Losing You by Nicci French 293 pages Fiction Published April 2008 (US Edition)
Losing You is a psychological thriller, and apparently this writing duo (Nicci French is a pseudonym for a married couple who write together: Nicci Gerrard and Sean French) is really good. This was the first book I’d ever read by Nicci French and while I wasn’t blown away, it was really pretty good.
Losing You takes place over the course of one day. There are no chapters, though there are a few breaks to smooth over a transition, but the lack of chapters gives the book a frantic feeling, because like the protagonist, the reader most likely won’t come up for air.
Nina Landry’s daughter, Charlie (short for Charlotte), has gone missing, and not only is it Nina’s birthday, but the family was supposed to be leaving from their home, Sandling Island (60 miles from London), to go on vacation to Florida. Even though Charlie’s 15, Nina finds it hard to believe that she would have run away on this day of all days.
The police are called, and they’re less than concerned. Charlie’s FIFTEEN, and seeing as how she’s only been missing a few hours, they’re sure she’ll show up, even if it’s in a day or two. Nina, though, is convinced that something has happened to her daughter, so she sets out to find out what she can. Slowly, as Nina talks to her daughter’s friends and acquaintances, she realizes that Charlie had quite a few secrets that Nina hadn’t even suspected, and it’s these very secrets that makes Nina more frantic to find her daughter.
The story is doled out at just the right pace. I never knew what she was going to find out next and I certainly didn’t expect the ending. I liked how all the characters were developed. As the story takes place on an island, everyone seems to know everyone and all the characters are very distinct. I certainly never guessed the perpetrator, which was a nice surprise.
Losing You was good, though it wasn’t great. It was a fun read, and a refreshing read for the genre. If you enjoy thrillers, I’d definitely recommend this book.
Rating: 85 out of 100
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