counter create hit Losing You - Download Free eBook
Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

Losing You

Availability: Ready to download

Nina Landry is supposed to be taking her two children on a Christmas holiday today. But the road away from Sandling Island seems littered with obstacles. Most pressing of all, her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, has yet to return from a night out... Minute by minute, Nina's unease builds to worry and then panic. Has Charlie run away? Or has something more sinister happened Nina Landry is supposed to be taking her two children on a Christmas holiday today. But the road away from Sandling Island seems littered with obstacles. Most pressing of all, her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, has yet to return from a night out... Minute by minute, Nina's unease builds to worry and then panic. Has Charlie run away? Or has something more sinister happened to her? And why will nobody take her disappearance seriously? As a series of half-buried secrets lead Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty, the question becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island for Christmas - and more whether they'll ever leave it again. About The Author: Nicci French lives in Northern England.


Compare
Ads Banner

Nina Landry is supposed to be taking her two children on a Christmas holiday today. But the road away from Sandling Island seems littered with obstacles. Most pressing of all, her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, has yet to return from a night out... Minute by minute, Nina's unease builds to worry and then panic. Has Charlie run away? Or has something more sinister happened Nina Landry is supposed to be taking her two children on a Christmas holiday today. But the road away from Sandling Island seems littered with obstacles. Most pressing of all, her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, has yet to return from a night out... Minute by minute, Nina's unease builds to worry and then panic. Has Charlie run away? Or has something more sinister happened to her? And why will nobody take her disappearance seriously? As a series of half-buried secrets lead Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty, the question becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island for Christmas - and more whether they'll ever leave it again. About The Author: Nicci French lives in Northern England.

30 review for Losing You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Wilson

    Full go, no stop, no bullshit. Just awesomeness.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    No need to go into the 'plot ' really as so many have done so before, suffice to say that it is dificult to imagine getting annoyed and bored with a woman character whose daughter has gone missing - but Losing You managed this for me. The term comicbook heroine has been used before by other reviewers and a very perceptive description it is too. Nina is - reasonably- interesting at first, but you've got to wonder about a character/person who lets their teenage daughter sleep out overnight, unpacke No need to go into the 'plot ' really as so many have done so before, suffice to say that it is dificult to imagine getting annoyed and bored with a woman character whose daughter has gone missing - but Losing You managed this for me. The term comicbook heroine has been used before by other reviewers and a very perceptive description it is too. Nina is - reasonably- interesting at first, but you've got to wonder about a character/person who lets their teenage daughter sleep out overnight, unpacked, the night before an overseas trip, especially a daughter scatty enough to arrange a surprise birthday party for 11 am ( 11am !) that day , when departure from the house is to be by 1pm. They have a dog too, a Labrador who Nina calls Sludge . I worry about a person who calls animals or children by deliberately ugly names, but be that as it may. The question is really, why does the dog have to be introduced into the story at all, she serves no purpose, and the same can be said for the strange cousin(?) Renata, who arrives ostensibly to take care of said dog and then takes to her bed , or rather Nina's bed, apparently deeply depressed . And then leaves, saying she is "only in your way" ........... I can see why the completely stupid party had to be used to further the plot . But Renata? Sludge? I can only think that the party, the dog, the cousin and other sundry annoyances are somehow intended to show how our redoubtable heroine can overcome anything in a single bound. Heaven knows, she does have to overcome stuff. Nobody much likes her it seems, maybe that's why they all came to the party as she was packing for the plane, just to piss her off. Nope, that doesn't figure , mostly they don't even know her, it's only the people who do know her who don't much like her. No idea why all those people - and it is described as dozens -would turn up to such an event. Imagine, a teenager who you barely know invites you to a 11am party for her mother, a woman you don't know at all . "It'll be a surprise for her 40th birthday and we are going to Florida later in the day" says the teenager . "Oh lovely " you say, "We' ll be there, and what is your name again dear? "...... But onward.... once she believes Charlie to be really missing and panic starts to build, she then has to contend with Everybody Else in The World, all of whom are too stupid ,too slow, too disbelieving or too deliberately obstructive to help her . Fortunately Nina is so unimaginably intuitive and clever and unstoppable that she manages the whole thing herself, all the detective work, all the interviews, all the fieldwork, all the denoument, the rescue, the natural justice, everything. Oh and I forgot , and the the hospital staff are also completely inept and also need Nina-ising, right to the last moment. The Bad Guy? I hardly remember who it was,so little was created around his character and motive.

