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The Other Side of the Door: A Novel of Suspense

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  1,449 ratings  ·  161 reviews
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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Derek Smith
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
Linda Galloway
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.
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.
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
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
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
Janet 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
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
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
Lizzy Baldwin
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
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.

It's really rare for me to give a book a rating as low as this and surprising to me too.

Some books you just don't want to put down , "The girl who saved the King of Sweden" and " The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared" fit into that category. Some you just want to savor enjoy a chapter here and there and prolong the pleasure. At the moment Ruth Ozeki's "All over creation" plays that role.

I guess there are also books that you just don't want to read. "Complicit" fell i
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.
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.
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
I'm so glad I borrowed this from the library and didn't waste my money. I had a feeling this would be a let down as I've also found the last one or two disappointing. The characters in "Complicit" are hard to identify with, and I actually took a dislike to many of them, which for me, makes difficult reading. The plot is just so unbelievable, and maybe because I read a lot of thrillers, I had worked out "who dunnit" long before the reveal. Maybe the Nicci French team is just "all written out", bu ...more
Hmmm, pretty underwhelming storyline. I didn't love a single character. But, I did finish the book, so that says something.
"This won't work for me" I thought after reading the first 10 pages. This "after/before" switches... Terrible, annoying... I read the first pages one night and stopped with the thought. The next evening I gave it another try and... Well, I stopped again but only when the book had been read. And... It worked, it worked for me. I enjoyed it a lot: the story, the switches, even the mystery although now I think it was not the mystery that made me keep reading, it was the joy of reading a well-writte ...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

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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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
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
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
Nicci French is actually a husband and wife team with each writing alternative chapters. In this book 1 chapter was set pre-death and the next documented the aftermath and then back and forth.

At first I hated this (not least because of the drastic font changes... seriously why are modern novels obsessed with font change?) and to begin with I only wanted to read about Bonnie's life before she discovered her friend murdered (this isn't a spoiler, it happens in chapter 1!). However as the novel wen
The Other Side of the Door (Minotaur 2010, APA Complicit 2009) is the story of Bonnie Graham, a music teacher in London. The novel opens with Bonnie confronting a dead body in her friend Liza’s apartment. She calls her friend Sonia for help, and the two decide to dispose of the body and remove all traces of the murder from the apartment. But Bonnie can’t find her leather satchel and other items she remembers leaving behind on her last visit to the apartment. Has someone else also tried to remove ...more
The story starts with Bonnie Graham standing in the apartment of a friend. In front of her lies the corpse of her lover. Then the story skips back and forth between the events before the murder and the time immediately afterwards.
In the chapters about the events leading to the murder Bonnie forms a band in order to play at her friends wedding. We learn a lot about the relationship between these characters. Many of them seem to have a motive for the murder or had problems with the victim. The ch
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
Jayne Bauling
There's a body on the floor and Bonnie Graham is frantically tampering with the crime scene. Is she the killer, or is the guilty person another member of the band that has come together to rehearse for a summer wedding?

Discovering the answer to that question makes for an intriguing read, but even more fascinating is the book's depiction of panic and the wrong choices to which panic can lead. Too, we get a disturbing glimpse into what might lie behind the tragically frequent inability of women to
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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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