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The Lying Room

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,363 ratings  ·  522 reviews
It should have been just a mid-life fling. A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered. An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband, and from her increasingly distant children. But when Neve pays a morning-after visit to her lover, Saul, and finds him brutally murdered, their pied-à-terre still heady with her perfume, all the ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Kathryn in FL I'm reading the published copy and there are still typos. Although it sounds like a few were caught along the way.
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I'm reading the published copy and there are still typos. Although it sounds like a few were caught along the way.
To me, typos while annoying aren't nearly as bad as frequently changing "facts" in a story such as the one I just finished. That's when I want to throw the book across the room.(less)

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Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The authors behind Nicci French have written a terrific twisted standalone psychological thriller that so aptly illustrates just what a tangled web we weave when first we start to deceive. Neve Connolly is a well liked wife and mother in her forties, working at a publisher she and her friends had helped to establish. She has been married to Fletcher for twenty years, he is a depressed illustrator, their relationship has become stale, she has 3 children, including the troubled Mabel with her ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am DNFing at 37% because ohhhhhmygahhhhhhh, I so don't care.

Thanks Nicci French, I've loved you guys' other books but I'll see myself out!
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lying Room is a compelling thriller full of suspense and clever complicity to keep you guessing who the killer is and how the main suspect, although innocent, navigates her own guilty situation. Neve Connolly is in her forties, a wife and mother with three children. The last number of years have been a strain, with various family problems and a depressed husband. When events forged the prospect for Neve to embark on an affair with her new boss Saul Stevenson, she took the step and
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
I’ve long wanted to read a Nicci French book! The timing was just never right! But after I saw the premise of this book, (Okay fine, I peaked!) I knew I had to read it!

Before continuing… is it just me? I assumed Nicci French was a singular author! I had no idea it was a husband and wife writing duo, Nicci Gerard and husband Sean French. Who doesn’t just love that!

Neve slipped away from her family one morning to pay visits to her boss Saul. Did I mention she happens to be having an affair
This stand alone murder mystery from the writing duo Nicci French was an entertaining read. At times darkly funny, sometimes almost farcical, it is the tale of a middle age married woman, Neve Connolly, who is summoned to the London flat of her lover, Saul, by a text, only to find him horribly murdered. To avoid being framed and to save her marriage she tries to cover up her affair but gradually finds herself telling more and more lies to the police, her family, her friends, even Saul's wife. As ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: ...he was lying on his back and he was dead. Somehow she'd never even known the meaning of being dead until she saw those open eyes. They weren't staring eyes. They were just things now, open and exposed. His mouth was also gaping open, as if in vast, unending surprise.

His head was framed by a pool of blood, dark red, smooth. His face looked dead, but every bit of his body looked dead as well. His arms and legs were splayed in unnatural positions. His right elbow was caught under his
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 - 5 stars
I have read many Nicci French books over the years and always enjoy them and this one is a very twisty, fast paced story. The central character is mother of three Neve who is married to Fletcher and the unfolding plot shows how her life implodes following the murder of her lover and boss Saul Stevenson. I like the way their meeting and ensuing friendship is described as they seem to dazzle each other. Neve is a fantastic character, she’s resourceful, caring, loving,and fiercely
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this stand alone novel from duo Nicci French, who also write the successful 'Frieda Klein' series.
The lead character Neve Connolly is a popular person, wife, caring mother and a friend to go to. She feels trapped in her marriage to Fletcher and is experiencing problems with her teenage daughter Mabel. When Neve starts an affair with a married colleague, she feels revitalised and happiness is back in her life. Her life is shattered and thrown into turmoil when on visiting her lover she
Mandy White
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicci French is a name I have heard and seen many times but never picked up. Until now. The Lying Room is the first book by this writing team for me but certainly will not be my last if this is anything to go by. What a fun, fast story that was. Full of twists and turns I read this in a day, I honestly could not get enough and I was dying to know how it was going to end.

