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Nina Todd Has Gone
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is the third Lesley Glaister book that I've read this year and the third that I've really enjoyed. Straight away this book has a sinister feel which progressively increases throughout. The characters are well portrayed and each chapter varies from the perspective of the two main characters as well as brief chapters which flashback to earlier events. At the top of each chapter there is a symbol which denotes which viewpoint the chapter is written from - it's slightly confusing to start with but that just adds to the atmosphere of unease.

I don't want to add any spoilers to this review, so I'll be careful what I say, but I did think it was interesting how Glaister makes you feel about certain characters. Since discovering her writing, I continue to be surprised that Glaister isn't much more well known in the UK. It's great to find a British author who writes psychological thrillers that are so compelling without being filled with gratuitous violence. In "Nina Todd has Gone" Glaister has produced another high quality book that I would highly recommend if you enjoy thrillers.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2007
As an fan of Glaister's writing I was very pleased not to be disappointed with this, her latest read. It's an easy enough book to read, but what it explores is deep and complex: who are we? What is identity? None of the characters are quite what they seem at first and the more you read the more the layers unravel.

It's actually quite terrifying at times especially towards the end, but also rather funny too. There's a great scene with a drunken budgie, and some of the minor characters are hilarious and well-observed.

Nina Todd herself is such a great creation. I found myself cringing and wincing at many of her social faux-pas, but then rooting for her, then being furious with her, then laughing at her, then crying for her.

I really can't recommend this book highly enough.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2007
With three young children and a busy job, I shamefully still found the time to read this book in only 3 days. My first Lesley Glaister book but certainly not my last, I found this book just incredible. The story is utterly compelling from the first to the last page but what really makes this book so special is the way that the action unfolds through the thoughts of the different characters - brilliantly done. A highly recommended read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nina Todd meets Rupert,' the most handsome man she has ever seen in real life,' while attending a work training course. She returns home to her boyfriend Charlie, her office job and hopes to leave her indiscretion at the hotel and return to her normal life. Unfortunately Rupert wants more....

Nina Todd has Gone is a slow burning psychological thriller. From the flashbacks in between the chapters we learn more about Nina's early life, and in turn Rupert's early life as well as his current thoughts. These narratives slowly reveal more about Nina, Rupert as well as Charlie, Charlie's mother and his reclusive brother Dave.

I find it hard to say whether I liked Nina's character, I couldn't truly sympathise with her as Lesley Glaister cleverly feeds us the consequences of her actions reflected by Rupert and Charlie.

This is ultimately a book about who is good, who is right and none of the characters were. If you like endings that wrap up neatly and tie everything in a bow this is not the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the first book I have read by Lesley Glaister and a ripping good read.

The title of the book is so apt, as you get to find out who and what Nina Todd was/is but all done in a such a way that makes you think. Was it all her doing? Has Rupert now got his revenge? If so, what for and why?

A definite psychological thriller, that keeps you wanting to read the next chapter to find out what happens. all I can say is that the climax is every bit as good as the first chapter .... on a scale of 1-10 ... 10.

I really don't want to give away any story lines as you have to read it to understand just what a good writer Lesley Glaister is, as the main character is so life like, you can actually visualise her as a person you could meet in the street or at work. That is what Glaister does here, brings the ordinary together with the disturbed mind for a gripping, thrilling read.

I enjoyed this book so much that am now looking at any other of her works.
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Nina Todd has recently built a life with her boyfriend, living in his house with his elderly mother downstairs. But Nina has a secret - she was not always Nina Todd, and she has recently been released from prison for murder, committed when she was 15, after being moved from foster home to children's home and back again. She is bright and well educated, something she has clearly worked on inside. But she also makes dreadful faux pas, which to the reader can be very amusing. She meets and has a one night stand with a charming handsome stranger, who seems enchanted by her. Nina isn't interested, she is in love with her boyfriend. However, the Rupert has a hidden agenda, and a plan for revenge. As the book goes on, we find out more about his plans for Nina (and it is hard not to conclude that he is more troubled than her), and Nina's crime. When her boyfriend Charlie is offered his dream job at a bird sanctuary on the Orkneys, Nina sees this as the ideal chance to escape the overbearing attentions of Rupert, and despite the fact that it is obvious to EVERYONE (bar Nina) that this is Charlie's chance to get a break from Nina, she follows him there. After all, Rupert couldn't possibly track her down there...could he? This is a great psychological thriller, and Nina - despite all her obvious flaws - is a heroine you will root for. Definitely worth a read, and, as for me, I'll be downloading more Lesley Glaister novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2013
I like nothing better than a good psychological thriller involving ordinary people (or so the outside world think) with an extraordinary dark side. This one fitted the bill nicely. I admire Lesley Glaisters style of writing and I liked the way in which she introduced the two main characters allowing their back stories to gradually trickle through as the book progressed. I thought the ending could have been better though and the book finished too abruptly but apart from that, I really enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 November 2012
I just couldn't put this down - this is a real page turner of a psychological thriller, which explores whether anyone can be wholly good, and which shows how chance events can utterly change lives.

I am really glad that I have recently discovered Lesley Glaister's novels - they are great stories, and this was the most exciting novel i have read in quite a long time. Off to order another one now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2013
This is the only book that i have read by Lesley Glaister and thought it was brilliant. I would recommend this book to readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2013
Took a while to get into this unusual story, which has chapters written from the perspective of different characters. However it kept my interest to the final page.
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