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Two men of words...One seeking only peace. The other, violence.Tate Collier, once one of the country's finest trial lawyers, is trying to forget his past. Now a divorced gentleman fanner, land developer, and community advocate in rural Virginia, he's regrouping from some disastrous mistakes in the realms of love and the law. But controversy -- and danger -- seem to have an ...more
Audio CD, Abridged, 5 pages
Published December 5th 2000 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 1995)
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Rade
Jun 17, 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
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Johnny
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
Judy
Feb 11, 2017 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey Deaver certainly knows how to write suspenseful novels. I've enjoyed severslmof them, but this one was a bit too gruesome and the characters too weird for me. I didn't realize I was listening to an abridged version of the audio book, but I'm glad it was. Not my favorite of Deavers books to say the least!
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!
Vera VB
Een door godsdienst en wraak bezeten man ontvoert Megan, dochter van gewezen aanklager Tate Collier. Hij laat het eruitzien alsof ze op eigen houtje op vakantie is vertrokken, er even uit moet, weg van haar gescheiden ouders die ze zogezegd veel kwalijk neemt, weg van haar zogenaamde vrienden en haar vriendje.
De man deinst echt nergens voor terug.

Het boek bevat nogal wat bijbelse uitspraken en religieuze uitwijdingen en dat vond ik storend. Ondanks dit minpunt is het wel een spannend boek.
Simon Mcleish
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
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Laste1980
Poco emozionante, troppo lungo e banale. Situazioni risolte inverosimilmente. Non è che bisogna scrivere per forza un libro all'anno, Jeffery!
Jay
Oct 12, 2016 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3 words: Oh my god
Thus book is what is getting me into thrillers, I loved everything about it, it wasnt to detailed, it was a page turner, it made me hold my breath, it left me speechless, it made me gasp and it is unforgettable. I definitely recommend this, if you want a psychological thriller.
Renee
Jan 10, 2017 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another quick read. First book I've read by this author. It's a really weird psycho thriller! A bit creepy, but I will read other books by him. Apparently he's a psychologist himself! I think one would have to be, to write something like this.
Eva
May 16, 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
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Daniel
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
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Ubik 2.0
Dec 15, 2012 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
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Sarah
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-
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Hendra
Jan 11, 2012 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
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Carol  MacInnis
Aug 10, 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
Gwilym
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
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
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
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Trisha
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
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Jerry
Nov 22, 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
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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
Dani Noviandi
Sep 27, 2011 Dani Noviandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: it-s-mine
Bukunya om deaver yg pertama kali gw baca..genrenya..hm,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
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Chana
Fast paced and wide-eyed edge of your seat scary as the bad guy is smart, manipulative and has a way with words.
Megan, daughter of Tate and Bett, is seventeen years old and in therapy after a drunken incident that looked like a potential suicide. Her parents are divorced and neither spends much time with her or seems particularly interested. On the day in which the book begins, Megan is seeing a substitute therapist. When she disappears after that appointment the police think she must be a runaw
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Lynda
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
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Leslie Weber
Jun 08, 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
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Nicole
Dec 31, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense, Thriller Fans
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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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
Jayda Paul
Sep 28, 2016 Jayda Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver wrote the book, "Speaking in Tongues." This book was about a teenage girl named Megan McCall that went to a psychologist everyday to stay out of juvy. She was drinking one night and walked up a water tower and almost killed herself. The cops caught her but she plead insane so she had to see a psychologist. Her regular psychologist was gone because his mom had an accident. The one that filled in for him was Aaron Mathews. Megan told him everything about her then he drugged her. He ...more
Christine
I love Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series, but this is the first novel of his outside of the series that I've read. He is a compelling writer, with great pacing, and you really want to know what happens which keeps you rocketing through the book. However...there were some weird things in this that just didn't quite jive. Like how easily the main character was able to plant evidence and fool the police. I allowed it for the sake of the story, but it's the thing that bugs me while I'm thinking about it ...more
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