The Lying Room #BookReview #Simon&Schuster #NetGalley

Written by Nicci French


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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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Riveting and Enthralling!    Stars 5


On the surface, this seems to be a straightforward read but, trust me, it is bursting at the seams with suspense!

Neve Connolly is like a lot of forty-something women; she is the glue that holds her family together as well as providing a listening ear for friends and colleagues over the years. No matter what is going on in her own head, it is her second nature to nurture those around her – but is what you see what you get? We’re all entitled to our own bit of space but Neve is hiding something. Our first clue is when she discovers a dead body but doesn’t report it to the police which seems, even before we know everything about her, to be quite strange . . . could there be a secret in the offing?

Wow, this one has dragged me through a whole gamut of emotions. You would think it simple to read a book, but there is so much unfolding between these pages that the reader really needs to keep their wits about them. Hardly anything is as it first seems and just when I thought I knew what was going on, the goalposts would suddenly up and move! Completely riveting and totally enthralling,  I was gripped all the way – and I LOVED it!! This is my first Nicci French novel but it most certainly won’t be the last – such clever plotting and writing! An absolutely cracking read, no less than a full five stars will do and a definite recommendation to get this one – and quickly!

My thanks to publishers Simon & Schuster for my copy via NetGalley. This is, of course, my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: psychological suspense
  • Format: ebook, paperback, hardback
  • Size: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date: 3 October 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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Author Bio



Nicci French are husband and wife writing duo, Sean French and Nicci Gerrard.

Sean French was born in 1959 and studied English Literature at Oxford University. He worked as a journalist on the Sunday TimesVogue and many other publications. He has written biographies (of Brigitte Bardot and Patrick Hamilton), film books (including a study of The Terminator), and several novels. He married Nicci Gerrard in 1990. In 1997 they published their first novel together as ‘Nicci French’. They divide their time between Suffolk and London.

Nicci Gerrard was born in 1958 and also studied English at Oxford. Although she and Sean were studying the same subject at the same university, they didn’t meet until ten years later. In the 1980s, she worked in a children’s home and founded a feminist cultural magazine, Women’s Review. In 1989 she joined the Observer, first as deputy literary editor and then as a feature writer. Among other subjects, she covered the trials of Rosemary West, Harold Shipman and Ian Huntley.


Social Media


Twitter: @FrenchNicci

Facebook: @NicciFrenchOfficialPage


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