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The Other Side of the Door

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  2,734 ratings  ·  330 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
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Hardcover, 375 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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megs_bookrack
The Other Side of the Door is being rereleased in April 2021 by William Morrow paperbacks.

I have never read a novel from Nicci French, so was excited when I received an ARC.



I'm looking forward to checking this one out soon!
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Tracy Frenette
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
The Other Side of the Door by Nicci French
Also titled Complicit

Bonnie agrees to put a small band together to play in a friend's wedding at the end of the summer. One of her band mates ends up dead. And the story goes back and forth between the present and the past. It ended up being an quick and easy read. And I suspected the wrong person. So that's always good when you can't guess whodunit.

I'm a bit confused as to why I was approved for reviewing this book when it's been out for years under
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Laurie
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book. I feel it is a good thriller with a couple of twists I didn't see coming but it does drag a bit in parts. I like the format--switching between before a murder occurs to after a body is found--as it keeps the perspective fresh and engaged me as a reader. What I don't care for are the characters. There isn't much to like about any of them. I didn't relate to the main character and didn't even feel too sad about the character who got killed.

Bonnie, the main pr
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Max
Sep 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Other Side of The Door really didn't do it for me.

This is another book in my multitude of examples of when perspective/time-shifting doesn't work. It felt a little bit unnecessary and just a way for the author to make sure that we weren't bored throughout the middle and end... which didn't work for me.

Almost could just work better as a friend group drama without any murder, I was severely bored by the plot. I actually did enjoy the writing, it was relatable and easy to read. But, the plot w
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Heidi
May 22, 2012 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
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
Lou Jacobs
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicci French, the English wife-and-husband team of Nicci Gerard and Sean French, have weaved a compelling psychological thriller. Told convincingly in two timelines as seen through the eyes of the main protagonist, Bonnie Graham. A masterful mystery of Whodunit and Why is played out in chapters, “Before” and “After” referring the death of an unknown male. The relevant facts and red herrings are incrementally revealed in a complex and twisted narrative.
Along the way the complex dynamics and ramif
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Bobbie
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
Nicci French is one of my favorite Thriller writers. And this is one wild ride of a thriller. At the beginning of the book, we witness a woman Bonnie Graham has killed a man- a good looking musician Hayden who tells her himself that she doesn't want to get him involved with him, that he destroys the things he loves. Now calls her best friend Sonia to help her get rid of the body. Sonia does come reluctantly to help her. But this is net just the start of this book. What I like most about this boo ...more
Derek Smith
May 01, 2013 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
Bettie
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
Arabicbeauty
This book was a slow read but overall not bad.

The story goes between the past and present, mainly diving into the life of Bonnie. Bonnie hesitantly agrees to put a small band together for her friends wedding. Soon you find out there has been a murder and Bonnie seems to be the one who killed this person, a person who is in the band, a person she may of had a fling with but why did she kill him? She drags her friend, Sonia, into helping her get rid of of the body and it all seems to spiral out of
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Jay T
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Other Side of the Door by Nicci French was a quick and easy read. Sadly, I did not care to finish it, but alas I did. Lots of bouncing from the past and present which did not work well.

The plot left much to be desired and I found the conclusion to be quite obvious. I would like to thank Net Galley for this advanced copy and I hope to read more from the author as I see she has more books that may be more to my taste.
Fictionophile
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Kristen
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Nicci French's The Other Side of the Door, this chilling novel of suspense will you leave you breathless in every turned page. It all started for Bonnie Graham, a high school music teacher, who discovered a dead body at the other side of her friend's flat's door. Like Rena Olsen's The Girl Before, it's platformed with scenes of what events happened before the discovery and what happened afterwards. At first, Bonnie and her friend, Sonia, were the ones that discovered the dead body of Hayden B ...more
Sofia Brito
Oct 21, 2016 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. ...more
Laurie
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-books, arc
I have mixed feelings about this book. I feel it is a good thriller with a couple of twists I didn't see coming but it does drag a bit in parts. I like the format--switching between before a murder occurs to after a body is found--as it keeps the perspective fresh and engaged me as a reader. What I don't care for are the characters. There isn't much to like about any of them. I didn't relate to the main character and didn't even feel too sad about the character who got killed.

