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Catch Me When I Fall [Paperback]

Nicci French
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Mar 2008

Catch Me When I Fall is a chilling novel of murder, madness and a woman on the edge from the Top Ten bestselling author, Nicci French

You're a whirlwind. A success. You're living life on the edge. But who'll catch you when you fall?

Holly Krauss is a city girl burning the candle at both ends. Despite a comfortable home life, a tough job and friends who admire her, she secretly enjoys taking reckless, dangerous walks on the wild side.

But Holly can't keep those worlds separate forever. Soon enough her secret life bleeds into her safe one and everything spirals out of control. She's making mistakes at home and at work, owes money to the wrong people - and now it seems that someone's stalking her. Could it just be paranoia or is she in very real danger?

And who can you trust when you can no longer trust yourself?

Nicci French is the pseudonym for Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple live in Suffolk and have written thirteen other bestselling novels, all published by Penguin: Complicit, What to Do When Someone Dies, Until It's Over, Losing You, The Memory Game, Beneath the Skin, The Safe House, The Red Room, Land of the Living, Killing Me Softly, Secret Smile and, most recently, Blue Monday and Tuesday's Gone in the brilliant new Frieda Klein series. Find out more about the authors and books at

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141034181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141034188
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are eleven other bestselling novels by Nicci French: The Memory Game, The Safe House, Killing Me Softly, Beneath the Skin, The Red Room, Land of the Living, Secret Smile, Catch Me When I Fall, Losing You, Until It's Over and What To Do When Someone Dies, all published by Penguin.

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About the Author

Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are now ten Nicci French novels, most recently Secret Smile, Catch Me When I Fall, Losing You and Until It's Over (hardback). Find out more about the authors and books at

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Topical and insightful 2 Oct 2006
I read Secret Smile and was quite disappointed because having read all the previous Nicci French books I thought it was weak plotted and the characters were not very credible and the ending was poor.

Having just watched and enjoyed (if that's the right word!) the Stephen Fry series on the BBC about people with bipolar disorder I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was the subject of Catch Me When I Fall. I nearly always empathise with the women who narrate the Nicci French books and Holly was no exception. I thought it was well written, fast paced and satisfying, with a nice thriller slant thrown in. The whole concept of losing track of your life and what youre doing with it whilst you're deeply enmeshed in it was scary and believeable - well I thought so anyway. I read this book in two sittings and really look forward to the next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars who you calling crazy? 30 Nov 2006
My first book by Nicci French and although I felt large parts of the story were predictable it was well written and entertaining. There were definitely a few bits that got my pulse racing with some good ol fashion suspence.

The main character does have the ability to irritate but that seemed to be part of the plan. The first half of the book is from her point of view while the second is through the eyes of her friend and business partner. It's a good ploy and certainly adds a new dimension to the book allowing one to see both sides of the story/problem.

