REVIEW ´ The Lying Room

SUMMARY ¹ DOGSALONBRISTOL.CO.UK ´ Nicci French

The Lying RoomCtive Chief Inspector Alastair Hitching and Neve’s worst fears to her door But with every new lie every new misdirection to save herself Neve descends further into the darkness of her betrayal and into danger than she ever imagined Because Hitching isn’t the only one watching Neve So is a determined killer who’s about to make the next terrifying move in a deadly affair. EXCERPT he was lying on his back and he was dead Somehow she'd never even known the meaning of being dead until she saw those open eyes They weren't staring eyes They were just things now open and exposed His mouth was also gaping open as if in vast unending surprise His head was framed by a pool of blood dark red smooth His face looked dead but every bit of his body looked dead as well His arms and legs were splayed in unnatural positions His right elbow was caught under his body which made his hand stick up It was as if he was half way through the process of turning over It looked uncomfortable and Neve felt an impulse to make him comfortable to pull the arm free like when they had been entangled in bed together sweating out of breath and she helped him ease his hand from under her bare back ABOUT THIS BOOK It should have been just a mid life fling A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband and from her increasingly distant children But when Neve pays a morning after visit to her lover Saul and finds him brutally murdered their pied à terre still heady with her perfume all the lies she has so painstakingly stitched together threaten to unravelAfter scrubbing clean every trace of her existence from Saul’s life—and death—Neve believes she can return to normal shaken but intact But she can’t get out of her head the one tormenting uestion what was she forgettingAn investigation into the slaying could provide the answer It’s brought Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Hitching and Neve’s worst fears to her door But with every new lie every new misdirection to save herself Neve descends further into the darkness of her betrayal—and into danger than she ever imagined Because Hitching isn’t the only one watching Neve So is a determined killer who’s about to make the next terrifying move in a deadly affairMY THOUGHTS I loved this book I loved the characters and the plot and the fact that I had absolutely no idea who killed Saul let alone why The authors perceptively portray a marriage that is worn around the edges and all the problems that accompany two people who love each other but find the distance between them increasing as all the problems of day to day life seem to take precedence Neve is the wife the mother the worker the friend who is always there for everyone Fletcher is a struggling artist resentful of his popular successful wife who appears to float through life uite effortlessly And Saul is the man who sees Neve for who she really is who sees her struggles and makes her feel alive again The Lying Room is about making choices and the conseuences of those choices This is a tautly plotted thriller with plenty of twists and a palpable air of tension from beginning to end The characterisation is superb There is not one predictable moment in this book I loved it#TheLyingRoom #NetGalley 🤩😍🤩😍🤩THE AUTHORS Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University she began her first job working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield In that same year she married journalist Colin HughesIn the early eighties she taught English Literature in Sheffield London and Los Angeles but moved into publishing in 1985 with the launch of Women's Review a magazine for women on art literature and female issuesIn 1987 Nicci had a son Edgar followed by a daughter Anna in 1988 but a year later her marriage to Colin Hughes broke downIn 1989 she became acting literary editor at the New Statesman before moving to the Observer where she was deputy literary editor for five years and then a feature writer and executive editorIt was while she was at the New Statesman that she met Sean FrenchSean French was born in May 1959 in Bristol to a British father and Swedish mother He too studied English Literature at Oxford University at the same time as Nicci also graduating with a first class degree but their paths didn't cross until 1990 In 1981 he won Vogue magazine's Writing Talent Contest and from 1981 to 1986 he was their theatre critic During that time he also worked at the Sunday Times as deputy literary editor and television critic and was the film critic for Marie Claire and deputy editor of New SocietySean and Nicci were married in Hackney in October 1990 Their daughters Hadley and Molly were born in 1991 and 1993By the mid nineties Sean had had two novels published The Imaginary Monkey and The Dreamer of Dreams as well as numerous non fiction books including biographies of Jane Fonda and Brigitte BardotDISCLOSURE Thank you to Simon and Schuster UK via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Lying Room by Nicci French All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom 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All the lies she has so painstakingly stitched together threaten to unravelAfter scrubbing clean every trace of her existence from Saul’s life and death Neve believes she can return to normal shaken but intact But she can’t get out of her head the one tormenting uestion what was she forgettingAn investigation into the slaying could provide the answer It’s brought Dete. This stand alone murder mystery from the writing duo Nicci French was an entertaining read At times darkly funny sometimes almost farcical it is the tale of a middle age married woman Neve Connolly who is summoned to the London flat of her lover Saul by a text only to find him horribly murdered To avoid being framed and to save her marriage she tries to cover up her affair but gradually finds herself telling and lies to the police her family her friends even Saul's wife As the web becomes tangled she realises she needs to work out who killed him and why she was summoned to the flat that morningAlthough Neve is painted as a colorful friendly woman with a lot of friends and a busy social life her family seem to be doing less well and she seems to be juggling too many balls in her busy life to pay them enough attention She seems to spend a lot of time drinking too much with her friends and there is a lot of drinking during the week this book is set as well as philandering with Saul who is her bos at work Her husband who does freelance work from home is depressed and struggling financially so that the family relies on Neve's salary to get by Neve's daughter Mabel who is about to leave home for University has had past issues that do not seem to be wholly resolved although a reason for her current distress is later revealed and there is some reconciliation between mother and daughter before the end of the book DCI Hitching who is in charge of the investigation into Saul's murder seems to think Neve knows than she's not telling the police He has a fine nose for deception and I loved the way he kept popping into her office or dropping by her house to ask uestions trying to catch her off guard The plot was generally well developed and well written although I wasn't uite convinced by the motive given for the murder With thanks to Netgalley and Simon Schuster for a digital ARC to read

SUMMARY The Lying Room

REVIEW ´ The Lying Room ☆ [KINDLE] ❆ The Lying Room Author Nicci French – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk It should have been just a mid life fling A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband and from her increasin It should have been just a mid life fling A guIt should have been just a mid life fling A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband and from her increasingly distant children But when Neve pays a morning after visit to her lover Saul and finds him brutally murdered their pied à The Lying PDFEPUBterre still heady with her perfume. The authors behind Nicci French have written a terrific twisted standalone psychological thriller that so aptly illustrates just what a tangled web we weave when first we start to deceive Neve Connolly is a well liked wife and mother in her forties working at a publisher she and her friends had helped to establish She has been married to Fletcher for twenty years he is a depressed illustrator their relationship has become stale she has 3 children including the troubled Mabel with her problems with drug addiction now on the cusp of leaving for university Life has not been a bundle of laughs but Neve has embarked on an affair with her married boss Saul which has helped to invigorate her So when Neve gets an unexpected message from him she cycles over to his flat arriving to the shocking sight of a dead Saul with a blood stained hammer by his sideA desperate Neve does not want her family to find out about her affair as she makes the decision to wipe all traces of herself at the flat not only herself but that of the murderer too an act that will have devastating repercussions for Neve DCI Alastair Hitching is the contained detective in charge of the investigation a man for whom no one is above suspicion time and time again he keeps returning to Neve As her friends turn up at her home Neve lies to the police lies lies and lies again to those around her She wonders who the killer is whilst having to live with the burden of her web of lies and deceit and simultaneously trying to continue her normal busy everyday life This is a complex well plotted tense thriller of twists packed with tension with great characters that is truly a compulsive read You can always rely on the Nicci French writers for fabulous crime reads this standalone is another great addition to their canon Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for an ARC