimpsest #1)
  • A Christmas Jar for Santa - A Christmas Jars Story
  • The Necro Device
  • Tin City Tinder (Boone Childress Mysteries)
  • Breaking News
  • Jerusalem Gap
  • The Lemesurier Inheritance: A Short Story
  • The Mountain King
  • Privy to Murder
See similar books…
7,191 followers
#1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world.