  3. 5 out of 5

    An - Traversing Chapters

    Congratulations to the authors, you made me dislike a woman whose daughter was missing, that's quite an achievement! Nina was annoying and rude, and I completely understand why the people on the island didn't seem to like her. The timeline was incredibly unrealistic: this book took me about 5-6 hours to read, which more or less corresponds to the time that elapses in the story and in this time our main character drives to the other side of the island a few times. To give an example: early in the Congratulations to the authors, you made me dislike a woman whose daughter was missing, that's quite an achievement! Nina was annoying and rude, and I completely understand why the people on the island didn't seem to like her. The timeline was incredibly unrealistic: this book took me about 5-6 hours to read, which more or less corresponds to the time that elapses in the story and in this time our main character drives to the other side of the island a few times. To give an example: early in the book, Nina mentions it's 11am. She then makes coffee, reads her mail, puts some bags in her car, does the dishes, cleans the kitchen floor and collects the sheets from all the beds. She proceeds to call her daughter... at 11.13am. I wish my housekeeping was this time-efficient!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Giveaway win!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    This book was made very different by not having chapters. It caused it to be very difficult to put the book down since there were no breaks in the action. I found the book to be engrossing, and very quick to read. The story was very suspenseful and had lots of action. This was the first book I have read by Nicci French, and I enjoyed this one enough to read more by the author. Nina Landry is thrilled to be going on a Christmas vacation with her two children and her boyfriend. Nina and her childr This book was made very different by not having chapters. It caused it to be very difficult to put the book down since there were no breaks in the action. I found the book to be engrossing, and very quick to read. The story was very suspenseful and had lots of action. This was the first book I have read by Nicci French, and I enjoyed this one enough to read more by the author. Nina Landry is thrilled to be going on a Christmas vacation with her two children and her boyfriend. Nina and her children plan to leave their home on Sandling Island and pick up her boyfriend, Christian, enroute to the airport in London. They are traveling to Florida, where they will spend Christmas together. As the day of their departure begins, Nina's plans are first altered as her car needs mechanical adjsutments that a friend attempts to provide, and then she arrives back home to find that her daughter, Charlie, has invited a large number of people for Nina's surprise birthday party. Nina begins to find it strange that her fifteen year old daughter doesn't show up for the party she planned, and then she becomes worried when no one seems to know where to find Charlie. Nina begins to question those she knows Charlie saw earlier in the day about her possible whereabouts. Nina quickly realizes that Charlie is truly missing, and she goes to the police who do not take this couple hour disappearance by a teenager seriously. Nina finds items missing from Charlie's room that point to the idea that she has run away. Nina is devastated and determined to find Charlie quickly. As she checks Charlie's paper route, she is terrified when she finds Charlie's bicycle hidden in the woods. She knows that Charlie has been abducted, and she conducts the police again. The police begin to move very slowly, not yet searching for the teen, and Nina continues to conduct her own search, during which she questions several individuals. The police are frustrated with her and try to stop her, but Nina is certain that time is of the essence. This frantic mother knows that she is her daughter's only hope and she will do anything to find and save her. I thought that the absence of chapters and Nina's frantic search made the book seem exceptionally fast paced. I literally could not put the book down, and felt like I was racing to finish it while Nina raced to find her daugther. I read it in one sitting in just a couple of hours. The book focused more on the plot than the characters. I am interested to read more by the author and find out if they are all as suspenseful as this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    Unenthusiastic 2.5 stars This is the biggest reading disappointment in a long time. Not the worst book, but the biggest disappointment. My dismay is big enough that rounding to 3 stars feels generous, but I can’t bring myself to go lower. It’s Nicci French. I’m a major fan and I had this preordered on audible. Not long into listening, I decided that this must be a new audio release of a book published early in their career. It looks like a new release in print, too. But after looking at the quite Unenthusiastic 2.5 stars This is the biggest reading disappointment in a long time. Not the worst book, but the biggest disappointment. My dismay is big enough that rounding to 3 stars feels generous, but I can’t bring myself to go lower. It’s Nicci French. I’m a major fan and I had this preordered on audible. Not long into listening, I decided that this must be a new audio release of a book published early in their career. It looks like a new release in print, too. But after looking at the quite old reviews here, this must be a re-release, but one better left in the past. The greatest difficulty I had with this was the angsty melodrama. A mom spends a day (the whole book) wringing her hands and heart over her missing teenager and scurrying around trying to grind information out of people—while emoting emoting emoting. The narration leaned into the agitated, desperate tone, amplifying whatever was on the page. I couldn’t wait to be finished. I did finish, though, hoping for late-breaking redemption. Tedious emotionality and uninspired plotting were my experience of the story, which really had some potential and was in the hands of talented writers. This is an example of how much we don’t want reality as much as relatable credibility in fiction. All this breathless heart-pouring would be the experience of a real mother who lost her daughter—but I don’t want to stay in that place for the length of a novel. A taste of maternal vexation is plenty in this genre. Missing person novels aren’t my favorite, but they can be engaging and fascinating. This one obviously missed the mark. I’m going to believe that with this novel the writing team got this writing style out of their system and that led them to be the stars in this genre they’ve become.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fictionophile

