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De Rode Kamer

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,847 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
De rode kamer is een ijzingwekkende roman over de confrontatie met de dingen die we het meest vrezen, maar ook over de zoektocht naar een thuis, naar geluk en naar een plaats in de wereld.
Kit Quincannon werkt met geesteszieke criminelen. Ze raakt gewond als ze een verdachte ondervraagt die door de politie wordt vastgehouden. Tijdens haar herstel roept de politie haar hulp
Paperback, 351 pages
Published 2001 by Ambo | Anthos Uitgevers
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Jayne Charles
Successful career women with faintly unsatisfactory private lives seem to be the speciality of this double-headed author. In this book we meet Kit Quinn, a doctor who is persuaded by the police to help on a murder investigation; her main qualification in this respect apparently being the fact that the chief suspect glassed her only a few months back.

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
Lucy Sobey
I liked this book it was good, I liked the writing and it wasn't boring at all. The writers kept bringing in new plot twists also, and it was nice because it didn't feel like the plot was over saturated like it didn't feel like I got swamped with all the different ideas of the book I think it was very clear.

I don't know how I felt about Doll, like I know exactly what Kit was feeling like with him and then also I didn't like him for the murders (but we probs are meant to think like that anyways)
David Proffitt
An interesting but hardly compelling novel, Red Room has a formulaic feel about it. Husband and wife team Nicci French have an interesting plot and a good character in Psychologist Kit Quinn, but somehow the book never really captured my imagination.

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
Jul 04, 2012 Audrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: london, brit-grit
In the Sebastian-I've-found-some-matchsticks vein of PD James, this book takes the gruesome out of multiple murders and replaces it with a blushing, fleeing, overwhelmed forensic profiler who ignores her own demons in favor of a booklong musing on mothers and daughters. This does not a snappy read make.

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!
It’s hard not to like pretty, well-meaning psychologist Dr. Kit Quinn, though some are certainly willing to give it a try. Detective Chief Inspector Oban, for instance, anoints her “the most bloody-minded woman” he’s ever had to work with. That being said, however, he admires the quirky/dazzling quality of her insights. Which is why he asks for her help in the matter of Michael Dall, the no-account he’d like to nail for a bothersome unsolved murder. Hoping to augment flimsy circumstantial eviden ...more
Apr 29, 2009 Rosalind rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
"Nicci French" is, of course, a collaboration between husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, and this looks very much like writing by committee. It's well-enough put together but the whole thing seems to have crafted according to a publisher's template. There's lots of food and shopping - every item described in loving detail. There's the requisite bonk at about halfway; in the antepenultimate chapter the protagonist is in imminent danger of a messy demise but is saved in the nick ...more
May 14, 2010 Cat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be having a bit of a Nicci French marathon at the moment, I inadvertantly bought three of her books at a charity book sale a while ago, and after reading "Land of the Living" I am truly hooked.

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
Aug 10, 2011 JoAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book impossible to put down. Although that is somewhat unusual, what is more odd is that I know I've read this book before, probably when it first came out. I knew what was happening, page by page --almost like being in a dream -- but kept going. Terrified, I got to the end and remembered the pair of killers. I wasn't sure I could say that Michael's life should not have been taken. I do know that my heart finally opened to him once again. As for Will, I've known one or two shuttered ...more
May 22, 2014 Inge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De eerste 30 pagina's zijn 'saai', maar dan wil je toch wel weten wie achter de moord zit en leest het boek als een trein.
Jan 27, 2015 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
The Red Room

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
Aug 30, 2014 Juliej rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How strange, I have loved every other Nicci French book that I have read, but just couldn't get into this one at all.

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
Stacie Evans
As a former psychology student myself, I really appreciated the character of Kit. I appreciated her attitude that "different does not mean dangerous". In this world, people are often too quick to judge, and they fear the strange and unexpected. That's why, when Kit refused to cave in to police pressure and testify against Michael Doll just because he was mentally unbalanced, I respected her. That's why, even when all the evidence pointed towards Doll yet she stood by her statement that he was no ...more
Anja Zegeling
Feb 25, 2014 Anja Zegeling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inmiddels heb ik de boeken van Nicci French allemaal al gelezen. En herlezen, want het blijft een genot. Heerlijk hoe mijn favoriete schrijversduo hun verhalen neerzet. Tegen de achtergrond van London door andere ogen dan die van de gemiddelde toerist. Op een manier die maakt dat ik heel graag eens naar London wil om te kijken op de plekken die ze beschrijven. Om het echt te beleven. Een verhaal met veel feiten en boeiende, levensechte personages. Je moet echt je aandacht erbij houden en je gehe ...more
Jul 20, 2015 ReaderMT rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was nearly done with the book and still waiting for some grand revelation or some sort of clarity on what the heck was going on but that came in maybe the final chapter and it wasn't that grand. There wasn't much action or suspense yet that was something that kept me reading. Maybe to tone of the book or the main character? For me it was like having that moment where you ask yourself 'Why am I doing this?' but you can't stop.
For all the psychological training Kit had she seemed a bit unstable
Oct 04, 2015 Herbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ongelooflijk spannend verhaal. Eerst geraakte ik niet in het verhaal maar eens op weg kon ik het boek niet wegleggen. De zaak wordt door de politie afgesloten maar dan begint het allemaal een heel opmerkelijk einde en zelfs na het einde krijg je nog een doelpunt. Het is ongelooflijk goed geschreven.
I found this book particularly strange to begin with. We have a consultant, called by the police to do a psychiatric evaluation on a man that had previously attacked her. I was a bit confused, given that I didn’t know is she would be able to judge him honestly.

