Jeffery Deaver’s ‘Solitude Creek’ Will Turn Your World Upside Down And Inside Out [REVIEW]

Woman, Sunset, Sea and Silence

Woman, Sunset, Sea and Silence (Photo courtesy martin, Flickr)

In Jeffery Deaver’s latest novel, Solitude Creek, a killer is obsessed with using people’s own fears against them as the ultimate weapon. As panic spreads across the Monterrey Peninsula, California Bureau of Investigation kinesics expert Kathryn Dance returns to solve the case before the killer can strike again. 

Solitude Creek

Grand Central Publishing

This is Deaver’s fourth Kathryn Dance novel, but it is the first time I’ve read one of his books that wasn’t a Lincoln Rhyme thriller. Not knowing what to expect, I had to wonder if Kathryn would hold my attention to the same degree Lincoln does. The answer is a resounding yes!

I love the Dance character because she is a fascinating, unique, and quirky woman who beats to her own drummer. The fact that she is a professional body language expert is both a brilliant choice on the author’s part, and something that is entirely original.

I can totally relate to Kathryn, however, as she watches different characters, trying to pick up clues and uncover the underlying meaning behind their actions in specific circumstances. Deaver excels at displaying her abilities in this latest addition to the series.

He also proves once again that he is quite skilled at weaving tightly plotted suspense thrillers with plenty of red herrings. Throughout the novel, I felt as if I was one step behind the killer, and yet to Deaver’s credit I could never quite guess when or how the villain was going to strike next.

Packed with imaginative, nail-biting action; power struggles between bosses and co-workers; a conniving killer and a leading lady unlike any other in popular fiction, and you have mayhem on a grand scale. Don’t miss being manipulated by the master, Jeffery Deaver. Read Solitude Creek!

Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver
(Photo by Niko Giovanni Coniglio)


Jeffery Deaver is the number one international bestselling author of more than 30 novels, three collections of short stories, and a non-fiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at, like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

By Jeffery Deaver
456 pgs. Grand Central Publishing. $28.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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