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It's Nina Landry's birthday and she's supposed to have her kids ready to leave in a few hours for a Christmas holiday in Florida with her new boyfriend but her fifteen year old daughter Charlie spent the night at a friend's and hasn't come home yet Not by ten am not by eleven Nina is getting angry they have a plane to catch and Charlie hasn't even bothered to pack As time passes though slo. No need to go into the 'plot ' really as so many have done so before suffice to say that it is dificult to imagine getting annoyed and bored with a woman character whose daughter has gone missing but Losing You managed this for meThe term comicbook heroine has been used before by other reviewers and a very perceptive description it is too Nina is reasonably interesting at first but you've got to wonder about a characterperson who lets their teenage daughter sleep out overnight unpacked the night before an overseas trip especially a daughter scatty enough to arrange a surprise birthday party for 11 am 11am that day when departure from the house is to be by 1pm They have a dog too a Labrador who Nina calls Sludge I worry about a person who calls animals or children by deliberately ugly names but be that as it may The uestion is really why does the dog have to be introduced into the story at all she serves no purpose and the same can be said for the strange cousin Renata who arrives ostensibly to take care of said dog and then takes to her bed or rather Nina's bed apparently deeply depressed And then leaves saying she is only in your way I can see why the completely stupid party had to be used to further the plot But Renata SludgeI can only think that the party the dog the cousin and other sundry annoyances are somehow intended to show how our redoubtable heroine can overcome anything in a single boundHeaven knows she does have to overcome stuff Nobody much likes her it seems maybe that's why they all came to the party as she was packing for the plane just to piss her off Nope that doesn't figure mostly they don't even know her it's only the people who do know her who don't much like her No idea why all those people and it is described as dozens would turn up to such an event Imagine a teenager who you barely know invites you to a 11am party for her mother a woman you don't know at all It'll be a surprise for her 40th birthday and we are going to Florida later in the day says the teenager Oh lovely you say We' ll be there and what is your name again dear But onward once she believes Charlie to be really missing and panic starts to build she then has to contend with Everybody Else in The World all of whom are too stupid too slow too disbelieving or too deliberately obstructive to help her Fortunately Nina is so unimaginably intuitive and clever and unstoppable that she manages the whole thing herself all the detective work all the interviews all the fieldwork all the denoument the rescue the natural justice everythingOh and I forgot and the the hospital staff are also completely inept and also need Nina ising right to the last momentThe Bad Guy I hardly remember who it wasso little was created around his character and motive

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Losing YouWer and slower by the minute Nina becomes uneasy Her anger gives way to worry and that worry uickly builds into panic By one pm she's wondering has Charlie run away or has something far worse happened And why won't anyone not the cops not Charlie's friends not Charlie's father take her disappearance seriously As day turns to night on their home of Sandling Island sixty miles from London an. Giveaway win

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review Losing You 107 à It's Nina Landry's birthday and she's supposed to have her kids ready to leave in a few hours for a Christmas holiday in Florida with her new boyfriend but her fifteen year old daughter Charlie spent the night at a friend's and hasn't come home yet Not by ten am not by eleven Nina is getting angry they have a plane to catch and Charlie hasn't evD a series of ominous secrets leads Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty the uestion becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island in time and whether they'll ever leave it again In Losing You the newest thriller from the long acclaimed master of psychological suspense Nicci French unravels one mother's life and replaces it with every mother's worst nightmare. Have you ever been in a busy mall and thought just for a moment that you had lost your wallet Your heart starts to pound blind panic sets in In Losing You Nina Landry has lost something much precious her teenage daughter CharlotteIt is Nina's 40th birthday and she has made plans to take her son and daughter on a trip to Florida over the holiday season Her daughter Charlotte Charlie has stayed overnight at a friend's house When she is late coming home Nina is irritated but as the hours pass her irritation turns to panic Set on a British island in the North Sea in the dark days prior to Christmas one feels a sharp sense of place which contributes greatly to the overall increasing sense of forebodingNina reports her worries to the local police They do not take her concern very seriously A teenage girl late homethey see it all the time Events come to light that make Nina even concerned Nina's relationship with Charlie seems to be not as sound as she previously thought A mother's guilt and the natural divide between teenager and parent make Nina wonder Because of the apathy shown by the police she tries to discover Charlie's whereabouts herself The police do not take kindly to her interference When Nina discovers a young girl's body the police become interested at last but is it too little too lateI have read several other novels by this husband and wife writing team and none so far have disappointed All are psychological thrillers but all are very different from one another Much of the pleasure in reading this novel comes from the connection you feel with the protagonist Nina Her fears insecurities guilt and self doubt are feelings that all parents shareWith Losing You some readers might be skeptical of a novel in which all of the action takes place in one single day But true to the genre Losing You is a page turning novel of suspense You'll probably read it in one day as I did All in all a day well spent