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Losing You

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,746 ratings  ·  168 reviews
It’s the morning of Nina Landry’s fortieth birthday. She’s supposed to have her kids ready to leave for the Christmas holidays with her new boyfriend. But her fifteen-year-old daughter, Charlie, is not yet home. She spent the night at a friend’s, and now she is nowhere to be found. As time passes slower and slower by the hour, Nina’s worry builds to panic.

Has Charlie run a
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 6th 2008 by Penguin Books (first published March 2005)
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Barbara
No need to go into the 'plot ' really as so many have done so before, suffice to say that it is dificult to imagine getting annoyed and bored with a woman character whose daughter has gone missing - but Losing You managed this for me.

The term comicbook heroine has been used before by other reviewers and a very perceptive description it is too. Nina is - reasonably- interesting at first, but you've got to wonder about a character/person who lets their teenage daughter sleep out overnight, unpacke
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Christa
This book was made very different by not having chapters. It caused it to be very difficult to put the book down since there were no breaks in the action. I found the book to be engrossing, and very quick to read. The story was very suspenseful and had lots of action. This was the first book I have read by Nicci French, and I enjoyed this one enough to read more by the author.

Nina Landry is thrilled to be going on a Christmas vacation with her two children and her boyfriend. Nina and her childr
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Seth
Piece 'o crap thriller. A plot from which something could have been made, but wasn't.
Kelly
OUTSTANDING!!! This is the first time I've read anything by the husband/wife team who form the pseudonym of Nicci French, and I must say that I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I started reading late last night and was finished within a 24-hour period, which is a rarity for me. I had the book clutched in my hands all day today, only taking two short breaks for lunch and dinner. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and didn't want to put it down until I'd reached the end. It was wonderfully writt ...more
Kellie
This was one of the most suspenseful mysteries I have read in a long time. It’s Nina’s birthday and she is getting ready to take her kids and her boyfriend to Florida for Christmas. While trying to get everything ready for the trip, a surprise birthday party occurs supposedly put together by her daughter, Charlie. When Charlie doesn’t show up for the party or for the departure of the trip, Nina becomes frantic with worry. The first thing she does is go to the police but they don’t believe Charli ...more
Moira
Hmmm. The first third of this book was hard to get through. There were SO many characters, and a lot of them had similar names--Alex and Andrea, Rick and Rory--and that made it hard to keep track of everyone. And the mother was being rather stupid. If a 15-year old isn't in contact with you immediately on the morning after a sleep over which is also your birthday and the day you are leaving for holiday in America, you should start tracing her path RIGHT AWAY. Duh. And she kafuffled about way too ...more
Christine Woods
An impossible timeline - a week's worth of activities are accomplished in about 5 hours. A ridiculous scenario - a birthday party attended by a horde of people that the celebrant barely knows or doesn't know at all. Said surprise party scheduled two hours before celebrant and family are to leave for an international flight. Top all that off with a missing 15 year old daughter - the party planner. The mother/protagonist, Nina, chucks out the guests with maybe 15 minutes to go before departure tim ...more
Christie
Brilliant, my favourite Nicci French book. A great plot and characters, I found this book hard to put down
Amanda Ishtayeh
The last scene was worth the whole book. I had a little problem with the characters and their relationship to others in the book. (I admittedly have a problem with names.) The flow of the book was not great but that could have been intentional to show the craziness of the day the main character was having. I will look for other things by this author.
Bentson
I read this just because Annelien couldn't stop talking about the author, what seems like forever ago.
The book was super fun, as much as a crime novel about a child disappearance can be (in the Agatha Christie way). I'm going to read the others as well. Thanks, Annelien!
Ben
If you think your Christmas preparations are hectic, try this! A gripping read in the 'missing person' genre (often more interesting than the the whodunnit), the whole story takes place on one day (December 18th) while the protagonist desperately searches a small island for her missing daughter. The introduction is slow, and the story winds down quite slowly at the end, but the central section is page turning stuff, and a deceptively simple situation but very compelling. Specially if you're a pa ...more
Megan Jones
I am a massive Nicci French fan but I was sorely disappointed with this offering. The book is still quite gripping and the plot has the potential to be exicting but everything feels very rushed, the ending is extremely rushed and there is confusion over the culprit which takes a lot of enjoyment away from the book. The characters are not very likeable either and I found them extremely irritating and they were also under-developed, probably as a result of the book being shorter than their other b ...more
Gillian
I have yet to read a Nicci French I didn't like. I could actually SEE this story as a film as I read it. I think it would be a great adaptation for the screen. Perhaps you have to be a mother of a teenager yourself to really feel the tension but I thought the authors captured her determination and sheer pig-headedness very well. The lack of chapters kept up the pace and also made it difficult to put down as there are no natural breaks in the plot. A really good thriller set on a small island in ...more
Emma Blackwell
Very hard to put down as I just needed to know what happened next! Excellent!
Kate
May 27, 2014 Kate rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Nicci French's novels are unusual in that they are not only extremely clever, psychologically shrewd thrillers, but they are also strong, atmospheric stories about contemporary women's lives. It must be every parent’s worst nightmare, that there child should go missing. This is exactly the predicament that Nina Landry is in when her daughter Charlie goes missing. Nina has to force the local police force to move forward with the investigation and helpful neighbours who are not helping but actuall ...more
Lois
I don't even have to go into much detail to review this book. I totally agree with everything Barbara Hoyland says in her review of it in June, so you can just go and read that. But here are a few of my own comments:
I usually like books by Nicci French as kind of a guilty pleasure once in a while. Some have been better than others, but I haven't totally disliked any. Until this one. It was just plain awful. I should have realized it when I had to read the very first line of the book 4 times, and
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Stuart Aken
In Losing You, Nicci French has woven a tale bursting with emotional impact. The book reads like a personal experience, such is the depth of detail and intensity of feeling in the writing. And, for the reader, this is not so much a read as a personal trip taken with the extraordinary mother on her search for her missing daughter. I will say no more about the plot, as I have no wish to inflict spoilers on potential readers.

