- By Will Lavender


  • Title: Obedience
  • Author: Will Lavender
  • ISBN: 9780307396389
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • Obedience When the students in Winchester University s Logic and Reasoning arrive for their first day of class they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts but with a startling assignment from Professor

    When the students in Winchester University s Logic and Reasoning 204 arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor Williams Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly If after being given a series of clues and details the class has not found her before the end of the term in six weeks,When the students in Winchester University s Logic and Reasoning 204 arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor Williams Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly If after being given a series of clues and details the class has not found her before the end of the term in six weeks, she will be murdered.At first the students are as intrigued by the premise of their puzzle as they are wary of the strange and slightly creepy Professor Williams But as they delve deeper into the mystery, the boundary between the classroom and the real world is blurred and the students wonder if it is their own lives they are being asked to save.

    1 thought on “Obedience

    1. Blargh! Why did I waste my time? I couldn't stop reading because I thought the author was going to redeem his crap characters, needlessly labyrinthine plot, and blah writing by blowing my mind with a great ending. He didn't. I got to the end, then I threw the book across the room. This book would have actually been better if it ended mid-sentence 30 pages sooner (but not by much). I could elaborate on all the other reasons why it sucked, but I've wasted enough time already. I can't believe I'm 3 [...]

    2. It's not a good book, but it is a page-turner. Despite the weak writing and implausible set-up, I kept reading because I wanted to know how it would end. I think it's kind of like porn: you eventually get the resolution you're looking for but it's really just not that satisfying. Though I suppose it'll do in a pinch.

    3. I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I like philosophy, I like psychology, I like murder mysteries; a + b + c should equal fantastic. And I did, and it did, for most of it. But Obedience was much cooler in theory than what actually transpired: some of it was confusing, some of it was broken plot threads, sometimes it meandered around this way when it really ought not to have, and ultimately is just so unfeasible a premise that even though I read all the way through I did feel somew [...]

    4. Was this book a page-turner with a strong premise?Yes.Was this book poorly written, poorly executed, and poorly edited?Yes, yes, and yes.Was I glad that I borrowed it from the library instead of spending any of my money?Most definitely.There were a few things that kept this from the realms of One-star Hell, but it just wasn't entertaining enough to merit a higher rating.This review captures my feelings so perfectly, that I'm jealous I didn't write it.

    5. ***SPOILERS AT THE END OF REVIEW***I would give this book more stars if I could. And please excuse the profanity, but I don't know how else to describe this book except as a world class mind fu*&, and I loved every moment of it. I am going to have to read it again as well, I'm afraid that in my rush to devour this book I may have missed something. I have spent a good deal of the last ten years of my life in and out of academia, and having said that, even had I put on my most devilish and dev [...]

    6. Ugh! One of those mysteries where the culprit was no one that you could have guessed. I hate it when all the clues are red herrings and nothing adds up in the end! Plus the flat characters didn't help the convoluted plot. Pity, because the premise had great promise

    7. If you want to read a highly unusual, provocative, and hard to figure out mystery, put "Obedience" on your list.This is the story of several college students who are taking a course called "Logic and Reasoning 204". Not only is the course unusual but Professor Williams, who teaches the course, is unusual in himself. Professor Williams does not fit the mold of a college professor in his dress, his lifestyle, or his thinking. The first day of class he walks in and tells his students that they are [...]

    8. I wasted a week on this book, that is for sure! Everything about it was great, until the last 50 pages when all the questions were answered.This is a thriller set on a college campus, specifically in a Logic and Reasoning class. Professor Williams opens his 6 week class by informing the class that if they don't find a girl named Polly by the end of the 6 weeks, she will die. It sounds super exciting, and I can't put the book down.As the book unfolds the class seems to find clues to this mystery [...]

    9. To repeat what many reviewers have already said, This is a page turner but not in a good way. The premise was promising. Professor in a logic class gives an hypothetical dilemma that the students must resolve. Yet the dilemma may not be so hypothetical. Soon the students are obsessed in the assignment to the point that both their life and their sanity are at risk. I kept reading as every twist and turn was presented despite the weak writing and one dimensional characters. Yet the twist and turns [...]

    10. It amazes me that this book received great reviews. Not only were the characters lame, uninteresting and down-right unrealistic, the book failed to capture the essence of a great mystery: it had a really implausible ending. Without giving away much of the plot, this book, while centered on a classic psychology experiment, did not do Milgram's research justice. Milgram's obedience study showed, among other things, that humans are less obedient to authority when they have human contact with their [...]

    11. This book was recommended to me on the premise that I would NEVER figure out the ending. The plot sounded interesting - college kids enroll in a logic class where they discover they are to solve the disappearance of a hypothetical victim or else she will (hypothetically) be killed. Maybe I took too many psych classes, but I thought the ending was very obvious. However, the book is well-written and a fast read. I enjoyed it very much even with mild disappointment about the ending.

    12. GAHH!!! I can't rate this book. I just can't do it. It was such a page-turner, and I was totally sucked into all the twists and turns in the plot. And then! - then! - the ending! - gah! - completely! - enraged me! Enraged, I tell ya!So yeah, it's a quick and entertaining read. But the resolution of the plot is possibly the most dissatisfying ever, in the history of all books ever written in the history of the universe. Not that I'm prone to exaggeration or anything.

    13. Li boas opiniões acerca deste livro o que me levou a criar grandes expectativa. Foi uma desilusão! Não há ligação credível entre as situações e as personagens. Não desisti porque é criado um certo suspense e queria saber como ia acabar, mas depois não acontece nada de jeito.

