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A Maiden's Grave

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When their schoolbus is highjacked by three ruthless prison escapees, the lives of eight deaf girls and their teacher are at stake, as the ringleader of the men threatens to kill one girl an hour until his demands are met.
Paperback, 419 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by Berkley Books (first published 1995)
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Three convicts escape from a state prison in Kansas and the horror begins when they intersect with a school bus carrying deaf students and two teachers on a lonely road. They're trapped in an abandoned slaughterhouse while federal and state law enforcement surround them and hostage negotiations ensue.

This was a harrowing story and a psychological thriller as the main leader for the felons isn't your typical escapee. The tangle between federal and state officials complicate the situation as duel
Carl Brookins
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one terrific thriller, children. It is not a cozy, or a whozie. There are no Uzis, international terrorists, or high-tech missiles. This novel takes a whole six pages of the first chapter to rear up from the page and grab you by the throat. And it doesn't let go until well after page 422.

You're in Kansas, rolling across fields of amber-waving grain. On a school bus with a group of deaf children, aged seven or eight to seventeen. You are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Three escaped
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because I had been having dry spell with anything with even a touch of romance in it, and I was desperate. I thought I need to read non-romance to get my mojo back. And boy, did I choose the right book to do the job.

This book was TOP NOTCH suspense! I was on the edge of my seat and bed all the frickin' time ... from the moment where Lou Handy and two of his friends took hostage of eight deaf girls along with their teachers ... to that very end (and god damn that ending!). The
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect that!
This book reads like a runaway juggernaut travelling at 150 kph. Look out it's about to crash.
I have read quite a lot of Jeffery Deaver over the years but they have always been one of his serial books, Lincoln Rhyme or Kathryn Dance. This is the first time reading one of his stand alone novels.
What pace, what tension, what a great read.
I've had this book for years and always thought, "ye one day I might". How wrong can you be?
A school bus with mixed age students and two te
Janie Johnson
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
This having been my first experience reading Deaver, I was just a little apprehensive. I did not know if I would like his work or not. I know I kept basing my thoughts on the movie The Bone Collector, and I loved that one. So I figured I would plunge in and get started with A Maiden's Grave. I was not disappointed, but I must say, I was frustrated from time to time.

This was a nicely flowing, unpredictable tale. It had me pretty much hooked from the first page. It wasn't necessarily fast paced, b
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy S***!! This was one intense nail-biter!! Supenseful, exciting, and unpredictable, I don't know how else to describe this book!

8 young girls and their teachers from a special school for the deaf are riding on a School Bus down a road in Kansas, and the bus is hijacked by 3 vicious criminals, and the girls and teachers are taken as Hostages and are brought to an abandoned slaughterhouse. FBI Hostage Negotiator Arthur Potter is called to the scene, and asks the criminals their demands. The lea
Pamela Mclaren
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes! This is one of those books that was slow for about 15 pages and then the reader began a roller coaster of a wild ride.

A group of deaf girls and their teachers are traveling to a special program when they see an accident at the side of a road. Naturally the stop and attempt to help the two victims but they quickly see that they aren't alive and weren't killed in an accident but murdered and now they have become kidnap victims, held as hostages by three escaped convicts. Convicts tha
Maggie Shanley
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Edge of your seat, horrific, bloody thriller! When you reach midnight and you only have 140 more pages to go, you might as well change your alarm now. You will not be able to put this one down....and you shouldn't. Deaver keeps the plot twisting and turning until the last page!
Mikka Gottstein
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eigentlich ist das Buch schon ein Oldie, denn es ist 1996 erstmals auf deutsch erschienen! Aber in meinen Augen ist es zeitlos spannend und daher definitiv auch ein Goldie der Thriller-Literatur. Was das Buch für mich so außergewöhnlich und hochinteressant machte war vor allem zweierlei:

Zum einen gibt es dem Leser einen faszinierenden Einblick darin, was bei einer Geiselnahme (in den USA) eigentlich hinter den Kulissen passiert: eine enorme, gut geölte Maschinerie, an der außer dem mit den Geise
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most disturbing Jeffery Deaver novel I've read so far... Edge of the seat stuff.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
The man is good. That was my first thought after finishing A MAIDEN’S GRAVE. If you want to learn how to plot a novel, then you’d be hard pressed to find a better author to learn from than the master himself. And he knows how to tackle damaged characters, not just emotionally damaged, but physically damaged, scarred to the point that you’re only left with pieces, and the pieces don’t seem to fit together the way that they should.

