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More Twisted: Collected Stories, Vol. II

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New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, “the grand master of the plot twist” (Booklist), is back with more diabolical tales of suspense.

Deaver, author of the Lincoln Rhyme series (The Bone Collector, etc.), crafted first-rate thrills in the story collection Twisted. Here he presents sixteen more tales—including an all-new Lincoln Rhyme entry—spawned from his dar
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Pocket Books (first published 2006)
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Arun Divakar
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
You walk into a cafe and sit sipping coffee, time passes and someone joins you at the table. At this point its slightly hazy as to your relation with the person. The two of you strike up a conversation and get comfortable with each other. Then you finish your coffee and walk out the door and in passing through an alley the person turns around quick and stabs you right through the midriff...it's lights out for you !!! This is what a shocker short story would be like. You never know what caught yo ...more
John
A bunch of OK stories that follow-up Deaver's first mediocre collection, TWISTED. The problem is that all these stories hinge around just one thing: The Surprise Plot Twist. Everything else is mere window dressing.
Unfortunately for readers, knowing a big twist is coming often makes it easy to spot said twist from a mile away. Even worse, any real surprises found in this book are usually the result of Deaver not laying the proper groundwork for making the "twist" feel organic to the story. A trul
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Cherry Olof
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These bite-sized thrills that make each page worth turning. I took my time with each story. Each of them left me with sweaty palms and some switch-off-the-lights hesitations. Jeffrey did not for one page disappoint. As a matter of fact, I rue the fact that I had this book in my possession for over 4 years and never once opened it to read because the cover didn't really intrigue.

I'll give it 4 stars for being good and use the one as a blanket replacement for those moments I needed it during this
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Beth
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These stories told by various narrators definitely have some unexpected twists! They kept me guessing till the end, very entertaining.
Ching-Bing-Ping
Jeffrey Deaver, has been wasted, and he is himself responsible for this waste of his talent. Had he written anything, by which I mean “SERIOUS” literature, he would have got himself shortlisted for any number of awards which puts the mark, “I AM A LITERARY SNOB” on ones lapel. He is that good. Had he written some obscure literature he would have been heralded as a genius, whose book makes you a better human being, and forces you to write 4000 words long reviews, and if you do read his books, you ...more
Brenda
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book collection of Deaver's short stories, previously published elsewhere and collected here for our enjoyment. Going into this, I had never read anything by Deaver, I only knew of his name as he was linked to James Bond, having written one of the novels, which I haven't read yet. So my expectations were, well frankly I had none. When I picked up this book at my library I had no idea I was about to gain a new writer as a favorite.
The short stories in this collection are:

A Dish Served
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Esther
Aug 21, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
More Twisted by Jeffery Deaver is a collection of short mystery stories. Each short story is unique and keeps you guessing every time. I found it enjoyable and pleasing to not be able to guess the villain, even though some stories are more predictable than others. The only downside is that I wish the stories would have been completed so I could see what happens next. Each short story has enough potential to turn into a long, riveting story.
The first page hooked me in and I kept reading to see w
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Jerry
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleased with the recently (2014) published “Trouble In Mind” Deaver short-story collection, we proceeded to read his other two: “Twisted” and this one, “More Twisted.” Again we have a variety of 16 short tales, roughly 25 pages or so each, not counting a little longer 50-page appearance of Lincoln Rhyme, an easy guess given the title “Locard’s Principle”, an axiom (we readers have had explained to us multiple times) on which Rhyme has based his whole forensic career. The other entries feature ra ...more
Charity
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sam
This collection of 16 short stories vary from gripping suspense to outright horror and cold blooded murder (although the one story is in theory a good way to get book sales up...if somewhat psychotic). Each one has its own little twist, some of which you can see (or maybe sense/feel is more accurate) from the outset while others don't hit you until you reach the final page. Having read some of Deaver's full length works, I did feel these were lacking a little of his usual flare as the characters ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read one Deaver novel, A Kathryn Dance one, which I enjoyed very much; and several of his short stories now. I enjoyed most of these stories with them ranging from excellent to mediocre and, imho, most were good-very good. My average rating comes to a 3.5 for the stories and I feel happy with that; just a bit better than good! Deaver shows himself to be a good writer and the master of the twist ending. He's been on my tbr list forever. Perhaps next year I can devote some time to him.



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Donna Lewis
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have owned the book for several years. I got it after reading Vol. I, which I loved. I just never got around to reading this one. You have to be in the mood to read short stories. Well I was rewarded with several delightfully intense mysteries. Only a true master storyteller can pack enough into a sort story to grab the reader's interest, then surprise them with a marvelous ending. Deaver is just the kind of master. Delightful book, worth the wait.
Сибин Майналовски
Разкошна подборка на разкошни разкази! Майсторът си е майстор! Ако „Разкази с неочакван край“ са ви били любими, а от известно време насам не може да се откъснете от кримки, трилъри и прочие остросюжетни четива, тази книга е перфектен избор! :) Жалко, че започнах от втората, но веднага поправям грешката си и скачам директно в дебрите и на първата :)
Senka
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I tried reading Deaver once and I couldn't finish that book. It took me from his other work for years. Thanks to my great friend who gave me this book I've changed my mind about him.
These short stories are great! Looking forward to reading something other from him.
Luci
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a collection of excellent short stories. Many were very simple in premise but their execution was solid. The twists in many of these stories were hard to see but made complete sense at the end. A very good mystery collection.
Jo
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As is perhaps inevitable with short stories, some were better, stronger than others. Some I could see the twist coming, others truly did surprise me. Interesting mixture.
Marie Grassick
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A skim through book with only two memorable stories
Paul Lee
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every story ends with a unexpected twist. Kept me guessing and thinking. Enjoyed everyone of the stories In this book. Utterly amazing!
Mark Soone
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My rating of 5 is actually a 4.5, but I enjoyed it so much I rounded up rather than down. I found this much more enjoyable than Deaver's first collection. The twists and turns in these stories are well thought out and well placed. A good blend of detective work, suspense and mystery. If you like short stories add this to your must read list....if you don't like them..try this one and you may just change your tune.

