by Nicci French
Cover Artist: Tom Hallman (Photo)
Review by Lynne LeGrow
St. Martin's Minotaur Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312375386
Date: 01 April 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Have you ever been in a busy mall and thought just for a moment that you had lost your wallet? Your heart starts to pound, blind panic sets in... In Losing You Nina Landry has lost something much more precious, her teenage daughter, Charlotte...
It is Nina's 40th birthday and she has made plans to take her son and daughter on a trip to Florida over the holiday season. Her daughter Charlotte (Charlie) has stayed overnight at a friend's house. When she is late coming home Nina is irritated, but as the hours pass her irritation turns to panic. Set on a British island in the North Sea in the dark days prior to Christmas, one feels a sharp sense of place which contributes greatly to the overall increasing sense of foreboding.
Nina reports her worries to the local police. They do not take her concern very seriously. A teenage girl late home...they see it all the time. Events come to light that make Nina even more concerned. Nina's relationship with Charlie seems to be not as sound as she previously thought. A mother's guilt and the natural divide between teenager and parent make Nina wonder more. Because of the apathy shown by the police she tries to discover Charlie's whereabouts herself. The police do not take kindly to her interference. When Nina discovers a young girl's body, the police become interested at last, but is it too little too late?
I have read several other novels by this husband-and-wife writing team and none so far have disappointed. All are psychological thrillers, but all are very different from one another. Much of the pleasure in reading this novel comes from the connection you feel with the protagonist, Nina. Her fears, insecurities, guilt and self-doubt are feelings that all parents share.
With Losing You some readers might be skeptical of a novel in which all of the action takes place in one single day. But true to the genre Losing You is a page-turning novel of suspense. You'll probably read it in one day as I did. All in all, a day well spent.