Kit though was severe, but just and impartial which surprised me. She focused on the facts and she didn’t hesitate to speak her thoughts even if no one else agreed with her.

As the story goes on, the murder of the runaway named Lianne gets
Linda Strong
Feb 04, 2015 Linda Strong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Dr. Kit Quinn is a psychiatrist who occasionally interviews people in police custody. When she is asked to interview Michael Doll, it turns into a nightmare. The police think Doll is responsible for the murder of a young girl. Michael Doll is certainly creepy and scary, but Dr. Quinn doesn't feel he has it in to murder anyone. Needless to say, the police are not happy with Dr. Quinn and Mr. Doll is released from jail.

Shortly after, another woman is killed and her body is found not too far from w
An English mystery. I really liked the police psychiatrist, Kit Quinn as she struggles with job and life after being slashed by a man she was interviewing who is later considered a suspect in another case.
Dec 14, 2015 Taneeta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fiction
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Kirsty Darbyshire

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

Sarah Goodwin
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Robert Beveridge
Nicci French, The Red Room (Mysterious Press, 2001)

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
Vi Walker
I was set to award this book 2.5 stars - until I got to the end and that answered some of my quibbles. However, I still feel that the events that drew the main character into the case were somewhat flimsy and what I considered to be rather derivative settings for the crimes turned out to be part of the plot (I'll say no more to avoid spoilers). This wouldn't be one of my favourite reads but I will almost certainly read another Nicci French if I should come across one.
Shannon 3k
I like Nicci French books but sometimes wish the protagonists were not so malleable. In this story DR. Kit Quinn apparently narrowly escapes death during an encounter with a criminal, yet agrees to interview the same person again. Is anyone really this adventuresome, or stupid? These are also some rather unbelievable leaps of logic, and the actual villains are easily predicted. Not the best French mystery, but a bit better than "Complicit."
Cathy (cathepsut)
Kit Quinn, our heroine, is a psychologist dealing with the criminally insane. In the opening chapter we see her evaluating a suspect at a police station. She is attacked and injured... Some months later she gets drawn into a murder case that has her attacker, again, as the main suspect. Reluctantly she gets involved. Kit refuses to believe the obvious solution and finds other suspects and links to other murders. The police does not believe her conclusions and everybody begins to think that she c ...more
Mar 04, 2011 Elsje rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2006
Oorspronkelijk heet het The red room, en het is de vijfde thriller van het schrijverspaar Sean French en Nicci Gerard, uit 2001. Ik las de vertaling van Molly van Gelder.

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
Rosalind Mitchell
"Nicci French" is, of course, a collaboration between husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, and this looks very much like writing by committee. It's well-enough put together but the whole thing seems to have crafted according to a publisher's template. There's lots of food and shopping - every item described in loving detail. There's the requisite bonk at about halfway; in the antepenultimate chapter the protagonist is in imminent danger of a messy demise but is saved in the nick ...more
Aug 04, 2016 Goz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik geef dit boek 3.5 sterren. Vanaf het begin was het erg spannend, echter vind ik dat het einde erg tegenvalt. Er zijn nog best veel vragen niet beantwoord, waardoor het nu lijkt alsof het verhaal aan het einde afgeraffeld is. Erg jammer, want ik had graag dit boek 5 sterren willen geven maar dat zou oneerlijk zijn aangezien het einde tegenviel.
Lyn Richards
A good engaging read. Dr Kit is that person that always asks that one extra question when the police figure they have everything sorted out.....and it turns out that shes more often right than wrong. A few twists and turns and a great storyline to test out the readers own biases when trying to solve the murders alongside Dr Kit
Feb 04, 2014 Lis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Very well done - a not-to-be-put-down book. (But based on the cover and the blurbs on the back cover, it wasn't yet known that Nicci French is actually a husband and wife team? - references are to "she".)

Now I want to go back and read everything they wrote, and perhaps things they wrote separately as well.
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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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