Spying On Strange Men (eBook edition)

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 “A genuine OMG ending worthy of Hitchcock at his best.”  Goodreads

3 reviews for Spying On Strange Men (eBook edition)

  1. Kindle reader on Amazon (verified owner)

    Strange, brilliant, a unique voice.
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2021
    This is a playfully dark and clever psychological thriller with a difference, more Kafka-meets-Nabokov-in-Patrick-Bateman’s-apartment than Barbara Vine, more Surrealist than social realist; a tale of escape, fluidity of personal identity, power and paranoia, betrayal and revenge.

    ‘The wife’ is a successful artist with a twisted creative process, smart, sophisticated, alluring and seriously unbalanced. She plans to murder her husband and run away with her lover, ‘the director’, who wants to make her a star. She is protean, mysterious, the other side of her alter ego, the exotic Vivien Lash, who may be just as real as her. Her husband is even more mysterious, apparently some kind of globetrotting spy with terrible secrets locked up in a private room. Indeed appearances are many and certainties are few, except perhaps the pleasures of white leather and red Chinese silk and being somebody else somewhere else. The wife/Vivien dares to dream and live those seductively transgressive, liberating dreams through to their conclusion.

    Spying on Strange Men is a bizarre, unsettling and funny tale that Moebius- strips away, all twisty-turny and inside-out, the predictability of narrative structure and the boundaries between whatever realities comprise this jet-black comedy and fucked-up romance. It’s a tour de force of multi-levelled revelling in the joys of language and the telling detail, a delicious and disorienting cocktail of wit, weirdness and wayward kicks.

  2. Peter (verified owner)

    Blue-black haired Vivian Lash would certainly have given Alfred Hitchcock’s distant blond fetish a major pause, if not cured him of it. Francie’s tourist filled colorful sites turned into dusty exotic locales, Marion’s 50’s bra’s and slips replaced by Shanghai silk underwear, Marnie’s here this moment, gone next sexual trysts made even more neurotic.

    Carole Morin’s Spying On Strange Men serves up a black comedy homage to film noir classics: Rear Window, Suspicion, Double Indemnity, Don’t Look Back and references a few others; complete with a twist ending out of left field providing a genuine OMG didn’t see that coming moment worthy of Hitchcock at his best. Sharp, cynical, precise, deceptive.

  3. JJ James London

    It’s a sinister little book, lacquer red, deceptive white and pearl black.
    Seductive too.

    Much of it reads like a prose poem, with great skill in playing with the pace and rhythm of the story being told.
    It draws you in immediately, wanting to hear more from the narrator in all her different voices.

    Anecdote and quotation are used to great effect – The narrator is playing with you all the time… But is she being played with too and by whom?

    Is she really telling the real story of what’s going on here?
    Does she even actually know what is really going on?
    She seems so in charge…

    You want to trust her, want her to be right, want the ending to the story be the ending that she wants.

    … And then the ending comes – Lacquer red, deceptive white and pearl black.

    Masterful is the wrong word here – Spying On Strange Men is Mistressful.

    The spinning out of control of the story at the end is especially accomplished.

    Vivien Lash is just too clever for her own good. Or the good of anybody else around her.

    An amazing read.

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