    Have you ever been in a busy mall and thought just for a moment that you had lost your wallet? Your heart starts to pound, blind panic sets in... In Losing You Nina Landry has lost something much more precious, her teenage daughter, Charlotte... It is Nina's 40th birthday and she has made plans to take her son and daughter on a trip to Florida over the holiday season. Her daughter Charlotte (Charlie) has stayed overnight at a friend's house. When she is late coming home Nina is irritated, but as Have you ever been in a busy mall and thought just for a moment that you had lost your wallet? Your heart starts to pound, blind panic sets in... In Losing You Nina Landry has lost something much more precious, her teenage daughter, Charlotte... It is Nina's 40th birthday and she has made plans to take her son and daughter on a trip to Florida over the holiday season. Her daughter Charlotte (Charlie) has stayed overnight at a friend's house. When she is late coming home Nina is irritated, but as the hours pass her irritation turns to panic. Set on a British island in the North Sea in the dark days prior to Christmas, one feels a sharp sense of place which contributes greatly to the overall increasing sense of foreboding. Nina reports her worries to the local police. They do not take her concern very seriously. A teenage girl late home...they see it all the time. Events come to light that make Nina even more concerned. Nina's relationship with Charlie seems to be not as sound as she previously thought. A mother's guilt and the natural divide between teenager and parent make Nina wonder more. Because of the apathy shown by the police she tries to discover Charlie's whereabouts herself. The police do not take kindly to her interference. When Nina discovers a young girl's body, the police become interested at last, but is it too little too late? I have read several other novels by this husband-and-wife writing team and none so far have disappointed. All are psychological thrillers, but all are very different from one another. Much of the pleasure in reading this novel comes from the connection you feel with the protagonist, Nina. Her fears, insecurities, guilt and self-doubt are feelings that all parents share. With "Losing You" some readers might be skeptical of a novel in which all of the action takes place in one single day. But true to the genre "Losing You" is a page-turning novel of suspense. You'll probably read it in one day as I did. All in all, a day well spent.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    On the morning of Nina Landry’s fortieth birthday, just hours before she and her children are due to fly out to Florida for a vacation, fifteen year old Charlie disappears. At first Nina is simply irritated that her daughter is nowhere to be found on the tiny island off the coast of England on which they live, but as time runs on she becomes increasingly convinced that something has happened to Charlie ...something terrible. While the story takes place over less than a day, I devoured Losing You On the morning of Nina Landry’s fortieth birthday, just hours before she and her children are due to fly out to Florida for a vacation, fifteen year old Charlie disappears. At first Nina is simply irritated that her daughter is nowhere to be found on the tiny island off the coast of England on which they live, but as time runs on she becomes increasingly convinced that something has happened to Charlie ...something terrible. While the story takes place over less than a day, I devoured Losing You by Nicci French in about two hours, breathlessly accompanying Nina in her search for her missing teenage daughter. What begins as an ordinary, if chaotic, day as Nina’s car plays up, as she’s trying to finish packing for their trip, as her depressed cousin/dog sitter arrives, as she unexpectedly hosts a few dozen people for a surprise party organised by her daughter, as she fields calls from her belligerent ex-husband, turns surreal when Nina realises Charlie is not simply late, but missing. One of the most difficult things I have found about being a mother to teens is that they have areas of their lives that no longer include me, and even those that they deliberately exclude me from. I’m not always confident that I have taught them enough to independently make good choices and to protect themselves from situations, or people, that could threaten their well-being. Charlie, who Nina describes as ‘recalcitrant, volatile, emotional, romantic and intense’, seems more likely than most teenagers to keep secrets, especially when you factor in the issues with her father, who has recently abandoned the family, and her mother’s new relationship. As it happens, none of what Charlie has kept hidden is particularly earth shattering, but her secrets, and the secrets of others, do play a part in unraveling the mystery. I empathised with Nina’s frustration with the police who are initially content to dismiss Charlie as a runaway, and are incredibly patronising as they do so. Objectively I understand the need of the police to gather the facts and plan the investigation, but in Nina’s shoes I think I too would disregard their orders and do what I could to unearth anything that could provide answers. Losing You is not perfect, there was for example, the odd character I thought was superfluous, but Nina is relatable and convincing as a panicked mother, and the pacing is superb. A quick thrilling, read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Addition Angela

