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Killing Me Softly

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  6,927 ratings  ·  508 reviews
Now that you've read GONE GIRL...

Alice Loudon has it all: a devoted boyfriend, a marvelous circle of friends, a challenging job as a research scientist. Then one morning, on her way to work, she exchanges a lingering look with a devastatingly attractive man. Adam Tallis is the essence of every female fantasy--a daring mountain climber who has been hailed as a hero. As a lo
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 5th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1999)
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Jar of Death Pick #27

I have no clue how I feel about this book.

I think I hated it but I also think I liked it.

As I read this I at various times thought that I would rate this 2 stars and at other times I thought I would rate it 4 stars.

After finishing this book I still don't really know what to rate this so I'm just going to give it 3 stars.

This book baffles me.

It was cheesy and I hated how it was written but it wasn't written badly. It was super predictable but at the same time I couldn't s
Opening Line: “He knew he was going to die.”

Killing Me Softly is a love story but not in the typical sense; it’s obsessive, all consuming, violent, intense, desperate and ultimately terrifying. And oh my god is it good. I literally could not put this down.

If I could compare this book to anything I would say that initially it reminded me of a combination of 9 ½ weeks and that Richard Gere/Diane Lane movie from a few years ago (Unfaithful) -based on the passion, intensity and utter randomness of
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A stand alone novel by the writing team that work under the name Nicci French. I enjoy reading the successful Frieda Klein series so have been tempted to read more from the writing duo. This book falls short of the other books I have read but nevertheless gripped me and made me want to read more.
At times the book was very good but sadly it drifted at other moments and for the first time since reading their combined work I felt that it was actually written by two authors rather than the seamless
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm just jaded, but I expect MORE from my mysteries! MORE MORE MORE!
Predictable, predictable, predictable.
Beach read, definitely.

The first 60% of the book just made me mad. Alice has a good, healthy, strong relationship with Jake, but as all we weak women are, she's lured out of it by the promise of a roll in the hay with studly Adam. There...I just summed up in one sentence what it took the author 60% of the book to say.

The book only gets interesting (and mildly so at that) in the final 4
This book surprised me. It was not what I expected. To be honest, the book’s description on the back cover doesn’t give too much details on what it’s about and when I first began to read it, I asked myself “Why did I pick this one up”? Maybe it was because I got it on clearance for a buck @ the local bookshop. Nonetheless, I am happy I picked this one up. It turned out to be suspenseful and a good read. Here is what this book is about since the book description lacks some knowledge.

Alice meets A
So .... thrillers, romance, erotic, suspense with cheating .... not really my thing! Who knew!
Dec 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry to say that I thought this book was truly awful. I found it neither gripping nor thrilling. Irritating and unbelievable were probably better adjectives. Alice was so naive I wanted to smack her and the 'bad guy' was so obviously sinister, anyone who didn't notice it must have had their head buried in the sand. I didn't find the conclusion particularly convincing either. It's the first Nicci French I have read and I have a feeling it might be the last.

Sorry all, but it was just not for
Man can I give this book a 3.5..LOL anyways I really did enjoy this book as it is subtitled as A Novel of Obsession and that is exactly what she was, obsessed, like to the extreme..Okay so the book starts out with an ordinary woman just like any one of us in a great relationship with a guy who is comfortable with her, and wants to marry her--she has a great circle of college friends and a great job as a scientific researcher for a female contraceptive..everything a thirty-something woman could w ...more
2014 view: Another nail biting suspense novel by this duo (Nicci French are a married couple), a woman in a stable 'normal' relationship, with great friends and good job, leaves her partner for a sensual, dominant man, that she locks eyes with in the street - and the closer they get to each other, the more consumed she is by him, until she begins to realise just how consuming his love is. Good suspense thriller set around the world of modern mountaineering - I kid you not! 7 out of 12.

2008 view:
Roman Clodia
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice locks eyes with a beautiful man in the street and her life is overturned. Leaving her comfortable home, her friends, her boyfriend, she immerses herself completely into this new love. But Adam is more than he seems and his refusal to discuss his past holds more secrets than Alice can imagine...

This is an intelligent read which probes the boundaries between overwhelming 'true' love and obsession; between submission and victimisation; and between consensual sex and something much darker.

Barbara Elsborg
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chilling. I love the way the book starts and then backtracks. Doesn't always work but it does here. The authors show how deep obsession can go, how the victim can be pulled in without even realising it's happening, and even when they do, it's still difficult to believe what's going on. Adam is a damaged individual. So kind and caring, so vile and manipulative. Well drawn characters all round. I've read this book twice - psychological suspense novels don't come better than this. Not a romance! ...more
May 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this book is like a lifetime movie meets Showtime. Another one of my guilty pleasures. This is a curl yourself in a blanket and never get up book. It's a bad car accident. You're surprised you're so interested and a little disappointed in yourself, but you can't peel yourself away! ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Another reviewer mentioned something to the effect that this book reminded her of one of those cheesy made-for-TV movies on Lifetime. I wholeheartedly concur. Cannot think of a better way to phrase it. Period.

This was a First-reads giveaway, thank you.
Listened to in audio format.

Marry in haste, repent at leisure comes to mind.

I love husband and wife team Nicci Gerard and Sean French and I am in the process of listening to their books.

However for some reason I kept putting off listening to Killing Me Softly.

Scientist Alice Loudon was in relationship with boyfriend Jake. Jake and Alice had lovely set of friends called 'the crew' which included her best friend who is also Jake's sister.

