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Catch Me When I Fall Hardcover – 27 Oct 2005

3.9 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; First Edition First Impression edition (27 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718145216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718145217
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 seven 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 and Secret Smile all published by Penguin.


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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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By RD VINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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This is the second Nicci French book I've read the first being Killing me softly.I enjoyed this book so much that I ordered all of Nicci French's books after reading it.I can't begin to recommend this book enough, especially to those suffering from a mental illness or know someone going through it.I suffer from depression myself and have a friend who has Bipolar and this book gives such a accurate insight into what it's like to suffer from a mental illness from not only the person's perspective but the friends and family of the sufferer also.I could really relate to Holly and after reading alot of books on mental illness would have to say that this is the most accurate,realistic and sensitive to date.Brilliant cant wait to read more from this author.
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