    Have you ever lost something precious to you? A wallet a gift? A Daughter? Losing you by Nicci French means literally that. When Ninas daughter Charlotte goes missing she immediately is more than worried. Her teenage daughter, who of all days is excited to be going on holiday to Florida that day - so why would she be late home? At first Nina is annoyed because everything is running so smoothly and this trip is a much needed one for the family. So when Charlie appears to be a little behind she is Have you ever lost something precious to you? A wallet a gift? A Daughter? Losing you by Nicci French means literally that. When Ninas daughter Charlotte goes missing she immediately is more than worried. Her teenage daughter, who of all days is excited to be going on holiday to Florida that day - so why would she be late home? At first Nina is annoyed because everything is running so smoothly and this trip is a much needed one for the family. So when Charlie appears to be a little behind she is irritated by her daughters lateness. But when guests arrive to their home to congratulate her at the surprise birthday party, the one Charlotte organized for her mum - Ninas alarm bells start ringing loudly and she wonders - shouldn’t she be there to celebrate it? Charlie is definitely missing and no one seems to be worried. So Nina goes on a mission. What would a mother in desperation do? She becomes detective when the police say it’s too early to be worried! Really. She starts her own undercover investigation and begins to draw out information from Neighbor’s, boyfriends and anyone who can help. She searches through all the little clues in Charlies bedroom until she starts to piece together what may be happening. The book is told in real time and with no chapters. (I love books with no chapters) as it makes the book more pacey. I have read other novels by these authors - a husband and wife team who form the pseudonym of Nicci French and haven’t been disappointed yet. I felt this novel focused more on the plot than the characters. Usually I prefer a stronger collection of characters ( hence 3 stars) but I felt that the book still held suspense and flowed well. Not my favorite thriller but easy to read and held my attention.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    If you can get past the hysteria and armchair sleuthing of Nina, this book isn't too bad. It's a decent mystery set up by a multitude of incidents that lead to Charlie being missing and her mother desperate to find her. What didn't work for me were the things mentioned above--Nina's absolute hysteria when Charlie is missing and pages and pages of her trying to convince people that Charlie didn't run away and that something terrible has happened to her, and the police insisting that Charlie has ju If you can get past the hysteria and armchair sleuthing of Nina, this book isn't too bad. It's a decent mystery set up by a multitude of incidents that lead to Charlie being missing and her mother desperate to find her. What didn't work for me were the things mentioned above--Nina's absolute hysteria when Charlie is missing and pages and pages of her trying to convince people that Charlie didn't run away and that something terrible has happened to her, and the police insisting that Charlie has just run away. Over and over again. It got old very quickly and didn't move the story along, despite it probably being the actual reactions that both parties would have if it were a real situation. Even after the police start to buy into Nina's theory, they are still not as capable as Nina with her armchair sleuthing, which didn't seem believable to me at all. I figured out where the story was going pretty much from the beginning, but it still was a decent book if you can get through the beginning and get to the actual investigation. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine Woods

