Killing Me Softly Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly Killing Me Softly Alice Loudon has it all a devoted boyfriend a marvelous circle of friends a challenging job as a research scientist Then one morning on her way to work she exchanges a lingering look with a man so
  • Title: Killing Me Softly Killing Me Softly
  • Author: Nicci French
  • ISBN: 9780759525498
  • Page: 347
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  • Killing Me Softly Killing Me Softly
    Alice Loudon has it all a devoted boyfriend, a marvelous circle of friends, a challenging job as a research scientist Then one morning, on her way to work, she exchanges a lingering look with a man so devastatingly attractive he takes her breath away Adam Tallis is the essence of every female fantasy a daring mountain climber who has been hailed as a hero As a loverAlice Loudon has it all a devoted boyfriend, a marvelous circle of friends, a challenging job as a research scientist Then one morning, on her way to work, she exchanges a lingering look with a man so devastatingly attractive he takes her breath away Adam Tallis is the essence of every female fantasy a daring mountain climber who has been hailed as a hero As a lover, he is passionate than Alice s wildest imaginings Soon, there isn t anything or anyone she wouldn t give up to stay by his side Now, all she has is Adam, and life with this stranger will take her to new heights of madnessd fear.
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    Note Nicci Gerrard and Sean French also write separately Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire 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 that same year she married journalist Colin Hughes.In the early eighties she taught English Literature in Sheffield, London and Los Angeles, but moved into publishing in 1985 with the launch of Women s Review, a magazine for women on art, literature and female issues.In 1987 Nicci had a son, Edgar, followed by a daughter, Anna, in 1988, but a year later her marriage to Colin Hughes broke down.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.Sean French was born in May 1959 in Bristol, to a British father and Swedish mother He too studied English Literature at Oxford University at the same time as Nicci, also graduating with a first class degree, but their paths didn t cross until 1990 In 1981 he won Vogue magazine s Writing Talent Contest, and from 1981 to 1986 he was their theatre critic During that time he also worked at the Sunday Times as deputy literary editor and television critic, and was the film critic for Marie Claire and deputy editor of New Society.Sean and Nicci were married in Hackney in October 1990 Their daughters, Hadley and Molly, were born in 1991 and 1993.By the mid nineties Sean had had two novels published, The Imaginary Monkey and The Dreamer of Dreams, as well as numerous non fiction books, including biographies of Jane Fonda and Brigitte Bardot.In 1995 Nicci and Sean began work on their first joint novel and adopted the pseudonym of Nicci French The Memory Game was published to great acclaim in 1997 followed by The Safe House 1998 , Killing Me Softly 1999 , Beneath the Skin 2000 , The Red Room 2001 , Land of the Living 2002 , Secret Smile 2003 , Catch Me When I Fall 2005 , Losing You 2006 and Until It s Over 2008 Their latest novel together is What To Do When Someone Dies 2009.Nicci and Sean also continue to write separately Nicci still works as a journalist for the Observer, covering high profile trials including those of Fred and Rose West, and Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr Novels include Things We Knew Were True 2003 , Solace 2005 and The Moment You Were Gone 2007 Sean s last novel is Start From Here 2004.

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  • Opening Line He knew he was going to die Killing Me Softly is a love story but not in the typical sense it s obsessive, all consuming, violent, intense, desperate and ultimately terrifying And oh my god is it good I literally could not put this down If I could compare this book to anything I would say that initially it reminded me of a combination of 9 weeks and that Richard Gere Diane Lane movie from a few years ago Unfaithful based on the passion, intensity and utter randomness of our couples [...]


  • A stand alone novel by the writing team that work under the name Nicci French I enjoy reading the successful Frieda Klein series so have been tempted to read from the writing duo This book falls short of the other books I have read but nevertheless gripped me and made me want to read .At times the book was very good but sadly it drifted at other moments and for the first time since reading their combined work I felt that it was actually written by two authors rather than the seamless style I am [...]


  • This book surprised me It was not what I expected To be honest, the book s description on the back cover doesn t give too much details on what it s about and when I first began to read it, I asked myself Why did I pick this one up Maybe it was because I got it on clearance for a buck the local bookshop Nonetheless, I am happy I picked this one up It turned out to be suspenseful and a good read Here is what this book is about since the book description lacks some knowledge.Alice meets Adam random [...]



  • Maybe I m just jaded, but I expect MORE from my mysteries MORE MORE MORE Predictable, predictable, predictable.Beach read, definitely.The first 60% of the book just made me mad Alice has a good, healthy, strong relationship with Jake, but as all we weak women are, she s lured out of it by the promise of a roll in the hay with studly Adam ThereI just summed up in one sentence what it took the author 60% of the book to say.The book only gets interesting and mildly so at that in the final 40% of th [...]


