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Catch me when I fall
French, Nicci.
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New York : Warner Books, [2006]

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326 pages ; 24 cm
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From the bestselling author of Killing Me Softly and Beneath the Skin comes a stunning new novel of psychological suspense.

Author Notes

Nicci French lives in Northern England.

(Publisher Provided) Nicci French is the pseudonym used by husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, who write psychological thrillers together.

Nicci Gerrard was born in Worcestershire, England on June 10, 1958. She received a first class honors degree in English literature from Oxford University. She taught English literature in Sheffield, London and Los Angeles before founding Women's Review, a magazine for women on art, literature and female issues. Later on, she worked at the New Statesman and is currently working at The Observer.

Sean French was born in Bristol, England on May 28, 1959. He received a first class honors degree in English literature from Oxford University and became a journalist. In 1981 he won Vogue magazine's Writing Talent Contest and worked as their theatre critic from 1981 to 1986. During that time, he was also deputy literary editor and television critic at the Sunday Times, film critic for Marie Claire, and deputy editor of New Society. Before becoming a full-time author, he wrote write columns for the New Statesman. He has written both novels and non-fiction books.

They were married in October 1990. In 1995, they started work on their first joint novel. The Memory Game was published in 1997 and was followed by numerous other works including The Safe House (1998), Killing Me Softly (1999), Beneath the Skin (2000), The Red Room (2001), Land of the Living (2002), Secret Smile (2003), Catch Me When I Fall (2005), Losing You (2006), Until It's Over (2008), What To Do When Someone Dies (2009), and Sunday Morning Coming Down (2017).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

French has turned out four suspenseful stand-alone thrillers ( Secret Smile, 2004), but the latest is a misstep. The previous efforts have featured likable, engaging heroines, but the protagonist this time, Holly Krauss, is a whiny, odd character for whom it's difficult to generate much sympathy. The premise is that Londoner Holly is starting to do crazy things and lose control of her life. Her long-suffering husband, Charlie, seems oblivious to most of it. From having sex with a strange man to losing thousands at poker, Holly has thrown caution to the wind, and her world is about to come crashing down. Is she going crazy, and if so, why? As family and friends try to save her, Holly struggles with herself yet can't seem to stop her path of self--destruction. Readers will easily figure out a couple of plot twists, and the ending fails to deliver the kind of shocking surprise one expects from French. Still, French is a master at generating suspense, and that alone is enough to make this one worth reading, despite the flimsy premise and unlikable star. --Jenny McLarin Copyright 2005 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Long before the diagnosis is pronounced, readers will recognize that 27-year-old London executive Holly Krauss, the heroine of French's disappointing new novel (after 2004's Secret Smile), is suffering from bipolar disorder, though Holly's manic side is much more pronounced than the depressive. A drinking binge one evening leads to a sordid one-night-stand with disastrous consequences-Rees, the man she sleeps with, begins to threaten her. Meanwhile, Holly's relationship with her business partner and best friend, Meg, is in peril, as is her marriage. During another drunken evening, she loses thousands of pounds in a poker game to a loan shark. Such self-destructive behavior (most notably her poor impulse control) undermines the sense of danger. Of course, a crime lurks at the story's heart (Holly isn't entirely paranoid), but the muddled plot and unsympathetic heroine make this suspense thriller less satisfying than others by French (the pseudonym of journalists Sean French and Nicci Gerrard). Agent, Joy Harris. (Jan. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Business success Holly Krauss has it all-including a well-hidden wild side that leads to stalking, blackmail, and worse. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.