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  • Losing You

  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Summary

Nina Landry is supposed to be taking her two children on a Christmas holiday. But the road from Sandling Island seems littered with obstacles. Most pressing of all, her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, has yet to return from a night out.

Has Charlie run away? Or has something more sinister happened to her? As a series of half-buried secrets leads Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty, the question becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island for Christmas - and more whether they'll ever leave it again.

©2006 Joined -Up Writing (P)2007 WF Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Nicci French...know[s] exactly how to maintain the tension....You live through every nail-biting minute." (The Guardian)
"They have mastered suspense....The heart pounds from the first page....This is a book that keeps you reading into the small hours." (The Observer)

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Compelling story: overwrought heroine

I've had mixed experiences with the books by this Nicci French husband and wife duo of writers. The present book is mercifully free of the excessive descriptions of sickening violence that I disliked in others by these authors. The story starts as Nina Landry prepares to go on holiday with her two children and her new man-friend, but soon anxiety creeps in as her 15 year old daughter, Charlie, fails to return from a sleep-over at a friend's house. The minutes clock by; Nina's fears quicken and she calls the police whom she thinks are not taking her fears seriously enough and in traditional thriller fashion she takes matters in her own hands and starts investigating where her daughter might be and what could have happened to her. A number of possible scenarios emerge: has she been abducted; has her real father taken her away or has she just run away. The listener doesn't know until near the end of the book. The story-line is compelling and made me want to find out what had happened, but I found Nina, an unsympathetic heroine as she is so rude and unreasonable with people trying to help her. I can see that the writers were trying to get over how frightened she is supposed to be but the depiction is over-the-top. Similarly, some of the professionals in the police and medical services are presented as caricatures which diminishes the power of the narrative. The narrator of the book is good.

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Another French Success

Gripping from start to finish. Nicci French partnership at its best.

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Good and pretty tense towards the end.


On the whole a good book. However the police were portrayed pretty badly as very incompetent, verging on stupid. The main character also pretty quickly believed her ex husband and father of her children capable of horrendous crimes. It was an enjoyable listen though and a tense ending which was plausible.

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My first by Nicci French

Great build up. Brilliant narrator.
Looking forward to the next one.
Very easy listening.

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Good narration

story okay a bit drawn out,Repetitive in places and not very convincing in others ..But it holds your interest till the conclusion.

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Tense, exciting thriller

This is a very clever idea, to write a whole book over a 12 hour period. You really feel what they are going through, and how the time drags when a loved one is missing. A very strong piece of writing, brilliantly narrated.