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I was given this book by a friend, who said it was one of the best books she had ever read. Reading the blurb, I didn't really think I was going to be addicted to it, but, regardless, I started reading the book. The opening paragraphs are actually quite exciting, and actually, most of the events take place in these first few paragraphs. Alice Loudon (A women with a great career, a nice home, boyfriend, and friends) randomly meets Adam Tallis in the street, and throws away her whole life for him, regardless of the fact they have never met before, and do not know a thing about one another. This is the part of the book where you begin to find out about not only her life, but his life, and of course, their very in detail sex life. Those were the chapters that made me want to read on, the chapters where I couldn't put the book down etc. However, from that chapter to the last few, the book was very repetative, boring, and pretty much droll. The emphasis on Adam Tallis's mountaineering career was very unecessary and made the book increasing boring. There was even a part when I had considered stopping reading the book because I couldn't bear to read about hiking gear for another second. Still, I continued, and the book did not pick up. Odd events happened throughout, but they were very predictable and dragged out. I finished the book eventually, but already knew, more or less, what was going to happen in the ending anyway. It was a dissappointment, and it has put me slightly off reading any more of Nicci French's books. I would not recommend.
This book "Killing me softly" is by the husband (Sean French) and wife (Nicci Gerrard) duo which write together to become Nicci French.
The story evolves around the character Alice, who has what appears to be a happy and forfilled life, almost to prefect. One day she meets an attractive stranger and begins on an impulssive, daring affair. She becomes over powered by her feelings and falls deeper for a lover she knows little about. Realising that the relationship is sexual based and she knows little of the man in her life, she asks about his life before her. Getting little back from Adam, she delves into his past and she slowly realises this may not be the affair she was looking for - but can she now get out in one piece both mentally and physically?
WHAT I THINK
I found this book enthrawling from the start and didn't want to put it down. It is quite erotic in places - threfore may affend some of a more sensative nature.
They do quite a good work up of Alice - presenting her life to be so perfect, that it leaves some readers pondering why she would ruin it. On the other hand, the grass is greener on the other side and all that. She shares with Adam an intensity that only they can know about - ultimatly removing herself from family and friends to be more with Adam.
This becomes her downfall in many ways, as she slowly realizes this man is not who she thought he was - but then she never really knew him did she.
It is a great book with a high pace maintained the majority of the way through, but towards the end though I was slightly dissapointed as I felt it never quite maintained itself. The ending is good and a little surprising but I felt it dwindled in rather than threw it at you like many of their other books, but never the less a great read.
Alice Loudon is happily living with her boyfriend and on her way to work one day she passes a stranger. Their eyes lock and they cannot pull away from each others stare.
Eventually Alice goes into work but when she comes out the stranger is waiting for her and she follows him, under a spell, into a taxi and back to his flat. Intense and unbeleivable sex follows and Alice's whole world is turned upside down.
She leaves her boyfriend and practically her whole life as she knew it and becomes immersed in the stranger - Adam's - world. Sex is the biggest part of their life and Adam is always so intense but Alice realises early on that he enjoys inflicting a little bit of pain in his and her life as well and things start to worry her more and more.
Has she made the wrong move by cutting off her friends and family in favour of Adam and their intense and passionate relationship?
I had only read one Nicci French book before and I enjoyed that so was glad when this one also fulfilled my expectations.
The character of Adam Tallis is actually very scary to read about. He is unpredictable yet never loses control and everything he does is premeditated and he always remains in control of the situation. He is over powering and domaneering and it is hard to understand why Alice falls for him. But French has such a way of describing their relationship that you cannot fail to accept the fact that he literally swept Alice off her feet and she became mesmerised by him.
I loved the tension build up and the fact that you never really know the truth until the last few chapters. I much prefer it this way than knowing all the details of who did what at the start and then seeing if they get caught. The suspension is great and in some chapters it was so tight that I almost fell over the words trying to read them so quickly and satisfy my urge to see what happens.
This is a scary story, but it is also a love story and one of crime and thriller scenes as well. A really mixed bag that all comes together in a really good, intense novel that is easy to read and will levae you satisfied in every way.
This book show how a middle class easy going girl called Alice on a Monday morning meets Adam. Maybe the first real man she has met aptly named Adam good choice of name by the author. This husband and wife team never fail to build up suspense and drama to fever pitch and then tip it over the edge a bit more to keep you reading on quickly. This book shows how fragile women are in changing their whole persona and stepping out of their safety zones for a man. Not just any old man though an exciting alive man who pushes the boundaries for her. Exciting if a little rough on the sexual fantasys at times.
