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Losing You Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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Starred Review. A mother fights to keep her composure as she hunts for her missing child in this nuanced, literate thriller from the husband-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French (Killing Me Softly). Shortly before Christmas, Nina Landry, a divorced mother of two living on isolated Sandling Island somewhere in the south of England, is getting ready for a family vacation in Florida that will include her new marine biologist boyfriend. Blindsided by a surprise 40th birthday party, Nina is further disconcerted when her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, who was supposed to help with the packing, fails to come home from a slumber party. Nina's seamless first-person account of the next 24 hours mines the frustration and feelings of helplessness that come with any investigation slowed by the rigmarole of police work. This engrossing read captures the importance of the often overlooked and underappreciated minutiae of everyday life while commanding a deeply personal reaction in readers. (Apr.)
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Praise for Nicci French

“Nicci French . . . know[s] exactly how to maintain the tension . . . You live through every nail-biting minute.”
--The Guardian (UK) on Losing You

“They have mastered suspense . . . The heart pounds from the first page . . . This is a book that keeps you reading into the small hours.”
--The Observer (UK) on Losing You

“Nicci French has become synonymous with suspense.”
--New York Daily News on Catch Me When I Fall

“Nicci French is a specialist in the kind of evil that burrows from within.”
--The New York Times Book Review on Secret Smile

“Suspenseful from the start and ending with a brilliant twist.”
--People, “Page-turner of the Week,” on The Red Room

“Genuine chills and page-turning suspense.”
--Entertainment Weekly on Land of the Living


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312375387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312375386
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
On Sandling Island, England, divorced Nina Landry raises her two children, fifteen years old Charlie and Jackson. Nina is looking forward to a Christmas vacation in Florida with her boyfriend marine biologist Christian and is pleasantly stunned when he and others arrange a surprise fortieth birthday party for her.

However her joy turns to concern when Charlie fails to come home from a teen pajama party. Not only is this out of character for her daughter, but Charlie also promised to help pack for the Florida trip, a vacation the teen was looking forward to. Nina goes to the police, who provide her with platitudes about teens and nothing else just like friends and family did earlier. Each minute that passes with no news is like a nuclear bomb exploding in her stomach, but nothing except helplessness and fear happen.

This tense thriller is told predominantly by Nina so that the audience sees her dread grow rapidly and out of control because she is frustrated and fears the worst. Fans especially parents will empathize with Nina, as she not only prays for the safe return of her daughter, she offers deals to the Lord to make it happen. This is a winner from Nicci French as Nina's life goes from joy to terror in a short span.

Harriet Klausner
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BARBARA GERSHENABUM on April 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Nina Landry, her daughter Charlie, and son Jackson along with Christian, Nina's love interest are supposed to be getting ready to leave Sandling Island for a Christmas vacation in Florida. Coincidently, today happens to be her fortieth birthday, too. Their plane is scheduled to leave Heathrow at 6p.m., thus the whole family thinks it has plenty of time for last minute errands and packing. And the last thing on Nina's mind or agenda is a morning surprise birthday party planned by her daughter, who has not been seen since she left for an overnight pajama party the evening before. As soon as Nina realizes that Charlie is really missing she asks the celebrants to leave the house and she begins a frantic search for her. She tries to get help from the local constabulary, her ex-husband and Charlie's friends. Unfortunately no one believes that the teen is really in trouble.
Nicci French (husband and wife writing team of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French) has never let her readers down. The first few lines grab the reader and keep her/him glued to the book. Fast pacing, spare prose and a story every parent can identify with make LOSING YOU another winner for fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cicadanymph on January 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I found the beginning sample interesting which is why I bought this book. Unfortunately the story quickly becomes boring. The entire first half of the book is just the main character coming to the realization that her daughter is missing, contacting and being interviewed by the police who do nothing the entire story and running around asking people if they know anything and then reporting all she finds back to the police who continue to do nothing. Oh, and there is also a surprise party in the beginning that seems out of place and drags on and on. It was clearly a plot device to introduce a lot of possible suspects but these possible suspects are not developed throughout the book so I didn't find it very natural or effective. There really was no tension for me. I thought the main character would get threats herself (she doesn't) or that there would be tension building scenes with possible suspects but there weren't. In a good thriller there are well developed red herrings and suspects with clues that point to them but also work in the story. French does not use many false clues and the ones she does have no place within the story other than being introduced to try to distract the reader and then quickly dropped again.
There is one exciting plot development mid-story and then the book returns to being dull. I also found the ending was both rather unbelievable and dragged on too long. I didn't think the characters were developed in a consistent manner and I didn't always find that their reactions to things were very believable at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kel on June 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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