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Losing You

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  3,083 ratings  ·  278 reviews
It's Nina Landry's birthday, and she's supposed to have her kids ready to leave in a few hours for a Christmas holiday in Florida with her new boyfriend, but her fifteen-year-old daughter Charlie spent the night at a friend's and hasn't come home yet. Not by ten a.m., not by eleven. Nina is getting angry---they have a plane to catch, and Charlie hasn't even bothered to ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published March 2005)
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Lana I just checked my paperback. Yes, the final sentence of the book is : "And the morning would come to us all." The paperback has 293 pages.
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Barbara
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No need to go into the 'plot ' really as so many have done so before, suffice to say that it is dificult to imagine getting annoyed and bored with a woman character whose daughter has gone missing - but Losing You managed this for me.

The term comicbook heroine has been used before by other reviewers and a very perceptive description it is too. Nina is - reasonably- interesting at first, but you've got to wonder about a character/person who lets their teenage daughter sleep out overnight,
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Deanna
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Unenthusiastic 2.5 stars

This is the biggest reading disappointment in a long time. Not the worst book, but the biggest disappointment.

My dismay is big enough that rounding to 3 stars feels generous, but I can’t bring myself to go lower. It’s Nicci French.

I’m a major fan and I had this preordered on audible. Not long into listening, I decided that this must be a new audio release of a book published early in their career. It looks like a new release in print, too. But after looking at the quite
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Fictionophile
Have you ever been in a busy mall and thought just for a moment that you had lost your wallet? Your heart starts to pound, blind panic sets in... In Losing You Nina Landry has lost something much more precious, her teenage daughter, Charlotte...

It is Nina's 40th birthday and she has made plans to take her son and daughter on a trip to Florida over the holiday season. Her daughter Charlotte (Charlie) has stayed overnight at a friend's house. When she is late coming home Nina is irritated, but as
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Christa
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was made very different by not having chapters. It caused it to be very difficult to put the book down since there were no breaks in the action. I found the book to be engrossing, and very quick to read. The story was very suspenseful and had lots of action. This was the first book I have read by Nicci French, and I enjoyed this one enough to read more by the author.

Nina Landry is thrilled to be going on a Christmas vacation with her two children and her boyfriend. Nina and her
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An - Traversing Chapters
Congratulations to the authors, you made me dislike a woman whose daughter was missing, that's quite an achievement! Nina was annoying and rude, and I completely understand why the people on the island didn't seem to like her. The timeline was incredibly unrealistic: this book took me about 5-6 hours to read, which more or less corresponds to the time that elapses in the story and in this time our main character drives to the other side of the island a few times. To give an example: early in the ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-are, edelweiss
On the morning of Nina Landry’s fortieth birthday, just hours before she and her children are due to fly out to Florida for a vacation, fifteen year old Charlie disappears. At first Nina is simply irritated that her daughter is nowhere to be found on the tiny island off the coast of England on which they live, but as time runs on she becomes increasingly convinced that something has happened to Charlie ...something terrible.

While the story takes place over less than a day, I devoured Losing You
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Christine Woods
Feb 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An impossible timeline - a week's worth of activities are accomplished in about 5 hours. A ridiculous scenario - a birthday party attended by a horde of people that the celebrant barely knows or doesn't know at all. Said surprise party scheduled two hours before celebrant and family are to leave for an international flight. Top all that off with a missing 15 year old daughter - the party planner. The mother/protagonist, Nina, chucks out the guests with maybe 15 minutes to go before departure ...more
Angela Groom
Have you ever lost something precious to you? A wallet a gift? A Daughter?

