The Favour: The gripping new thriller from an author 'at the top of British psychological suspense writing' (Observer)

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The Favour: The gripping new thriller from an author 'at the top of British psychological suspense writing' (Observer)

The Favour: The gripping new thriller from an author 'at the top of British psychological suspense writing' (Observer)

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However, Liam, her first love, reappears one random morning and asks her for a favour, which she appears to agree to, with hesitation.

The main character nearly drove me demented with her behaviour, and the story was full of jokes repetitive conversations that seemed to go nowhere. 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. The ‘circus’ of Liam’s household added a lot of interest and colour to the story and reminded me of Count Olaf and his troupe from A Series Of UnfortunateEvents by Lemony Snicket. There are plenty of red herrings as we meet different characters – and some of them do seem a little wasted, as they do not bring much to the plot other than a little bit of distraction.I am still a fan of Nicci French even though I preferred other books she has written more than this one, which I would rate 3. Ze probeert uit te zoeken wat er precies is gebeurd, maar hierdoor wordt ze steeds verder in Liams wereld gezogen. Nor did the detective's patience with her (and, actually, the endless pile-up of 'What on earth are you doing? It’s over eleven years since Jude Winter has seen Liam Birch, but what they shared when they were eighteen has never left her. 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.

Since Nicci French’s engrossing Frieda Klein series, I’ve found their standalone novels a little more unpredictable quality-wise. Part of this favor has her lying to her fiancé so she can travel for hours to a cottage to await Liam's arrival and this is when and where he'll explain more. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I guessed the just-before-halfway-twist pretty well straight away, and also correctly identified the killer shortly over the halfway line. Then, one day her first love, Liam, turns up at her work out of the blue saying he wants her to do him a favour, though he’s vague about what this favour is.

None of the characters were likeable, and yet characterisations were spot on, one of the hallmarks the author team is known for and what keeps me coming back for more every time. 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.

We get some insight into how smitten she was 11 years earlier but even she admits he was kinda dangerous and unpredictable. This book was like listening to the lyrics of Hotel California, she just couldn’t stay away and kept getting sucked in. Jude hasn’t seen Liam in years, but when he shows up at her work asking for a favor, she finds she can’t refuse. Jude hasn't seen Liam in years, not since he took the fall for a drunk driving incident that could've ended her career prospects. She didn’t know if it came from her, or from him as his hands flew up to cover his face, or from the car itself as it left the road with a screech of tyres on tarmac.But allowing someone to voice this essential unbelievability doesn't remove the problem, unfortunately! Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. However, when she becomes the prime suspect in Liam’s murder, she makes one foolish decsion after the other which make her look even more guilty and put her life in danger. narration was bearable until it came to Jude's mother who sounded like some simpleton from On The Buses. Masquerading as crime fiction, beneath the facade is a covid/lockdown novel (despite the text making never a mention of either) which, at heart, thinks about who we are when all our usual support structures and routines disappear.



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