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Until It's Over

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  2,327 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
Astrid Bell has known most of her housemates for years, but while they have a tangled history together—romantic pairings, one-night stands, friendships—each of them also has a past.

Astrid is on her way home one day when her neighbor accidentally knocks her off her bike. Bruised but not broken, her roommates help her home. The next day, they learn that same neighbor was bea
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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Mar 15, 2012 Christie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say I’ve been a Nicci French (husband and wife team, Sean French and Nicci Gerrard) for over a decade, but I may have to quit them after reading Until It’s Over.

Astrid Bell is in her early 20s and works as a bike messenger in London. She lives in a huge house with university pals Pippa and her former boyfriend (and owner of the house) Miles. They share the space with Mick, Dario, Davy and Owen. They’re a family, in a sense.

Until It’s Over opens with an accident. Astrid is riding h
I liked this story, but didn't particularly care about the characters - and there were many of them. The second half of the book threw me out and as a writer myself, I felt it was a bit of a cheat to retell the same story from the murderer's viewpoint. I think I would've included the murderer's viewpoint at the same time as the original storyline, leaving the reader in suspense as to who the murderer is until the end.

I found the ending disappointing because the epilogue jumps too far ahead witho
Mar 22, 2009 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-z-challenge, 2010
Nicci French always does a good psychological thriller but this one didn't seem as tense as previous ones I have read. I wasn't overly bothered about the characters, it seemed like there were a couple too many to actually get to know them.

The book is essentially in tow halves. The first half is the story of Astrid, a bike courier who is linked to three murders, although she didn't commit them she just kept finding the bodies! The second half is a retelling of the same story but through the eyes
May 19, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Nicca French are one of those authors what i call my comfortable reads as i have now read 5 of thier books and know i like both the style of writing and the general story lines of the books.

With this one it was as always full of twists and turns and i loved that.

It only let itself down at the end where i felt the ending was a tad incomplete.I would have enjoyed a fuller ending with a small story as to what happend to the rest of the housemates.

Otherwise a great read and would definately read m
Thom Swennes
Jan 24, 2014 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, jinx is someone or something that causes bad luck; also: a state or period of bad luck caused by a jinx. British dictionaries call it an Americanism and basically hope that it is a condition that affects others. The Thesaurus lists as synonyms: hex, charm, enchantment, condemn, hoodoo, nemesis, bewitch, plague spell, voodoo, black magic, evil eye and kiss of death. I call it Astrid Bell. The writing tandem of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French has done it ag ...more
Meagan Thompson
Mar 26, 2013 Meagan Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book by sheer luck on discount at BAM and am so glad that I did. Very rarely does a written story have so many characters that you really get to KNOW during the course of a novel. You don't just know your protagonist or antagonist, every character is crucial. The characters are pieced together with many layers thus making them more real, more believable on a large scale.
The story. I absolutely tore through this book like my life depended on it. The questions that arose were not alw
Aug 06, 2014 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook


This is the first book by this author that I've read and I enjoyed it. A lot of reviewers for this book state this isn't the best Nicci French book so I am encouraged because I enjoyed this one. It's of course a murder mystery set in London and there is a house full of people who we figure are the most likely to have done the crimes. I couldn't figure out exactly who might have done it until it was revealed to us... at about 2/3 into the book the POV changes from Ast
Aug 01, 2011 Hermien rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
This book did not come up to scratch. The first part is told by Astrid describing how she finds three dead women. The second part consists of the same events, but told by the killer. Then in the last 10 pages Astrid entraps the killer, he gets arrested and Astrid lives happily ever after with a brand new lover. No explanation as to how or why Astrid and the police became suspicious of the real killer in the first place when they already had somebody in custody with evidence galore. I was hoverin ...more
Mar 08, 2014 comfort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the narrator of this story,it added to the enjoyment for me.

A bunch of "friends" sharing a house seemingly all is well until our heroine seems to be attracting dead people (not ghosts). Several people she either knows or is a few degrees separated from are dying violently and there are similarities.

