An interesting but hardly compelling novel, Red Room has a formulaic feel about it. Husband and wife team Nicci French have an interesting plot and a good character in Psychologist Kit Quinn, but somehow the book never really captured my imagination.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but felt that there was something missing.
The story itself centres around the investigation into a seemingly straight forward murder case. But Dr Quinn becomes convinced that there is more to the case and finds herself at odds with the detectives she is supposed to be helping.
It’s not a bad book by any means. The story is well written, as you would expect, but for me the plot was a little too unbelievable. As I reader I enjoy trying to work with the characters to solve the crime. But in this case that is not possible. Neither the police nor Dr Quinn get close to solving the mystery behind the murders, and neither could I.
Not a typical Nicci French novel, and certainly not one of their best. It was OK but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it.
by Nicci French
The book was first published in 1999 and has since been made into a film, which I must have seen as the story was very familiar.
This husband and wife team always deliver gripping and chilling stories and this is no exception.
“Killing Me Softly” tells the story of Alice Louden and how she threw her whole life ion its head for the sake of love. But can love truly be blind? As Alice beguines to suspect, then discover, unsettling truths about her new husband, she finds in impossible to turn away from the truth.
But since meeting the hero mountaineer Adam Tallis, Alice has turned her back on her family, her friends and her boyfriend. Even her job seems to have lost its appeal.
The only thing she seems blind to is her new lover’s tendency to sexual violence and the damage it does to her, both physically and mentally.
Throughout the book, Alice tells of the journey from all consuming passion to her fear for her own life.
The story is tense, with lots of pace.
by Nicci French
Although I am not fond of reading the first person, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It tells the story of three different women, each of whom has received threatening letters from a stranger – or is he?
All women are petite, but other than that there seems to be nothing to link them. Zoe is a school teacher, Jenny a housewife, and Nadia a children’s entertainer. The police don’t take Zoe’s case seriously enough, but by the time Nadia gets her first letter, they are very interested indeed.
At times I was reminded of Sean Huttson, although his ending would have been very different from Nicci French’s.
An excellent thriller that keeps you guessing, even when you know you know, right to the end.