*** THE BRAND NEW STANDALONE NOVEL FROM THE MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE ***
'Confirms Nicci French as the giant of the genre, upon whose shoulders other writers stand' Erin Kelly
‘French… who single-handedly revamped the psychological thriller in the 1990s, show they remain as expert at suspense, plot and the psychology of stressed heroines’ Sunday Times
'The Lying Room is a return to their roots, and oh boy, is it a good one… With its terrifying premise… The Lying Room isn't merely a return to the form of Nicci French's earlier chillers – it's even better' Observer
‘It’s Nicci French perfection – which, as we all know, is the best kind of perfection. So, so gripping and brilliantly clued' Sophie Hannah
‘The Lying Room reasserts Nicci French as the master of duplicity, suspense and sleight of hand’ Sam Baker
'The hook of The Lying Room is chilling… From the very first page, Nicci French remains one step ahead of us as we race to unpick Neve Connolly's deadly tangle. Expertly paced, psychologically sharp, thoroughly enjoyable' Louise Candlish
‘You know a book's gripping when you sneak away at any opportunity to read it. Meticulously plotted, psychologically astute’ Sarah Vaughan
‘This book is a pure adrenaline rush!’ Jenny Colgan
Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man.
She doesn't call the police.
‘You know, it’s funny,’ Detective Inspector Hitching said. ‘Whoever I see, they keep saying, talk to Neve Connolly, she’ll know. She’s the one people talk to, she’s the one people confide in.’
A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things.
She has also made mistakes; some small, some unconsciously done, some large, some deliberate. She is only human, after all.
But now one mistake is spiralling out of control and Neve is bringing those around her into immense danger.
She can’t tell the truth. So how far is she prepared to go to protect those she loves?
And who does she really know? And who can she trust?
A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things.
Could she be a murderer?
Praise for Nicci French:
'Stunning’ Clare Mackintosh
‘Fabulous, unsettling and riveting’ Louise Penny
‘A multi-layered plot that keeps you guessing until the final page’ Jane Corry
‘Masterful’ Sabine Durrant
‘Nicci French just gets better and better’ Laura Marshall
‘A masterclass’ Jane Casey
‘Utterly addictive’ Independent
‘Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive’ Daily Express
‘French leads the field’ Sunday Express
'Ingenious' Daily Telegraph
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
By now, we know Nicci French books to be a few things: completely suspenseful, impossible to second guess and written with a surgeon’s precision. This standalone novel is all of this—with an extra dollop of delicious intrigue. In it we meet Neve Connolly, a wife and mother people seem to trust and adore. It soon becomes clear that all isn’t as it seems when she discovers the dead body of a man she knows, but decides not to inform the police. Supreme pleasure is taken in unspooling the real Neve secret by secret until we hurtle breathlessly towards a climax we’re delighted to say we completely and utterly failed to see coming.
Family drama and office politics take center stage in this tense standalone from the pseudonymous French, the husband-and-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French (the Frieda Klein series). Neve Connolly's discreet affair with her married boss, Saul Stevenson, was meant to relieve her stress at being the family's primary breadwinner and main parent to three challenging children, while her illustrator husband, Fletcher, goes on endless job interviews. Then she finds Saul murdered in his London apartment. Fearing the affair will become public, destroying her marriage and devastating her emotionally fragile daughter, Mabel, she scrubs the apartment of every bit of her presence. But she forgets her signature piece of jewelry. When she returns for it, it's missing, as is the murder weapon that was lying next to the body. Neve's co-workers wonder what will happen to them, since Saul's company only recently acquired their firm, while she worries she'll be the primary suspect. French makes Neve a fully rounded character through her relationships with friends and colleagues, though Neve's family dynamics stoop to the melodramatic. Fans of domestic thrillers will be rewarded.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Wow that was disappointing
I kept waiting for the big twist to the web of lies but it never came. Yeah wish I could get that time back. Lacked creativity.