There are lots of dynamics happening between all the house-mates and life in the shared house is not as idyllic as it first appears, but then they are all (mostly) growing older and rea
In het verleden las ik al vaker boeken geschreven door Nicci French. De stijl beviel me wel en doorgaans zijn de boeken vlot leesbaar.
Bij aanvang van dit boek bleef ik wat op mijn honger zitten, het kwam wat chicklit-achtig over, waarschijnlijk door het feit dat de samenwonende jongvolwassenen vrij centraal stonden. Toch werd mijn interesse voldoende gewekt om verder te lezen. Het leuke is wel dat je na enige tijd een tweede deel in het boek ontdekt, waar je vanuit de beleving van de moordenaar
Debra Komar
Could not finish this book. In fact, I gave up after 50 pages. The premise is interesting but the writing is bland and generic. Weirdly so, as if the text was written by a computer. The author's blurb indicates Nicci French is actually two people - a husband and wife writing team. Not surprising, as this feels as though it were written by committee. The prose is completely devoid of style. The words make sense and it is grammatically correct - it is just lifeless, bloodless.
Apr 24, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all their books & love them. These first got me into murder mysteries /crime, as they're not gory, more like pyschological thrillers.

Very clever idea about telling the story from 2 points of view & extremely interesting to observe the same scene from the 2 different angles.

I was disappointed at the last few pages, it didn't seem quite finished.

Enjoyed reading an excerpt from the next book at the end & the interview with the authors.
David Eyre
Feb 11, 2017 David Eyre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked that this book was about a flat full of young people, an interesting subject choice. Flatting in London brings back memories, not quite these memories though. I found myself fascinated by the main character Astrid, the intrigue and the suspense. The book kept my interest until the very end and sometimes that's hard to do. A terrific read.
Rating: 2.5 stars

The story line was interesting but the delivery was somewhat lacking. I'm not sure if that's because it seemed to move at a snail's pace or if it just felt disjointed. I was not attached to any of the characters either, which definitely didn't help!
Feb 24, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Astrid Bell, bicycle courier and one of six tenants in her friend's house is as horrified as anyone when a neighbour's body is discovered, especially as that same day Astrid had had an accident with the neighbour's car door. What a coincidence. When, a few days later, Astrid arrives at a house to collect a parcel and finds the woman owner dead, it's still just a nasty coincidence, right? Or is Astrid the link in the two murders?
As if this isn't enough, Miles, the owner of the house Astrid lives
Laurel Osterkamp
Oct 13, 2013 Laurel Osterkamp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never would have picked this book if it wasn't for road construction. You see, due to closed freeway exits my daily commute to and from work has become much more complicated, and to make it more pleasant I decided to get some audio books from the library, and listen to them in my car. I chose Until It's Over because it sounded interesting, although I'm not usually into mysteries. But the selection of audio books at the library isn't that great, and I thought, "why not?"

Well, I loved 90% of it.
Apr 29, 2009 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Would not recommend.
Recommended to Michael by: Saw at library shelf and recognized the author's name.
It seemed like I was reading about a situation that would be the next TV series from the producers of Desperate Housewives. This novel comes from the husband and wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.

Astrid Bell is a bike messenger in London. Although she bikes throughout the streets of London it's when she's almost home that a neighbor coming home from shopping opens her car door without looking and causes Astrid to crash into the door, injuring Astrid and her bike.

The woman offers
Christine Blachford
Really enjoyed this book, a different sort of story to those that Nicci French usually produces. The murders at first almost seem incidental, you know that they are connected but it doesn't seem clear how. Gradually, you can start guessing at who might have committed it, but it's hard to pin the blame in the right direction.

A story of two halves, the first is from the point of view of Astrid, as she gets caught up in the middle of some really horrible stuff, and then the second is from the point
Jan 25, 2013 Affodil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Een typische Nicci French, waarbij andermaal niet in eerste instantie de moorden voor de spanning zorgen, maar de interactie tussen een aantal mensen die een deel van hun leven samen doorbrengen. De kleine en grote irritaties, de gevoelens van vriendschap en verliefdheid, de seksuele spanning en later het wantrouwen en de angst worden verweven tot een ragfijn spinnenweb, waar niet alleen de personages maar ook de lezer in verstrikt geraken.

