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Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance #2)

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"Astonishing" (New York Times Book Review) suspense master Jeffery Deaver brings back investigative agent Kathryn Dance (The Sleeping Doll) in a timely and chilling bestseller.

Roadside crosses are appearing along the highways of the Monterey Peninsula, not as memorials to past accidents but as markers for fatalities yet to come . . . and someone, armed with information gle

Paperback, 576 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Pocket Books (first published 2009)
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Christopher I wouldn't recommend it. There is unfinished business from The Sleeping Doll that comes up regularly in this book.
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Wow. Just wow.

Deaver, you have done it again. But this time, it was even better than The Sleeping Doll, Kathryn Dance #1.

I'm almost at a loss for words to write this review. Deaver can weave a tale so meticulously, when I thought I had it figured out, he completely messed with my mind. He changed gears, made me throw my suspicions out the window, and I had to just hold on for the ride while Deaver steered.

The story, or in this instance the case, which is followed in this second installment of
K.D. Absolutely
Roadside crosses. Roadside memorials. Those crosses along the highway. Those sad and forlorn images at the side of the road marking the places where sudden and unexpected deaths happened. Places where the person was last seen alive. Places where parents went to in the middle of the night or in the wee hours of the morning after receiving a call from the police. Where they shed tears. Where dreams ended.

Jeffery Deaver (born 1950) is an American mystery/crime writer. He is a journalist, novelis
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing Kathryn Dance sequel -- little mystery, way too much blogging

We thoroughly enjoyed Deaver's new character Kathyrn Dance, a specialist in kinesics (body language), who helped solve the mystery in the author's Lincoln Rhyme novel "Cold Moon". She then "starred" in her own first complete story, "Sleeping Doll", which we found highly entertaining. Unfortunately, the author missed the mark completely in "Crosses", her third appearance, and this time again in charge of an investigation a
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have GOT to stop buying this guy's books. He used to be so good, but, like P. Cornwell, he's marched right down I'm Too Important For An Editor Avenue and crossed over onto My Readers Will Love Me No Matter What I Write Boulevard. (In this book? Entire chapters about these newfangled "internet blogs." Oh, I tell ya, Marge, kids these days with their FaceSpace and Twatters.) If I ever slip and buy another one of his books, I want all my friends here to come over and punch me in the head.
The only reason why I gave this book two stars is honestly because I was kind of fascinated by how Deaver looks at internet blogs, comments on those blogs, and how you can start to see how something that he looked back at when this book was published has morphed into what it is today with a lot of people on the internet claiming to be experts on something or how easy it is to spread a rumor about somebody with no factual basis and how it could be picked up and be counted as real news. Other than ...more
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
As with most Jeffrey Deaver books that educate readers about a certain topic (i.e. how electricity works, what dirt is composed of), Roadside Crosses also attempts to teach, in this case, a myriad of topics about the computer and the internet. Deaver covers blogging, virtual reality gaming, erasing and restoring hard drives, tracking IP addresses and a whole lot of other computer-based subjects, some much better than others. However, where this book FAILED for me was that Katherine Dance, whom I ...more
Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Jeffrey Deaver's ROADSIDE CROSSES is the first of the Deaver books that has not kept my attention. I found that it wasn’t as captivating as I thought it would be. I know the area where the story took place having spent much of my life in the Salinas/Monterey/Carmel area. I enjoyed listening to the descriptions of the region but the characters seemed shallow and did not captivate me. I was particularly bothered by the way that Kathryn Dance’s relationship with her mother was treated. That piece s ...more
3.5 stars
Kathryn Dance was first introduced in Lincoln Rhyme's series -- and I liked the first Dance book enough that I bought this one back when it was first released in 2009. However, I wasn't able to really sit down and read until today.

The crime in this book was a bit unsettling for me. Why? Because it was related to cyberbullying -- how the posts and comments in online blogs could take lives of their own, becoming more viscious and more outlandish. How people could came up with over-the-to
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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Peter Clothier
Jun 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It felt like time for some light reading, and my favorite light reading is the crime novel. So I picked up a Jeffrey Deaver hardback from a used book stand for a couple of dollars--and was glad I hadn't forked out more. I first encountered Deaver a few years ago through The Bone Collector, with its appealing quadriplegic forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme (marvelously played in a film version by Denzel Washington.) I sped through the book, as I have done other books by Deaver since, with considerable ...more
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good puzzle/mystery, California, on-line computer games.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all of Mr. Deaver's work.
There is so much going on in this book and it is very satisfying on many levels. Jeffrey Deaver, yet another retired attorney, lays out a very complicated plot and keeps it all finely balanced to the real end. I lost count of the false trails and conclusions he leads us on.

Mr. Deaver, who has also created over 25 other novels featuring quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs or California Bureau of Investigation kinesics expert Kathryn Dance and Monterey County Sheriff's office d
This book was not as good as the first in the series--too much about MMORPGs and blogging and not enough of Kathryn Dance plying her specialty (kinesics - the reading of body language).

