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The Spinning Man: a novel

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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Now a major motion picture starring Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan & Minnie Driver.

Mild-mannered philosophy professor Evan Birch spends his days teaching college students to seek truth. Then, one afternoon, he’s pulled over by the police, handcuffed, and questioned about the disappearance of a local high school cheerleader. When the missing girl’s lipstick turns up in his ca
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Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Independently published (first published 2003)
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Kamila
The ending was such a letdown. The author builds the tension up and at the end it's just... bland, some of the issues weren't even resolved. Also I hate the main character, who is an asshole at the start of the book and an asshole at the end. If he doesn't change... what's the point then?
I'm giving it two stars because at times it was interesting and even smart.
Rowena Hoseason
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
An older interpretation of the unreliable narrator ‘psychological thriller’, this book was given new life by the film (which is excellent, BTW) starring Guy Pearce and Pierce Brosnan. The book is far more about philosophy, the nature of truth, fidelity and parenthood than the film, which is more of a murder-mystery.

In written form, The Spinning Man is a self-indulgent exploration of the themes of Wittgenstein’s world view, and every single chapter pulls on a thread of accepted perception or the
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Max
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I definitely never would have picked this up if not for a book club at my library, and even then, I'm not sure this was really worth it. I honestly don't know that it quite qualifies as a mystery proper, but I'm not sure what else to call it. There never seems to be much actual doubt that the protagonist is innocent. Instead, what suspense there is is built around the possibility of him being convicted for a crime he never committed, whether legally or just by the court of public opinion. The pr ...more
Sabrina
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Philosophieprofessor Evan Birch ist ein liebevoller Vater und guter Ehemann mit einem völlig normalen Leben, bis er plötzlich festgenommen wird. Er steht unter Verdacht eine 16-Jährige entführt zu haben. Evan ist sich keiner Schuld bewusst, aber es gibt Aspekte die für seine Verwicklung in den Fall sprechen, dazu verstrickt er sich selbst noch in seinen Aussagen in Widersprüche. Der Zweifel ist gesät und wächst und gedeiht…
Vorweg: Ein Thriller ist es für meine Begriffe definitiv nicht! Aber der
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Anna Klein
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A professor of philosophy at Pearce College, Evan Birch is driving home from the grocery store one evening, his ten-year-old twin sons in the back of the car, when a state trooper pulls him over, handcuffs him, and tells him he's under arrest for suspicion of kidnapping. A local high school student, 16-year-old Joyce Bonner, is missing. Evan and his car were seen at the park where she disappeared on the day she disappeared. And that's not all. Evan is allowed to return home after questioning, bu ...more
Pam
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided I had to read this book because of the critical reviews and because I just finished his novel "Reunion at Red Paint Bay" and was completely flummoxed even after reading it twice(see my review). I was hoping I would get something more out of this one and that maybe it would help me understand "Reunion" but no. Both novels are essentially the same in that they are paced the same, the main character spends most of his time reexamining everything that happens, his relationship with his wif ...more
Wiebke
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ich weiß nicht, was ich von diesem Buch halten soll

Der Philosophieprofessor Evan Birch wird eines Tages von der Polizei angehalten und festgenommen. Er soll ein junges Mädchen entführt haben. Viele Zufälle sprechen für seine Schuld, doch er beteuert seine Unschuld. Als dann ihr Lippenstift in seinem Auto auftaucht, glaubt ihm nicht einmal mehr seine Frau und Evan weiß nicht, was er noch tun soll.

Ich finde, der Klappentext des Buchs klang sehr viel versprechend und ich habe einen spannenden Psych
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Realini
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spinning Man, based on the book by George Harrar


Guy Pearce has had much more challenging and rewarding roles than that of Evan Birch, including those of King Edward VIII in the King’s Speech, the sympathetic Detective Senior Nathan Leckie in the fabulous Animal Kingdom, The hurt Locker, Leonard in Memento, the complex Ed Exley in L.A. Confidential and last but not least, the radiant gay man in the flamboyant The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

