Book Review: “Losing You”

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I have just finished reading “Losing You” by Nicci French.

“Losing You” by Nicci French (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads as follows:

“Nina Landry is supposed to be taking her two children on a Christmas holiday today. But the road away from Sandling Island seems littered with obstacles. Most pressing of all, her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, has yet to return from a night out …Minute by minute, Nina’s unease builds to worry and then panic. Has Charlie run away? Or has something more sinister happened to her? And why will nobody take her disappearance seriously? As a series of half-buried secrets lead Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty, the question becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island for Christmas – and more whether they’ll ever leave it again.”

This book is set over the course of one very long and thrilling day on Nina’s 40th birthday, when her daughter Charlie goes missing. You can feel Nina’s utter frustration at the police’s attitude to the hunt for Charlie, and Nina takes matters into her own hands by doing some detective work herself. She can’t help but think something is terribly wrong and tries to piece together the little things which she learns over the course of this horrible day.

Nina thought she knew her teenage daughter but as she talks to Charlie’s friends and looks through her belongings, she realises that her daughter had many secrets. Charlie’s relationships with various people are analysed, and inevitably Nina is suspicious of her ex-husband who turns up in the middle of the chaos.

The characters in the novel are so varied and all give their own little snippets of information about the circumstances around Charlie’s disappearance which makes it harder to work out what happened.

Nina is desperate to find her daughter, and doesn’t care about all the unpleasant things she discovers in her search or what others think about her, and only cares about having her daughter back with her again.

In the end, it is Nina’s determination which solves the case, even though the police get annoyed with her showing them up. The person responsible for the day is not hugely obvious until the end, but i just thought “of course, that makes sense!” when i found out the culprit!

I loved this book and read it really quickly because the pace is so fast and flowing. Maybe i didn’t read it as well as i should have in my hurry to find out what happens, but it is an excellent thriller! The little hints throughout the novel keep you guessing, and so much happens in one day on this little island that the tension is high all the way through to the end.

I give this book 8/10 because it is a really good read andhas lots of emotion in it. It’s not the best thriller i’ve read but it’s still worth a read if you like this sort of thing!


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