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  1. Kelli Wilson Kelli Wilson says:

    AUTHOR S RISKY TAKE ON STORY TELLING METHOD DOESN T PAN OUT2.75 5A delivery bicycler lives in London with her 6 roommates The first dead body was someone she had encountered just the night before Then a second dead body was someone she discovered while delivering a package Then there is a third dead body And the only connection the police see is her This story is told in 2 parts The first part follows the delivery bicycler from the beginning to after the third murder The second part then r AUTHOR S RISKY TAKE ON STORY TELLING METHOD DOESN T PAN OUT2.75 5A delivery bicycler lives in London with her 6 roommates The first dead body was someone she had encountered just the night before Then a second dead body was someone she discovered while delivering a package Then there is a third dead body And the only connection the police see is her This story is told in 2 parts The first part follows the delivery bicycler from the beginning to after the third murder The second part then rewinds starts at the beginning again However, this time it is from the killers POV, whose identity the author reveals immediately in the second part The reader remains with the killer s POV up until the end of the book Then followed by a brief epilogue I found this story telling method to be a huge risk by the author Unfortunately, one that did not pay off Revealing the killer halfway into the book Along with a 400 plus page book, for which the first 200 pages are essentially copied and pasted into the last 200 pages That is a bit of an over generalization, but not terribly so There are certainly some differences since it is from the killer s point of view We do gain insight into some other interactions he had outside of the main character and of course how the murders themselves took place I think it was meant to create a new and interesting experience for the reader, but unfortunately there was no reward for the risk As the reader I felt like I was being forced to re read what I had just read, and that was simply confusing and a bit boring When you finally reach the epilogue, you have lost any engagement you had with the other characters and ultimately receive an anticlimactic ending This review is difficult for me to write, as I am a long time fan of the duo authors Nicci French Especially French s Freida Klein series, which is one of my favorites Nicci French is a master of character development and drama suspense building The writing is typically lovely and has always pulled me in So, it is with a heavy heart that I review this most recent novel and must be honest by saying it was underwhelming, lacked character development and was overall anticlimactic That said, I will definitely not be giving up on Nicci French I will still be just as excited to get my hands on any new work in the future Thank you to HarperCollins via Edelweiss for the digital review copy


  2. Susan Susan says:

    I liked this story, but didn t particularly care about the characters and there were many of them The second half of the book threw me out and as a writer myself, I felt it was a bit of a cheat to retell the same story from the murderer s viewpoint I think I would ve included the murderer s viewpoint at the same time as the original storyline, leaving the reader in suspense as to who the murderer is until the end.I found the ending disappointing because the epilogue jumps too far ahead witho I liked this story, but didn t particularly care about the characters and there were many of them The second half of the book threw me out and as a writer myself, I felt it was a bit of a cheat to retell the same story from the murderer s viewpoint I think I would ve included the murderer s viewpoint at the same time as the original storyline, leaving the reader in suspense as to who the murderer is until the end.I found the ending disappointing because the epilogue jumps too far ahead without revealing any new information I felt that the story might ve worked better if it had ended with the final arrest and without an epilogue.That said, I enjoy reading and learning from Nicci French novels I m intrigued with Nicci Sean s husband and wife working relationship particularly as my hubby and I write together too


