The Lying Room by Nicci French #Friday56: @FrenchNicci #NetGalley #review

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This week’s Friday56 and Book Beginnings on Fridays’ choice is…

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Happy Friday !

I tried to post this last week but for some reason my blog just wouldn’t accept pics, and I don’t know if any of you noticed (haha!) but I tried to do the post from my phone and that (well, worked but …) went completely wrong lol  So I waited until today to send this out.  🙂
The Lying Room by Nicci French, a cracking psychological thriller where the suspect and detective are both desperately trying get one step ahead of the other – oh, the tension was almost unbearable (in a fantastic way!!)
Married woman and mum, Neve Conolly, is having an affair with Saul, and just before he is due to head out to a conference her lover texts her to say he must see her. When she arrives he’s dead. It’s definitely murder. And by the look of it, he’s not been dead for long. Considering he was meant to be out of town by now, was she the first intended victim? Who sent the text, and why would they have a grudge with her? If not her, why him?
Oh, there are lots of reasons for someone to hate both of them!
For starters, as lovely as she is, always at everyone’s beck and call to help, not everyone sees her in the same light. Her marriage is on the rocks, one of her kids is out of control and taking up too much of her time, plus Saul was her boss at work, and they’ve recently been merged with another company, so their jobs are not totally 100% safe. What would it look like if her colleagues worked out she was having a fling with him at such a crucial time in their work lives?
As you can tell, it doesn’t look good!
From here on, Neve battles with not only her guilty conscious, but how she can’t do the right thing without implicating herself further, and decides to cover up any trace of her being there for fear of being accused wrongfully of his murder.
Er, yep, tampering with a murder scene is never wise!
Of course, her lies always make a habit of coming back to haunt her and the pressure she succumbs to, trying to work out who the real killer is, without getting even more involved herself —  is nail-biting!
You’ll make a lot of assumptions before the truth is revealed.
Turns out a lot of people could’ve had it in for her.
A believable, compelling and URGENT story that had my heart racing all the way through to the end!
Many thanks to Simon and Schuster UK, NetGalley for an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.
Do take a look at my snippets below. Would you read further? What are you currently reading?

I can’t wait to visit your blogs to find out. Have a great weekend.

May your books be with you!

Luv Sassy  X




The Lying Room Hardcover – by Nicci French 



Book Beginnings

(Please bear in mind these were taken from the unedited ARC copy).

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(Please bear in mind these were taken from the unedited ARC copy).

The Lying Room Hardcover – by Nicci French 


Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man.
She doesn’t call the police. 

‘You know, it’s funny,’ Detective Inspector Hitching said. ‘Whoever I see, they keep saying, talk to Neve Connolly, she’ll know. She’s the one people talk to, she’s the one people confide in.’
A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things.
She has also made mistakes; some small, some unconsciously done, some large, some deliberate. She is only human, after all.
But now one mistake is spiralling out of control and Neve is bringing those around her into immense danger.
She can’t tell the truth. So how far is she prepared  to go to protect those she loves?
And who does she really know? And who can she trust?
A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things.
Could she be a murderer?

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12 thoughts on “The Lying Room by Nicci French #Friday56: @FrenchNicci #NetGalley #review

  1. This sounds like a great psychological thriller. Those snippets really drew me in and your review has me wanting to check it out. Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. I knew this had to be a psychological thriller just by the cover! Love when the covers make the genre so obvious. I love the imagery in the opening lines! This sounds like it’d be an interesting read.

  3. fuonlyknew – Voracious reader and love to do reviews. Will review yours! Love Doritos and chocolate. A fan of furry friends. I'm afraid of things that go bump in the night! I do reviews at request when time allows. Prefer print versions but also will do ebooks. If I can stand to let them go, I use some print review copies for giveaways.. Also like doing ARC reviews to promote authors and their books. I encourage authors to comment. My reviews are posted on my blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, Smashwords and Barnes&Noble.
    fuonlyknew says:

    I love it when a story can make my heart race! And this has such an intriguing cover.

  4. This sounds exciting! I have yet to read a Nicci French book. I’ve heard great things about these authors’ work though. One of these days . . . I hope you have a great week!

  5. I love a good psychological thriller! It does sound like one that I would enjoy as well. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

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