    14. I purchased this book from the library for $1 for one reason: the synopsis at the back of the cover intrigued me. It starts with a new fall term at Winchester University, where students enrolled in "Logic and Reason 204" are presented with an interesting class syllabus: Solve a hypothetical crime of a kidnapped girl named Polly before the end of the six week term, or she will die.What is not interesting about that??Sadly, after finishing the book in about 3 days, there are plenty reasons as to w [...]

    15. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. Fast, too. It was easy to get lost in the pages and not realize how much you were actually reading in one sitting- which, I love. That's a sign of a good book- in my mind. I did, however, have some problems with the way everything turned out. This issue- uneasiness with the ending- is highly probable in mystery since you get so invested in the story; and even though I wasn't confident in my hypothesized outcome until the revelation at the very end, the book [...]

    16. Alguns estudantes universitários inscrevem-se na cadeira de Lógica onde o professor Williams era, até agora, um autêntico fantasma no campus. Ninguém o conhece, ninguém sabe como ele é e quem o conhece não quer falar dele.A aula inicia-se com a atribuição de uma tarefa, a de resolver o mistério por trás do desaparecimento de uma rapariga, a Polly, até ao final do período. Os alunos têm seis semanas para descobrir o que aconteceu a Polly e onde ela está, para evitar que Polly seja [...]

    17. I'm really interested to see what others thought of this one, but I always make a point of trying not to read anyone else's reviews before writing my own (just so that it doesn't affect my immediate thoughts/opinions/reactions). I do see that it got a rather low user rating avg (I consider anything below 3.4 or so to be on the low side), but I'm going to give it higher props than that. Throughout the first half of the book, I was LOVING it, and totally feeling a 5-star rating! But because it str [...]

    18. I'm glad I read this because it was fast, relatively mindless, and a great break from the hectic week I had - something to read late at night. That said, the writing is extremely irritating if you're a stickler about quality. If one more person had "collapsed in disbelief" or "bit their lip" or had blathering internal monologue or that sort of thing, I was going to throw it. The author is an MBA, so i kinda expected more. But in all fairness, I had these same concerns about Twilight, and that ma [...]

    19. A book review by Patty MagyarObedience by Will LavenderThis book totally absorbed me…the premise is sort of unusual and the writing is done in such a way as to pop you right inside this classroom.It was a realistic sort of chiller/thriller with a terrific surprise ending.I personally love mysteries…any kind of really terrific absorbing mystery and Obedience had many key items that keep my attention in a book of this kind…ok…the premise is a college philosophy class with a colorful intere [...]

    20. I so wanted this book to live up to its potential. It began like it might be a mix ofThe Secret History and an adultThe Westing Game, two of my all time favorites, but the puzzle aspects of the mystery were confusing, often non-sensical and, in some cases, created several of those plot holes you just can't ignore. The final twist was interesting, but was a bit too late, a too minor to save the entire thing. That said, it WAS a page turner, and Lavender definitely has some skills's just that I wa [...]

    21. Reading Obedience is similar to walking through a fun house full of distorting mirrors and churning floors. The premise is a simple one. Professor Williams presents his logic class with a single assignment: to prevent a murder that will otherwise happen when the course ends. As the students begin to ponder the clues that Williams doles out piecemeal, they grow increasingly uncomfortable with the strangeness of the scenario, and little by little, their abilities to maintain a grasp on reality beg [...]

    22. 3.5 stars. After this was recommended to me by a friend of mine. I looked up the book to find out what it was about, and I was immediately intrigued. I really like the idea, and the fact I was I college when I read Obedience, made it even more appealing. I thought the writing was quite simplistic, and the story was easy to read. While I did enjoy the story up until a point, the ending is what I had a major problem with. I thought it was too predictable, and really fell flat. For a book which cre [...]

    23. This book was about a college class directly from the Twilight Zone. The students didn't know what was real or fiction, especially when the stories about the two missing girls started to intersect and invade their own lives. It even invaded my own because I, too, used to have a black lab named, Lady. (I can hear the Twilight Zone theme song and Rod Sterling's voice now as I type.) Anyway, this book kept me guessing until the shocking ending. This is the second book I have read by this extremely [...]

    24. I had trouble getting interested in this book. Finally a little over half in the author did manage to hook me. After much confusion I think I did understand what happened in the end. I still found the whole thing very unbelievable. I am always prepared to suspend disbelief but this one taxed my inclination. I did not like the characters except for Brian and things did not go well for him. I really wanted to like this book but ultimately found it underwhelming.

    25. Just terrible. The premise is ridiculous (students get 3 credits for solving a single theoretical murder mystery), the characters are cardboard (the sinister professor, the slutty faculty wife, etc.), and there is no "hook" to make the mystery an interesting one for the reader. After 40 pages of this drivel, I think playing a round of "Clue" would be much more intellectually challenging and the characters in the game would have about the same depth as those in the book anyway.

    26. Creep-tastic. I know a lot of people really hate this book. I enjoyed it, though. I let myself get sucked in to the point where I had to stop reading until my husband came back into the room because I had totally creeped myself out.Avoid if you're easily disappointed by things. You know who you are.

    27. This was an AMAZING book, a really quick read as well. I read it for an hour on Sunday and then read the rest Monday morning/afternoon in a few hours. I was intrigued by the idea and I found myself pondering what was going to happen.It's definitely a different kind of mystery, and I think this novel's place on the NYT Bestseller list is definitely deserved. GREAT novel! 4.5 stars!

    28. I got the idea to read this book from a summer thriller reading list on a Web site. It was a page turner. I found myself finishing it in about three sittings. It is the perfect beach book. It keeps you interested through the end.

    29. This book had so much promise. The premise of basing a mystery around Stanley Milgram's obedience studies is unique and really exciting. However, I felt that it wasn't carrried out that well and the ending was just too incredible to be believed.

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