  3. Christie Christie says:

    I can honestly say I ve been a Nicci French husband and wife team, Sean French and Nicci Gerrard fan for over a decade, but I may have to quit them after reading Until It s Over.Astrid Bell is in her early 20s and works as a bike messenger in London She lives in a huge house with university pals Pippa and her former boyfriend and owner of the house Miles They share the space with Mick, Dario, Davy and Owen They re a family, in a sense Until It s Over opens with an accident Astrid is ridi I can honestly say I ve been a Nicci French husband and wife team, Sean French and Nicci Gerrard fan for over a decade, but I may have to quit them after reading Until It s Over.Astrid Bell is in her early 20s and works as a bike messenger in London She lives in a huge house with university pals Pippa and her former boyfriend and owner of the house Miles They share the space with Mick, Dario, Davy and Owen They re a family, in a sense Until It s Over opens with an accident Astrid is riding home from work and is almost at her house when someone opens their car door and Astrid goes flying off her bike The woman in the car is a neighbour and she s mortified at the accident she s caused Astrid is unhurt except for minor cuts and bruises But later, the woman turns up dead And hers is just the first murder connected to Astrid Bell Until It s Over is supposed to be a mystery About two thirds of the way through, though, the narration changes Instead of following Astrid s first person narration, we suddenly find ourselves in the killer s head I guess this was so we could understand their motivation Um The killer is Crazy.Nicci French is usually such a dependable author books that are page turning, psychologically complex and fun Until It s Over was none of those things I didn t believe in or care about any of the characters It wasn t suspenseful I often felt myself shaking my head in disbelief at the way characters interacted each other in a sort of oh please way.I think if you ve never read Nicci French you absolutely should But don t read this Read Killing Me Softly which remains my favourite or The Safe House


  4. Donna Donna says:

    Nicci French always does a good psychological thriller but this one didn t seem as tense as previous ones I have read I wasn t overly bothered about the characters, it seemed like there were a couple too many to actually get to know them The book is essentially in tow halves The first half is the story of Astrid, a bike courier who is linked to three murders, although she didn t commit them she just kept finding the bodies The second half is a retelling of the same story but through the eyes Nicci French always does a good psychological thriller but this one didn t seem as tense as previous ones I have read I wasn t overly bothered about the characters, it seemed like there were a couple too many to actually get to know them The book is essentially in tow halves The first half is the story of Astrid, a bike courier who is linked to three murders, although she didn t commit them she just kept finding the bodies The second half is a retelling of the same story but through the eyes of the murderer, starting with revealing who it is So halfway through you already know who did it and you are just getting the explanation of why and how.I have another of her books on my to read pile, I hope it is better than this one


  5. Baba Baba says:

    Astrid Bell is a cycle courier living in a house with an eclectic group of 6 other housemates in London Two murders within a short space of time there s only one thing that links them Astrid I m a big fan of the husband and wife writing team that is Nicci French, because they do mystery, suspense and modern London so well In this book, which I have astonished myself by reading 3 times they turn the London flat share to little piece of Hell, as secrets, lies, lusts, recriminations and Astrid Bell is a cycle courier living in a house with an eclectic group of 6 other housemates in London Two murders within a short space of time there s only one thing that links them Astrid I m a big fan of the husband and wife writing team that is Nicci French, because they do mystery, suspense and modern London so well In this book, which I have astonished myself by reading 3 times they turn the London flat share to little piece of Hell, as secrets, lies, lusts, recriminations and murders plural tear down the flimsy walls of flatmate friendships Yes, there are forensic and character fails in the story, but it makes a good immersive read nonetheless 7 out of 12 same rating for my 2014 reread


  6. Hermien Hermien says:

    This book did not come up to scratch The first part is told by Astrid describing how she finds three dead women The second part consists of the same events, but told by the killer Then in the last 10 pages Astrid entraps the killer, he gets arrested and Astrid lives happily ever after with a brand new lover No explanation as to how or why Astrid and the police became suspicious of the real killer in the first place when they already had somebody in custody with evidence galore I was hoverin This book did not come up to scratch The first part is told by Astrid describing how she finds three dead women The second part consists of the same events, but told by the killer Then in the last 10 pages Astrid entraps the killer, he gets arrested and Astrid lives happily ever after with a brand new lover No explanation as to how or why Astrid and the police became suspicious of the real killer in the first place when they already had somebody in custody with evidence galore I was hovering between two and three stars, but then thought that experienced crime writers like this should do better and their fans deserve better So two stars it got I have read a lot of Nicci French novels and I find them becoming increasingly disappointing