1- chapter & Verse- 3 stars- A cool little spin on the Davinci code. Since I kn
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Ian
Feb 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Benjamin Thomas
It took a few of these stories for them to start to grow on me. I guess I am more used to the type of stories with twists in them that Jeffrey Archer writes. But there were still a lot of good ones in here. The last two stories in the collection were particularly good. "Ninety-eight Point Six" was a more typical twisted story. I knew right from the beginning who the twist would revolve around (the one that seemed the most innocent). However, the how of it was a nice surprise. The final entry in ...more
Jenifer
Audio. Narrated by various artists including some of my favorites, Barbara Rosenblatt and George Guidell.

This was a pretty solid effort for this genre. It seems like a lot of short stories that I read suck you in and then never have satisfying endings, so I liked that these short stories had real endings and resolutions. Some of the sixteen were more interesting to me than others, of course, but I think there's something here for every mystery lover. I especially enjoyed the author's notes abou
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Nick Brett
Dec 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to confess to not having read much of the author’s work, but enjoyed his James Bond book. I thought this would be a good place to start on his other work to see if I should then expand onto his novels.
Mr Deaver starts by talking about teaching writing and indeed at the end of the book slightly dissects one of the short stories presented here..

To my genuine surprise, I found this a weak and pedestrian collection with none of the clever twists I was expecting. The plots are either telegraph
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Christine Blachford
I’m not a short story reader normally, but I’ve been getting more and more into the format recently. I read the original Twisted book a long time ago, and have had this sequel sitting on my bookshelf since it first came out. I adore Jeffery Deaver’s writing and have read most, if not all, the Lincoln Rhyme novels. The amount of detail and knowledge about crime, the police system, forensic evidence, it boggles my mind.

The short stories are just as good, with plenty of suspense and always a good t
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Jon Jervis
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good collection of short unrelated stories, which were enjoyable but despite being unrelated they were all too similar to read in one go.

Deaver has done a good job of writing twists in to each of the stories in the book but after a couple of the stories in quick succession you soon start to be suspicious of every character you meet and that slightly ruins the suspense in the later stories.

I would suggest that this book is best read as a second one alongside another book, so you can just jump i
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Dex
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Le daría más estrellas si no hubiera leído nunca a Jeffery Deaver, pero lo he hecho y sé que da para más.

Muchas historias son buenas pero algunas se sienten muy forzadas; sobre todo porque siempre trata de que todas tengan un final inesperado (por eso More Twisted). El problema que veo es que ese mismo final que busca hace que a veces las situaciones parezcan bien caricaturescas. Y por la misma razón, que sabes que va a haber una especie de "vuelta de tuerca", sin querer tratas de anticiparte y
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Dokusha
Sechzehn Geschichten, in denen Deaver mit den Erwartungen der Leser spielt und diese natürlich in eine falsche Richtung lenkt. Immer stellt sich am Ende heraus, daß alles dóch ganz anders ist als es den Anschein hat, und oft sind die Bösewichte nicht die, die man dafür hält.
Die Geschichten selbst sind unterschiedlich. Manche sind schlichtweg genial, andere eher Durchschnitt. Eine wirklich schlechte ist nicht dabei. Allerdings wiederholt sich das Grundmuster hin und wieder - nicht so sehr, daß di
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Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Un ladro di gioielli nella Londra di Sherlock Holmes. Una madre che teme il ritorno della figlia degenere, armata di pistola. Adulteri che cercano di eliminare il coniuge facendo cadere la colpa su un capro espiatorio. Avvocati che si credono molto astuti e si accorgono di essere stati manipolati da qualcuno più furbo di loro. Poliziotti con qualche scheletro di troppo nell'armadio. E serial killer che si assicurano altri anni di onorata carriera. Sono i protagonisti di questa nuova serie di ra ...more
Zarina
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I purchased this book back in 2009, I did not it was a collection of short stories. I am not a fan of short stories so I was a bit put off. However, after reading the preface and my previous read, Arsene Lupin I'm a fan (provided its a crime/thriller stories).

As Deaver mentioned in the preface, "The payoff in the case of short stories isn't a roller coaster of plot reversals involving characters they've spent lots of time learning about and loving or hating, set in places with atmosphere ca
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Akmal Hizam
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is my first reading of Mr. Deaver's works, and I picked up this anthology of short stories. To test the water, I might say.

The phrase that caught my attention when I read about the introduction about his works is 'plot twist'.

Oh, and I love the twists and the 180°s that he presented in these shorts.

One thing, though. It takes me some time to sober up from the ending of the previous shock while starting the next one. Getting to know another set of characters, plot, time and events in the nex
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#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.
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