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Speaking in Tongues

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  3,613 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Former lawyer Tate Collier's idyllic life is shattered when Aaron Matthews appears. Matthews, formerly a brilliant evangelistic preacher, now a killer, has targeted Tate, his enigmatic teenage daughter and his ex-wife Bett for biblical revenge.
Paperback, 314 pages
Published January 15th 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 1995)
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Jun 19, 2014 Rade rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
If you look up a definition of cliché writing, this book would be one of the prime examples of it. It is as average as average gets.

First of all, I don’t read many crime novels but I have read enough to know what is original and what have been overused over time or beaten to death. Second, I have also watched a tons of movies that focus on crimes such as kidnapping (just as this book does) and I also know what is considered a good story and what passes as a weak attempt at story telling.

This i
Jul 14, 2014 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
My father surprised me by picking up Speaking in Tongues when he was visiting me. I think he was attracted to the back cover copy about two men of words, one seeking peace and other seeking violence. Actually, considering the climax of the book, that cover copy is an oversimplification. Both men were seeking peace in their own way, but neither could agree with the other’s methodology. One character is a former psychiatrist and the other is a former prosecuting attorney, sometimes known as the “d ...more
Strawberry Fields
Apr 10, 2015 Strawberry Fields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Psychological thrillers is one of my favorite genres. This book is a classic example of why I love them so!
This was a great book about a seventeen year old girl who is kidnapped for reasons unknown, then the story unfolds. The pieces come together beautifully true to Jeffery Deaver style.
Jeff Shackelford
If you want a book full of cliches, stereotypes, and a storyline that can be seen for a mile away, then this is the book for you!
Jun 23, 2016 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, suspense
Seventeen-year-old Megan McColl became a pivotal element in a plot to exact revenge on lawyer Tate Collier, her father. Calculating psychotherapist, Dr. Aaron Matthews cultivated his relationship with Megan, tweaking her mind, positioning her for a kidnapping –his first step to inflict unbearable pain on his true target.

Thirty-two short chapters, “Speaking in Tongues” opened with a gripping chapter, the suspense was heavy. Fast paced, actively intense, sadistic and violent, this thriller hit al
Sep 22, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE!!! This is a gripping story of revenge and sick twisted minds and what they will devise to 'get even'. Tate Collins is a very successful trial lawyers who's no trying to forget his past. He's divorced with one daughter who he sees infrequently, he owns a gentlemen's farm and is trying to find happiness in all the wrong places. His ex-wife is trying to find happiness again in all the wrong places. Which leaves his daughter with no one to show her any love or concern. She sta ...more
Leslie Weber
Jul 05, 2016 Leslie Weber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional storytelling; perfect psychological thriller. The story built up with so much anticipation and suspense that I thoroughly enjoyed every page. This was the first time I'd read a book by this author and no doubt I will be looking into several more.
My only small complaint was that I believe some of the character dynamic/ narrative were a bit hard to believe. The character of Megan left a little bit to be wondered- she has two personalities, but one is "Crazy Megan"? How long did "Crazy
Feb 26, 2016 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as compelling as other books by this author. A deranged former psychiatrist takes his revenge on the attorney who prosecuted his son (also mentally ill) who was killed while in prison.. The revenge takes the form of kidnapping the attorney’s daughter and imprisoning her in the former mental institution where the psychiatrist himself had been a patient – not a physician – and where he had apparently killed a number of fellow patients. Exciting moments as we’d expect from Deaver, and a fast re ...more
May 30, 2014 Neena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of psychological thriller
Speaking in Tongues by Jeffery Deaver is fast paced psychological thriller. There are lots of negative reviews for this book and I can see why! The characters are bit unbelievable, some incidents happening in story are too convenient, the persuasive power of villain is too much to digest. However, story is good, plot tight and narration style intriguing. I was hooked to book from page one, could not put it aside and had to finish it in one sitting. Just loved it and might read it again sometimes ...more
The Cats Mother
I've read quite a few of Deaver's thrillers - most of the Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dances series, and several of the standalones. This is one of his earlier books, and while it has some of the trademarks - scary manipulation of innocents by the evil genius, twists in the action so you can never be sure who's really dead, the race for our hero to rescue the victim before it's too late as you realise you're running out of pages to wrap it all up... but this one didn't have much of the science of ...more
Ubik 2.0
Jun 01, 2014 Ubik 2.0 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Decadenza di un genere (?)