...I doubt there is any such thing or at least there isn’t in relation to this book. My mum had read this and knowing my tastes, she recommended it to me thinking I might like it (or it would at least shut me up for a few hours) so trusting her taste-like you do, I decided to give it a go. I’m always ready and willing to pounce on a book that looks like its got more spice than an Indian Restaurant and more dark twisting paths than a back street in Brixton (Brixton = Hell with fluro lighting) so Killing Me Softly joined my list of ‘to do’ things. Well as it was so kindly pointed out to me by another Dooyoo member that the individual Nicci French does not actually exist I thought I had better update this op and enlighten you all on, who exactly the author is. Sean French and Nicci Gerrard are apparently a husband & wife team who work together on their nail biting thrillers, although they write and produce their novels under the single name of Nicci French (I guess they think two heads are better than one).So now that that's out of the way onto the story line. In July 1999 the double jointed team of Sean French and Nicci Gerrard otherwise known as (Team Nicci French) ‘gave birth’ to Killing Me Softly, an engrossingly gripping psychological thriller, based on one mans’ deeply disturbed past and not to mention his deepening hunger for Alice. (And no you crazy folk….not Alice in Wonder Land, if your looking for the Cheshire Cat you’ve taken a wrong turn) So...Alice Loudon is a highly respectable and socially established woman in her 30’s, who appears to have it made. She’s currently in a happy-go-lucky relationship with kind hearted Jake, she is a social butterfly within her cosy group of pals, so perfect and clingy it makes the programme Friends look like their rehearsing for a part on Jerry Springer...and of course her highly paid job within a London based
pharmaceutical company (gag-perfect little miss thang, isn’t she) So Alice has her comfortable little life all under wraps (pah-so she thinks) until one morning on her way to work, she locks eyes with a mesmerising stranger, who sends tingles of excitement and electricity through her body and keeps her on a high all day long. Alice leaves work that night to find this mysterious man awaiting her... Without a word spoken nor a name exchanged, the pair whisk off to his apartment for a steamy bedroom romp..(under 15’s you can switch off now) His name is Adam Tallis- a superbly attractive human-being with an appetite for dangers such as mountain climbing, and women. He speaks few words and has a strong and seductive manner with a shameful secret that he wants kept in the past. Alice soon finds herself out of breath and hypnotised by Adam’s allure and soon leaves her organised life with her friends, family and Jake for a passionate experience with this man she knows little about. Life with Adam is a rush and he keeps many things to himself including his past which he does not allow Alice to pry into. They end up married and Alice soon becomes the victim of threatening letters, phone calls and strange happenings. Alice is determined to find out the truth behind Adam’s silenced background and she takes the situation into her own hands and does some investigating of her own. Unfortunately the details she stumbles on provide her with a daunting insight into her newly come husband and an even more terrifying look at what she is due to encounter herself. The final punch-line is gradually unravelled and Sean and Nicci's ability to deliver such an outstanding ending is a clever attribute on it’s own. I loved this novel, and lucky for mum it did shut me up for more than a few hours, basically once I started reading I was in my own little world. However not everyone is going t
o like it, but it is worth a try if your up for some eye-opening events of obsession and to take a look at a women’s avid life turned upside down by a sordid steamy affair. Other books by Nicci French are: The Memory Game The Safe House Beneath the Skin The Red Room
This is Nicci's best book so far. For anyone contemplating reading it I can tell you it is incredibly exciting, the characters are well developed, it's pacey and gritty and I read it while in the throes of moving house! I actually found it believable in several respects - how many of us on a dull Monday morning wish we could be whisked off our feet by a gorgeous stranger? Isn't this sort of what we do on a holiday romance, take a risk, go with our instincts rather than our brains. This is what many of us dream about, that adrenaline rush when we meet someone new and attractive! This is a story of 'what-if' - what if we actually did take that risk. To me, this story is very emotional and very human. The weak point about this book is that the story is predictable. You can actually predict the ending half way through the book. But overall, it's till worth a read.
I bought this book after reading rave reviews about it on Amazon.co.uk.... more fool me!!!! Although I feel Nicki French has great potential as a writer this book really didn't make the grade for me. It's all about a lass called Alice Loudon who has a nice job, a doting fiance and lots of friends. Then she walks past Adam Tallis - there eyes meet and .... well you know the rest! And that's the problem you really do know the rest! This is supposed to be a dark erotic and compulsive thriller! It's supposed to grip you from the opening page until it's dramatic conclusion. It's supposed to show 'great insight into male and female desire, obsession, self-destructiveness and the wilder shore of love' (At least that's what the Daily Telegraph would have us believe!!) Unfortunately this book has absolutely nothing of what it promises, the only reason I carried on reading it was because I was convinced that any minute there would be a sudden twist!!!!! The few minor surprises just enable a conventional closure that quite frankly made this novel even duller. This is the kind of book to fill in time on a journey, the language is basic, the plot obvious and the characters unsympathetic. You'll have it read in a couple of hours and will be left feeling vaguely ripped off.
If you like to read a good psychological fictional study of obsession this is the right choice. The book is very well written with Alice, the girl that is completely obsessed with Adam Tallis, never losing much of my sympathy, even though it is difficult to contemplate her actions in real life. As a thriller the book is less succesful and certainly not up to the standard of the first two books of this writer. The plot is, at the end of the day rather predictable, and contains little surprise. Nevertheless, it was a good read; Alice and Adam do not bore the reader for a single minute.
This is a book that combines both thriller as well as romance. It is about an ordinary working lady in London, Alice Loudon who abandons her close friends, her loving boyfriend and her successful carrer for a passionate affair with a "tall, dark and handsome" mountain climber Adam and soon the affair turns to marriage. As Alice's new marriage progresses, she finds a dark and unknown side to her husband...... I couldn't put the book down initially. But the ending was a huge letdown. The first half of the book is totally compelling and easy to relate to.....once the book is turned about 3/4 of the way through, you pretty much can figure out the ending. The storyline is simple and somehow predictable. How can a intelligent woman like Alice becomes so easily obsessed by a stranger she doesn't know? You want to shake this girl and tell her to WAKE UP! The character of Adam is not explored with enough depth to be as compelling to me as he was to Alice. Forget this book if you want a mysterious and suspend type of book with a lot of twists.