  • Man can I give this book a 3.5LOL anyways I really did enjoy this book as it is subtitled as A Novel of Obsession and that is exactly what she was, obsessed, like to the extremeOkay so the book starts out with an ordinary woman just like any one of us in a great relationship with a guy who is comfortable with her, and wants to marry her she has a great circle of college friends and a great job as a scientific researcher for a female contraceptiveeverything a thirty something woman could want the [...]


  • Alice locks eyes with a beautiful man in the street and her life is overturned Leaving her comfortable home, her friends, her boyfriend, she immerses herself completely into this new love But Adam is than he seems and his refusal to discuss his past holds secrets than Alice can imagineThis is an intelligent read which probes the boundaries between overwhelming true love and obsession between submission and victimisation and between consensual sex and something much darker.The idea of the One g [...]


  • I m sorry to say that I thought this book was truly awful I found it neither gripping nor thrilling Irritating and unbelievable were probably better adjectives Alice was so naive I wanted to smack her and the bad guy was so obviously sinister, anyone who didn t notice it must have had their head buried in the sand I didn t find the conclusion particularly convincing either It s the first Nicci French I have read and I have a feeling it might be the last.Sorry all, but it was just not for me.


  • Okay, this book is like a lifetime movie meets Showtime Another one of my guilty pleasures This is a curl yourself in a blanket and never get up book It s a bad car accident You re surprised you re so interested and a little disappointed in yourself, but you can t peel yourself away


  • Chilling I love the way the book starts and then backtracks Doesn t always work but it does here The authors show how deep obsession can go, how the victim can be pulled in without even realising it s happening, and even when they do, it s still difficult to believe what s going on Adam is a damaged individual So kind and caring, so vile and manipulative Well drawn characters all round I ve read this book twice psychological suspense novels don t come better than this Not a romance


  • This book is excellent, and got me snapping up every Nicci French book I could find Just please, please don t watch the movie It s one of the worst movies I ve ever seen If I had seen the movie first I would never have read the book.


  • Another reviewer mentioned something to the effect that this book reminded her of one of those cheesy made for TV movies on Lifetime I wholeheartedly concur Cannot think of a better way to phrase it Period.This was a First reads giveaway, thank you.


  • I will first start by saying that i think its a really good book and makes me think about human nature which i love to do so Alice our heroine has a satisfactory boyfriend, job and friends while she is in this life she feels quite happy until she sees Adam across the street their attraction is palpable and she does something out of character, she looses her head and follows her emotions she becomes obsessed with him and he with her Adam is a mountain climber and it seems that his past is dark an [...]


  • Killing Me SoftlyYou re happy You are pleased with your life You have a job that you enjoy and you are good at it You have a partner that loves you and you are even considering starting a family One day, that all changes, you see a stranger and everything changes With hardly a word you follow him and are willingly sexually seduced This is the life of Alice Loudon She meets Adam and everything changes Life is no longer mundane but is this new, all consuming passion, really what she wants Adam tel [...]


  • Again, I pulled an alnighter just to finish reading it I tried time and time again to put it down so I can get some sleep, but couldn t I found the end to be anti climatic though.


  • My first Nicci French book and it was obvious to me that this was written by two people The writing didn t gel and lacked consistency at times The storyline came across as just ridiculous Alice, happy and settled in her life with Jake, spies Adam in the street and pow gives everything up to be with him It is fairly evident from the outset that Adam is a very dangerous person but Alice seems to have been hypnotised into stupidity and doesn t get away ASAP This is the inconsistency We are told tha [...]


  • It all begins as an incredible adventure into passion that gets exhilarating with each passing moment Alice Loudon lives a quiet London life She has a relatively nondescript boyfriend with whom she lives, and friends who eagerly include her in their circle of activities That all changes on a fateful day when she exchanges a lingering look with a man who utterly shakes her up and rearranges every aspect of her life They ultimately engage in a frothy quickie in his flat, and his skills as a love [...]


  • Weeelllll I didn t hate it That s something, right I m glad I gave it a try But I spent the majority of the novel wondering where exactly the Thriller portion would come in I could see influences at times, sure, but it just didn t jump out at me pun unintended, though amusing Granted, those small influences did keep me up at night sometimes, they just didn t seem to be the main focus, which I was expecting they would be.I found it really hard to relate to the characters They felt real enough, bu [...]


  • I ve enjoyed other novels by husband and wife team Nicci French This one didn t quite do it for me.The idea is interesting, relatively original and a bold step Adam Tallis, a famous mountaineer, hero of a tragedy on Chungawat, falls deeply, passionately and obsessively in love with Alice Loudon the first time their eyes meet in the street Within hours they are in bed together, within days she has left steady, loving boyfriend Jake to move in with Adam.The end note by the authors refers to de Cl [...]