Mi ha divertito davvero poco questo “La figlia sbagliata” di Jeffery Deaver che in “giacenza” da tempo.
Non ci sarebbe molto da approfondire trattandosi di un thriller senza pretese, ma il fatto è che Deaver è stato uno dei miei autori di genere preferiti, o almeno più seguiti (dalle statistiche anobiiane qui accanto pare che ne abbia letti già 15 in precedenza!) e allora vorrei provare a capire meglio:

Ipotesi 1: Deaver dà il suo meglio nella serie che ha come protagoni
Aug 11, 2011 Gwilym rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The other two reviews of this book summarise it pretty well; an enjoyable and easy read, quick - very much a page turner - perhaps not quite as good as other Deaver works i've enjoyed. I truly wish I hadn't read The Cold Moon so recently, a lot of the character traits to our villain are reflected in The Watchmaker (Cold Moon). Having said that, it is after reading more and more Deaver I notice patterns in his writing - at least one of the peripheral detectives must be strongly linked to their Eu ...more
Dani Noviandi
Mar 24, 2012 Dani Noviandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: it-s-mine
Bukunya om deaver yg pertama kali gw,mungkin thriller kali ya,yg bakal sangat epik kalo divisualisasikan.

jadi intinya,ini adalah cerita tentang jaksa penuntut yg tangguh,yg dg lidahnya,bisa meyakinkan hukum kalo tersangka yg dituntut benar2 tak berkutik,dan pasti bersalah. di sisi lain,ada seorang psikiater yg lidahnya juga sangat jago,satu paket jagonya sama otaknya,kenapa jago?karena dialah inti dari buku ini,bagaimana hampir semua tokoh di buku ini mati langkah oleh tindaka
Taina (Tiny♥Hearts)
I remember Deaver from the Bone Collector. His writing skills is one of a talented writer. Although reading thrillers weren't really on my reading radar or so called booklist as you will, because I prefer to watch them than rather having to go through the bore of reading them lol...actually this book I picked up when I was cleaning out my old closet, full with dust and what not, and I was totally bored so I decided to give it a try. I was impressed because there's only so much I can take with th ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
30th - 2012

Membaca sinopsis di sampul belakang novel, khususnya bagian psikopat yang merencanakan balas dendam kepada seorang mantan jaksa dan keluarganya, otomatis benak movie-otaku ini langsung teringat pada film Cape Fear versi 1991 yang dibintangi Robert de Niro dan Nick Nolte.

Aaron Matthews, mantan psikolog, memupuk dendam kesumat pada Tate Collier, jaksa berlidah perak yang berhasil meyakinkan juri untuk menjebloskan putranya, Peter, ke penjara karena telah mencekik mati seorang gadis. Buk
Dec 07, 2010 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel (pub. 2000) is one of Deaver's non-series "thrillers", about a teenager Megan who is abducted, leading her divorced parents Tate and Bett to re-unite in a book-long effort to find her. The villain appears to be Megan's psychiatrist: although the relationships between all the principals remain cloudy until near the very end of the tale, the author manages to maintain only a modicum of suspense throughout.

We generally enjoy Deaver's work, and while this book was intriguing in parts, it
Oct 22, 2013 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini sangat mengasyikkan, kekurangan buku ini hanya terletak pada sinopsisnya yang tidak menarik. Sudah beberapa kali buku ini singgah di lemari saya namun baru kali ini saya membacanya.

Saya selalu menyukai gaya bercerita dalam novel-novel detektif, lugas dan apa adanya, dengan mengecualikan karya Deaver "The Twelfth Cards" yang menggunakan daftar forensik, yang membuat saya terhenti membaca dan baru lama kemudian berhasil menyelesaikannya.

Kisah ini mengenai psikologi/kejiwaan, topik yang m
Nov 16, 2015 Hendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apa yang terjadi jika seorang pengacara yg dijuluki si Lidah Perak harus berhadapan dengan psikolog ulung yg menaruh dendam kesumat terhadap dirinya ??

Tate Collier, seorang mantan Jaksa Persemakmuran, memiliki curiculum vitae yang sangat gemilang ketika masih bertugas. Kemampuannya menyihir dan mempengaruhi hakim & juri hingga memenangkan kasus2 yang ditanganinya sangat luar biasa, suatu kemampuan yang membuat dirinya mendapat julukan si Lidah Perak. Tapi kini, setelah ia mengundurkan diri d
Simon Mcleish
Mar 02, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it it was ok
Originally published on my blog here in February 2007.