    An impossible timeline - a week's worth of activities are accomplished in about 5 hours. A ridiculous scenario - a birthday party attended by a horde of people that the celebrant barely knows or doesn't know at all. Said surprise party scheduled two hours before celebrant and family are to leave for an international flight. Top all that off with a missing 15 year old daughter - the party planner. The mother/protagonist, Nina, chucks out the guests with maybe 15 minutes to go before departure tim An impossible timeline - a week's worth of activities are accomplished in about 5 hours. A ridiculous scenario - a birthday party attended by a horde of people that the celebrant barely knows or doesn't know at all. Said surprise party scheduled two hours before celebrant and family are to leave for an international flight. Top all that off with a missing 15 year old daughter - the party planner. The mother/protagonist, Nina, chucks out the guests with maybe 15 minutes to go before departure time,and still no daughter. Yes, she is distraught, but goes out of her way to be abrasive to all,as she mounts a search for her daughter. A quick read,not worth your time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    I don't even have to go into much detail to review this book. I totally agree with everything Barbara Hoyland says in her review of it in June, so you can just go and read that. But here are a few of my own comments: I usually like books by Nicci French as kind of a guilty pleasure once in a while. Some have been better than others, but I haven't totally disliked any. Until this one. It was just plain awful. I should have realized it when I had to read the very first line of the book 4 times, and I don't even have to go into much detail to review this book. I totally agree with everything Barbara Hoyland says in her review of it in June, so you can just go and read that. But here are a few of my own comments: I usually like books by Nicci French as kind of a guilty pleasure once in a while. Some have been better than others, but I haven't totally disliked any. Until this one. It was just plain awful. I should have realized it when I had to read the very first line of the book 4 times, and still don't quite get it. Isn't an opening line meant to pull you in and make you want to read on? Well, here's the opening line from this one: ""Sometimes I still felt that I had fetched up on the edge of the world." There, you be the judge. I don't even know what it means, and I've read the whole book, which surprises even me. The main character is a mother whose daughter is missing, and she spends the whole book trying to find her. I hated this woman. She was constantly hanging up on people, taking everything into her own hands without apology, and just someone I'm glad I don't know. She was suspicious of everyone in the world of abducting her daughter, yet she was stupid enough to allow her daughter to go to a sleepover at another girl's house the night before they were leaving on a major vacation trip, one which the girl had not even packed for yet. Really a responsible act. Anyway, the only person I kind of felt sorry for in the book was the younger brother of the missing girl, who just got pushed between assorted babysitters the whole time, and the dog. I agree with Barbara that the dog, and the mother's cousin were both just thrown in for no reason. Also, I have to question the mom's boyfriend. He is stuck in traffic somewhere thru most of the book and doesn't even show up again at the end. And what was up with the dumb surprise birthday party that the girl invited everyone to at 11:00 on the day they were to leave for the airport at 1:00? Huh???? If I was ever going to throw a book at the wall in frustration, this would be it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jannelies

    Only after reading about 10 pages in this book, I realized I've already read it. Years ago! So why kept my mind telling me not to read this book for a second time? Well, obviously, because this was not one of my favorite Nicci French' books, which showed because I just couldn't remember what happened exactly. I tried, but a second reading didn't make the book any better for me than just 'below average' for this couple of excellent authors. The main character who we see running around all the tim Only after reading about 10 pages in this book, I realized I've already read it. Years ago! So why kept my mind telling me not to read this book for a second time? Well, obviously, because this was not one of my favorite Nicci French' books, which showed because I just couldn't remember what happened exactly. I tried, but a second reading didn't make the book any better for me than just 'below average' for this couple of excellent authors. The main character who we see running around all the time is very unresponsible by letting her daughter go to a sleepover the night before a holiday. The daughter is your typical teenager; mother and daughter cannot seem to understand each other anymore. Nothing new there... A nice book if you don't expect too much, and need something light for a long flight or so. Thanks to Edelweiss for this digital review copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Samuelson (BookAddict30)

    Rating: 5 Stars!! (Wish i could rate it 10 stars!!) Review: First off Thank you to Katie Leary at Harpers Collins and Goodreads for picking me to win this book in a giveaway on here back in May. This was my 2nd time reading a book by Nicci Gerrard and Sean French this year!! I am definately hooked on their books!! This book was bout a mother named Nina Landry who wakes up on her 40th birthday anticipating a day filled with excitement where Nina, her boyfriend and her two kids Charlotte (Charlie) Rating: 5 Stars!! (Wish i could rate it 10 stars!!) Review: First off Thank you to Katie Leary at Harpers Collins and Goodreads for picking me to win this book in a giveaway on here back in May. This was my 2nd time reading a book by Nicci Gerrard and Sean French this year!! I am definately hooked on their books!! This book was bout a mother named Nina Landry who wakes up on her 40th birthday anticipating a day filled with excitement where Nina, her boyfriend and her two kids Charlotte (Charlie) and Jackson are taking a trip leaving their home on Sandling Island, England for a dream vacation to Florida as soon as her 15 year old daugther Charlotte (Charlie) comes home from a sleepover at her best friends house BUT when Charlie doesnt come home on time Nina starts to panic etc. Through the book we learn about family secrets, love and betraying friends. At first this book was slow for me til Page 100 than picked up with so many twists coming up it was hard to stop reading. It reminded me alot of the movie Twister but with a Thriller twist it minus the weather aspect to it. If you want a good Thriller book with twists in it to read for a readathon etc than THIS BOOK IS DEFINATELY FOR YOU!! Can't wait to read more by Nicci and Sean in the future!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I LOVED this thriller. I had absolutely no idea why Nina's daughter, Charlie, went missing and who (if anyone) was involved in her disappearance until the last chapters. French does a great job of replicating what a mother would do and how they would react if their child went missing. I would have done the same exact things that Nina did in order to find my child. I listened to the audiobook version of this story, read by Imogen Church (who narrates all of the Ruth Ware novels). Highly recommend I LOVED this thriller. I had absolutely no idea why Nina's daughter, Charlie, went missing and who (if anyone) was involved in her disappearance until the last chapters. French does a great job of replicating what a mother would do and how they would react if their child went missing. I would have done the same exact things that Nina did in order to find my child. I listened to the audiobook version of this story, read by Imogen Church (who narrates all of the Ruth Ware novels). Highly recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    This was one of the most suspenseful mysteries I have read in a long time. It’s Nina’s birthday and she is getting ready to take her kids and her boyfriend to Florida for Christmas. While trying to get everything ready for the trip, a surprise birthday party occurs supposedly put together by her daughter, Charlie. When Charlie doesn’t show up for the party or for the departure of the trip, Nina becomes frantic with worry. The first thing she does is go to the police but they don’t believe Charli This was one of the most suspenseful mysteries I have read in a long time. It’s Nina’s birthday and she is getting ready to take her kids and her boyfriend to Florida for Christmas. While trying to get everything ready for the trip, a surprise birthday party occurs supposedly put together by her daughter, Charlie. When Charlie doesn’t show up for the party or for the departure of the trip, Nina becomes frantic with worry. The first thing she does is go to the police but they don’t believe Charlie is in danger. Just another teenager who is trying to make a statement with her parents by hiding out for a night. Nina doesn’t believe it so she takes it upon herself to try and find her daughter. As a mother, Nina’s gut feeling is, something is drastically wrong here. As a mother, the thought of a missing child can suck the life right out of you. I was pulling for Nina every step of the way. This is a quick read and it keeps you on the edge of your seat right up until the end. Highly recommend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    OUTSTANDING!!! This is the first time I've read anything by the husband/wife team who form the pseudonym of Nicci French, and I must say that I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I started reading late last night and was finished within a 24-hour period, which is a rarity for me. I had the book clutched in my hands all day today, only taking two short breaks for lunch and dinner. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and didn't want to put it down until I'd reached the end. It was wonderfully writt OUTSTANDING!!! This is the first time I've read anything by the husband/wife team who form the pseudonym of Nicci French, and I must say that I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I started reading late last night and was finished within a 24-hour period, which is a rarity for me. I had the book clutched in my hands all day today, only taking two short breaks for lunch and dinner. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and didn't want to put it down until I'd reached the end. It was wonderfully written, perfectly paced, and suspenseful from start to finish. The fact that there are no chapters might normally bother me, but for this, it totally worked; the story is written in real-time, and to have broken it into sections would have detracted from the story by creating unnecessary pauses. Not everyone seems to have appreciated the ending, but I personally liked it. Now if only I had someone to discuss it with while it's fresh on my mind. :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lieke Elisa