This novel is filled with enough twists and turns to keep you guess
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't know why I don't read Deaver more often. Although he, by far, isn't my favorite author he is amoung the, oh, say, top 5 and I've yet to be disappointed by anything of his that I've read. When I picked up A Maiden's Grave for a few dollars I fully expected to have a 'meh' attitude about it, going on the synopsis-but I figured, hey, it should be entertaining enough and if not I'm only out a few dollars. I was pleasantly surprised to often find myself unwilling to put it down because it was ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yeha!! Finally, bacaannya udah komplit.

Menurut saya, buku ini lumayan sih, lumayan buat bergidik. Bila diresapi lebih fokus pada proses penyanderaan mereka, bisa terasa ketegangannya.

Saya setuju dengan hubungan romansa yang cukup unik, aneh, dan instan antara agen Potter dan Melanie, walau ending-nya tidak jelas mereka akan bersama atau tidak. Namun... diam-diam... saya sebenarnya berharap Melanie dan Lou (si penjahat berdarah dingin) tiba-tiba jatuh cinta gituh, soalnya chemistry mereka cukup d
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un gran bel libro, fuori dalle serie di Lincoln Rhyme o degli altri sui investigatori. Deaver questa volta affronta una situazione dalle mille possibilità e dalle mille interpretazioni: tre fuggitivi rifugiatisi in un ex mattatoio con una decina di ostaggi, due adulti e altri bambini, tutte di sesso femminile e tutte, tranne una, sorde. La negoziazione è tesa, drammatica, comincia subito con un fatto terribile che condiziona tutto. Ma il signor Potter, il negoziatore sembra avere in pugno la sit ...more
James Pettifer
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this a hard book to rate - tossing up between a 3 or a 4. It was well paced and well read but just felt a bit too rough around the edges. In looking, it is one of Deaver's earlier works and perhaps he just didn't have the experience to be able to provide the polish that his later books have.

That said, I still was drawn through the story and wanted to finish it.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
Great book dealing with a hostage situation and an FBI hostage negotiator. Lots of twists and turns. You will not want to put this book down. Deavers’ has created a masterpiece with this novel!
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review #2

Bahasa isyarat dan teknik negosiasi sandera

Jahat itu sederhana dan baik itu rumit. Dan yang sederhana selalu menang. Pada akhirnya segala sesuatu berakhir di sana. Sederhana selalu menang.. (hlm 607)

Inilah buku Jeffery Deaver yang pertama kubaca, setelah sebelumnya pernah menonton film The Bone Collector yang ternyata dibuat berdasar karyanya.Kisah tentang delapan siswi tuna rungu dan dua guru Sekolah Laurent Clerc dalam perjalanan untuk menonton teater di Topeka dijadikan sandera oleh
Diane Houdeshell
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This is closer to a 3.5. I enjoyed the majority of the book, but did not like the ending. I also found the relationship between Art and Melanie to be unrealistic.
Antonio Rosato
Di Jeffery Deaver avevo letto soltanto (e quasi vent'anni fa) "Il collezionista di ossa": mi era piaciuto ma senza appassionarmi più di tanto e, perciò, decisi di lasciar perdere Deaver. Ad inizio 2013, approfittando (almeno così mi sembra di ricordare) di un'offerta sugli ebook, comprai "Il silenzio dei rapiti"... e da allora, visto che comunque non mi andava di leggerlo, è sempre rimasto parcheggiato sul mio e-reader!
Qualche giorno fa, in mancanza di altre letture, ho deciso che era arrivato i
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bus yang membawa 8 murid perempuan tunarungu dan guru-guru mereka mendadak berhenti di jalan yang sunyi di tengah ladang gandum. Terjadinya sebuah kecelakaan yang membuat sang guru berinisiatif menolong, namun seharusnya mereka tidak pernah berhenti karena kecelakaan tersebut dibuat oleh 3 napi pelarian yang sedang menunggu.

