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Title:
Losing you
Author:
French, Nicci.
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Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008.

©2006
Physical Description:
292 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Great Britain : Michael Joseph, c2006.
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780312375386
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Book

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Summary

Summary

It's Nina Landry's birthday, and she's supposed to have her kids ready to leave in a few hours for a Christmas holiday in Florida with her new boyfriend, but her fifteen-year-old daughter Charlie spent the night at a friend's and hasn't come home yet. Not by ten a.m., not by eleven. Nina is getting angry---they have a plane to catch, and Charlie hasn't even bothered to pack. As time passes, though slower and slower by the minute, Nina becomes uneasy. Her anger gives way to worry, and that worry quickly builds into panic.

By one p.m., she's wondering, has Charlie run away, or has something far 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 on their home of Sandling Island sixty miles from London, and a series of ominous secrets leads Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty, the question becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island in time and more whether they'll ever leave it again.

In Losing You , the newest thriller from the long-acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Nicci French unravels one mother's life and replaces it with every mother's worst nightmare.


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 2

Booklist Review

When Nina Landry moves with her family from London to tranquil Sandling Island, she envisions peace and contentment. But not long after relocating, she finds herself divorced. Then, on the morning when Nina, her new boyfriend, and Nina's 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, are slated to leave on holiday, Charlie goes missing. Although Charlie has always been a bit rebellious, her mother senses that this time something really is awry. Nina's sense of panic grows as she retraces the latest events in Charlie's life (the sleepover at a friend's house, the paper route she never finished). The police are nonchalant about the young girl's disappearance; only when her abandoned bicycle is found do they step up the search. French, the pseudonym for married journalists Nicci Gerard and Sean French, renders psychological chillers that manage to generate great suspense despite a few too many melodramatic flourishes. This latest offering (after Catch Me When I Fall, in 2007) is sure to keep readers furiously flipping pages through the night.--Block, Allison Copyright 2007 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

A mother fights to keep her composure as she hunts for her missing child in this nuanced, literate thriller from the husband-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French (Killing Me Softly). Shortly before Christmas, Nina Landry, a divorced mother of two living on isolated Sandling Island somewhere in the south of England, is getting ready for a family vacation in Florida that will include her new marine biologist boyfriend. Blindsided by a surprise 40th birthday party, Nina is further disconcerted when her 15-year-old daughter, Charlie, who was supposed to help with the packing, fails to come home from a slumber party. Nina's seamless first-person account of the next 24 hours mines the frustration and feelings of helplessness that come with any investigation slowed by the rigmarole of police work. This engrossing read captures the importance of the often overlooked and underappreciated minutiae of everyday life while commanding a deeply personal reaction in readers. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved