Xo Book Summary and Study Guide

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XO is Jeffery Deaver's third book with protagonist Kathryn Dance. Dance is a special agent with the California Bureau of Investigation and is a brilliant interrogator and body language expert. In this chilling novel, Dance must use her specific skill set to help her friend, successful pop country singer, Kayleigh Towne, to evade a killer.
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Towne's hit song "You Shadow" lands her in the spotlight, until an obsessive fan turned stalker warns, "I'm coming for you". Soon after accidents start to happen. Towne receives an anonymous phone call and hears a verse from "You Shadow". A few hours later, one of her crew is found murdered echoing the lyrics of the verse. The events that follow lead Dance to believe that Towne is in danger and the murderer must be caught quickly before he strikes again. However, she soon learns that Towne has more than just one fan with an ultimatum.

Best part of story, including ending: The plot is fast-paced and interesting, and an agent with a skill set such as Kathryn Dance's, makes the book that much better.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene has to where Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs make an appearance to lend a hand, because a combination of Rhyme, Sachs and Dance is pure genius! They make an amazing team!

The review of this Book prepared by Shihaam Hassanali a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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