Als er dan een arrestatie verricht wordt, merkt de leze
Apr 29, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not read Nicci French before but I am rather glad I did read this. I liked that it was based in London, made it feel instantly familar for me ... and it was also a situation (a flatshare of assorted dysfunctional people) that I could relate to. Despite what some of the other reviewers say, I kind of liked how it swapped viewpoint half-way through - I have to admit I was just about to get bored with the main character inadvertently being at the scene of murders whilst being completely innocent, a ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je pense que dans le genre, on pouvait difficilement faire mieux. Une intrigue tournée autour de la collocation de plusieurs personnes dans la même maison, ce n'est pas nouveau - surtout que, lorsque j'ai commencé ce livre, je venais tout juste de terminer "the Likeness", qui aborde tout à fait le même sujet- toutefois, ici c'est différent. Dès le départ, on sens que quelque chose ne fonctionne pas, mais on ne peut pas donner un bon mobile à personne. Le tueur ? On a aucune idée de qui cela pour ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Brigitte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astrid Bell is een jonge fietskoerier in Londen die in een soort studentikoze commune woont. Haar medebewoners zijn zeer uiteenlopende jonge mensen en de sfeer in huis is ondanks de komst van Leah, de überbitcherige nieuwe vriendin van Miles de (perfecte)huisbaas, over het algemeen vreselijk gezellig en gemoedelijk. Totdat er 3 vrouwen vermoord worden, de overeenkomst tussen de 3 moorden is dat Astrid daarbij steeds aanwezig was.
Deel 1 is de visie van Astrid, deel 2 de visie van de moordenaar.
Lolly K Dandeneau
I discovered Nicci French (husband and wife team) when I lived in England. I enjoy most of their novels and while I liked reading about a motley group of housemates, I can say I had a hard time really getting into the main character, Astrid. Astrid is a dispatch rider on the streets of London sharing living quarters with six dysfunctional friends. One day while riding her bicycle home she is injured by a neighbor who is later found dead. Soon bodies are dropping around her and the only link the ...more
Aug 16, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I read it in a single sitting, staying up until 2 am to finish it! It's an intriguing psychological thriller sort of mystery, set in a houseshare in London with flatmates you aren't sure you can trust. This book gave me one of the best literary moments I've ever had at the start of part 2, and will stick in my mind as an incredibly gripping story. I figured it out really early in the book who it was, the author gives you enough clues that when it's finally reveale ...more
Dec 28, 2016 Joke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik lag in het ziekenhuis, met een verlaagd bewustzijn, en wilde toch graag lezen. En dan kom ik altijd al snel uit bij Nicci French. De boeken van het duo Gerrard en French lezen altijd vlot, zonder vervelend of saai te zijn.
Astrid Bell woont, studentikoos, samen met een aantal huisgenoten. Haar kabbelende leventje wordt verstoord als er een lijk wordt gevonden, en later een tweede lichaam, waarbij zij zelf de enige link tussen de twee cases lijkt te zijn. Dit alles brengt spanningen teweeg in h
The blurb on the cover of the book promises Nicci French’s books to be “thrillers that genuinely thrill”. Nothing is less true. Sure there are some murders happening, but the main focus of the book is on the personal dynamics of the people Astrid shares a house with. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but it was not the whodunnit-page-turner that I had expected it to be. The murders just seemed added effect, rather than being the main focus of the story. The second part of the book is slig ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Cmorice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jusqu'au jour où elle a été renversée en vélo par une de ses voisines, Astrid menait une vie sans histoire entre son job de coursière et la grande maison partagée avec des amis. Mais lorsque le lendemain de l'accident, sa voisine est retrouvée battue à mort, rien ne va plus. Puis c'est une cliente chez qui elle devait prendre un pli qui gît sans vie, sauvagement assassinée. Macabre coïncidence ? La police n'y croit guère...

La vie d'Astrid et de ses colocataires vire au cauchemar lorsque le tueur
May 25, 2016 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 19, 2016 Dahlila rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this book made me so mad! I was really enjoying it, empathetic to the narrator, going on her tale, liked the premise, the mystery, then WHAM the writer changes narrators mid-book. I HATE that!

We readers have taken the writer on, have engaged with her narrator--love them or hate them--we're on THEIR journey--unless it's dueling narrators from the beginning--then we have a choice to get on the roller coaster or not--but mid-book! As a reader (and a writer) I find that a cheap ploy. Now, you'v
Feb 10, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  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. This book is split into two parts: the first, slightly longer part follows a young cycle courier named Astrid and her six housemates as they find themselves caught up in a series of murders. The second part of the book follows the same basic storyline from the point of view of the killer, explaining how and ...more
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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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