In common with many of today’s writers, I have a day job. Because I share
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Shonna Froebel
This is a book that is hard to put down (of course, the fact that there are no chapters adds to the difficulty). The plot moves along, fast and unforgiving and you move with it. Nina is recently divorced, and today on her fortieth birthday she and her two children are supposed to be leaving for Heathrow and from there to Florida. Her daughter, Charlie, is fifteen and hasn't come home from the sleepover she was at last night. Something about the situation just feels wrong to Nina, and she calls t ...more
Julia
After the shocking disappointment of "Catch Me When I Fall" this book was a pleasant reminder of why I keep going back to Nicci French. I was thrilled to find this to be such a stunning return of their wonderful style of imagery and language that captivates me so. I really loved this one and Nina Landry is probably my favorite main character of any of their books I've read in the past.

Unlike the usual whodunit, all of your suspicions get explored and your questions are answered as quickly as yo
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Eva Mitnick
I have to agree that if my teenaged child went missing, I would NOT be able to just sit and let the police do the investigating, especially when they are being way too by-the-book and methodical. The mom in Losing You is Nina, and her daughter has vanished right before a big and anticipated trip to America. All the action happens on their small English island town and is mostly Nina charging about, following one bit of inspiration after another. For the most part, the plot doesn't rely on farfet ...more
Alyssa Kent
This book had a slow beginning, But i got better once i got into it. There was no chapters in the book it was all just a run on of a story witch did make it hard to put down. I liked how i never knew what was going to happen next. This story is about a Girl named Nina who is searching for her daughter Charlie, who had not come home one day after staying at a friends house. And the family was planing on going on a holiday vacation the next day to Florida. After hours of waiting for Charlie to com ...more
Becky
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John Gruchy
i was very disappointed with this book. I have enjoyed other books by this author but i found there were too many characters in this book and too many stereotypes. I couldn't believe that Nina would call her son Jackson, she seems too smug and middle class. The party with all the strangers seemed hard to believe. So convenient that Nina is an accountant turned Maths teacher. Why can't she be a cleaner or work in a shop or something else believable?
Stephanie Patterson
I always approach thrillers with caution. Rarely do I read one in which I find that the characters and plot are equally strong, but Losing You gets everything right. Nina is celebrating her 40th birthday and about to leave her Sandling Island home (60 miles from London) with her teenage daughter, her 7 year old son and her new boyfriend. All of them have been looking forward to a Christmas vacation in Florida. But her daughter, Charlie, who has planned an unwelcome surprise party for her, is now ...more
Hank
This is definitely a good candidate for long road trip entertainment. Fast-moving (action in less than 24 hours), very detailed, plausible story. Lost daughter and a desperate mother trying to find her. Everyone else is in slo-mo but she realizes early on that if she is going to find her, she is pretty much on her own. What learned? Probably 99% of teenagers that go missing have run away, so police response to incidents like this situation basically consist of wait a while and she or he will tur ...more
Cláudia
This is actually a 2,5 star book.
I can't say how I would have behaved if my daughter went missing, but I can understand Nina. Even though, I couldn't like her, and she annoyed me extremely... Several other things in the book were strange, annoying and left us asking why were they even there in the 1st place or why weren't they explained. The cousin that arrives to take care of the dog while they go on vacation but then just lefts, the new boyfriend that it's simply stuck in traffic so it really
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Thom Swennes
Losing You by Nicci French is a story about a mother, secure in her new life and convinced that she shares everything with her children. This comes to a complete and sudden end when her daughter doesn’t come home. Frantic with apprehension and worry she contacts the local police that try to calm her and play down her anxieties. Frustrated with the apparent inactivity of the authorities she takes the investigation into her own hands. The facts she uncovers about her daughter, her friends, her nei ...more
Shannon3k
I have read a few Nicci French books, and this was not exactly a disappointment...it was well written and well paced. I was, however, disappointed by the ending, which was quite flat and unsatisfactory. The cinematic "rescue" scene is unrealistic and lasts an eternity. The final 75 or so pages could have used a vigorous editing. Otherwise, a relatively entertaining tale.
Anna
This husband & wife team are one of my favourite authors & I've read all their books.

Synopsis
Nina Landry has given up city life for the isolated community of Sandling Island, lying off the bleak east coast of England. At night the wind howls. Sometimes they are cut off by the incoming tide. For Nina though it is home. It is safe. But when Nina's teenage daughter Charlie fails to return from a sleepover on the day they're due to go on holiday, the island becomes a different place altogeth
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Note: (Nicci Gerrard and Sean French also write separately.)

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
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