I read Jeffery Deaver's collection of short stories because I literally bumped into him at the Lee County Reading Festival (me: oh excuse me, Mr. Deaver! him: Please (smile)...Jeff.) I recognized him instantly because he looks exactly like his picture on the backs of his books - menacing. His demeanor was surprisingly personable. I thought I should at least check out his work - although belatedly. I also figured it was a safe bet that I could make my way through a set of short stories given my current schedule.
In general I found the writing to be rather uneven. At times pedestrian and forced and occasionally, I forgot I was reading (high compliment). But, if I am going to read something touted as "mystery fiction" I want a little more suspense and a lot less description of the night air and its weight on the tree boughs. The title certainly does the stories justice. Each one has a twist to it. Some were a little predictable or a little "so what" but at least two or three of them caused me to "(gasp!)NO!" The reflex that I enjoy so much.
So, for quick semi-satisfying reads, pick up Twisted. For a really creepy encounter with a twist at the end - bump into "Jeff" in person.
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