Worth reading if you get a chance to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale Of Two Lives 18 Feb 2006
By Graeme Wright VINE VOICE
Holly Krauss, the heroine of Nicci French's latest has everything: power, success, a happy marriage, her own business...and a propensity to allow the Mrs Hyde side of her personality to take control every now and again. The results of these are fairly alarming and it is not long before the consequences overlap into Holly Krauss' normal life.
Like Krauss' character this is a tale of two lives: Holly and her long suffering business partner Meg. Other reviewers have commented on the difficulty in adjusting from Holly as narrator toMeg but this came as something of a relief as, by page 197 I had read quite enough of Holly's first person excuses for her unforgiveable behaviour and a fresh viewpoint was like a breath of country air. Without giving too much of the story line away it is only on reading Meg's account that one sees the full folly of Holly's other life.
The partnership that writes as Nicci French, after a successful start seem to have settled for a straightforward domestic rather than the intricately woven web of psychodrama that is usually their trademark and my one criticism of this is the annoyingly weak ending. Having said that the book is still an edge of the seat, unputdownable recommendation for any and all who love suspense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 7 Feb 2008
I think this is one of Nicci French's best. I was hooked from the first few pages, wanted to stay with it to the end . I love the way the authors' writing is so easy to read and yet it's 'intelligent' writing, with rich vocabulary, lively and realistic dialogue and of course the plot is well planned to take you along with it on a fast ride to the end. Great stuff: intelligent entertainment! The characters are believable and easy to identify with and love and/or hate. A hit as far as I'm concerned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the usual standard 18 April 2007
A good book and quite disturbing at times - don't read it if you are feeling down! Definitely not up to the usual Nicci French standard - the plot was pretty thin and it wasn't a page turner that has the usual chilling outcome. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this one 22 July 2006
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I am a big fan of Nicci French and couldn't wait to read this book. However, it didn't quite seem to live up to her previous books, especially Secret Smile (terrible TV adaptation with the camp villain David Tennant!) and Land of the Living which were true page-turners. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's a bad book, but there just seemed to be an awful lot of rather aimless but vivid descriptions of Holly's state of mind without the build up of tensions that were in the previous books. That said, it's very fast-paced and the end kind of rushes up on you, though without giving anything away, the end did seem a little deflated. Still, it kept me busy for an evening!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another superb thriller 9 Sep 2009
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Holly Krauss is addicted to danger, not that she climbs mountains or indulges in life-threatening sports - Holly likes to drink, she does the odd line of cocaine and she mixes-in with the fastest crowd she can find. By day she and her best friend Meg run a company that specialises in bringing a new energy to tired workforces. They are taken out of their office environment and challenged to climb trees, make a raft to cross a river or taught to walk on fire. Holly is a real live wire but sometimes her outrageousness spirals out of control. One morning she wakes up and finds herself in a strange flat, with a strange man and she creeps out, full of the knowledge that she has gone too far. What will her husband say? She won't tell him. Then the man she slept with starts stalking her.

But this is just the start for Holly, her driven life-style and her wild exhibitionism leads her into a world where any semblance of control must be abandoned. Soon enough her life breaks into pieces and she winds up in the psychiatric wing of a large hospital having tried to commit suicide. She is diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Beleaguered husband Sam sticks by her, as does her long-suffering friend and partner Meg, but how much of Holly's paranoia is related to her illness, and how much related to the dangers that she has relentlessly courted in order to reach the highs she craves? Who can Holly trust?

I read this in one afternoon and evening. It is totally gripping, full of incident and, when it comes to the depiction of mental illness and the damage that it may do to those around the sufferer as well as to the sufferer herself, extraordinarily frightening. There is a whizz-bang, satisfaction-guaranteed ending too. The writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have surpassed themselves with this dangerously delightful thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
Gripped,as usual from start to finish.Always expect a thrilling read from this author and I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anne Christine Norton
4.0 out of 5 stars not read as yet
I have only recently found these authors & have read the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday book titles series & enjoyed them so much I have purchased several more to take on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by janice
4.0 out of 5 stars A roller-coaster of a nightmare story
I read this book very quickly, I don't think it would work very well read a few pages at a time, the tension wouldn't build properly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Camilla Macaulay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very fast moving thriller, definitely a page turner kept me gripped to the end. Definitely recommend it even if not a Nicci French fan.
Published 7 months ago by SHARON LUNNON
2.0 out of 5 stars Mundane and formulaic
Had this been the first book I had read by Nicci French, I would never have read another. Irritating, mundane, twee ---"Can do Better". Read more
Published 8 months ago by Deborah
This team must be the best UK writers of crime related, totally believable fiction at this time.
Here they have done it again in creating characters who could be anyone's next... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alexander Bryce
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book.
Having lived with someone with bipolar disorder for 20 years, I felt that this book was admirably true to life. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Elizabeth Haynes
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
The worst Nicci French yet, ridiculous plotting, cliche'd characters and an ending so weak I'm not even sure what happened. Give this a wide berth and try one of the others,
Published 12 months ago by Malloreddus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
I have read and have thoroughly enjoyed all of Nicci French's novels this was no exception kept me reading into the small hours!
Published 13 months ago by izzey2
4.0 out of 5 stars Catch me when I fall
Good book easy read, structured lay out, possibly a better conclusion required for some of the key characters?
Would recommend to family and friends.
Published 14 months ago by Adele Williams
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