In a swish London pied-a-terre Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man but doesn't call the police. Instead, she scrubs the flat from top to bottom. Because Neve is a married mother-of-three who was having an affair with the dead man and, she reasons, if she tells anyone her life will fall apart and the repercussions will damage her fragile teenage daughter most. So Neve, riven with guilt and panic, embarks on a campaign of deception. The first standalone in 10 years from the writing powerhouse of Nicci Gerard and Sean French grips like a proverbial vice.
Nicci French is back to what she does best: dispensing trenchant psychological suspense in a one-off format, in which the fate of the central character is up for grabs. Neve Connolly dresses in sexy underwear for an assignation with her lover. But on arriving at his flat, she finds him with his head staved in, a bloody hammer nearby. Instead of phoning the police (terrified of how revelation of her affair will hit her family), she cleans the death scene, removing not only traces of herself (she thinks) but of whoever committed the murder.
To escape jail, Neve must solve the murder herself — a standard crime-fiction trope, but one that usually involves an honest man on the run or a pro gumshoe, not a working mum juggling family life with spare-time sleuthing. French, the pseudonymous couple who single-handedly revamped the psychological thriller in the 1990s, show they remain as expert at suspense, plot and the psychology of stressed heroines.
The Lying Room is a return to their roots, and, oh boy, is it a good one. Neve is a publisher, a mother of three, a wife – a good woman who, lost in the morass of work, children and duties, has embarked on an affair with a colleague. When she turns up at his flat one morning to find his dead body lying there, she is presented with a string of choices that leaves her increasingly in danger. “Her secret was like a monstrous thing, growing bloated in the dark.” With its terrifying premise – how easy it is for an ordinary woman to find herself suddenly faced with evil – The Lying Room isn’t merely a return to the form of Nicci French’s earlier chillers – it’s even better.
A rare standalone novel from bestselling writing partnership Nicci French. To escape the pressures of family life, Neve starts sleepign with her married boss, but after discovering his murdered body, she'll do anything to hide the evidence of their affair. Neve's lies soon spiral out of control, but is the affair the only thing she's trying to cover up? A gripping suspense novel that crackles with tension - you'll be hooked.
Bestselling crime writing duo Nicci French is back with a compelling standalone novel. Busy mother Neve Connolly makes an intriguing and troubling decision not to phone the police after looking down at a dead boyd. From thereon in, the heart-pounding moments begin as the situation spirals out of control. Be prepared to put time aside for this twisty, psychological thriller. One you've started, it's hard to stop.