BOOK CLUB: The Lying Room

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By Nicci French
ISBN: 9781471179242
Copy: Simon and Schuster

Everyone comes to her for advice as she is trustworthy, a great friend and leads a normal , simple life ( or so they think ) but Neve has a big secret that no one knows about or do they? 

Her eldest child Mabel has had mental issues, her husband closets himself in his study, her home seems to have a revolving door, it’s chaotic and the only escape she has is riding her bike. 

One day she gets a text from her boss asking if she could come to his flat. When she arrives she stumbles over his dead body. All she can think of is getting out of there. Who murdered him? Why was she called? She is covered in his blood. Will she be a suspect? When the police zero in on her, she has to find a way to extricate herself from this situation and the only way she can do it, is try to find out who committed this heinous crime and prove her innocence. Who can she trust? She starts looking at everyone she knows with suspicion. She is obsessed with finding the killer. 

I loved this book. There are so many different facets to it. There is satire, suspicion , lies, cover-ups, secrets, dread, fear, love and deceit. Nicci weaves a wonderful web, the plot flows beautifully, the characters are all flawed which shows they are human and I will not wait so long between her books again. 

Thank you Nicci French and Publishers, Simon and Schuster and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members have been reading The Lying Room by Nicci French. You can find out what they thought in the comments section below, or leave your own review!

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Lying Room

  1. The Lying Room is a new release psychological thriller by Nicci French (husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French)

    The overall plot is right up my alley, so its no surprise this was a fantastic novel. It twists and turns, and just when you think you’ve cracked it, it twists again.

    The detail and character development is incredible. This makes the characters believable and relatable, even when they’re doing immoral things. It really makes you think about what you would do if you we’re thrown into a similar situation.

    The only criticism I have about this book is that the chapters were a bit too long for me. I prefer shorter chapters, and the ones in this book seemed to drag on just that little bit much. However, if you enjoy longer chapters this will be perfect for you.

  2. What do you do as a dependable mother, wife and friend when you have been lying the whole time? The Lying Room by Nicci French is a fast-paced suspenseful novel that has the reader asking this. Neve is the typical trustworthy wife and friend to all though family troubles and a marriage devoid of passion have pushed her to the arms of another man. When he turns up dead, Neve is faced with the many questions not only of who did this and why, but wondering if her opening up her secret will do more harm to her family than they can take. The novel has plenty of twists to keep the reader engaged and questioning who can be trusted.

    This is the first I have read of the Nicci French duo – husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French – and I will be sure to keep an eye out for the name again.

    Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this suspenseful novel.

  3. I sped through this book. I wanted to know what happened. I did like the protagonist despite finding her quite flawed and kept thinking to myself “what is she thinking??” when I read what she did next when she finds her lover dead.

    With all murder mystery type books, you keep wondering “who did it?”. This book will keep you guessing. It’s a real page turner and you start to feel like you get to know Neve.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace for the chance to review this book.

  4. What a great book. I love mysterys and this one was right up there. When Neve the relaible, ordinary woman that everybody loves does something not considered “”right””, she had no idea what was coming next. One mistake and she is now faced with so much unease and unrest and what she really doesnt like doing- lying, Who can she trust and how does she look after those she loves? This had me guessing to the end. ‘Thanks for such a great read.

  5. As an avid fan of Nicci French and the Frida Klein novel series, it was with some trepidation that I started this – not sure it would live up to her usual standard. I really enjoyed it, although felt it dragged out a little towards the end.

    I had no idea who did it which is always a winner in my eyes. Characters had depth and importantly, I quite liked most of them. Although I couldn’t stand her daughter.

    I’d recommend as a good mystery read.

  6. The Lying Room by Nicci French. This is the first book I have ready by this author and I must say it was well written and full of mystery, intrigue. Lies and secrets. From the opening pages it draws the reader into a murder mystery of sorts.

    The characters are well rounded in terms of description of each of them and how they all fit together. The storyline has many twists and as each person is bought into the forefront of the story you start to think they are the “one who did it” but then another story starts to unfold and you move to the next suspect.

    The background lives of each character was well written to give you an insight but not be able to predict who did it. The way the wife was introduced into the story was well paced and gave the anther perspective of the story and even made you wonder in some parts of the story if it was her.. but then the story moved to another person and aspect.

    The underlying story of a family and friends hid a most dangerous and old secret .. an obsession that none saw or even suspected until the last few pages… A great story and real page turner.

    I will be seeking out more books from Nicci French as it was so well written and paced with just enough suspense and believable story line.

    Thank you Simon & Schuster and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review this book, I am sure it will be a best seller!

  7. Neve Connolly is everyone’s best friend. Reliable, inclusive, dependable….but even Neve has secrets.

    She’s been having an affair with her boss & when she goes to visit him one day, she finds him murdered.

    She could call the police & have her perfect world come crashing down, or she could remove all traces of their affair, and enter ‘The Lying Room’, a place where her version of the truth becomes more believable by the minute.

    This was an excellent book, well written, believable and compelling. Even though there were some parts that seemed a little mundane, I couldn’t help but turn the pages to see where it was heading.

    I’ll be looking out for more of Nicci French’s work in the future.

  8. Omg I totally loved this book couldn’t stop reading it . Kept you interested from start to finish . Totally recommend.

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