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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  2,499 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
Nina Landry woont met haar twee kinderen op Sandling Island, een kleine gemeenschap die wordt omringd door troosteloze vlakten en de Noordzee. Nina viert haar veertigste verjaardag en haar tienerdochter Charlie heeft een suprise party georganiseerd. Iedereen is aanwezig, behalve Charlie zelf. Niemand lijkt te weten waar zij is.
Nina gaat naar haar op zoek en bezorgdheid maa
Paperback, 293 pages
Published February 22nd 2006 by Anthos (first published March 2005)
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Jun 12, 2012 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Have you ever been in a busy mall and thought just for a moment that you had lost your wallet? Your heart starts to pound, blind panic sets in... In Losing You Nina Landry has lost something much more precious, her teenage daughter, Charlotte...

It is Nina's 40th birthday and she has made plans to take her son and daughter on a trip to Florida over the holiday season. Her daughter Charlotte (Charlie) has stayed overnight at a friend's house. When she is late coming home Nina is irritated, but as
Dec 09, 2008 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
Nov 06, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Christine Woods
Feb 21, 2011 Christine Woods rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2008 Seth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Piece 'o crap thriller. A plot from which something could have been made, but wasn't.
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
Apr 09, 2012 Lois rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Losing you is a fight a mother can put up with if her child is in danger.

Nina is getting ready to take her kids on a holiday to Florida and is really excited, she is packed and ready and is waiting for her daughter to come back from a sleepover and get ready to leave, It is her birthday and her daughter has planned a surprise birthday party for her which she come to know of when the knock on the door brings in hordes of friends on the island but there is no sign of her daughter which actually m
Sep 20, 2010 Moira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 17, 2012 Bentson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Kate Hayman
Actually a 2.5 rated book. Felt the desperation of the mother but a topic that has been written about better and countless times before. Also found it annoying that there were no chapters or natural breaks in the book.
Emma Blackwell
May 01, 2013 Emma Blackwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very hard to put down as I just needed to know what happened next! Excellent!
Mar 09, 2014 Christie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, my favourite Nicci French book. A great plot and characters, I found this book hard to put down
Shayna Wark
Nov 19, 2016 Shayna Wark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well... I didn't expect to be so affected by this. I don't even know what I expected, but this wasn't it. It was so freaking good.

The writing style was a bit dilly-dally, but I think that's what pulled me and and made me love it even more. I dunno... it was just really good.

I could never imagine writing with your significant other, but apparently these two can do it and do it well.
Gail Sacharski
May 20, 2017 Gail Sacharski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Nicci French nailbiter! Love these books!
Mirella Ducasteele
May 18, 2017 Mirella Ducasteele rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Meer dan middelmatige vakantielectuur. Spannende misdaadroman, niet beklijvend, maar laat de volgende maar oprukken.
Mar 04, 2017 Sarabh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le genre de Livre qu on lit d une traite...malgré un lent démarrage
I am really finding this book gripping and suspenseful however I have it on loan from the library and there is quite a bit of damage to the CD and it skips over an hour of material. It will remain unfinished until I can get another copy.

I finally got a hardback copy and was able to finish this book. I really liked it and found it hard to put down. I did think the ending should have wrapped up a bit differently as it felt incomplete. I will have to look at other books by this author.
Stuart Aken
Dec 28, 2011 Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2017 Anke rated it really liked it
Een heel goed boek. Een verhaal vol spanning en verrassende ontwikkelingen.
Kira FlowerChild
I know I've read other books by Nicci French but looking at the descriptions of her books listed on Goodreads, I couldn't tell you which ones. That says a lot about how memorable the books are. As I read Losing You, I remembered all the things I don't like about her writing. But first, the good: Nicci French tells a good story. She maintains suspense. She makes you care about her characters. The bad news: She overwrites. Badly. In the middle of a suspenseful scene, she takes two paragraphs to de ...more
Feb 21, 2017 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicci French always worth reading.This the case of a missing daughter on the day the family are to leave for an overseas trip.Her mother knows something is terribly wrong but everyone else thinks she is just a teenager who has run off.Clever tense and worth the read particularly if you have ever brought up a teenager just know.
Dec 31, 2016 Sid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Still one of my favourites, ugh.
Mar 04, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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
Jul 15, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eva Mitnick
May 03, 2009 Eva Mitnick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-ups
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
Shonna Froebel
Dec 23, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine Blachford
I didn't enjoy this as much as other Nicci French books, it felt far more drawn out and a lot less of a thriller. The story is a young girl going missing and we spend the entire novel chasing around a small partial island with her mother as she tries to track down clues.

It did feel as though Nina, the mother, was recklessly dashing this way and that without a real clue what she was looking for - which is probably exactly how a parent would behave, I don't know. The trouble is, that doesn't make
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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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