This is an early thriller from Jeffrey Deaver, revised four years after the original publication. Like most of his thrillers, it is fairly conventional in its plotting and background. Megan is the daughter of a moderately successful lawyer and his estranged wife; following an incident which suggests a suicide attempt to law enforcement, she is undergoing therapy when she is abducted by a psychopath looking for revenge. Her parents, intended t
Feb 28, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Deaver's skill at weaving a crafty and intriguing suspense story is sound. He has the bare bones of the work down to a science, and when it comes to most of his tales, the bones themselves are strong, hearty, and glistening white.

In this case, however, those bones have virtually no muscle.

This tale is about Tate Collier, his ex, Bett, and their kidnapped child, Megan. The villian for this tale, a slick-tongued psychiatrist named Aaron Matthews, is a man of such skill that he can talk virtually a
May 13, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Speaking in Tongues. Jeffery Deaver. 1995. Simon & Schuster. 333 pages. ISBN 0684871262.

Speaking in Tongues is a stand-alone thriller by Jeffery Deaver, best known for his Lincoln Rhyme series. The novel is extremely fast-paced and I'll bet fans of Deaver and suspense alike will finish this book within a few hours of picking it up.

Megan McCall is a troubled teenager who visits a therapist on a regular basis. Estranged from both parents, Megan is still damaged by the divorce between her free-
Inhoud: Tate Collier was eens één van de beste aanklagers bij het Openbaar Ministerie en leidt nu een gerieflijk leventje in het landelijke Virginia.
Daaraan komt abrupt een einde als Aaron Matthews wederom zijn pad kruist. Matthews, vroeger een briljant predikant, koestert een bijna Bijbelse wrok jegens Collier vanwege de dood van zijn zoon.
Terwijl Matthews aan een nieuw leven als psychotherapeut begint, verdwijnt Colliers dochter Megan spoorloos. Collier en zijn vrouw beginnen een wanhopige zoe
Carol  MacInnis
Aug 13, 2013 Carol MacInnis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tate Collier, former criminal prosecutor who now does wills, trusts and house closings with the occasional case on the side, has an ex-wife Bette McCall and their daughter Megan who is 17 years old. Megan had a boyfriend, Joshua LeFevre, a senior honour student in college and gifted athlete, but on the advisement of Megan's therapist she has dumped him much to Joshua's surprise. One Saturday morning Megan went to see her therapist, but instead of Dr. Hanson, she is greeted by another therapist b ...more
Boots S
Seventeen year old Megan, child of divorced parents, has noticed someone following her. Megan is a troubled teen, recently found drunk and in a dangerous situation. It is a therapist of time in detention. She opts for the therapist. After several sessions, a substitute therapists sees her. He gains her confidence, but while she is crying, he injects her with a sedative and kidnaps her. This leads to her parents coming together to try to locate her. A intricate plot and some scary scenes.
Anna Jesse
De zonden der vaderen was Deavers derde boek dat hij schreef in 1997 terwijl Deaver vandaag de dag inmiddels al zo’n kleine 25 boeken op zijn naam heeft staan. Deaver bewijst al in zijn eerst boeken dat hij schrijven kan. Klein nadeel is natuurlijk wel dat de forensische wetenschap toen nog niet zover was en het digitale tijdperk nog in de kinderschoenen stond, maar Deaver is er voor die tijd in geslaagd om een spannend verhaal neer te zetten. Het verhaal pakt je direct en verteld het verhaal va ...more
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Speaking in Tongues is another "independent" book (namely it is not in the Lincoln Rhyme series) which is quite enjoyable. It tells the story of a psychiatrist turned evil and using the persuasive power to seek revenge from an attorney. This is a tale of psychological terror, of what a deranged professional can do to other humans when all human feeling has been removed from his soul.

It is quite good, and includes the familiar plot twists that are the signature of Deaver.
Jan 02, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense, Thriller Fans
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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Linda Sirvio
Jan 24, 2016 Linda Sirvio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title fits this book well. I can't believe that someone can be such a convincing liar just because of how he presents himself. Why people believed him without asking him to show some sort of proof of who he claimed to be is down right scary. This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout.
Jun 15, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-t-finish
I'm not finishing this book. I'm around 200 pages in, I've felt since the third page that I MIGHT have read it before (or is it so ridiculously cliche ridden that I just feel that I have?), and I can't stand a single character. As far as I'm concerned she can stay in her inadequate prison forever.
May 15, 2016 Arminion rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel is a little different from other works of Deaver, as the identity of the antagonist is known from the beginning. There are however, still a few twists and turns at the end of the story. Although the book is relatively short, it took me a while to finish it. There was a lot of ridiculous moments that made me roll my eyes, especially when I read about the villain's incredible power of persuasion. Some of these scenes I found ludicrous, especially the scene with the schoolteacher.
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