Pengejaran yang dilakukan oleh polisi membuat ketiga napi melakukan penyanderaan terhadap murid-murid tersebut, ketiga napi menaiki bus yang dan membawa mereka ke sebuah ruma
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Hostage barricade dramas are very interesting. How the negotiator plays the hostage takers has always been very interesting to me. In this case Deaver creates a very interesting cast of characters dealing with such a situation. The behind the scenes of hostage negotiators was very interesting and I don't know how much of it is a result of Deaver's imagination and how much real intelligence has. In fact, I would be concerned, if I was a negotiator, of some of the tricks used becoming common knowl ...more
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver- A Maiden’s Grave (Signet 1996) 4.75 Stars

A Maiden’s Grave is the first Deaver book that I have ever read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will likely be reading a lot more of his novels in the future. In this particular novel, Arthur Potter is called to negotiate with a group of hostage takers that have captured a group of deaf students. Being a federal hostage negotiation agent he must fight to get the support of state officials who would rather have control of the situation for p
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: facebook-reviews
Mr. Deaver spins a master plot with "A Maiden's Grave". It's not at all about his expertise in Forensic investigations. This story is about Hostage Negotiations. And what a ride it was. This is a book to be savored. Don't speed read or you may miss out on the exotic taste of the game of psychology interspersed with a steady battle of wits.

There is also a very mature romantic angle in the plot. Not too overt, not the stupid puppy passionate romance but more of a serene yet strong romance between
Jeff Brateman
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Classic hostage negotiator story, with weird twists. So near the end of this book, I was thinking that it was pretty stupid. It just was like all sweet, the type of ending to make you go "awwwww" and bat your eyelids. But that was not the end, thankfully. If it was, I would've thrown this book into the trash immediately. I now plan to wait a few days to send this book into eternal damnation with the rest of the love story in this book, rather than immediately cast it to the depths of unknown per ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one good psychological thriller! A bus with 8 deaf student, two teachers is being held hostage by three escaped convicts. One convict comes up with the idea to kill one girl per hour until authorities cut them a deal. This tale definitely had me on the edge of my seat. Lots of twists and turns and I just couldn't put it down.

Note: This was a book that I received from a member at

Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it

I like Jeffery Deaver's books a lot but I always get the feeling that he just drags the story for too long, that it could be cut short without missing any of the good parts.
In this book a bus with deaf young girls and 2 teachers is hijacked and the all book deals with the negociation to get them out. There are no easy ways and a good crime/thriller book doesn't have only good things happening, all the good people surviving and living happily ever after. The negociation is hard and a lot of th
James Russell
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Rashmi Pant
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jeffery Deaver is one of my favourite authors and this book does not disappoint either. As a plot it is very simple... 8 deaf girls are taken hostage in an old slaughterhouse in Kansas by three criminals who have escaped prison. Arthur Potter, the FBI's best hostage negotiator is called in. A what a fantastic job Deaver does in keeping the momentum taut and gripping. Definitely a good read!!
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Incredible heart palpitating suspense that never lets up right until the very last page !!! Haven't read many Jeffery Deaver books in awhile. I was certainly missing a lot. He is a master story teller ! Wish I could give the book TEN stars ! Even though it's from 1995, do not miss this super charged masterpiece of suspense. Truly amazing plot and characters. Just over 415 pages it's a grand slam.
Thomas Strömquist
Just before "The Bone Collector" there was "A Maiden's Grave" and it is about just as thrilling. Some escaped convicts capture a school bus of girls from a deaf school and threatens to kill them one by one. A negotiator fights the clock.
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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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