Alice Loudon is a young woman who seems to have it all: close friends, a loving boyfriend, and a successful career. Then she meets a stranger and immediately embarks upon a passionate and dangerous affair.
Discarding her comfortable and predictable life, Alice falls in love and lust with Adam Tallis, a climber of mountains. Her happiness is tainted when her own curiosity of her husband's past gives way to gory events that she never expected.
I felt greatly grieved at how the story went. A believer in love myself, I felt happy for Alice to have found such a man who would love her and take care of her forever. I couldn't help shedding a couple of tears at how their love had to end.
This tale is intricately weaved and you would find it hard to put down this book. Every character is an important clue to the mystery which you think is really not much of a mystery, at first.
There are things in the story which reminded me of a "real" life - friends to fall back on, moving ourselves out of the comfort zone in pursuit of what we want, loving and being loved.
It all just seems almost real to me, the anxiety, the tension, the fear. I feel so moved by it all that I wish it would have gone better for Alice and Adam.
There is just so much to tug at your heartstrings that I can only say, READ THIS BOOK.
Great one, Nicci.
Curious to know more about the man she married, Alice probes Adam about his past, a past that Adam is very strong on keeping HIS past.
After forcing Adam to give an interview (he saved some friends during a mountain climb that went bad) to a woman journalist, Alice and the journalist become friends.
With the help of the journalist, Alice starts looking into series of mysterious letters that she has been receiving, as well as an act of savage violence inflicted upon her cat.
The deeper she looks into her husband's past she finds that previous women involved with Adam have either disappeared or died. Are these just strange coincidents or something more sinister?
Nicci French keeps everything moving fast, and the pages almost turn by themself to get to the outcome.
I finished this novel in one sitting.
Add this to your MUST READ list for good entertainment.
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