Thursday, September 9, 2010

Book Review: Killing Me Softly by Nicci French

Killing Me Softly by Nicci French is a true page-turner. Immediately the novel pulls you into the intense love affair of Alice and Adam and you just devour the words to find out where this passionate love will lead.

Alice is involved with Jake, her comfortable live-in boyfriend of some years when one day walking to work she locks eyes with a handsome stranger, briefly they exchange an intense staring session but eventually continue to their separate designations. Leaving for lunch Alice notices the stranger is standing in the same spot “as if he hadn’t moved since this morning.” He tells her he was waiting for her and asks her to come with him – she does. They travel to his apartment via taxi without speaking and then engage in “obliterating” passionate love making. She leaves without knowing his name.

And that’s how the story begins; Alice has a passionate love affair with a man who seems to worship her. Their love is obsessive and Alice’s normal world shrinks to just Adam, the stranger she locked eyes with on the street.

Alice leaves Jake and sets up shop with Adam, the somewhat stoic mountain climber who only has eyes for Alice. The beginning of their relationship is made of the stuff people (well, me) day dream about, the terribly handsome stranger is smitten by you, he pays rapid attention to your every word, he can’t keep his hands off you, he’s spontaneous, he always makes you feel loved and desired and you feel the same way. But then reality creeps in, how much does Alice really know about Adam?

The novel takes you on a road where we find out more about Adam and the price that comes with an obsessive relationship. It’s a quick read which will surely keep you interested.

I have to add this little note which contains a spoiler, please don’t read if you plan to read the novel, but I just gotta say it! SPOILER ALERT (below)

If your friend gives you a sealed letter and says, “If I am found dead or if I disappear I want you to give this to the police,” naturally you will be shocked and curious. You might even open the sealed letter and read it, I mean, I might do it too, but if that said letter states, “If I am found dead or if I disappear and cannot be traced, then I will have been murdered by my husband, Adam Tallis,” do not, I repeat DO NOT show this letter to her husband, the same Adam Tallis. For f*cks sake! Why in the world would someone do this? Yes, you might believe your friend to be a bit mad or having a nervous break-down of some sort, but why in the hell would you tell the person she believes might kill her, I mean, even if she’s delusional, try to error on the side of caution.

That is all... I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a quick read, beach read or have a long flight.

P.S. - The idea of obsession and crazy love is rather interesting to me and now I'm on a obsession book binge. I already created my obsession book list in goodreads, so next up I'm reading Endless Love by Scott Spencer.

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