In Spinning Man, Guy Pearce is Evan Bir
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Philip Alexander
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harrar's The Spinning Man provides the same rhythm and thoughtful window into family as Russo, while maintaining a restrained tension reminiscent of Hitchcock. I was surprised and compelled as the book carefully unfolded a completely believable tale of Evan Birch, a college professor accused of a terrible crime, based primarily on circumstantial evidence. Birch himself is likeable, but ultimately unreliable. Guilty or not guilty? Harrar takes the crime novel to a different place with The Spinnin ...more
David
Jun 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had such great promise. I'm not sure what Harrar was trying to do at the end, but it did not work at all. He had me hooked and then left me unsatisfied.
Anastasia
Strange.... just strange.
andrew
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few so-called psychological thrillers that lives up to that description. Offbeat, Intelligent and suspenseful.
KatharinaHohenfels
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, review
Der sogenannte Thriller „Im Dunkel deiner Seele“ von George Harrar dreht sich um den Gedanken, dass man seine Mitmenschen gar nicht so gut kennt, wie man vielleicht im ersten Moment denkt. Auch wird thematisiert, wie schnell es gehen kann, dass man eines Verbrechens beschuldigt wird und nach und nach jeder das Vertrauen zu einem verliert, obwohl man noch wenige Wochen zuvor ein ganz gewöhnliches, ehrbares Leben geführt hat.
Das gesamte Buch spielt sich in den USA ab. Genaugenommen in einer Famili
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DomiCzytaPL
„Powietrze. Ludzie zawsze wychodzili na spacer, kiedy czuli, że świat wokół nich się kurczy. Ale jakie uzdrawiające właściwości może mieć nocne powietrze dla osoby, którą męczą podejrzenia?” – fragment książki.

„Sieć podejrzeń” to książka z gatunku thriller psychologiczny autorstwa amerykańskiego pisarza George’a Harrara. Ta dość krótka powieść ukazała się w połowie marca 2017 nakładem Wydawnictwa Wielka Litera i od razu przyciągnęła moją uwagę okładką oraz zawartym na niej hasłem: kłamstwo to ty
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Anooo
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es handelt sich hier um einen (Psycho-) Thriller der etwas anderen Art. George Harrars Thriller „Im Dunkel deiner Seele“ kommt sehr leise und ruhig daher. Es geht um den Philosophie Professor Evan Birch, der des Mordes an einem 16-jährigem Mädchen beschuldigt wird.

Zunächst einmal muss man wissen, dass Evan Birchs Beruf eine sehr große Rolle in dem Buch einnimmt und viele philosophische Themen vorkommen. Da ich mich vorher noch nicht mit dem Thema beschäftigt habe, hat mir das sehr gut gefallen u
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Verena
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nein, nein und nochmal nein

Ich weiß gar nicht wo ich bei meiner Rezension anfangen soll.
Ein tolles, ansprechendes Cover, ein spannend klingender Klappentext, tolle Kommentare. Das war aus meiner Sicht aber leider auch schon alles Positive, was ich über dieses Buch sagen kann.
Ein spannender Thriller war das definitiv nicht. Sicherlich, hier und da gab es mal ein Fünkchen Hoffnung auf Spannung, dass ich dachte, dass es jetzt doch mal richtig los geht, aber dem war nicht der Fall.
Für ein Philoso
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Hans
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I burned through George Harrar's The Spinning Man in just a few days. I kept thinking of the experience of reading a Patricia Highsmith novel, with slow-burn stakes that ebb and flow, but continually escalate. Hell, there's even a cocktail party.

A few lines I flagged along the way:

"He extended his hand and Evan took it. They shook for just slightly longer than he felt two men should."

"Ellen lifted her head. 'You've been a bit unsettled lately, and I was thinking that, with what happened, you're
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Angie Marie
I wish I had read reviews first. This book was a big let down. The story ideas had a lot of promise but the author leads you to a cliff and you just fall over. Lots of loose ends left behind & the Worst Ending! I have no idea how they made a movie of this. ...more
Sheri Richey
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting ending!
Massimiliano
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un bel libro, ben scritto, non il solito romanzetto , molto filosofico!! Consigliato!!
Tomas!
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read but not great due to some aspects of the investigation and certain character actions which I found unbelievable.
Good view of family dynamics under such pressure, and an ending that I like due to it leaving
room for interpretation and a readers own judgement as to guilt/innocence. Also a decent exploration of "truth" and who/what we can believe.
Marie Turner
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Drama and a little unnerving! Evan Birch is a complicated man who drives one a little crazy with his constant retrospection. We are going to review this in Book Club and I can't wait to hear what others think.
Andy Pederson
Lots of potential in this book but just didn't quite reach the finish line.
Vivian
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truth is a very illusive thing and there is no way one person can really know what the truth is about another person.
Robin
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good psychological thriller. Enjoyed the book and the ending.
Christy Hawkins
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic tale-weaving! My book club was unable to decide on guilty/not guilty ! Read it, and you'll see what I mean!
Dgruner
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting psychological, "did he do it" read. A little tiresome at times.
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