Bonnie, the main pr
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Cynthia
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Other Side of the Door – Nicci French

I love the Nicci French team (husband and wife) and have read every one of their standalone thrillers. They have been at the top of my fave author list for years.

enjoyed The Other Side of the Door very much, with some caveats. One of the main attractions for me about their writing style is that they portray the day to day life of the protagonists in such a realistic, simple, minute by minute way, so that you can actually envision their lifestyle, their
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CL
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Nicci French's writing because it always leaves you guessing but if you really pay attention she drops the clues that will allow you to figure it out. My problem is I am so enthralled with the reading that I totally miss the clues and am surprised with the "who dun it" when it is revealed. In this book once I got used to the before and afters and could recognize the characters it was a great read and fast paced which kept me reading to the end. Friends all come together and try to protec ...more
Eva
Apr 07, 2015 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
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Nicki
Oct 02, 2012 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
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.

/Martijn
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
This did not seem like a Nicci French novel. I was disappointed and I did not like the style, going from before to after every few pages. I thought the murderer was somewhat 'silly' and the emotions lacked a sense of reality. There was too much 'calmness' when you expect chaos. It just didn't work for me, and I consider myself a die hard Nicci French fan. ...more
Margie
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
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Lou Jacobs
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it

Nicci French, the English wife-and-husband team of Nicci Gerard and Sean French, have weaved a compelling psychological thriller. Told convincingly in two timelines as seen through the eyes of the main protagonist, Bonnie Graham. A masterful mystery of Whodunit and Why is played out in chapters, “Before” and “After” referring the death of an unknown male. The relevant facts and red herrings are incrementally revealed in a complex and twisted narrative.
Along the way the complex dynamics and rami
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Shelby (shelbyymay)
This book follows our main character, Bonnie, who has been asked by a friend to get together a band to play at her [friend's] wedding (Bonnie's a music teacher). The story takes place over the school summer holidays as the 'band' rehearse for the wedding.

However this story tirelessly goes back and forth, back and forth; from when Bonnie describes being with the dead body of one of the band members in a friend's house that she is house-sitting. Bonnie disposes of the body, but it is discovered a
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Candy
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The book gets off to a great start. Bonnie Graham stands in the open door of her friend’s apartment. All alone, except for her dead lover, Hayden, lying in a pool of blood. The book is told entirely from Bonnie’s first person perspective, in alternating chapters of before and after that point in time, which I liked.

Bonnie, a music teacher, agrees to get a band together to play at her friend’
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The Cats’ Mother
Very clever psychological thriller about a group of musicians who are roped into playing at the protagonist's friend's wedding. Bonnie, the narrator, finds herself in her friend's flat with the dead body of her lover. Panicking, she calls another friend to help her get rid of the corpse. Initially we don't know who has been killed, and then the rest of the book is about finding out why, and by whom. Told in alternating Before and After sections, we are gradually introduced to all of the differen ...more
Luanne Salvi
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
My first Niicci French book. Full of twists, I was certain I knew "who done it", but I was completely wrong. So, good on the author for keeping me guessing!
I like the book, but it seemed a little silly that when you stumble on a dead body, instead of calling the cops, you try to figure out how to cover up a crime you didnt commit.
Also, I think it kind of dragged on a bit too long.
For those reasons I gave it 4 stars. Other than that the book was good!
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Sarah Imhoff
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This book wasn’t the ‘thriller’ that I was expecting. In fact very little happened plot-wise. There was an ‘event’ (the death of a musician) and the chapters alternated back and forth from before the event to after the event. This back-and-forth made it hard to engage in the plot. There was a slight twist about 70% of the way in, but not enough to make this a favorite read.
Jennie
Nov 28, 2020 added it
DNF at 20%. I didn’t connect or like any of the characters. Here’s to hoping my next NetGalley read is better. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
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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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