Until it's Over

Until it's Over

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By (author) Nicci French

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 25mm | 277g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141020911
  • ISBN 13: 9780141020914
  • Sales rank: 76,674

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Until It's Over is a riveting psychological thriller from the Top Ten bestselling author, Nicci French Dead. Unlucky. Cycle courier Astrid Bell is bad luck - for other people. First Astrid's neighbour Peggy accidentally knocks her off her bike - and not long after is found bludgeoned to death in an alley. Then a few days later, Astrid is asked to pick up a package - only to find the client slashed to pieces in the hall of her own home. For the police it's more than coincidence. For Astrid and her six housemates it's just the beginning of a nightmare - the growing suspicion that the worst is yet to come. Because if it's true that bad luck comes in threes - who will be next to die? Praise for Nicci French: "Reads like lightning". (Observer). "Another nail-biting thriller". (Daily Express). "A taut, sexy and compulsive read". (Elle). "Taut and menacing ...excellent". (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, Losing You, 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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Praise for Nicci French and "Losing You ""Lose yourself in this smart nail-biter of a tale about a mother's desperate search for her missing teenage daughter."--"People ""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) "The novel's greatest strength is its cool-eyed portrait of an English village."--"The Washington Post" "What gives Losing You its chief distinction . . . is its unusually emotive color and its flinty protagonist, who, like any mother, understands that no one can possibly care as much about her child as she does. 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" "Nicci French . . . know[s] exactly how to maintain the tension . . . Y

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In French's latest thriller/chiller, six London housemates are in search of a murderer, except one of them isn't searching all that hard.It's a young person's job - bike messenger - and Astrid Bell, being young, athletic and something of a free spirit, likes it a lot. Actually, Astrid likes just about everything in her life, especially the people with whom she shares the big old house on Maitland Road. She finds them admirable, able to rise to whatever's required on behalf of compatibility. But they're not flawless. Mick, for instance, is a mite stand-offish, Pippa's sloppy and Miles - house-owner and ex-lover - can be a bit awkward on occasion. Still, on the whole, Astrid's truly pleased with them, considers them chums, real mates, not merely housemates. And then slowly, almost imperceptibly, change happens. Did it begin with Astrid's cycling accident? Perhaps, though no one thought so at the time. Unwisely, a neighbor left her car door open long enough for Astrid to plow a bike into it. The tumble that resulted was more spectacular than serious - a few colorful bruises, no broken bones. What made the incident memorable was its awful aftermath. A few days later, Margaret Farrell, the neighbor, was beaten to death. After that, murder follows murder follows murder, and suddenly Astrid - bewildered and beset - finds she can't explain herself to a growing number of skeptical cops. All she knows is that on Maitland Road an atmosphere that was once beneficent, even sweet-natured, has turned harrowingly hostile.French (Losing You, 2008, etc.) serves up another of her wonderfully sympathetic damsels in distress - no one does that better - but then undermines her with some questionable plotting. (Kirkus Reviews)