Hello and welcome to a new book review! I hope you are all well, thanks for checking out this post! Today’s book is one I picked up from our local department store, Big W. If you have a Big W where you are, it is definitely worth checking out their book section as they have a great selection of books and are constantly updating them and bringing in new ones! The book I will be reviewing is..
The Lying Room by Nicci French
“It should have been just a mid-life fling. A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered. An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband, and from her increasingly distant children. But when Neve pays a morning-after visit to her lover, Saul, and finds him brutally murdered, their pied-a-terre still heady with her perfume, all the lies she has so painstakingly stitched together threaten to unravel.
After scrubbing clean every trace of her existence from Saul’s life-and death- Neve believes she can return to normal, shaken but intact. But she can’t get out of her head the one tormenting question: what was she forgetting?
An investigation into the slaying could provide the answer. It’s brought Detective Inspector Alastair Hitching and Neve’s worst fears, to her door. But with every new lie, every new misdirection to save herself, Neve descends further into the darkness or her betrayal – and into more danger than she ever imagined. Because hitching isn’t the only one watching Neve. So is a determined killer who’s about to make the next terrifying move in a deadly affair.”
Hmm. It’s hard to do a review of this one without giving away some things that happen. Hence the spoiler warning above.
I am a little surprised at all the very positive reviews on Goodreads. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great book to read and it was nice to learn about the different characters, but I can’t help but feel that the book was a bit unfinished.
Neve and her husband were clearly both unhappy – they should have separated a while ago. I know they had children to think about, but honestly I think it would have been better for the whole family. I found Neve to be kind of a shit person. She lied to literally everyone and she was cheating on her husband. This was totally and completely given the blind eye.
The police also never found out about Neve’s involvement with the victim, Seol. I thought this would have come out in the open at the end, but no. They knew something was up, she just never told them.
I also don’t really understand why she didn’t call the police straight away when she found Seol dead.. yes, her DNA may have been through the apartment, but she didn’t do the murder, so I don’t really know what she had to worry about? She could have told the police about her affair – but all that would have been confidential between them. And she could tell her husband as soon as she was ready. He was cheating also, so they were both as bad as each other.
So many things could have been different and closed off, but they weren’t. And that’s what really bothers me about this book. I enjoyed the story but this is what has really put me off about it. Someone on Goodreads also mentioned that this murder occurred in London, and why couldn’t police check CCTV footage? This is another good question.
I honestly think the book could have been a lot better. Let me know if you’ve read it and what you’re thoughts are?
About the Author
Nicci was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire. After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature, she began her first job working with emotionally disturbed children. This same year, she got married.
In the early 80’s she taught English Literature, then moved into publishing. She has two children, Edgar & Anna. Soon after this, her marriage broke down.
She started working as action literary editor at the New Statesman, and kept moving along until she got to feature writer and executive editor. While working here, she met her current husband, Sean French.
They got married and had two children, Hadley & Molly.
They have worked on joint novels, as well as separate. They are still writing to this day.
The genre of this one is thriller, mystery, fiction and crime.
I rate this one a 5/10.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope you enjoyed!