Losing You

Losing You

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By (author) Nicci French

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 26mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141035412
  • ISBN 13: 9780141035413
  • Sales rank: 109,127

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Losing You is a nail-biter of a thriller from the bestselling author, Nicci French The clock is ticking - and the search hasn't even begun...Nina Landry has given up city life for the isolated community of Sandling Island, lying off the bleak east coast of England. At night the wind howls. Sometimes they are cut off by the incoming tide. For Nina though it is home. It is safe. But when Nina's teenage daughter Charlie fails to return from a sleepover on the day they're due to go on holiday, the island becomes a different place altogether. A place of secrets and suspicions. Where no one - friends, neighbours or the police - believes Nina's instinctive fear that her daughter is in terrible danger. Alone, she undergoes a frantic search for Charlie. And as day turns to night, she begins to doubt not just whether they'll leave the island for their holiday - but whether they will ever leave it again. Praise for Nicci French: "You live through every nail-biting minute". (Guardian). Nicci French is the pseudonym for Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple live in Suffolk and have written thirteen other bestselling novels, all published by Penguin: Complicit, What to Do When Someone Dies, Until It's Over, Catch Me When I Fall, The Memory Game, Beneath the Skin, The Safe House, The Red Room, Land of the Living, Killing Me Softly, Secret Smile and, most recently, Blue Monday and Tuesday's Gone in the brilliant new Frieda Klein series.

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Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are nine other bestselling novels by Nicci French: The Memory Game, The Safe House, Killing Me Softly, Beneath the Skin, The Red Room, Land of the Living, Secret Smile, Catch Me When I Fall and Until it's Over (hardback March 08). Find out more about the books and the authors at www.niccifrench.co.uk

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 “Lose yourself in this smart nail-biter of a tale about a mother’s desperate search for her missing teenage daughter.”—"People "magazine“A seamless first-person account…This engrossing read captures the importance of the often overlooked and underappreciated minutiae of everyday life while commanding a deeply personal reaction in readers.”—"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) “What gives "Losing You" its chief distinction…is its unusually emotive color and its flinty protagonist.... Nina is the parent we’d all like to be under duress, and I find I’ve become nearly as protective of her as she is of her daughter.”—Salon.com  “The pace and tension accelerate as the identity of Charlie’s abductor remains deliciously uncertain. This is a quick, enjoyable read.”—"Library Journal" “[French] renders psychological chillers that manage to generate great susp

Editorial reviews

A desperate mom tracks a missing child in another of French's spellbinders (Catch Me When I Fall, 2006, etc.).It's getaway time for Nina Landry and her brood - two children plus Christian, her lover. What they're getting away from is bleak Sandling Island, 60 miles from London, and the "pinched, icy days of English winter." They're bound for a Christmas holiday in Florida, but now there's a hitch. What happened to Charlie? She is Nina's 15-year-old daughter, headstrong, unpredictable, an adolescent's adolescent. She'd been at a sleepover, a party that had, in a blink, gone from acceptably decorous to wildly hormonal, and from which she vanished. When Nina calls the police, a well-meaning constable attempts to reassure. She'll turn up. " 'Teenagers have secrets,' " he explains. He's right, of course, and over the next several hours, he's repeatedly, chillingly, corroborated as Nina delves as deeply as she can into Charlie's personal life. But Charlie does not turn up. While her whereabouts remain shrouded in mystery, her friends profess to be clueless, the police continue to comfort and, in Nina's view, underperform deplorably. No choice then but for Nina to pick up the slack, since it's clear to her, at least, that something terrible has happened, that the clock is not her friend and that she herself constitutes Charlie's best chance. Strong, resourceful and, yes, scared silly, she knocks on doors, experiences the unkindness of certain strangers - whose detachment amounts to cruelty - but at last uncovers something that matters, something frightening, true, but revealing: Charlie's abandoned bike. The police become serious now, even more so when suddenly forced to confront the possibility that Charlie's disappearance might be linked to an earlier disappearance - another missing teenager, a friend of Charlie's, found murdered.Though one or two plotlines remain dangling at the end, oh how the story grabs. (Kirkus Reviews)

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 “Engrossing.”—"PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "(STARRED REVIEW)It’s the morning of Nina Landry’s fortieth birthday. She’s supposed to have her kids ready to leave for the Christmas holidays with her new boyfriend. But her fifteen-year-old daughter, Charlie, is not yet home. She spent the night at a friend’s, and now she is nowhere to be found. As time passes slower and slower by the hour, Nina’s worry builds to panic. “Unusually emotive.”—Salon.com Has Charlie run away, or has something worse happened? And why won’t anyone—not the cops, not Charlie’s friends, not Charlie’s father—take her disappearance seriously? As day turns to night and a series of ominous revelations leads Nina from sickening suspicion to blood-chilling certainty, she comes to the desperate realization that she has no one to turn to…but herself.“The pace and tension accelerate as the identity of Charlie’s abductor remains deliciously uncertain.”—"Library Journal"