Book Review-The-Twelfth-Card

The Twelfth Card


Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver’s 2005 book opened on my iPad accidentally a week or so ago.  I could not remember the story so began reading.  I was more than far enough into the book when I discovered a review I had written in 2013.  I generally don’t re-read books, however, decided to make an exception to that rule…this time.

I must confess that The Twelfth Card kept my interest as much this time as it did four years ago and maybe that is why.  I could not remember any of the plot so each page was fresh and new.  Not sure if this reflects as an uninteresting book or one that is as good the second time around.  I am opting for the latter as I don’t want to insult Jeffery Deaver (haven’t read a bad one yet) and I do not want to admit that age and memory are catching up with me!

This is at least the fourth book, read this year, in which a late teen/early twenty female has been a pivotal character.

This story/plot is more plausible than some of the scenarios created in the Rune Trilogy, in my opinion.   Also aiding the plausibility is the fact that the young heroine stays away from the bad guys instead of confronting them…either knowingly or unknowingly…as, from memory, as Rune tended to do.

I will again rate The Twelfth Card as a FOUR Star read.

Included below is my original 2013 review of

The Twelfth Card.


 Although The Twelfth Card is the first of Jeffery Deaver’s books to be reviewed here, it was my third novel in which Lincoln Rhyme and his team featured as the good guys.

Twelfth Card is a fast paced story which kept me wanting to read the next chapter and in so doing incurring some late nights/early mornings.

I thought the book could/would end about 40 pages earlier than it did, however the twists and turns included made every page thereafter worth reading.

Several times I thought that the story would/could end, I was proven incorrect.  This may have been due to fact that I generally read prior to turning my light out at night, and my mind may not have been as alert as it could have been,

The Twelfth Card kept me intrigued until the last page!


Again, I think

The Twelfth Card

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is a


In 2017,

Goodreads readers have rated

The Twelfth Card

 an average of 3.98 stars from

12,415 ratings and 507 reviews


The Twelfth Card

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon


4 thoughts on “Book Review-The-Twelfth-Card

  1. I too enjoy Jeffery Deaver and have read the Twelfth Card with some enjoyment, both times I read it. So you’re not alone in finding his stories as intriguing as the first time they are read, when you’re reading them again.


    • Glad to hear there is another fan in this forum. I have always enjoyed the crime genre. However, I seem to enjoy it more these days and often wonder if it has something to do with working in a maximum security prison for six years.


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