The Lying Room: A Novel

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This was my first Nicci French novel, and the first thing I noticed was how easily the story flowed. Neve is a married mother of three who is having an affair with her boss. She turns up at his flat one day only to find that he has been murdered, with a hammer no less. As Neve cleans up the murder scene so that their affair is not found out (she was just with him the night before) she finds herself falling down the rabbit hole into a series of lies.

What struck me about this book is that it seemed like social hour all the time. Once Neve’s friends came over it’s like they never left, and there was an uncomfortable feeling created in this part of the book. Her friends were also all a bit of a hot mess, from the unhappy Renata to grumpy Paul to the all-out-there Jackie. Neve’s husband, Fletcher, also seems to be a bit of a loser as he struggles to contribute to his own family, spending hours locked up in his room trying to create things. The mystery of the murdered boss is well played out, and who did it was a bit of a surprise that I did not see coming. Neve does a great job concealing her affair and playing detective herself.

I would recommend The Lying Room to lovers of domestic mysteries and thrillers.

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Author Nicci French
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 432 pages
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
Publish Date 2019-10-01
ISBN 9780062676726
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Issue December 2019
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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