The Lying Room is a new standalone thriller by the husband and wife writing team known as Nicci French, and confirms their place as the masters of psychological suspense.
A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things. But when she looks down at a murdered man – a man she knows exceptionally well – she doesn’t call the police.
The Lying Room opens with breakfast with Neve and her family – an everyday routine, in what appears to be a very normal family home. Neve, who works at a publisher, and Fletcher, an illustrator, have been married for twenty years, and have three children.
But all is not as it seems. Neve receives a text from her boss Saul, with whom she’s been having an affair. “I’m free until midday. Come as soon as you can.” He never texts. She sees her kids off to school and then immediately goes to his home, only to find him dead – murdered.
Neve makes a snap decision to cover her own tracks. She doesn’t want her family finding out about the affair. Her daughter Mabel has had some recent struggles but is now off to university. This would derail her. So Neve removes everything of hers from the apartment anything to suggest Saul had been with her, wipes down counters and surfaces, washes sheets… and removes all traces of herself, and the murderer from the scene.
Then she returns home and acts as though nothing has happened. But it has. Neve has 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?
‘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.’
The Lying Room grabs you right from the first page and doesn’t let go. Neve is a compelling character, surrounded by well-crafted characters and interesting relationships. While fast-paced, the book has depth and fascinating character arcs. As the lies build, so does the tension. It’s meticulously plotted and the twists and turns will keep you turning the pages well after lights out and right to the breathless end. The perfect page-turner. Don’t miss it!