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    The lying room

    Loved it. A really fantastic book that takes you on a hellava ride.
  • 9 person found this review helpful

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    Thrilling page turner

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kept me guessing and the final reveal was not a stretch too far. This is my first Nicci French and I will read more.
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    Fell flat

    The Lying Room is a great concept for me – a woman finds her lover murdered in his flat and helps to cover it up to hide the evidence of her affair. In all ways it should have really gripped me and I should have really struggled to put it down however I did feel that it fell down in some key aspects. Firstly, the read felt a bit like a slog at times – there was so many bits of unnecessary detail packed in about meal times and nights out and the school run that I honestly didn’t care about and did nothing to further the plot. It even got to the point where I thought the hamster and its cage might have had something to do with the murder as it was described so many times throughout the story. The character of Mabel (Neve’s teenage daughter) also really annoyed me and I don’t understand why she was given the free rein that she was to be such a horrible individual! To be honest I had zero compassion for all the characters really – I didn’t even really like Neve. I also found the story to be a little unrealistic in certain places – surely CCTV or witnesses would have placed Neve near the flat at the time of the murder or even just all of the other times that she visited the flat to have an affair? Also covering up all trace evidence of you at a murder scene when it’s somewhere you have spent a lot of time is surely a lot more difficult than just a bit of bleach and a wash cycle! The end reveal also felt very unrealistic and I didn’t understand the motivation that the perpetrator had to commit the murder in the first place. Overall The Lying Room was a great concept but on the whole fell very flat for me. Thank you to NetGalley & Simon & Schuster UK for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    The Lying Room

    What a good murder story. So many red herrings are tossed at the reader and one pays a guessing game throughout the book as to who did it. Very good believable characters. A kind of book one doesn't want to put down I read it in two sittings. Nicci French writes in collaberation with her husband. The authors name is a blending of both husband and wife
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    Riveting & Enthralling!

    On the surface, this seems to be a straightforward read but, trust me, it is bursting at the seams with suspense! Neve Connolly is like a lot of forty-something women; she is the glue that holds her family together as well as providing a listening ear for friends and colleagues over the years. No matter what is going on in her own head, it is her second nature to nurture those around her - but is what you see what you get? We're all entitled to our own bit of space but Neve is hiding something. Our first clue is when she discovers a dead body but doesn't report it to the police which seems, even before we know everything about her, to be quite strange . . . could there be a secret in the offing? Wow, this one has dragged me through a whole gamut of emotions. You would think it simple to read a book, but there is so much unfolding between these pages that the reader really needs to keep their wits about them. Hardly anything is as it first seems and just when I thought I knew what was going on, the goalposts would suddenly up and move! Completely riveting and totally enthralling,  I was gripped all the way - and I LOVED it!! This is my first Nicci French novel but it most certainly won't be the last - such clever plotting and writing! An absolutely cracking read, no less than a full five stars will do and a definite recommendation to get this one - and quickly!
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