The Red Room
Three months later, ...more
However, French has a smooth and fluid writing style (always a plus) and does well at painting portraits of emotionally distant adults attempting to screw up their lives with as much Look at Me! ...more
I really wanted to like this novel, but despite a good writing style and some interesting nuggets of insight and wit, I found I couldn’t buy into t ...more
This is another great book by her. Again her characters are realistic, messy, selfish, stubborn - like the rest of us really. The story has some twists and turns and is unrelenting right until the surprising end. I enjoyed the characters of Dr Quinn (I would like to read more about this troubled ...more
Kit Quinn is a clinical psychologist who is asked to evaluate Michael Doll, but during the evaluation, Doll becomes extremely agitated and ends up slashing Kit's face.
Later, Doll is arrested as a suspect in the murder of a young woman, and a reluctant Kit is again called in. Despite her unease about the disturbed Michael Doll, Kit isn't sure that he is guilty of the murder. The relationship between the police is pretty antagonistic, but Kit believes the murder of the young run-away m ...more
I felt that we were being asked to suspend rational thought. Here is this psychologist who has had a life-threatening adverse experience at the hands of a criminal. On her very first day back at work after several months recuperation she is asked to see him again in a professional capacity. No way. And that's not all, she is asked to see him in the company of the same policeman wh ...more
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but felt that there was something missing.
The story itself centres around the investigation into a seemingly straight forward murder case. But Dr Quinn becomes convinced that there is more to the case and find ...more
I've been disappointed with Nicci French's last couple of books but I'm glad to report that I enjoyed this one. This is probably because it's more of a straightforward whodunnit and less of the mess-with-your-head psychological suspense thriller type thing that her last few books have tried to be. (I know it's a-he-and-a-she team but I'll keep calling her "her" as that seems to be the sensible thing to do and the books themselves don't give away the fact that they are team efforts, no reason why...more
I've heard a number of times that The Red Room is just plain not as good as French's previous blockbuster, the much-loved Beneath the Skin. I don't really agree. While The Red Room is marred by something of a weak ending, the novel does its thing just as well as Beneath the Skin did. And the latter was such a cleverly-executed concept that expecting any mystery novel to hold up in comparison is probably a bit unfair.
The plot centers around a psy ...more
Waar dit paar altijd goed in is, is in het opbouwen van spanning. Ook in dit boek begint het met een horrorachtige scene: de jonge psychologe Kit moet een vermoedelijke moordenaar ondervragen. De man raakt over zijn toeren en verwondt Kit ernstig, waardoor de kamer rood ziet van haar bloed. Als zij, na een periode van herstel, w ...more
Now I want to go back and read everything they wrote, and perhaps things they wrote separately as well.
Ik heb een soort haat-liefdeverhouding met NF. Ook van dit boek vond ik veel goed. Het concept van hoe je iets gruwelijks in je dromen verwerkt vond ik sterk. De karakters zijn levensecht en eigenlijk niet prettig, maar dat kom je vaak in het leven tegen, nietwaar? De suspense in het boek is ok. Je gaat je toch afvragen of Doll het wel gedaan heeft. Wat ik tegen dit boek had, was het onwaarschijnlijke optreden en houding van de politie. Echt er is geen een politieche ...more
Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire. After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began her first job, working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield. In that same year she married journalist Colin Hughes.
In the early eighties she taught English Literature ...more