Neve has a secret. She is married to Fletcher and has 3 kids of varying ages. She has a great job that she has recently gone
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

All through the book, which is based on a married woman finding her secret lover murdered when she goes to meet him at his flat and the repercussions of this on her, her family and her lovers family, all I could think was ‘but this is based in Holborn in Central London, the place is riddled with cctv and yet the police haven’t mentioned it and the myriad of people ( for various reasons ) who go to the flat before, during and after the murder are not perturbed by it, in fact never
Karma is a bitch! Nicci French The husband and wife writing duo has delivered a twisty, compulsive, and complex thriller. Neve has been married for 20 years, is the mother of three and tired of her “boring“ life. Well Neve... be careful what you wish for! Bored with life and looking for a little excitement Neve starts an affair with her boss Sul. It was just supposed to be a fling, a little indiscretion to spice up her life, but then she got the text. An urgent text that Neve needed to get to ...more
Louise Wilson
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never has been married to Fletcher for twenty years. But she's also been having an affair with her boss. She gets a text message to meet him at his Covent Garden flat, but when she gets there, hes dead. His heads been caven in. In a blind panic, she scrubbed a the flat clean to erase any trace of her being there. Going out of her mind with worry, Neve decides to try and find out herself who had murdered Saul.

The Lying Room is a cleverly written psychological thriller. Everything in the book is
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't 'cha think lies have too many caretakers?

Neve Connolly has found that out the hard way. Bored and seeking middle-age affirmation, she engages in an out-of-character affair with her new boss. Saul has an out of the way flat in the city that is perfect for these last minute meet-ups. No one is even suspicious. No one even knows.

The Lying Room takes us into the Lying Life of Neve. She's been married to Fletcher for almost twenty years with three very different children. Neve seems to be the
Let me begin by saying that I have been a huge Nicci French fan ever since reading THE MEMORY GAME over twenty years ago, and I have read each and every book by this fantastic writer duo as soon as they came out ever since. You can therefore imagine my delight when I received an ARC of their latest novel THE LYING ROOM from Netgalley! And I am even more delighted to say that it was another five star read for me!

To truly appreciate Nicci French novels you must know that these are slow burning,
Liz Barnsley
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfectly pitched psychological thriller here from Nicci French, with very strong domestic drama elements and a twisty as you like storyline that is immediately involving.

I read this in one sitting, so caught up in the life of cleverly written main protagonist Neve, who faced with the dead body of her lover tries to extricate herself from a dangerous situation..

An ever more tangled web is woven as Neve tries to protect her family and herself, this is a highly engaging and extraordinarily
The Cats’ Mother
I’ve read several books by successful husband & wife writing duo Nicci French, and enjoyed some more than others, but am coming to the conclusion that while they write clever twisty tension-filled mysteries, I don’t enjoy the characters they create and I probably won’t seek out any more. I’ve read a bit too much in this genre in the last year which doesn’t help either.

Neve Connolly is a married graphic designer in her forties, who has injected some unexpected excitement into her stressful
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicci French books are just reliably great, aren't they? The authors are masters of twists, turns, and hooks, with believable, flawed, human characters and experts in adding enough detail to make every scenario feel totally real.

This book takes the reader on a journey of growing paranoia, fuelled by circumstance and exacerbated by a lack of sleep and vanishing trust. The claustrophobia of having people constantly around and a growing lack of personal space makes it a really engaging story to
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
I'm at a bit of a loss on what I fully think of this novel. As an avid thriller reader and a lover of the domestic subgenre, I did enjoy the quick read and found it entertaining. However, I did have some issues with certain parts.

