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The Lying Room

by Nicci French

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The Lying Room by Nicci French
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  • Publishes in USA 
    Oct 1, 2019
    432 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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In this thrilling standalone from the internationally bestselling author of the Frieda Klein series, a married woman's affair with her boss spirals into a dangerous game of chess with the police when she discovers he's been murdered and she clears the crime scene of all evidence.

One little secret between a married woman, her lover, and a killer.

It should have been just a mid-life fling. A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered. An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband, and from her increasingly distant children. But when Neve pays a morning-after visit to her lover, Saul, and finds him brutally murdered, their pied-à-terre still heady with her perfume, all the lies she has so painstakingly stitched together threaten to unravel.

After scrubbing clean every trace of her existence from Saul's life—and death—Neve believes she can return to normal, shaken but intact. But she can't get out of her head the one tormenting question: what was she forgetting?

An investigation into the slaying could provide the answer. It's brought Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Hitching, and Neve's worst fears, to her door. But with every new lie, every new misdirection to save herself, Neve descends further into the darkness of her betrayal—and into more danger than she ever imagined. Because Hitching isn't the only one watching Neve. So is a determined killer who's about to make the next terrifying move in a deadly affair…

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"Long before the end, the sorely tried heroine realizes, 'I can't trust anyone.' Neither can the expertly manipulated reader." - Kirkus Reviews

"This stand-alone from the team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, authors of the Frieda Klein series, delivers engaging characters, a complex story, and steadily increasing suspense. International best-seller French belongs on every thriller fan's TBR list." - Booklist

"French makes Neve a fully rounded character through her relationships with friends and colleagues, though Neve's family dynamics stoop to the melodramatic. Fans of domestic thrillers will be rewarded." - Publishers Weekly

"Attention, fans of Tana French and Ruth Ware: meet your new obsession...The Lying Room ranks among French's very best, a thriller as combustible as gunpowder, as propulsive as a jet engine. Psychological suspense at its brightest and most blazing." - A.J. Finn

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Nicci French Author Biography

Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.

Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire, England. After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began her first job, working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield.

In 1989 she became acting literary editor at the New Statesman, before moving to the Observer, where she was deputy literary editor for five years, and then a feature writer and executive editor. It was while she was at the New Statesman that she met Sean French. She has individually written eight novels (as of 2017).

Sean French was born in May 1959 in Bristol, to a British father and Swedish mother. He too studied English Literature at...

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