Losing You

Losing You

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Nina Landry is supposed to be taking her two children on a Christmas holiday today. But the road away 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 . . . Minute by minute, Nina's unease builds to worry and then panic. Has Charlie run away? Or has something more sinister happened to her? And why will nobody take her disappearance seriously? As a series of half-buried secrets lead 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.
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  • CD-Audio | 3 pages
  • 126 x 145 x 24mm | 182g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0141806745
  • 9780141806747

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A husband and wife team who have cornered the market in psychological suspense * Eve * A husband and wife team who have cornered the market in psychological suspense * Eve *
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About Nicci French

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 eight 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 and Catch Me When I Fall, all published by Penguin. Find out more about the books and the authors at www.niccifrench.co.uk
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Review Text

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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4 36% (935)
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2 8% (219)
1 2% (60)
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