The Red Room
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
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
A complex tw...more
Many twists and turns in the plot. Chilling and intense. Not as well written as the author's previous two thrillers but still a good read by itself. Katherine Quinn is a survivor.
What is your worst fear?
The red room refers to a psychological term. Inside the Red Room can be anything, but it will always be your biggest fear...
It seems like an interesting premise for any book.
Unfortunately this book focusses more on the actual investigation going on, where our main character is helping out. The story, however, is nothing special and that's a pity. It's still nice to read, but it could have been so much better...
Although I wasn't gripped quite as much as when I read Land of the Living (my first Nicci French), this story has what is known as page-turning-quality (PTQ). I read it from cover to cover in two sittings.
The Red Room is expertly written with many twists and turns - and every one of them comes as a surprise.
Another great Nicci French read.
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