Losing you by Nicci French means literally that.
When Ninas daughter Charlotte goes missing she immediately is more than worried. Her teenage daughter, who of all days is excited to be going on holiday to Florida that day - so why would she be late home?
At first Nina is annoyed because everything is running so smoothly and this trip is a much needed one for the family. So when Charlie appears to be a little behind she is
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Lois
Apr 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even have to go into much detail to review this book. I totally agree with everything Barbara Hoyland says in her review of it in June, so you can just go and read that. But here are a few of my own comments:
I usually like books by Nicci French as kind of a guilty pleasure once in a while. Some have been better than others, but I haven't totally disliked any. Until this one. It was just plain awful. I should have realized it when I had to read the very first line of the book 4 times, and
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Kelly
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
OUTSTANDING!!! This is the first time I've read anything by the husband/wife team who form the pseudonym of Nicci French, and I must say that I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I started reading late last night and was finished within a 24-hour period, which is a rarity for me. I had the book clutched in my hands all day today, only taking two short breaks for lunch and dinner. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and didn't want to put it down until I'd reached the end. It was wonderfully ...more
Jannelies
Only after reading about 10 pages in this book, I realized I've already read it. Years ago! So why kept my mind telling me not to read this book for a second time? Well, obviously, because this was not one of my favorite Nicci French' books, which showed because I just couldn't remember what happened exactly.
I tried, but a second reading didn't make the book any better for me than just 'below average' for this couple of excellent authors. The main character who we see running around all the
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Lieke Elisa
Exciting untill the end
Seth
Jun 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Piece 'o crap thriller. A plot from which something could have been made, but wasn't.
L.M. Krier
I tried not to let my pet hate for books without chapters cloud my judgement of this book. My other big irritant was the endless lists.
All the action takes place on the same day. A family is preparing to leave for the holiday of a lifetime in the States but teenage daughter Charlie is missing so mother Nina goes on a one-woman mission to find her. Definitely neither aided nor abetted by dreadfully plodding and improbable police.
It's in the course of her search that the endless lists creep in.
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Kellie
This was one of the most suspenseful mysteries I have read in a long time. It’s Nina’s birthday and she is getting ready to take her kids and her boyfriend to Florida for Christmas. While trying to get everything ready for the trip, a surprise birthday party occurs supposedly put together by her daughter, Charlie. When Charlie doesn’t show up for the party or for the departure of the trip, Nina becomes frantic with worry. The first thing she does is go to the police but they don’t believe ...more
Onceinabluemoon
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We have a tiny beach house that looks out at the sea, I used to love to grab a pot of tea and read sea story after sea story on those countless foggy days, this book would have been perfect there! Even though I am nestled in a sunny garden far from the sea today, this book still was very enjoyable, with a gripping dripping finale!
Jannelies
Review to come.
Nichola Sargeant
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read a Nicci French book for a very long time so it was a refreshing change. Read in 2 days whilst on holiday, this book did well to keep my wandering mind captivated. Very well written and kept me gripped with every page.
Radhika
Losing you is a fight a mother can put up with if her child is in danger.

Nina is getting ready to take her kids on a holiday to Florida and is really excited, she is packed and ready and is waiting for her daughter to come back from a sleepover and get ready to leave, It is her birthday and her daughter has planned a surprise birthday party for her which she come to know of when the knock on the door brings in hordes of friends on the island but there is no sign of her daughter which actually
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Moira
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm. The first third of this book was hard to get through. There were SO many characters, and a lot of them had similar names--Alex and Andrea, Rick and Rory--and that made it hard to keep track of everyone. And the mother was being rather stupid. If a 15-year old isn't in contact with you immediately on the morning after a sleep over which is also your birthday and the day you are leaving for holiday in America, you should start tracing her path RIGHT AWAY. Duh. And she kafuffled about way too ...more
Wendy Sice
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicci French has written some brilliantly engaging books if you love a fast-paced mystery. This one is the story of Nina Landry who is about to go on a Christmas holiday when she realises her daughter Charlie has not come home from a sleepover and no one knows where she is. It starts off a bit slow, with the minutiae of life laid out in detail. But once Nina finds Charlie's abandoned bike there is no stopping her in finding her daughter. The police are no match for her in chasing down everyone ...more
Tracy
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
no chapters and fast paced, so was pretty exhausting! A few unlikable characters, like the exhusband - what was she doing with such a loser - which kind of reflected badly on her character. Don't like the way French tends to portrays police as bumbling fools. Other than that, easy, if forgettable, read.
Amanda Ishtayeh
The last scene was worth the whole book. I had a little problem with the characters and their relationship to others in the book. (I admittedly have a problem with names.) The flow of the book was not great but that could have been intentional to show the craziness of the day the main character was having. I will look for other things by this author.
Bentson
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this just because Annelien couldn't stop talking about the author, what seems like forever ago.
The book was super fun, as much as a crime novel about a child disappearance can be (in the Agatha Christie way). I'm going to read the others as well. Thanks, Annelien!
Kate Hayman
Actually a 2.5 rated book. Felt the desperation of the mother but a topic that has been written about better and countless times before. Also found it annoying that there were no chapters or natural breaks in the book.
Emma Blackwell
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very hard to put down as I just needed to know what happened next! Excellent!
Christie
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, my favourite Nicci French book. A great plot and characters, I found this book hard to put down
Hermien
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
I had been a bit ambivalent about some of the Nicci French books, but this one is a real page turner. There are no chapters and the tension is maintained all the way through.
Laurel-Rain
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nina Landry awakens on her fortieth birthday, anticipating a day filled with excitement. She, her new boyfriend, and her two children are taking a trip—leaving their home on Sandling Island, off the coast of England, for a dream vacation. As soon as her fifteen-year-old daughter, Charlie, returns from a sleepover, they can get ready to leave.

But Charlie doesn’t come home at the expected time. Nina can’t believe of all days, Charlie has chosen this day to be late. As minutes and then hours tick
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Losing You by Nicci French is a recommended story of a desperate mom looking for her missing teenage daughter. This a re-released edition.

It is Nina Landry's fortieth birthday and she and her two children, Charlie (Charlotte, 15) and Jackson, are planning to take a vacation over the Christmas holiday with Nina's boyfriend, Christian. They will be leaving their home on Sandling Island, off the coast of England, and flying to Florida. Much to Nina's annoyance, Charlie is late returning home after
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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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