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I found it very hard initially to get into this book partly because of the skipping back and forth between past and present which took me a while to get used to However I soon found myself in the grip of the mystery feeling for the characters as they dug themselves deeper and deeper holes whilst trying to protect each other and cover up their own involvement in the death of their friend This is what the Nicci
team do best providing insights the dark and sinister places in the human heart exploring unhealthy obsessions and love gone wrong the complications of human elationships and the circumstances that make an ordinary person capable of murderUnlike other NF books the plot was not as much of a surprise as it could have been and I was waiting for a Description Bonnie Graham is standing in a oom belonging to a friend At her feet is a corpse straddled in a spreading pool of blood The uestions are numerous who is Busy Park 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 uickly and comprehensively Nicci French is able to transfix theeader 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 ehearsing 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 within the band make felt and sexual involvements move in particularly murderous directions Baseline three here my least favourite so far3 Killing Me Softly4 Beneath the Skin3 Catch Me When I FallCR ComplicitOH Land of the Living oops I d forgotten about this one They say Everybody lies We choose to think that our dearest friends would not lie to us but do we ever eally know another person This novel tests the boundaries of friendship Would you place yourself in jeopardy to help a friend Just how much would you sacrifice for friendship The protagonist in this novel Bonnie Graham is asked these uestions and also asks them herself With the dead body of her lover on the floor she calls a friend to help her and so begins The other side of the door by Nicci FrenchI have GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany read several novels by the British husband and wife writing team that goes by the nom de plume of Nicci French Nicci Gerrard and Sean French They have mastered the art of seamless writing so that theeader doesn t know where one writer stops and the other begins They have a keen insight into human behavior and what makes people act the way they do when under stress They The Confederate Privateers relay this insight to theeader in such a way that the Big Bad Detective Agency reader empathizes with the plight of the characterOur protagonist Bonnie Graham is a music teacher and a musician who hasecently broken up with her live in boyfriend She has just bought a new flat and plans to spend the summer The Placer remodeling it Then an acuaintance hires her to form a band to play at her wedding When she meets a musician and asks him to play in this band her life is irrevocably changedHayden Booth is a talented musician who seems to live up to theeputation garnered by his ilk He does not conform to what people expect he follows no timetables he is a free spirit with violent mood swings Despite all this or perhaps because of it Bonnie falls for him and has an affairHayden is lying dead on the floor Did Bonnie murder her lover When she calls her friend Sonia for assistance we presume her guilt Why else would someone want to erase all traces of her presence at the scene Why else would someone want to dispose of the Bonnie Graham is in her friend's flat She is alone except for the dead body lying in a pool of blood What happened What will she do And is any or all of it her fault Bonnie is a music teacher .
OdySonia Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism rises to theeuest and helps Bonnie Together they clean the flat and take the body
a eservoir But guilt eats Bonnie She finds her life beginning to unravel When she and her friends are uestioned by the police she feels that the burden of what she knows is too great to bear Although is under duress she never falters in her loyalty and never succumbs to betrayal Can she say the for her friendsThe novel was written in a before and after flashback format which worked well in this instance Before Hayden s death and after I think that for me to truly enjoy a novel I have to like the protagonist Throughout this book Bonnie Graham was not particularly likable It is not until about two thirds through the text that we begin to feel that we are finally getting to know her When we begin to understand what the authors have done we become immersed in the writing and then and only then does the novel come up to par with the author s other works With a marvelous little hook at the end they prove that they are masters of psychological suspense and anyone who enjoys that type of novel will likely enjoy this oneBy the close of the novel you will find yourself wondering how far you would go to protect the ones you care about A book that stimulates introspection is a very good thing The Other Side of The Door eally didn t do it for meThis is another book in my multitude of examples of when perspectivetime shifting doesn t work It felt a little bit unnecessary and just a way for the author to make sure that we weren t bored throughout the middle and end which didn t work for me Almost could just work better as a friend group drama without any murder I was severely bored by the plot I actually did enjoy the writing it was Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness relatable and easy toead But the plot was eally lacking in almost all aspects especially just being a thriller and lacking a good protagonist This is a case where I just don t think it s some of the author s best work I m sure there are other Nicci French books that I d enjoy but this one isn t something I d ecommend This is the best thriller I ve ead for a long time The first pages took some getting through a woman Bonnie is in a flat with the body of a man lying in a pool of