The main plot was also diluted by sub-plots (one about Kathryn's mother and one about a sneaky investigator) that thinned further a plot already thinned by the digressions into MMORPGs and blogging mentioned above. Both were werapped up a little too quickly and neatly. The one involving Kathryn's mother could have
Laura Belgrave
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ipad
Plenty of others have already supplied a description of the book, so I won't do that. All I will do is tell you that that Roadside Crosses, the second in Deaver's Kathryn Dance series, is almost impossible to put down. But that's probably more true if you have an interest in or follow the minutiae of how the entire blogging community works — and the power that it has, particularly for vulnerable young people. Much of the novel's core storyline hinges on that, but even if all things tech summon l ...more
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Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The second book in author Jeffery Deaver's Kathryn Dance series of thrillers, "Roadside Crosses", was a pretty good read. Coming in at over 540 pages this one takes time to get through reading. The plot is slow to unwind at times, and branches off at unexpected turns. Protagonist Kathryn Dance, a widow works for California's Bureau of Investigation. She's an expert in kinesics, the study of body language to determine a person's likelihood of telling the truth. Dance must investigate a series of ...more
Janie Johnson
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-challenge
I am totally blown away by this man's talent! This could very well be my favorite read for the year, or at least one of the top. I enjoyed this one even more that the first in the Kathryn Dance series, The Sleeping Doll, if that is even possible. I have also read XO, but I read it out of order and I do plan on revisiting that book soon to complete this series so far.

These books do in fact need to be read in order because certain parts of the story lines do carry over into the next book. So I fee
Strawberry Fields
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe I am liking Kathyrn Dance better than Lincoln Rhyme. Is that blasphemy? Well, even Amelia Sachs has here moments of reading people and giving credence to witness accounts.

This book is about the internet and how it affects people's lives. There are bloggers, gamers, social networkers, and many are cyber bullies. So much time can be spent on the internet that people are no longer functioning in the world of reality, but the world they have created for themselves in the online universe. T
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is a "chapter" book written by Jeffrey Deaver. He generally writes detective novels, the kind where there are some clues, but never enough information for you to possibly figure out the case before he's ready to tell you.

I generally enjoy reading a series of books with a recurring character, that is, if I like the character. This protagonist is Kathryn Dance, a 40s something FBI agent raising 2 children after the death of her husband.

Kathryn's specialty is kinesic forensics (or someth
Blogs, bullies, cyber crime, hacking, stalking, gaming and roadside crosses. I blog about books and my love for books and never have I looked at being on the computer as more scary than to read this title. The bullies are everywhere and being anonymous on line lets individuals run their mouths beyond the freedom of speech. Words these days are more vicious than they have ever been... This book leads the reader down a lot of roads and into all the categories I mention above. No one is safe... tee ...more
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very, very disappointed with this book. I think I've read all of Deaver's other books and especially liked Maiden's Grave and the Lincoln Rhymes series. This book was just plain silly with the police repeatedly showing up just in the nick of time to save the hapless souls from the purported serial killer. The main story line of a serial killer targeting bloggers wasn't enough for the author; the protagonist's mother was also accused of mercy killing but the protagonist, Kathyrn Dancer, was ...more
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It is a worrying trend where many gaming youngsters today cannot draw a line between the real and a synthetic world. Folk of *cough* my generation and older have no problems of keeping the two seperate and the nearest we get to that anomaly is where we are drawn harshly out of the pages of an engrossing read.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd 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.
Steve Holden
2 stars on this one could be a result of me being nice in that I really am intrigued by what Deaver brings in the genre of crime/mystery books. He focuses very much on the means of analyzing a scene of a crime or a mind of a criminal to answer motive and intention. I've read two previous books, and I really like the combination of Rhyme and Sachs. Dance, featured in this book, is a character who is average at best in solving a crime and leading a unit, but has a lot of talent in observing and re ...more
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘We give away too much information about ourselves online. Way too much.’

Memorial crosses are being placed along roads on the Monterey Peninsula, and it quickly becomes apparent that the crosses are being placed in advance of the deaths to which they are related. Kathryn Dance and her colleagues from the California Bureau of Investigation are tasked with trying to find out who is placing the crosses, and preventing more deaths from occurring.

Local high school students are interviewed after one
Jul 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2009
damn you, deaver! you were my gold standard for research, and you failed me. not on everything - but you failed me nonetheless. my heart broke a little each time you got something wrong. where was your map? why do you refuse to say that pebble beach exists? you do know carmel valley isn't carmel which isn't carmel by the sea, right? the name of the hospital! the highways! ACK.

of course, some things he got right. which made me happy.

longer review later but: kathryn dance book, picks up with a L
Sherri F.
Audio: This is #2 in Kathryn Dance series and glad I continued on w/the series b/c this installment was a lot better than the first. First, at least this one was an hour shorter and time used better and more interesting. Once again KD is chasing someone (this time alleged suspect rather than an escaped convict) and, again, it goes on for such a while w/so many near misses & getaways, it starts to come across like they are bumbling idiots. She had two visitors helping or interested in the cas ...more
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
There were some aspects of this second Kathryn Dance novel that I found to be very original. Deaver has set up a website to read along with the book. I found it to be a very clever addition to the book. I like the character of Kathryn Dance and I enjoyed this book. Several of the interesting secondary characters from the first Kathryn Dance book appeared, and new ones were introduced. The book continued some storylines from Sleeping Doll and introduced some new ones.

Katrhyn Dance, with the Cali
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find Kathryn's character a very interesting one to read. I like the way that she study's people and can help solve the crime. This book in particular had me guessing the whole way. I thought I had it figured out, then 50 pages later would have to revise my thinking. This kept happening to me over and over.

I found the social commentary about the whole on-line world to be a good one. I do think that cyber bullying is a problem and people really get out of control doing and saying things they wou
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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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Kathryn Dance (4 books)
  • The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance, #1)
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