Complicit by Nicci French

bookshelves: spring-2015, tbr-busting-2015, e-book, nutty-nuut

Read from May 24 to 27, 2015
Description: Bonnie Graham is standing in a room belonging to a friend. At her feet is a corpse, straddled in a spreading pool of blood. The questions are numerous: who is responsible for the dead body on the floor? What does she, Bonnie, have to do with it? And what is her next course of action? This opening premise gives some idea of just how quickly (and comprehensively) Nicci French is able to transfix the reader. It is this combination of a shocking situation and the ill-advised, often self-destructive actions of the duo’s protagonists which the authors pull off in book after book; we may disapprove of what French’s characters do in their extreme situations, but it’s impossible not to identify with them. Bonnie is a music teacher, rehearsing through a sweltering summer in London with a band that is scheduled to play at a wedding. Any pleasure the experience might have afforded is to evaporate as bitter internecine divisions within the band make themselves felt, and sexual involvements move in particularly murderous directions.

Baseline three here, my least favourite so far.

3* Killing Me Softly
4* Beneath the Skin
3* Catch Me When I Fall
CR Complicit
OH Land of the Living (oops – I’d forgotten about this one)

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