    Exciting untill the end

  19. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    Piece 'o crap thriller. A plot from which something could have been made, but wasn't.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mirthe

    I would've given this book 5 stars, if not for the fact that it DOES NOT HAVE ANY CHAPTERS?! I get that this is supposed to keep you reading, but I just found it REALLY ANNOYING. It did the opposite for me. Normally I think: 'Oh, I'll just read one chapter', and now I didn't have that kind of motivation. Story-wise, I thought this is a really great book. The lead character, Nina, is a bit annoying. However, I thought this was really understandable, since absolutely no one saw the urgency of the d I would've given this book 5 stars, if not for the fact that it DOES NOT HAVE ANY CHAPTERS?! I get that this is supposed to keep you reading, but I just found it REALLY ANNOYING. It did the opposite for me. Normally I think: 'Oh, I'll just read one chapter', and now I didn't have that kind of motivation. Story-wise, I thought this is a really great book. The lead character, Nina, is a bit annoying. However, I thought this was really understandable, since absolutely no one saw the urgency of the disappearance of her daughter. In my opinion, Nicci French really caught the feeling of losing someone you love and doing everything in your power to get them back. This woman was brave and strong. So everything summed up: I do recommend this book!! It took me a while to start, but after that I finished it in one day :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    L.M. Krier