I needed more background on Mabel and why she was the way she was. If I had acted like that with my mother... uff, I'd hate to think how she would've reacted. I appreciated the realistic marriage in which both parties have become too comfortable and how marriages go
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, 2019, crime
I've just spent the most tedious half hour in the company of this book, during which the authors have given me the riveting details of what everyone in Neve's family of five have had for breakfast, including how much salt Neve puts in her son's porridge. Then we get every detail of what Neve chooses to wear. She goes off and finds the dead body of her lover - exciting, eh? Well, it should be, except that it morphs immediately into pages of description of how to clean a house. Why do contemporary ...more
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What a roller coaster of a novel! Fast-paced, the novel depicts a woman on the edge. Neve's panic, tension and stress were palpable. You find yourself reading with a lump in your throat waiting for the axe to fall... Lies, compounded by more lies... so many that she barely remembers what the truth is herself. Unable to sleep, eat, or function, she finds herself trying to act 'normally' with a house full of
Frank Phillips
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was ok, nothing extraordinary about it, yet nothing terrible about it either. I feel like this book would have been a bigger deal about 10 -15 years ago when the thriller market was less saturated, but with how many thrillers there are out there these days and how competitive and twisted some plots are getting, this one just fell a little flat. It had a completely random reveal with no real red herrings to keep you on the edge of your seat, so no real twists, and our main protagonist ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
There was a point in this read (no spoilers here) when I was chilled to the bone, the unthinkable was looking like the answer... I had to stop and wait a day or two to pick the book back up ... more twists but my fear was unfounded ... a deliciously wicked red herring... this is such a twisty read.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After ploughing their recent efforts into furthering their Frieda Klein series, the husband and wife writing partnership are back with a new standalone psychological thriller, The Lying Room, which had me on tenterhooks from the opening couple of pages and held my attention for the entirety of the novel. It follows married Neve Connolly who is far from a saint given that, amongst other things that come to light during the story, she is having an extra-marital affair with her boss. When he is ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars from me!

I found The Lying Room to be a highly engaging, fast paced read that I absolutely raced through as I just kept on wanting to know what happened next!

Central character, Neve, is one of those perfect people who everyone adores yet is utterly unassuming and apparently unaware of her magnetism. Friends, colleagues, even strangers are seemingly drawn to this calm, warm, efficient woman who busily spends her life making things right for others.

She treads carefully around the feelings
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-release
For starters I was a little jilted with Nicci French’s story organization. Rather then separated by reasonable chapters....big chunks of story (and I mean 40+ pages) were grouped in chapters? (If you could call it that—I would call them “sections”)...I am not a big fan of this... I like chapters ending at a reasonable page count.... it keeps me motivated and focused. Maybe I’m a bit OCD (lol!), but this is just my personal preference.
The story. Meh. I was not a huge fan. Adultery, murder, past
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've only ever read one book (before this one) by Nicci French and it easily made its way to my 'all time favourites' list.
This book makes me want to read each and every book written by them.
From the characters to the mystery to the story- just everything- was amazing! It had me hooked. Certainly one of the best mystery books of 2019.
I don't want to give too much by reviewing in detail so you are going to have to buy this when it comes out and, well, enjoy it.
The only downside is that there are
MaryannC. Book Freak
2.75 Actual Stars. I had high hopes with this one going in, but ultimately it was just ok. The premise of the novel sounded intriguing about forty-something year old Neve who was having an affair with her married boss Saul, who she finds dead one day. This is where the madness begins for me, Neve not wanting to have her affair come to light amongst her co-workers and certainly not with her husband Fletcher and daughter Mabel decides to clean traces of herself being in the apartment where she and ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Neve Connolly finds the murdered body of a man - a man she knows, in a place where Neve shouldn’t be - her first instinct is to call the police.

Her second, quickly overriding it, is to protect herself and her family.

What Neve decides to do next will lead her into what can only - cliches notwithstanding - be described as a tangled web of deceit. Can she hold her nerve?

Life at home is far from straightforward. Troubled teenage daughter Mabel is causing her parents no end of grief (possibly
*thank you to Netgalley, Nicci French and Simon & Schuster (Australia) for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2 stars.

While I can't say this was a big hit for me like it seems to be for most people, I can say that it was still, overall an OK story. What I struggled with though was how it was written. Maybe it's just me but there seemed to be a bit of a differene writing style than I'm use to so I found that rather distracting and was the reason I didn't enjoy this more.
Gloria Arthur
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Lying Room by Nicci French

The Lying Room is a clever tension filled thriller which will have you guessing who the killer is and illustrating how the main suspect although innocent gets deeper and deeper into the tangled web of deceit

Neve Connolly is a wife and mother of three, she's mid forties and in a job that grinds her down. She has financial worries and a husband that is more or less unemployed and on and off depressed as well as a daughter who for years has turned her life inside out
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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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