  • Al veel over gehoord, maar nog nooit iets van gelezen Ik wist precies niet goed of het wel iets voor mij zou zijn of niet Toen mijn nichtje haar boekenkast opruimde en ik dit boek in handen kreeg, besloot ik mij er aan te wagen.De titel is een doordenkertje maar heel goed gekozen Je snapt hem eigenlijk maar volledig nadat je het boek uit hebt Ook over de cover is heel goed nagedacht en ik vind het subliem gevonden.Toen ik de korte inhoud las, was ik benieuwd maar al snel was ik teleurgesteld Ik [...]


  • Killing Me Softly by Nicci French is a true page turner Immediately the novel pulls you into the intense love affair of Alice and Adam and you just devour the words to find out where this passionate love will lead.Alice is involved with Jake, her comfortable live in boyfriend of some years when one day walking to work she locks eyes with a handsome stranger, briefly they exchange an intense staring session but eventually continue to their separate designations Leaving for lunch Alice notices the [...]


  • Wow I could barely force myself to put this book down along the way Killing Me Softly is an apt title for this one The story plays out slowly and seductively, raising the level of tension as you read along While you may feel that you can predict what the ending will likely be, it s really the ride that matters most The story begins with Alice leaving her safe, comfortable, long term relationship with Jake for a stranger she meets, literally, on the street Adam is sexy and intense, and easily dra [...]


  • If you re reading this to decide whether to read this book do yourself a huge favour and don t bother I d heard great things about this couple who write as one and I can only hope this book was totally out of character as it was possibly one of the worst books I ve ever ploughed through If it hadn t been the only book to hand on a short break I d certainly have taken the highly unusual step of abandoning it part way through What was it so bad Firstly, the key characters were unbelievable and ext [...]


  • Het begon met een afknapper een zeer ongeloofwaardige ontmoeting op een zebrapad Toen heeft het even geduurd tot ik me ertoe kon zetten om verder te lezen Het duurde daarna nogal lang voor het spannend werd, maar dat bleef het tot het einde, ondanks de soms voorspelbare acties en clich s Dit is het eerste boek dat ik lees van Nicci French intu tief wist ik dat dit niet mijn genre is Toch las luisterde ik tegelijkertijd voor de afwisseling De Droogte van Jane Harper, eveneens een thriller, die ee [...]


  • If only negative stars were possible This is one of the worst books I ve ever read Alice meets Adam and quickly falls in love Nearly as quickly, the relationship turns abusive The Alice learns about him, the clearer it is that Adam is dangerous Despite the severe change in her behavior and exposed bruises since meeting him, her concerns about his past are dismissed by friends because Adam is just such a great guy I won t give too many details about the end other then, even though she feared for [...]


  • This is by far one of the worst books I have read in recent years Promoted as compulsive, sexy, scary , it s actually a repetitive, predictable and monotonous story about Alice Loudon, a self sabotaging and incredibly naive woman who leaves her steady, loving partner for Adam, an overtly abusive prick only to discover shock, horror that he s an abusive prick The supposedly sexy scenes are mostly just Adam saying I want to f you in a sinister voice to Alice, bizarrely interspersed throughout the [...]


  • Technically, this is not a first read, since it was first published in 1999, but I did win it in a giveaway The book is subtitled A Novel of Obsession, and they aren t kidding Known for writing psychological thrillers, the husband wife team Nicci French delivers a compelling, fast paced story that had me from the first page The premise, to me, is not particularly believable a man and a woman spot each other on the street and, practically without exchanging a word, immediately fall into a passion [...]


  • I won this book as a FirstRead.Alice Loudon has a typical life that most would aspire to a serious boyfriend, a close knit group of friends, and a good job as a research scientist However, upon seeing Adam Tallis on the street one morning, she finds herself obsessed with him and unable to say no to anything he asks of her Soon, she has broken up with her boyfriend, mostly alienated her friends, and is often skipping work because of Adam The signs of Adam being controlling and abusive start almos [...]


  • This book was ok There were parts of it I really enjoyed but there was little in the way of suspense for me I enjoyed the characters immensely though, and I thought the ending sad It was good, in a way, but in another it irritated me If you have someone you love but you KNOW they will kill you, how would you really feel then Knowing they did ugly things, committed murder I think how Alice felt was one solid way a person could be although I would think she d be disgusted or angry That doesn t se [...]


  • A really engaging book dark and disturbing like most of Nicci French s stories It centres on an independent and generally savvy heroine who falls utterly and insanely and I use the world advisedly in love, on very slight acquaintance, with a mountaineer However the story shows the pitfalls of marrying in haste, particularly to someone you hardly know and who appears to have no history beyond climbing mountains It s a mistake that could cost Alice her life


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