One morning Alice crossed the road near her office and spot
This book is excellent, and got me snapping up every Nicci French book I could find. Just please, please don't watch the movie! It's one of the worst movies I've ever seen! If I had seen the movie first I would never have read the book. ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
My first Nicci French book and it was obvious to me that this was written by two people. The writing didn't gel and lacked consistency at times. The storyline came across as just ridiculous: Alice, happy and settled in her life with Jake, spies Adam in the street and ..... pow! ....... gives everything up to be with him. It is fairly evident from the outset that Adam is a very dangerous person but Alice seems to have been hypnotised into stupidity and doesn't get away ASAP. This is the inconsist ...more
Priscilla Mensah
I will first start by saying that i think its a really good book and makes me think about human nature which i love to do. so Alice our heroine has a satisfactory boyfriend, job and friends. while she is in this life she feels quite happy until she sees Adam across the street. their attraction is palpable and she does something out of character, she looses her head and follows her emotions; she becomes obsessed with him and he with her. Adam is a mountain climber and it seems that his past is da ...more
Thom Swennes
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Killing Me Softly
You’re happy. You are pleased with your life. You have a job that you enjoy and you are good at it. You have a partner that loves you and you are even considering starting a family. One day, that all changes, you see a stranger and everything changes. With hardly a word you follow him and are willingly sexually seduced. This is the life of Alice Loudon. She meets Adam and everything changes. Life is no longer mundane but is this new, all consuming passion, really what she wants.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was revoltingly gross. One of those "My husband was a rapist and a murderer but I still love him" stories, complete with sexual violence and controlling behaviour. I have to say I don't understand the appeal of these writers and I won't be reading any more of their books to find out. ...more
Miss Hartigan
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: psychology and relationship enthusiasts
Recommended to Miss Hartigan by: myself
Again, I pulled an alnighter just to finish reading it. I tried time and time again to put it down so I can get some sleep, but couldn't. I found the end to be anti climatic though. ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Before Alice met her true love, she thought she had it all. A lovely boyfriend, a nice friend group and a good job. But then it happend, she walked into Adam Tallis. Adam is a well known mountainclimber and a true hero, he saved some wealthy people who tried to climb a mountain. ⠀
It was truly love at first sight. But they say that love makes you blind, right? And what happens when you trust a stranger with your life?

I really, really dont know what to say about this book. When I finished it I lo
Jan 13, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I’m only 26 pages in and I had to DNF it already. First you have a great boyfriend and a great career. Then you happen to see a dude on the street and all he says is “I’ve been waiting for you.” Instead of touching his face and looking at his features, you should of ran for the hills lady! Did you forget about your boyfriend Jake that fast??? She starts to take his shoe off and notices his right foot only has 3 toes along with other scars all over his body. Not sure if we find out what happen ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
My first encounter with this book was when I was a teen and I couldn't recall why, but I never finished it. Fast forward 20 years later and I caught a glimpse of the title at my local library and was compelled to finished it. Just as before, I was attracted to the fast pace beginning of the story. Then during the middle of the book, I am hit with the reason why I ditched it in the first place. The protagonist in this story is a nosy, jealous, and extremely annoying individual in which I could no ...more
Louise Mullins
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This read like the Hallmark psychological thrillers I used to enjoy watching while I skived off school and despite the immense advances in police procedure the domestic-noir element keeps it feeling up-to-date and the themes of domestic abuse and rape as relevant today as ever. I thoroughly enjoyed this title, far more so than The Memory Game (the first I'd read of this author couple). Although there was still a lot of padding, I felt confident the authors had a finer grasp on what they were doi ...more
Jul 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
I've read this a long time ago, I guess shortly after it was published, and I hated it. It is very disturbing and annoying at the same time (I'm really stunned by the lack of content warnings). Back then I did not keep track fo my reading and though I remembered the story, I did not remember the title. But now I came across it, so I thought I'd remind myself. After this one I never tried another Nicci French. I keep hearing about the Frida Klein series, but I'm still not over my aversion to this ...more
Jacqui Turnbull
Mar 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down, it was so well written, would recommend people to read it. Is Adam as deranged as you think he is, how can one man have so much power over women. Find out what Alice discovers, as the book unfolds it will have you mesmerised, are you on the mountain and is it yellow or help that gets screamed. Now you need to read the book to find out! Love or Hate Adam is he the hero or villain in this book?
Marge Moen
Aug 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
For the first half I had a strong sense of deja vu, with no idea why. I haven’t read this book before. But the second half wrecked me.

This was recommended because I had read Gone Girl….this was nothing like Gone Girl in my opinion.

Also, #obsession wow!
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
It all begins as an incredible adventure into passion that gets more exhilarating with each passing moment. Alice Loudon lives a quiet London life. She has a relatively nondescript boyfriend with whom she lives, and friends who eagerly include her in their circle of activities.

That all changes on a fateful day when she exchanges a lingering look with a man who utterly shakes her up and rearranges every aspect of her life. They ultimately engage in a frothy quickie in his flat, and his skills as
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Weeelllll.... I didn’t hate it. That’s something, right? I’m glad I gave it a try... But I spent the majority of the novel wondering where exactly the Thriller portion would come in. I could see influences at times, sure, but it just didn’t jump out at me (pun unintended, though amusing). Granted, those small influences did keep me up at night sometimes, they just didn’t seem to be the main focus, which I was expecting they would be.
I found it really hard to relate to the characters. They felt “
L.M. Krier
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed other novels by husband and wife team Nicci French. This one didn't quite do it for me.
The idea is interesting, relatively original and a bold step. Adam Tallis, a famous mountaineer, hero of a tragedy on Chungawat, falls deeply, passionately and obsessively in love with Alice Loudon the first time their eyes meet in the street. Within hours they are in bed together, within days she has left steady, loving boyfriend Jake to move in with Adam.
The end note by the authors refers to 'de
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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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