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Calling a Dead Man

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When John, an explosives expert, dies in an accident in Russia, his sister Hayley and his friend Annie go there to mourn. Before long they begin to suspect that there is more to John's death than meets the eye, and that certain people are desperately trying to keep them away from the truth. They say that John had been drinking and made a mistake with the explosives. But An ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published September 6th 2001 by Oxford University Press (first published 2001)
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Sarah Tilatitsky
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When I picked up this book and began to read it, I regretted it big time. But not because it was bad. Because it was so good, so thrilling, that I actually could not put it down! I carried it with me around the house like a mad man. Mum asked me to do something, the book went with me. I had to feed the cats, the book went with me. I read this in one sitting, although a lot of walking was involved as well, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I even read late in to the night, a habit I had once broken.

Oddly enough, I read this book as Phoning a Dead Man.

Hayley's brother John is dead, killed in Russia on one of his demolition jobs. Her mother has burned all his things and his friend Annie keeps calling. When Annie reveals that she is John's fiancee and decides to go to Russia to see where John died, Hayley decides to go too, to see the place and help Annie with her wheelchair. But odd things keep happening, like Hayley seeing John's face everywhere and the vodka in his boss's photos...and soo
Sean Randall
"Usually it is better not to speak of suffering, even to oneself. But if you never speak - if you never trust anyone - then you die."

An interesting twist on the Mafiya taint, and though a decidedly average read it killed an hour or two. the kindness of the Russian citizens, the homage not to generalise, was well handled, and the night in the Church with Hayley and Frosya was quite poignant. Annie seemed rather useless throughout: I'm not averse to disability being shown as it is, but even so. Th
I didn't like this as well as other Gillian Cross books I've read in the past but it was still interesting. I think the mafia angle didn't grab me and the country it is set in wasn't familiar. I didn't feel any more knowledgeable when the book was over--some things just didn't tie together.

Both Hayley and Frosya were likeable main characters. Annie was almost so unlikeable that it took away some of my enjoyment. I wanted Hayley to take off and leave Annie at certain points. I could never figure
Stephanie A.
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Emily Bailey
This book took me a LONG time to read. I'm not sure if it was the pacing, or just because I was reading books in between, but it took me over a month to get through. I liked the book, I thought the story was a little bit more on the unusual side, which is good. I think it's better suited as an adult book, but I found it in the YA section in my library.
Dustin shaffer
I though this book phoning a dead man by Gillan Cross was confusing and boring. This book was confusing because it wansn't well written and it switched back and forth to different places and scenes. This book was also boring because it was kind of slow and didn't have any action or any adventure. i would not recommend this book.
Although my book was titled Phoning a Dead Man (????) I thought it was definitely an interesting read. It had a bit of mystery to it, though it lacked a sense of surprise. I did like how certain elements of the story linked together at the very end. I would reccomend it if you want something to pass the time by with.
it was a confusing story.if interested this is bascically hay can't believe that her brother,john,would have made a mistake ad blown himself up in a demolition jobs.
hey, i really like the book. but since I need to do a homework on it, what happened in chapter 6? (i need to do a storyboard about it!!)
please help me!!
well... many things I have learn about it...
I would not tell you what things happened, I thought it is better if you discover reading it. :)
Charlotte Spruzen
Interesting for learning about Russia but I thought the mystery part of it was subdued and quite predictable
Katalin Bayer
A book filled with excitement, fear and adveture. I recommend this to young adults.
Interesting, a bit confusing at the end but also a nice idea and storyline.
Isabela Growden
Sep 24, 2008 Isabela Growden rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Isabela by: librarian
somtimes scary
page turner
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Gillian Cross was born Gillian Arnold in 1945. She was educated at North London Collegiate School, Somerville College, Oxford and the University of Sussex. Although now a full-time writer who often travels and gives talks in connection with her work, she has had a number of informal jobs including being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. For eight years she also sat on the committee which adv ...more
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