Friday 1 November 2019

Review - The Lying Room by Nicci French

The Lying Room by Nicci French
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Release date: 3 October 2019
Back cover blurb: Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man. She doesn't call the police. ‘You know, it’s funny,’ Detective Inspector Hitching said. ‘Whoever I see, they keep saying, talk to Neve Connolly, she’ll know. She’s the one people talk to, she’s the one people confide in.’ A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things. She has also made mistakes; some small, some unconsciously done, some large, some deliberate. She is only human, after all. But now one mistake is spiralling out of control and Neve is bringing those around her into immense danger. She can’t tell the truth. So how far is she prepared to go to protect those she loves? And who does she really know? And who can she trust? A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things. Could she be a murderer?

The Lying Room promised to be another amazing Nicci French novel, sadly this one fell a little short of expectations for me. But maybe I have them set too high!

Neve Connolly is going to meet her lover for an unexpected early morning tryst, when she discovers his body. She doesn't call the Police immediately as she was there the night before, and her DNA is bound to be all over the place.

As shocked as she is by his murder, she doesn't want their illicit affair to be uncovered, and so she destroys all the evidence she can before alerting the authorities of his death.

Such behaviour is totally out of character for Neve.

Neve is someone that everyone turns to. Everyone trusts her, wants to confide in her, be her friend. But Neve doesn't feel like that woman anymore, and isn't sure that she ever will be again.

Neve's conscious decision to try and cover up her affair, unwittingly leads her into making a series of further ill judged decisions that could change her life forever.

I can't say too much more, as I don't want to give anything away. This is a well written novel, in places I just felt it was a little unbelievable. But maybe that was part of the point. Neve, after all is an ordinary woman, in the midst of extraordinary circumstances.

The Lying Room is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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