Book Review: XO, by Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is an author who’s quite well known in book circles, but this was the first time I was reading one of his works. The book, a crime fiction, one of my favorite genres, introduced the investigator Kathryn Dance. I’ve only read a few crime fictions with a female protagonist, so it felt promising, even as I read the back blurb.

Blogging from A to Z: X for XO
Blogging from A to Z: X for XO

XO is the tale of Kayleigh Towne, a singer, who finds that she is being stalked by Edwin Sharp, a fan who becomes obsessed after a short interaction with her over mail. Sharp persists in his endeavors even after Kayleigh’s lawyers warn him not to. When accidents and deaths begin to happen around Kayleigh at a concert, the first suspect, and one who shows up on his own in the vicinity, is Sharp. But is he really that obsessed to take things to that personal a level?

To be honest, I liked Kathryn Dance as the protagonist. She’s very able and confident in her ability to assess the crime as well as interrogate the witness or suspect. She also has a calmness about her that seems to put Kayleigh Towne at ease. She’s up front in her methods, and the interrogation of Edwin Sharp was one of my favorite parts in the book. Kayleigh Towne as a victim also works well, I feel. So often, in TV shows, we see this fan-turned-stalker harassing the celebrity. For a simple gesture to become into such a fiasco, one ends up feeling a little sorry for Kayleigh. The stalker, Edwin Sharp’s character also works well, in that though the mishaps seem to happen when he’s in the area, they just cannot pin the crime on him for certain. He seems to have some sort of an alibi for his whereabouts.

Perhaps it’s the amount of reading crime fiction, but I could see some of the twists happening before they actually happened. When that happens, it’s a bit disheartening as a reader. There were also a few “coincidences” that felt a bit out of the way, a bit hard to believe. And the ending seemed to never come when it did.

The book is a wonderful crime fiction. Perhaps it’s because I read this book first that the character seemed to be just wonderful, so I look forward to reading some of the earlier works in the series, just to see if the character sketch of Kathryn there matches the one here.


The Bookworm Rates This: 4/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 4/5
Book Details
Title: XO Series: Kathryn Dance #3
Author(s): Jeffery Deaver Genre: Crime Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9781444716184 Publisher: Hodder Books
No. of Pages: 512 Price: INR. 399

I own a copy of the book. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.


(© 28th April 2015)

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