blood It seems as if she s killed him but has she Sections then follow labelled Before and After Before being before the murder and After from immediately after onward And gradually the Before sections meet up with the first After It s a third of the way in Before We Learn Who we learn who been killed and that s uite a hook In the meantime we learn about the main characters their elationship to each other as Bonnie gets a scratch band together for a friend s wedding the awful ehearsals the arguments sexual games and jealousies and wonder which of them is the dead man And when we find out we are thoroughly involved with the people and the developing situation The author is in fact two people Nicci Gerrard and Sean French writing together under the name of Nicci French Each time I ead one of their thrillers I look for the joins his style her style but can never separate them The book has a unified style the men and women full characters the language Der Bilderwächter rich and insightful I might have put it down in the first ten pages my sueamishness at someone in aoom with a dead body cleaning up But I pressed on and the eward was well worth it This book was a slow ead but overall not badThe story goes between the past and present mainly diving into the life of Bonnie Bonnie hesitantly agrees to put a small band together for her friends wedding Soon you find out there has been a murder and Bonnie seems to be the one who killed this person a person who is in the band a person she may of had a fling with but why did she kill him She drags her friend Sonia into helping her get id of of the body and it all see. Ho has spent a long hot summer in London ehearsing with a band It was supposed to be fun but the tricky knots of the band's friendships unravel with each passing day What was meant to be a sum. Ms to spiral out of control from there The Other Side of the Door by Nicci French Also titled Complicit Bonnie agrees to put a small band together to play in a friend s wedding at the end of the summer One of her band mates ends up dead And the story goes back and forth between the present and the past It ended up being an uick and easy ead And I suspected the wrong person So that s always good when you can t guess whodunit I m a bit confused as to why I was approved for Letters to Rollins reviewing this book when it s been out for years under a different title I don t understand why a author would change the title to one of their books Is the story different I don t know Is it a selling trick I don t know But anyway Complicit and The Other Side of the Door are the same bookThanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the book toeview Nicci French is one of my favorite Thriller writers And this is one wild Britain, Europe And The Third World ride of a thriller At the beginning of the book we witness a woman Bonnie Graham has killed a man a good looking musician Hayden who tells her himself that she doesn t want to get him involved with him that he destroys the things he loves Now calls her best friend Sonia to help her getid of the body Sonia does Come Reluctantly To Help reluctantly to help But this is net just the start of this book What I like most about this book is its told from different POVs including the victim s and it goes back and forth from before and after on what happens It seems at first to be a typical murder mystery but it has so many twists and turns it is much that Just when you think you have it all figured out you may find out you Scotland Yard re wrong I highlyecommend this thriller Thanks to the author and Net Galley and the publisher Harper Collins for giving me the opportunity to ead this book This had all the hallmarks of the Nicci French thrillers I have come to love first person heroine you identify with easily plunged uickly into a mystery and moral Dilemma Uirky Secondary Characters Script uirky secondary characters script dialogue that pushes on the plot yet it didn t engage me as the others have It lost pace in the middle and I began not to care what happened to the characters the blokes were particularly unappealing especially the anti hero Hayden why on earth did she bother with him at all I did however persevere to find out who dunnit and the end picked up pace with a bit of a twist Competent but can do better In Nicci French s The Other Side of the Door this chilling novel of suspense will you leave you breathless in every turned page It all started for Bonnie Graham a high school music teacher who discovered a dead body at the other side of her friend s flat s door Like Rena Olsen s The Girl Before it s platformed with scenes of what events happened before the discovery and what happened afterwards At first Bonnie and her friend Sonia were the ones that discovered the dead body of Hayden Booth a star musician who happened to join their band for an one time only event for her friend Danielle s wedding When he first appeared on the scene to ehearse with them tensions were so high it could be cut with a knife While Bonnie was seeing Neal she grew attracted to him But when Hayden got violent with her things had come to a head After Bonnie and Sonia disposed of the body and the evidence with it they did the best to cover up their tracks But when he was Unverified: A Novel reported missing to the police it complicated things and made things ten times worse Everyone had aeason to hate him for one eason or another as secret and lies unraveled like a ball of yarn And while the police uestioned her it made her nervous as she suspected one person or another who had killed him with a cold blooded killer Later on she figured it out and came head to head to someone she was close to in an ear splitting explosive climax at how things ended and how things started when she opened the doo. Mer of happiness music and love turns deadly as lovers betray passions turn homicidal and friendship itself becomes a crime Someone in the band must be a killer Is it Bonnie And if not who is .