Think of a Number by John Verdon

Think of a Number

byJohn Verdon

Kobo ebook | July 6, 2010

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The first book in the Dave Gurney series, Think of a Number is a heart-pounding game of cat and mouse that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates
 
Threatening letters arrive in the mail over a period of weeks, ending with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. But when oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle quickly ignite into a massive serial murder investigation, police are confronted with a baffling killer, one who is fond of rhymes filled with threats and warnings, whose attention to detail is unprecedented, and who has an uncanny knack for disappearing into thin air.
 
Brought in as an investigative consultant, Dave Gurney, a recently retired NYPD homicide investigator, soon accomplishes deductive breakthroughs that leave local police in awe. Yet, even as he matches wits with his seemingly clairvoyant opponent, Gurney’s tragedy-marred past rises up to haunt him, his marriage approaches a dangerous precipice, and he wonders if he’s met an adversary who can’t be stopped.
 
A work that defies easy labels--at once a propulsive masterpiece of suspense and an absorbing immersion in the lives of characters so real we seem to hear their heartbeats--Think of a Number is a novel you’ll not soon forget.

Title:Think of a NumberFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 6, 2010Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307588947

ISBN - 13:9780307588944

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to the series This is a very good debut novel. There were times I simply could not put this book down, as I wanted to figure out (along with the protagonist, super detective Dave Gurney)how the serial killer was able to do the amazing and disturbing things that he did. Even the slower scenes involving police debriefings were interesting as the gathered police officials suggested possible explanations to the almost unsolvable murders. My biggest problem with this book was that I quickly figured out who the murderer was despite not knowing how he did it. It also had a slightly drawn out ending where the killer reveals himself, explains most of his plan, and is thwarted by the quick thinking Gurney. Good first effort though and I expect Verdon will only get better.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Never Saw It Coming This book had such an awesome twist that I definitely did not see coming! It had me turning pages as quickly as I could and questioning the characters, situations and potential outcomes all along. Definitely had me thinking, lent it to a friend and they read it in only 2 days. Different, but good!
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good mystery I don't consider myself to be a nitpicky critic when it comes to books; I either like them, love them or hate them and then try to figure out why. I must have liked this book because I read it in a day and a half. As opposed to other reviewers on here, I did not guess the mystery itself until just a few pages before Dave Gurney, so that in itself kept me turning the pages. I had some major problems with the characters themselves, however, which just got worse as the book went on. It's funny, because while reading this book I kept catching myself doing something I've never done before. I kept wondering, "How does the author want me to feel about...this character...and that character?" It's hard to explain but I somehow felt that, between Dave and Madeleine, he wanted me to like one over the other but I kept wavering as to which way I was supposed to feel. Truly, by the end of the book I wished both of them would get back to marriage counseling pronto, because they both have some major personal issues to deal with. Dave seems to think he is the smartest person in the room while at the same time wanting them all to think that he is humble. He doesn't have much nice to say about anyone, especially his fellow team-mates on the task force. Not one. You would think that he could have found one officer that he could relate to, but no, they were all bumbling idiots in his perception. He couldn't trust anyone else to do the work; he had to run himself ragged driving all over the countryside to solve the murder himself. This, and his vaguely inappropriate relationship with his art instructor, is what has his wife so worked up. So, since I clearly have this poor regard for Dave Gurney, you would think that I would be sympathetic to his wife right? No. I think that she was supposed to come across as lonely and long-suffering but all I saw was a passive aggressive woman who thinks she is better than her husband and uses every means available to make sure that he knows it. Having said all of that, I still think the book was a good first effort and am going to continue reading the series in the hopes that the author had some kind of purpose in distracting us from the mystery itself with this muddled marriage. The author hinted at some sort of epiphany of Dave's towards the end of the book and I hope that he carries on with this in the following books. Perhaps if Dave calms himself down then Madeleine will lighten up. We shall see.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! This book caught my eye in the store, I purchased it and it sat on my bookself for a while. Once I picked it up, no way I was putting it down! So well written and so suspenseful. Twists I definitely did not see coming! Definitely recommend this one!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Think of a Number is brilliantly suspenseful. I couldn't put it down! John Verdon is clever and creative at keeping readers on the edge of their seat. A twist I did not see coming. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I totally didn't see the twist coming at all! This book kept me on edge, trying to figure out who's the killer and how he did it!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Think of a Number Loved this book. Well written and very clever. It keeps the reader on their toes, wanting to know what's going to happen next. Makes you want to read the whole book in one sitting. Very hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCEPTIONAL FIRST NOVEL One of the most phenomenal murder mystery debuts I have ever read! Thoroughly enjoyed matching wits with this killer and scratching my head as the author took me through the twists and turns of the labyrinthine murders. How DID he do that? Excellent novel. Thoroughly enjoyed myself of this page-turner I could not put down.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious read If you love mysteries, a great one from a new author!
Date published: 2013-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Think of a Number A little slow to start but a thrilling climax and ending. I look forward to his second novel. There will be a second, won't there?
Date published: 2013-01-06