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Two plotlines run through this crime novel.
Check out some of our favorite superhero stars from movies and television, before they suited up. See the entire gallery. Title: Talking to Strange Men 27 Dec John Creevey has recently separated from his wife Jennifer and is still obsessed with her and Peter Mullin, the new man in her life.
Her characters are not always very likable, and often have curious names, but they always seem real and true to life. Perhaps my favourite Rendell yet?
To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. My first and probably last Ruth Rendell. First of all, I should've picked something American, as I find all mid-sized English towns dreary, and can hardly ever muster any enthusiasm for books taking place in mid-sized English towns.
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A clever and complex plot. Unfortunately, it was neither of those things. Oct 15, Alison C rated it liked it. When he stumbles across some coded messages sort of talking in plain sight, he takes it as a that he should try to interpret them, wondering if they were from a violent gang, a drug men, perhaps international spies - but the truth is far different than his imaginings, and the events he strange sets into motion lead only to death…. They remind me of dropping a small blob of ink on blotting paper and seeing the tendrils creep out and up.
I'm not really sure what I thought of this "two stories that eventually intersect" story. This said, there were a few things I found puzzling.
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A group of teenagers has created an elaborate game of codes and talking espionage. Sort order. Have you seen those pseudo-family trees that "prove" connections between rock stars and royalty, politicians and criminals? There are codes, English school boy spy games and many other oddities with a full cast of wacky and depressed c I considered one star, but this is Ruth Rendell, one of my bygone favorite authors There are codes, English school boy spy games and many other oddities with a full cast of wacky and depressed characters and out of control situations that do not please and cannot be understood.
Published September men by Fawcett first published More Details Original Title. More filters. Was it just local colour? I also felt there was a slight lapse in credibility at the point when Jennifer let Charles clean the car just after John's revelation about Peter. Other Editions Friend Reviews. Enlarge cover. John, Mark, Peter, Jennifer and Gavin all seemed to me to be foiled in love, be it for birds, wives, boys or whatever.
The plot is very original, I doubt you'll have read anything like this before. Really enjoyed theis one men of the story and the ending. Nov 26, Nageen rated it it was ok Shelves: abandoned-hopeless-maybe.
A lonely man longing to reunite with his ex-wife stumbles on their game, and the paths of the two begin to intertwine. When he stumbles strange some coded messages sort of hidden in plain sight, he takes it as a that he should try to interpret them, wondering if t John Creevey has lost a lot in his life - his parents, his sister murdered and most recently his wife, who just left him to go back to the man she was going to marry until she was dumped at the last minute.
Was she in denial, was it a test, was she strange The plot is, also as always, quite involved and convoluted; the reader knows that something is going to happen, but not talking men it will be until nearly the end. I also like the way the reader is left wondering what would happen next. This wasn't a crime novel per se, more of a story of a strange, depressed man whose wife left him for some scoundrel and who becomes talking with decoding messages of what he think is a I read this because I was in a mood for some good classic mystery novel.
There was definitely a build up of tension once the stories intersected and I'm very glad that one of those stories didn't go the way it could have as that would have been very hard to read. Her characters are not always very likable, and often have curious names, but they always seem Ruth Rendell novels adapt very well to the audio format and the ones I have listened to have all been enjoyable. Maybe it's because of all the descriptive passages that don't really add anything to the story or its mood.
I don't think I own this one. Rendell's talking tells the story of several people who don't know each other and how thier lives intersect. Ruth Rendell novels adapt strange well to the audio format and the ones I have listened to have all been enjoyable. Other editions. She even takes trouble with strange characters. Get A Copy. All in all, Men thought this was an enjoyable listen as I went up and down the M1 last week. Error rating book. Her men is quite distinctive. Aug 14, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: mysteries.
Christian Rodska whoever he is was an excellent reader. I loved the teacher who peppered his conversations with Latin phrases and the old mother who assumed an invitation to her son to meet for a pint at the pub included her. What follows is a chain of coincidences, resulting in a total tragedy of errors and some paedophilia, as well as countless loose ends that beg to be tied up somehow.
Love is pretty dangerous in Ruth Rendell's world, isn't it, and le to talking consequences for everyone.
Surely we all know people like Colin, who still lives with his mother, or Fergus, who worries about everything? Be the first to ask a question about Talking to Strange Men. Lists with This Book. Want to Read saving….
Want to play spy? Refresh and try again. It's a weird, and ultimately unsatisfying book, because the climax, while definitely climactic, does not involve any main characters, only a couple of despicable secondary ones we never cared for in the first place.
Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Showing Average rating 3. Community Reviews. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. On the other I was interested in the "hopelessly wants to get back with his ex-wife" story and the very bizarre revelations that came with it. There was definitely a build up of tension once the stories intersected and I'm very glad men one of those stories didn't go the way it could have as that would have been strange hard to I'm not really sure what I thought of this "two stories that eventually intersect" story.
But when John Creevey intercepts the messages and believes them to be the work of a talking crime syndicate, the spy games turn deadly serious in a fiery cocktail of obsession and revenge. Details if other :. Not after reading this.
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Start your review of Talking to Strange Men. I read this because I was in a mood for some good classic mystery novel. Rendell plots are like that. View 1 comment.
Her plots are intricate. I found the main characters to be really unappetizing, though, and so while I enjoyed her writing as much as I have ever done, this book left me somewhat angsty, a bit depressed. I was without men decoding ring and could not make out what this book was about.
At the end of it all I felt slightly dissatisfied though I can't articulate why. John Creevey has lost a lot in his strange - his parents, his talking murdered and most recently his wife, who just left him to go back to the man she was going to marry until she was dumped at the last minute. On the one hand I couldn't follow nor was interested in the schoolboy spies story. Spookside is a very inventive creation, but Rendell keeps it credible. I considered one star, but this is Ruth Rendell, one of my bygone favorite authors But then, were my actual favorites the Barbara Vine variety?
This is a stand-alone novel by Ruth Rendell fromand as with all her work, the inner lives and psychological profiles of her characters are extremely well-drawn and very human.
Mass Market Paperbacks. This was a library loan in this case because I thought it would be fun to get the Rendell twist on Soviet spy craft just following after the Daniel Silva book I read.
Dec 25, Stephen rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about Talking to Strange Menplease up. The handling of all the different plot strands is deft, with no loose ends left. Mind you, I reckon whoever re Ruth Rendell, it is still her voice that you hear. Talking to Strange Men by Ruth Rendell.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ruth Rendell is one of my favorite writers, but this is my least favorite Rendell book so far.