  7. Laura Laura says:

    Nicca French are one of those authors what i call my comfortable reads as i have now read 5 of thier books and know i like both the style of writing and the general story lines of the books.With this one it was as always full of twists and turns and i loved that It only let itself down at the end where i felt the ending was a tad incomplete.I would have enjoyed a fuller ending with a small story as to what happend to the rest of the housemates Otherwise a great read and would definately read m Nicca French are one of those authors what i call my comfortable reads as i have now read 5 of thier books and know i like both the style of writing and the general story lines of the books.With this one it was as always full of twists and turns and i loved that It only let itself down at the end where i felt the ending was a tad incomplete.I would have enjoyed a fuller ending with a small story as to what happend to the rest of the housemates Otherwise a great read and would definately readby this authors


  8. Kaethe Douglas Kaethe Douglas says:

    Pretty much a guaranteed good read Starts off with a bang a bike crash Wince.The Nicci French team produces consistently engrossing thrillers, fast moving, sexy, but with strong women who may be attacked, but aren t victims The sudden shift in point of view was effective, and the ending was satisfying.


  9. Ken Ken says:

    Astrid Bell seems to be a bad luck omen, first the London cycle courier is knocked off her bike by neighbour Peggy Farrell who is soon found dead in an alley.Then a client for the courier company that Astrid is scheduled to visit is too found murdered.Surely it s too much of a coincide A really gripping thriller as suspicion flux between Astrid and her six other houses mates.


  10. Thom Swennes Thom Swennes says:

    According to Merriam Webster s Dictionary, jinx is someone or something that causes bad luck also a state or period of bad luck caused by a jinx British dictionaries call it an Americanism and basically hope that it is a condition that affects others The Thesaurus lists as synonyms hex, charm, enchantment, condemn, hoodoo, nemesis, bewitch, plague spell, voodoo, black magic, evil eye and kiss of death I call it Astrid Bell The writing tandem of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French has done it ag According to Merriam Webster s Dictionary, jinx is someone or something that causes bad luck also a state or period of bad luck caused by a jinx British dictionaries call it an Americanism and basically hope that it is a condition that affects others The Thesaurus lists as synonyms hex, charm, enchantment, condemn, hoodoo, nemesis, bewitch, plague spell, voodoo, black magic, evil eye and kiss of death I call it Astrid Bell The writing tandem of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French has done it again Astrid Bell is a young and athletic London cycle courier that has bad luck This applies not only to herself but especially for the people around her After suffering a biking accident, the woman that inadvertently opened her car door without looking, turns up murdered a few paces from Astrid s house This is soon followed by the gruesome murder of a client and then they get even closer Are these related or just random acts is it a complot or just bad luck The reader is sent on a trip through the streets on London and the lives of many interesting and forgettable people The authors relate the mundane daily life, actions and interactions of a group living under the same roof in the heart of London This writing duo once again applies also used in Catch Me If You Can the writing no no of starting in the first person form of one character, only to change it halfway through to another one This does give them the ability to examine each one minutely although it tends to sometimes be confusing This is not only a book of death and murder but also one of life and hope This book is one for the masses and I highly recommend it


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Until It's Over [Read] ➪ Until It's Over By Nicci French – Thomashillier.co.uk Young and athletic, London cycle courier Astrid Bell is bad luck for other people First Astrid s neighbour Peggy Farrell accidentally knocks her off her bike and not long after is found bludgeoned to Young and athletic, London cycle courier Astrid Bell is bad luck for other people First Astrid s neighbour Peggy Farrell accidentally knocks her off her bike and not long after is found bludgeoned to death in an alley Then a few days later, Astrid is asked to pick up a package from Until It's PDF or a wealthy woman called Ingrid de Soto, only to find the client murdered in the hall of her luxurious home For the police it s than coincidence For Astrid and her six housemates it s the beginning of a nightmare suspicious glances, bitter accusations, fallings out and a growing fear that the worst is yet to comea Because of it s true that bad luck comes in threes who will be the next to die.