#BookReview: The Lying Room

by Nikki French

About the book:

*** THE BRAND NEW STANDALONE NOVEL FROM THE MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE ***
The Lying Room reasserts Nicci French as the master of duplicity, suspense and sleight of hand’ Sam Baker

Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man.
She doesn’t call the police. 

‘You know, it’s funny,’ Detective Inspector Hitching said. ‘Whoever I see, they keep saying, talk to Neve Connolly, she’ll know. She’s the one people talk to, she’s the one people confide in.’
A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things.
She has also made mistakes; some small, some unconsciously done, some large, some deliberate. She is only human, after all.
But now one mistake is spiralling out of control and Neve is bringing those around her into immense danger.
She can’t tell the truth. So how far is she prepared  to go to protect those she loves?
And who does she really know? And who can she trust?
A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things.
Could she be a murderer? 

The Author Tried

My Review:

Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for this ARC of The Lying Room.

I so looked forward to reading this author. Until I read the first few lines. That was enough to let me know this would be an arduous read. While some sentences begin with a capital letter, the majority do not. The same with proper nouns-most of the names are all lower case. For a trad pub, I’m shocked. This is basic writing and should be taken care of well before it gets put out for review.

So, pushing on and forcefully ignoring all of that, I soon grew bored, and then almost comatose. I’m sorry, but I don’t need a book full of what food folks eat, nor do I need all the other minutae of life. Along with the vast amount of over description, the character ruminates a lot. Not much of it seems that relevant to the plot. Also, new information is dropped in, seemingly apropos of nothing, and this feels like I’ve missed half the story or something.

All in all, if I hadn’t committed to reading and reviewing this free advanced review copy, it would now be sitting on my DNF shelf. I can’t express how disappointed I feel. It gets one star, because, you know, I have to give it something. I usually try and finish any review on a positive note, so here goes … I love the cover and the title!

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines. 
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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10 comments on “#BookReview: The Lying Room
  1. Mae Clair says:

    Your last line made me smile 🙂

    But what a read. Ugh! This is definitely one I will be avoiding. Kudos to you for plowing through it when it normally would have landed on the DNF pile.

  2. john howell says:

    Thanks for your honesty, Harmony. My TBR thanks you too.

  3. D.L. Finn says:

    Funny when I saw the title before seeing your revew I thought I don’t like this title. Too bad about the book.

  4. Diana Peach says:

    Oh dear. I can’t imagine putting a book out for review with grammar and capitalization errors. It seems disrespectful of readers to not bother with at least the basics. Too bad. 🙁

    • Harmony Kent says:

      You hit the nail on the head. It does seem so disrespectful. And it makes it impossible to give a reasonable review even if they intend to fix it later. Thanks, Diana 🙂

  5. Jan Sikes says:

    Thank you for sharing. I hate when I have committed to reading a book and then have to labor my way through it.

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