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The Other Side of the Door: A Novel of Suspense

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Who is more dangerous? An enemy? A friend? Or a lover?

Bonnie Graham stands in the open door of her friend's apartment. She is alone, except for the dead body lying in a pool of blood on the floor. What happened? What will Bonnie do now? Whom can she turn to? And what role has she played in the murderous events?

Bonnie is a music teacher who has spent a long, hot summer in L
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Description: Bonnie Graham is standing in a room belonging to a friend. At her feet is a corpse, straddled in a spreading pool of blood. The questions are numerous: who is responsible for the dead body on the floor? What does she, Bonnie, have to do with it? And what is her next course of action? This opening premise gives some idea of just how quickly (and comprehensively) Nicci French is able to transfix the reader. It is this combination of a shocking situation and the ill-advised, often self ...more
Derek Smith
May 01, 2013 Derek Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best thriller I’ve read for a long time. The first pages took some getting through, a woman, Bonnie, is in a flat with the body of a man lying in a pool of blood. It seems as if she’s killed him but has she? Sections then follow labelled Before and After. Before being before the murder and After, from immediately after onward. And gradually the Before sections meet up with the first After. It’s a third of the way in before we learn who has been killed – and that’s quite a hook. In th ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Margie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My first stab at Nicci French. I'll keep trying.
The characters were generally flat and unlikeable, and the whodunit aspect was obvious from about page 20. There were some interesting twists at the end, but I didn't really enjoy the slog through the bulk of the book.
May 22, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it very hard initially to get into this book, partly because of the skipping back and forth between past and present, which took me a while to get used to. However, I soon found myself in the grip of the mystery, feeling for the characters as they dug themselves deeper and deeper holes whilst trying to protect each other and cover up their own involvement in the death of their friend. This is what the Nicci French team do best - providing insights into the dark and sinister places in the ...more
Apr 07, 2015 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely liked the two perspectives: the constant change between the life that led up to the murder and the life that had to deal with the murder's aftermath. Still, the time shift makes one coherent story and completes a full circle in the end.
I didn't have a problem with the plausibility, because I think in such situations as the protagonists find themselves in, it is really hard to make a rational decision, so logic might go out the window. This might not feel realistic to some, but I th
Oct 02, 2012 Nicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book hard to get into and it took me a couple of tries before i managed to finish it,other reviewers have said that they did not like the before and after chapters but i liked that idea.The problem i had was that i did not care about any of the characters and to be honest i found them all very annoying especially the main character Bonnie who everyone seemed to go out of their way to keep happy even though she came across as dumb and dull as dish water.The mystery of who killed Hayd ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is my first Nicci French novel and now I wonder why I sneaked around them for so long. I love Nicci Gerrard's solo novels, love, love, love each of them. But of course I was always aware that she's writing crime fiction with her husband as well. And we have the whole series here but I never got to read them - until now.
Complicit is a tale of lies and secrets and betrayal. Bonnie, the main character is such a dumb-ass sometimes but when you think about it, you can actually understand her re
Tricia Psarreas Murray
The book started off a bit slowly and I decided to walk away for a while once I reached the next chapter. But then a funny thing happened. There were no chapters! Instead, this book used an interesting Before and After technique to divide the story. I found this method to be quite interesting and it pulled me into the plot pretty quickly. It was almost like reading two books at once, which was really neat.

If you like unconventional books that make you use your brain, "The Other Side of the Door
Janet MacLeod Trotter
This had all the hallmarks of the Nicci French thrillers I have come to love - first person heroine you identify with easily, plunged quickly into a mystery and moral dilemma, quirky secondary characters, script-like dialogue that pushes on the plot - yet it didn't engage me as the others have. It lost pace in the middle and I began not to care what happened to the characters (the blokes were particularly unappealing, especially the anti-hero Hayden - why on earth did she bother with him at all? ...more
The Twins
Another good book from the couple Nicci French but not their best. Too long winded in parts with not much happening, picking up in the end with some nice unexpected turns as usual. Didn't like the "before" and after" chapters, gets a little bit confusing if you don't read it in one go. Also the different font sizes I found personally irritating. I already had the their next book lined up from the library called" The other side of the door" until I realised it is exactely the same book just diffe ...more
Jan 22, 2016 syrin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-2016
Characters are the most important part of any book for me. No matter how good the story is, if I can't get attached to the characters (even if it's just one) I'm never able to enjoy a book. "Complicit" was an exception, I guess, at least in the sense that I finished the book. As for liking it... well, I tried. I really did. All the way up to the end, I expected something to make me enjoy the story. But alas, it was not meant to be. A pretty one-note mystery, easily forgotten at the turn of the l ...more
Martijn Onderwater
From start to finish, this book bored my pants off (assuming that is a valid expression). The 'before-after' structure of the chapter was new to me, but I don't think it added anything to the book (respect for trying though). The story progressed very slow, with lots of pointless bickering. And instead of feeling for Bonnie, I was just annoyed by her.

But, I have to admit that I was surprised by the ending; I did not see that coming. It made the last few pages bearable.

