*** 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
‘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: a woman discovers the dead body of a man she knows and doesn’t tell a soul. 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?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When Neve’s married life and bringing up three children turn from a bed of roses into just the thorny reality side of life she seeks the comfort of her boss and begins an affair with him. When she receives a text asking her to go to him at a flat he owns she takes off to meet him there. When she gets there her lover has been murdered and the first thing on her mind is to cover up any involvement with him.
With all traces of her removed, she goes home only to waken in the night knowing that she has left her bracelet there, which she took off when cleaning. She returns to the flat to find things aren’t as she had left them. someone has been there and taken her bracelet. Could it be the killer?
I really liked Detective Inspector Hitching, who reminded me of Columbo from years ago, always thinking of just one more question and leaving his suspects with a little to think about. Neve weaves a web of deceit with her answers but begins to look at her colleagues and family in a different light.
This is a steady story that unrolls its clues a little by little, leading me at times down the wrong path altogether. Neve for me wasn’t a character that I took to as she seemed to play whatever role people thought she should be, but a fascinating story that I had to find out who the killer was and why, but I was totally off the mark.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are eleven other bestselling novels by Nicci French: The Memory Game, The Safe House, Killing Me Softly, Beneath the Skin, The Red Room, Land of the Living, Secret Smile, Catch Me When I Fall, Losing You, Until It’s Over and What To Do When Someone Dies, all published by Penguin.