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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312375395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312375393
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Here’s another psychological thriller from the popular author of Land of the Living (2003) and Losing You(2008), among many others. Astrid Bell is a bike messenger in London. Not long after a neighbor knocks Astrid off her bike with the poorly timed opening of a car door, the neighbor is found dead. Astrid and her roommates are interviewed by the police—Astrid, in particular, is grilled several times. She can’t help feeling the police think she’s somehow involved in the murder, and when, shortly thereafter, she stumbles on another dead body, she’s sure there has to be something more than coincidence at work. Novels by Nicci French—the pseudonym of the husband-and-wife team of Nicci Gerard and Sean French—promise three things: engaging characters, an intricate story, and a sultry atmosphere. This one delivers all three, in spades. --David Pitt

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Praise for Nicci French and Losing You

“Lose yourself in this smart nail-biter of a tale about a mother’s desperate search for her missing teenage daughter.”
People

“Seamless first-person account. . . . This engrossing read captures the importance of the often overlooked and underappreciated minutiae of everyday life while commanding a deeply personal reaction in readers.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The novel’s greatest strength is its cool-eyed portrait of an English village.”
The Washington Post

“What gives Losing You its chief distinction . . . is its unusually emotive color and its flinty protagonist, who, like any mother, understands that no one can possibly care as much about her child as she does. Nina is the parent we’d all like to be under duress, and I find I’ve become nearly as protective of her as she is of her daughter.”
Salon

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

“This latest offering is sure to keep readers furiously flipping pages through the night.”
Booklist


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Another good read from one of my favourite authors.
Janie News
It's a very good, exciting and fast read with lots of psychological twists and turns.
Beverley Strong
The final resolution was just too pat for my taste.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I can never understand what possess people to write spoiler reviews. Even worse is when they put the spoiler in the title. Amazon should either take these reviews off or allow the author to remove them. That said, Nicci French is a very good story teller. Not a 5 star effort, but I can comfortably give it 4. Never boring, the characters were interesting and quite well developed, just not enough surprises in the plot to make it terrific. Still I recommend this book if the numbskulls who have reviewed it haven't already spoiled it for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In London Astrid Bell loves her life as a bike messenger and living with six roommates in a dumpy house on Maitland. She especially likes her flatmates who are best buddies to her though she knows each one of their flaws and idiosyncrasies.

Riding her bike on her way home from work, Astrid collides with the car door of a neighbor Margaret Farrell. Her pals assist a somewhat battered Astrid home. Soon after the collision, someone kills Margaret, beating her to death in what the cops believe was an out of control rage. The police question the seven mates, but each has an alibi. Soon a second homicide tied back to Astrid occurs followed by another. The police suspect a stunned Astrid who has no explanation as to why someone would kill for her over minor indiscretions.

The tale is broken into two interrelated segments with the first setting the stage mostly starring Astrid and the second how the acts were performed by the killer. Readers know early on who the serial killer is and why; yet the beauty of Nicci French's talent is that the suspense keeps intensifying until the end. Astrid is a terrific young woman whose life turns upside down from the moment she collides with the car which was unknown at that time to her or her buds. That incident apparently set in motion the murdering spree. Fans will enjoy this engaging thriller wondering UNTIL IT'S OVER what will happen next to a beleaguered Astrid.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on April 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
A group of young people are sharing a large house in London, each with a bedroom of his own and with a shared kitchen/living room. The house is owned by Miles and each of the tenants pays rent and does a certain amount of cleaning and tidying. There's a mixture of personalities sharing this space, both professional and non professional with one of them even working as a bicycle courier. Some tensions DO exist as there is a certain amount of bed hopping but everything proceeds smoothly until the first major incident when the courier is knocked from her bike and on the next day, the motorist who accidently knocked her over is found murdered. From that moment, serious events take place with two more murders, this time accompanied by the ritualistic slashing of the victim. It's a very good, exciting and fast read with lots of psychological twists and turns.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimster on October 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Plenty of suspense, but the characters fall a bit flat. I found myself wanting to go back and re-read different portions of the story in attempt to locate little clues I was certain had been dropped.

Astrid Bell finds herself the center of attention concerning three murders and tells part one of the story from her perspective. In part two, a different perspective is given, rehashing much of what already transpired, only adding in the murderer's motives and actions.

A bit predictable and unsatisfying. Not a bad read, but not a book I would care to purchase and have on my shelf at home.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bike messenger Astrid Bell shares a house with a passel of assorted friends, including an ex-lover, a prospective lover, a dope dealer, and Pippa, who has a new lover most every night. Astrid narrates the first, longer section, and the murderer narrates the second section, so don't skip ahead.

It all starts, or so it seems, when Astrid is accidentally knocked off her bike by a neighbor, a middle-aged woman who doesn't seem to really fit the scruffy neighborhood. The next morning, the woman is found dead in the alley, an apparent robbery victim.

The passing police interest in the housemates intensifies when one of Astrid's customers is also murdered, this time in a gruesome, ritualistic fashion.

Meanwhile the housemate situation is crumbling. The house's owner and his girlfriend - mostly the girlfriend - want everybody out. A certain amount of bickering and acrimony is only natural and there's a third murder and an arrest before they all go their separate ways and the murderer gets to tell his side of the story.

A pseudonym for the husband-and-wife team of Sean French and Nicci Gerard, French does a fine job of psychological suspense and misdirection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By camille kaminski on November 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow! What an incredible book. Love this author. Never disappoints. Never would have guesses who the killer was. Loved the killer's point of view when telling his rendition of things. Sorry when I came to the last page. Wish it would've gone on and on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Jones on April 10, 2013
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I love the Nicci French books and this one is another stand out read. A thrilling read right up to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book by Nicci French is told from two perspectives. The first half is told by Astrid Bell. She is the girl, everyone dreams about, but she does not have her life in order. She is messenger biker, bringing packages and messages to those who order them.The second half is told by the murderer. The second half is the clincher, as the tension builds, we are with the murderer as he plots his way along.

Astrid lives in an old house in London with a disparate group of individuals. They all have their stories and we get to know most of them intimately. It seems like a likable group, all of them pay a pittance and supposedly they pitch in and help out with the needs of the house. Miles owns the house, Astrid and Pippa moved in at the same time, roommates from another apartment. Owen, a photographer and loner. Davy works on construction and has a girlfriend Mel. Mick is mostly silent, and Dario is a stoner, selling drugs from the house, though no one knows that until late into the story. Along comes Leah, girlfriend of Miles and upsets the group dynamics. And, then, the murders begin.

Some of the characters in the book were very well developed and we get to know them well. But, others are glossed over. The detectives and police department are filled with unusual characters,and I would have loved to learn more about them. The storyline is new and interesting. Descriptions are proficient and well defined. But, this is too big a story,too much to tell, too many characters to get to know. The dynamics of the characters and their situation are well covered and believable. Too much, too soon, but a story to tell.

Recommended. prisrob 07-22-12

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