Linda Galloway
May 05, 2013 Linda Galloway rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Blue Monday but this one was a disappointment. Not one character was likable and, I'm sorry, but the Bonnie character was particularly unlikable, scatterbrained and weak. I got weary of reading about her drinking coffee and being tired. Whether it was "before" or "after", Bonnie always seemed to be in a confused fog and drinking coffee. And the murderer's motivation was quite unbelievable to me.
Sep 04, 2012 Liesbeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I normally love Nicci French novels.
This is an exception, I couldn't get into it at all, didn't care much for the characters, plots and sub plots.
It certainly wasn't a page turner.
I kept waiting for it to improve, it did a bit, about half way though, but it then turned into a disappointing ending.
I love the books this couple write. Not least, because they enable me to think about lives utterly unlike my own. A music teacher in a dodgy, ugly little flat? I love the twists in the spaghetti, and revelations, and all of that. The only thing I didn't like was the very end, which felt rushed and flat.
Stefano P
Certainly a disappointing outing from Nicci French, whose books I've always enjoyed. Bad characters and uninteresting story. Compounded by the fact that I guessed the killer identity after the first chapters! (But not, obviously, the totally implausible and 'out of the blue' motive)
They've done so much better in the past and I hope they will again in the future.
Sofia Brito
Oct 21, 2016 Sofia Brito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not their best book but still kept me nail biting up to the end. They never disappoint me with their well constructed plots and believable characters. Loved the twists of the story and the fact I didn't see them coming. Can't wait to read the next one.
Jan 10, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was an excellent read. Extremely good characterizations made it easy to get to know these people and the dilemmas they must grapple with. Will recommend to my friends without hesitation
Hmmm, pretty underwhelming storyline. I didn't love a single character. But, I did finish the book, so that says something.
Jun 10, 2017 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a long time to get into this book as it is slow to begin with. The book changes from "before" the murder to "after" the murder and it took a while to get used to that as well. Eventually though it settled down into an OK "who dunnit" and in that regard it held my interest. Some of the character development was not great and some became annoying. I liked it but I don't think everyone would have the patience to follow it through to the end.
Susan Lee
The story toggles before and after which makes it a little harder to grasp for me. It picked up pace towards the end with the answers like an open book. Surprised yet not as surprised, without the gritty element.
Jun 23, 2017 Fiona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a clever book. I enjoyed the way it was written the story twisting and turning between then and now. Many surprises. The writing is excellent.
Lizzy Baldwin
Jun 17, 2015 Lizzy Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, does this book reel the reader in from the start or not! Immediately we are faced with a woman sat in a flat with the dead body of a man. Who is the man? Who is she? Is she involved? What on earth happened here? See Bonnie Graham was only housesitting a friends flat, however something terrible has happened. Bonnie Graham understandingly desperately needs to clear up the mess that has occurred; however it puts her at right in the scene of the crime. Calling a friend, who runs to help Bonnie ...more
They say "Everybody lies". We choose to think that our dearest friends would not lie to us, but do we ever really know another person? This novel tests the boundaries of friendship. Would you place yourself in jeopardy to help a friend? Just how much would you sacrifice for friendship? The protagonist in this novel, Bonnie Graham is asked these questions and also asks them herself. With the dead body of her lover on the floor, she calls a friend to help her... and so begins "The other side of th ...more
Elliot Hyland
Apr 02, 2017 Elliot Hyland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The premise of this crime novel is shockingly addictive. From the very first scene the reader will be drawn into the story. It’s impossible not to. You’re left with so many mysteries that need solving that you’ll find yourself in the middle of the novel before you notice any time has passed.

Nicci French is clever enough to use this to her advantage. Complicit is structured in such a way that it forces you to read until the very end if you want to know precisely what happened to the dead body. Ev
Wanneer ze in paniek bij het levenloze lichaam van haar geliefde staat, belt muzieklerares Bonnie haar vriendin en collega Sonia - een sterke vrouw die (en dat weet Bonnie zeker - wel raad zal weten in deze moeilijke situatie. Onder leiding van Sonia rollen ze het lichaam in een tapijt, rijden ze hem in zijn eigen auto naar een waterreservoir en laten hem naar de bodem zinken. Ze parkeren de auto bij het vliegveld en gaan terug naar Londen. Ze denken dat ze veilig zijn, tot een paar dagen later ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Cate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: london
I enjoyed this. I got really caught up in the story and the conflict between the assembled, disparate members of the Band around whom the story is set. Bonnie is another example of a superbly drawn Nicci French modern heroine/lead female character. They just do them so well, warts and all. I've been a big fan of NF since reading the first one (either "Beneath the Skin" or the "Memory Game"). In terms of the physical lay out of the edition I read, the two fonts didn't really capture me. It's a sm ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
I've been reading Nicci French books for many years and I normally find their plots strong and their writing usually keeps me hooked the whole way through a book. This time though things really weren't up to standard. The past-present dual thread becomes clunky and the same old same old 'stuff' seems to go on for far too long.

It starts strongly with a dead man on a rug in a flat and two women getting rid of the body but soon we're caught up in a seemingly endless cycle of the Heydon (the dead gu
Emtyra *:・゚✧
Ich war mir am Anfang nicht sicher ob ich drei oder zwei Sterne vergeben soll, allerdings dachte ich mir dann, dass es auf keinen Fall mit manch anderen Buechern gleich zu setzen ist, die ebenfalls drei Sterne verdienen. Demnach habe ich hier 2 angegeben, obwohl ich mich schliesslich fuer 2,5 entschieden habe. Ausserdem ist dort ziemlich wenig 'Psycho' enthalten, dafuer, dass es ein 'Psycho'thriller sein soll. Das Ganze faengt ziemlich langweilig an. Spannung wird, wie ich finde, erst nach den e ...more
May 09, 2014 Jodi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

French started out strong with two friends working to cover up a murder. The tension of the first pages was not sustained. Added to the fact that this reviewer never warmed to Bonnie, the rest of the book was a study in the relationships between immature twentyspomething or thirtysomethings year olds.

The “surprise” murderer was mildly surprising and the final resolve of why the murderer killed Hayden was a more plausible reason to me than doing it to protect Bonnie from herself. Bonnie seemed li
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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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