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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (24 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140275290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140275292
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 962,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alice Loudon is a successful London thirtysomething; she has the friends, the career, the flat and the loving boyfriend. Her life seems destined to follow a comfortable, conventional route until one morning her eyes lock with a beautiful, mesmerising man as she crosses a road. When Alice leaves work he is still there, waiting. Without exchanging names they go back to his Soho flat and have "obliterating sex". Unable to overcome her passionate feelings for him, Alice abandons the life she had established for herself to marry the powerful, taciturn Adam, a celebrated mountaineer but a virtual stranger. As their relationship develops, Alice discovers that Adam's beautiful exterior belies disturbing aggressive tendencies. He is by turns abusive and loving.

In an attempt to understand her new husband and her reaction to him, she launches an investigation into his past and, in particular, his past relationships. Sadly for her, the unsettling details she uncovers do not provide the reassurance she needs. Ultimately, Alice jeopardises her own safety to stay with a man she loves to the point of obsession but fears in equal measure. This book is a disturbing novel, describing the descent of a woman who had been totally in control of her own destiny--from being vibrant and strong to cowering behind an armchair as she hears her husband approaching. A roller coaster of a novel, the final heart-pounding finale is nothing short of a white knuckle ride. --Sarah Crawford

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"A compulsive read...peak psychological suspense." "People magazine""

"First-rate...geniune chills run down the spine..." "Orlando Sentinel""

"French pulls off [sexual obsession] as well as anyone in recent memory." "Chicago Tribune"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My first Nicci French novel and I'm definately hungry for more. I describe it as wonderfully addictive because like an addict I could not wait for my next hit. I started reading at bedtime and found myself unable to put the book down until it finally dropped from my exhausted limp hands. I picked it up first thing next morning and read all day between chores and children. The story was riveting, provoking and for the short time that I read, I was swept into Alice's world. I must admit though that my final feelings were probably not what they ought to be, for although I was a little scared of Adam by the end, I still retained the fascination that Nicci French had so wonderfully encouraged at the beginning. I felt the attraction of such a man and his eroticism. I wanted to know more about his motives, his feelings and so enthralled by him was I that I wanted to forgive him. I had little empathy with Alice by the conclusion and I think that my feelings were quite reverse to what I was intended to feel. Still, a good read and I'm looking out for more by this author right away.
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I'm usually put off by the words 'psychological thriller' and didn't expect to be so gripped by the characters and plot of this novel. I found the end of the first chapter a bit confusing and re-read it a couple of times to see what I'd missed but it all came together in the end. I cared what happened to the characters which meant that I couldn't wait to get on the train to work (very rare indeed!) to find out what happened next. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants something fairly easy to read and engaging at the same time. It was one of those rare occasions where I wasn't disappointed in the ending and the 'taster' of Nicci French's next novel at the back of the book was a very good tactic - I can't wait for it to come out.
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I was gripped from the very first chapter it was amazingly accurate,gave perfect detail and have likeable interseting characters.
I really loved this book. Although I got a little spooked out reading it alone.
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By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2001
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Alice Loudon appears to have everything: a successful career, a loving boyfriend and a group of close friends. Then one sunny day, while crossing the street she meets Adam Tallis- heroic survivor of a disastrous mountaineering expedition- and immediately, impulsively abandons her old life and embarks on a passionate affair with a man whom she knows nothing about. But soon his dark past starts to emerge, and Alice begins to realise that she is trapped in a world that threatens everything: her safety, her sanity and finally her life.

'Killing Me Softly' is a dark psychological thriller packed with suspense and a plot that twists and turns like an octopus. It explores sexual obsession, power and the fine line between love and madness. It is well written, compulsively readable, and reaches a satisfyingly surprising, yet believable, ending.

'Killing Me Softly' is more than just a thriller, but a novel that delves deep into parts of the mind where most authors are far too frightened venture. Utterly riveting. Two thumbs up
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Killing me Softly was the first Nicci French book that i ever read, and although i have since added three more to that number, none have gripped and engrossed me the way this one did.From the very first page French's introspective style of writing had me hooked.I found the description of Adams obsession was beautifully written.In the beggining i was able to identify with the main female character, understanding why she would give herself so totally to this attentive charismatic man.However as the story unfolded i found myself less able to understand her continued submissiveness.I agree with the other reviewer who said that even at the end of the book after all that Adam had done she still wanted to forgive him.I feel it is a credit to French that she could create a character who evokes such strong feelings from the reader.I found Killing me Softly engrossing and haunting, and i would highly recommend it to both male and female readers.It was a book which made me think long after i had finished it.
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By A Customer on 19 Aug. 2002
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This is the first Nicci French book I've ever read and I did so on the recommendations of other Amazon readers. What a great decision! From the very first page to the stomach-churning, dread/anticipation for the climax of the book, I was completely hooked. I could not put the novel down and I read it all in one sitting, unable to find a satisfactory place to take a break without the strong urge to find out what happens next. The author takes you into the dark world of obsessive love (with sadistic, sexual undertones) and holds you there while you watch the victim of this suffocating love, Alice, sink slowly under her lover's spell. Unable to see the truth until it is too late, Alice desperately tries to find a way out, knowing that if she doesn't, she will lose her sanity; if she does, she will lose her life. A truly gripping read!
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This book highlights the obsessions that true love can create and how quickly a relationship can turn into a nightmare. I really felt for Alice all the way through and kept thinking about the book for weeks after I finished it. A phantastic read which is romantic and chilling at the same time. In one word: Unmissable - as I'd tell everybody who is interesting in reading psychological thrillers !
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