5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Initiation Into Nicci French's Work,
By A Customer
This review is from: Beneath the Skin (Mass Market Paperback)
My first Nicci French book and not my last!
I defy you not to try to outsmart the author and work out "who dunnit" before all is revealed. There is an abundance of suspects, some subtley placed, others more obvious. Even when part way through, French appears to unmask the murderer, you are still wary - is she playing tricks on you?
The structure of the book is excellent - the characters from each womans life gradually coming together into the final chapters, and the plot is very simple. It is the authors writing style which hides the truth - she doesnt need to confuse the reader in order to beat them.
For all its growing suspense and serious subject matter, this book is deceptively easy to read - you blink and find that you've finished it. Most important of all, you come away satisfied. You dont feel unfairly misled, you think, "ok, she beat me fair and square". Great.