The Lying Room by Nicci French

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The book begins in an innocuous manner, the scene is set in an average household which is starting their day. There seems to be some underlying tension but all is revealed very shortly.

We plunge headlong into the chaos that is now Neve Connelly’s life. She is an ordinary woman who has made few mistakes in her life but one of the biggest is now going to drive her mad (almost). The setup is interesting, as are the possibilities but I found the narrative choppy and was not convinced with the final conclusion. The conclusion that I was not satisfied with was of two parts, how/where Neve ends up and the person who committed the crime. The first part I could live with but the second was hard to digest because it seemed very disconnected.

The people are not nice, none of the characters introduced to us is even remotely the kind of person that one would actively seek to befriend (if they knew all we did about most of them) and it was physically exhausting to read about the pace of their lives after the murder has been made public. I do not want to reveal the specifics because that does form a chunk of the narrative. That being said, the bond between friends was very realistic, considering the fact that they are past middle-aged and their relationships have survived the time since college and Idealistic/utopian dreams.

I would recommend this to readers of this genre. I did not completely dislike the book, but it was not really for me.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.


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