Friday, May 11, 2007

Catch Me If I Fall by Nicci French

I discovered Nicci French last year just by picking up one of her books at the bookstore. I didn't realize that she was an English author and I normally shy away from English authors because some of the slang words are different and they seem to bother me. I just get hung up on them, but I am so glad I stuck with her books. They are great and this one did not disappoint, as I graded it as an A-.

Holly Krauss lives her life in the fast lane. A successful, happly married businesswoman, she is loved and admired by everyone she meets. But that's only one side of Holly. The other takes regular walks on the wild side and is making reckless mistakes. When the two sides of Holly's life collide, her world quickly spirals out of control. She thinks she's being stalked, that someone is trying to extort money from her, and that threats lurk around every corner. Soon the people closest to her are running out of patience. But are her fears due to paranoria and illness, or is the danger very, very real? And if Holly can no longer rely on her own judgement, who can she trust to catch her when she falls?

I love the way this book is set up. It is set up in two parts with Holly telling the first part as her life becomes crazy and she makes horrible choices and then through Meg, Holly's best friend. I thought that this was a great way because it really allows the reader to get into Holly's head but also allows for the reader to get a grasp on how her decisions are impacting those around her. The reader is really put through the suspense on whether or not Holly is in danger or if it is all a figment of her imagination. While it looks like it took me a couple of days to read it, I really finished it today. I didn't have much time to read yesterday and just could not put the book down. I really enjoyed it and recommend Nicci French to all of those who enjoy a good look at the inside of people's minds and learn what makes them tick. I will definitely be looking for more of her backlist.

Up next is one of the three books I picked up from the library. I got Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber, Killer in High Heels by Gemma Halliday, and Sex on the Beach Book Club by Jennifer Apodaca. Not sure which one will be next, probably whatever one I grab. Or I may have Chris pick one for me. I do that sometimes when I can't decide what to read next.

Anyways, I hope all of you have a good weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there! And GOOOOOOOOOOOOO RED WINGS!!!!! They won a great game tonight!


Literary Feline said...

I have a Nicci French book in my TBR room, but I have yet to read it. I am glad you enjoy the books! Great review. I may have to add the author to my Summer Mystery Reading Challenge list.

Kristie said...

I really enjoy her books. They are not your average mystery books but have a good look at the inside of a psychological suspense and what makes people tick.