    I tried not to let my pet hate for books without chapters cloud my judgement of this book. My other big irritant was the endless lists. All the action takes place on the same day. A family is preparing to leave for the holiday of a lifetime in the States but teenage daughter Charlie is missing so mother Nina goes on a one-woman mission to find her. Definitely neither aided nor abetted by dreadfully plodding and improbable police. It's in the course of her search that the endless lists creep in. Th I tried not to let my pet hate for books without chapters cloud my judgement of this book. My other big irritant was the endless lists. All the action takes place on the same day. A family is preparing to leave for the holiday of a lifetime in the States but teenage daughter Charlie is missing so mother Nina goes on a one-woman mission to find her. Definitely neither aided nor abetted by dreadfully plodding and improbable police. It's in the course of her search that the endless lists creep in. They could have been highly effective. Drawing us it with snippets of what each object evoked by way of memories, emotions. Through the smell, the colour, the feel, of different things. Instead, they were just ... lists. A list of every object in a drawer, for instance. And far too many of them. That and some other flaws in the usually excellent writing of Nicci French made this a disappointing read. Nothing truly drew me in to the narrative. I wasn't feeling it. Not the emotion, not the oppressive sinister location of the spooky, off-shore island. No true sense of what it must feel like for a parent whose child is missing and they think it's something much more sinister than just being late home after a sleepover. The ending is a disappointment, too. No real sense of why the baddy did what they did in the way they did. Definitely not one of their best but a light and easy enough read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nichola

    Haven't read a Nicci French book for a very long time so it was a refreshing change. Read in 2 days whilst on holiday, this book did well to keep my wandering mind captivated. Very well written and kept me gripped with every page.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    3.5 some unanswered questions at the end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pgchuis

    3.5* rounded up. This was an exhausting read. I was stressed before Charlie even went missing, since we were dealing with a family about to set off for the airport for a trip abroad and they hadn't even finished packing! The whole action of the book takes place over the next 6 hours or so, with Nina racing around the island, which is at the same time small enough to race around multiple times, and also big enough to support a secondary school. I enjoyed her shaking off the police, who seemed com 3.5* rounded up. This was an exhausting read. I was stressed before Charlie even went missing, since we were dealing with a family about to set off for the airport for a trip abroad and they hadn't even finished packing! The whole action of the book takes place over the next 6 hours or so, with Nina racing around the island, which is at the same time small enough to race around multiple times, and also big enough to support a secondary school. I enjoyed her shaking off the police, who seemed competent enough but didn't share her sense of urgency, and mercilessly dragging a series of friends and acquaintances into her search. The ending made sense, although the information needed to work out what had happened was revealed very late on. I'm not sure what purpose the boyfriend Christian served - he spent the novel stuck on the M25 with Nina ignoring him. I think that relationship might be over.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aisling

    Ok I love the Frieda Klein series by these two authors so I fully expected to enjoy this stand alone thriller but OMG!!! This was amazing! I really could not put this one down once I got to the mid way mark and the ending.....I really think I was holding my breath I was so tense. For any parent I think the idea of having a missing child is terrifying. Nicci French write the neighbors and police responses so realistically that you will swear this is happening to you. This does start a little bit Ok I love the Frieda Klein series by these two authors so I fully expected to enjoy this stand alone thriller but OMG!!! This was amazing! I really could not put this one down once I got to the mid way mark and the ending.....I really think I was holding my breath I was so tense. For any parent I think the idea of having a missing child is terrifying. Nicci French write the neighbors and police responses so realistically that you will swear this is happening to you. This does start a little bit slowly but I promise--once it picks up it is unrelenting. Hard to write more without spoilers but buy/read this book. It is a brilliantly done thriller. HIghly, highly recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    We have a tiny beach house that looks out at the sea, I used to love to grab a pot of tea and read sea story after sea story on those countless foggy days, this book would have been perfect there! Even though I am nestled in a sunny garden far from the sea today, this book still was very enjoyable, with a gripping dripping finale!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    It was hard to get into at first, but then it was a page turner. A woman is busy on her birthday, and is concerned that. her daughter is late getting home and they are to leave on Holiday and her daughter is not packed, where is she?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jannelies

    Review to come.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rawan

    Fun, fast paced read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Great thriller! Was fast paced and kept you guessing until the end. A book about a mom who would do whatever it took to find her daughter.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.