Friday, June 15, 2007

The Red Room by Nicci French

As you can probably tell from my recent amount of posts, I have not been doing much reading lately. I have been having a rough time for awhile, but lately it is escalated. I am having problems with anxiety and depression and that has taken a hit on my reading. I can't concentrate on reading for more than 5 minutes or so. So that makes me even more upset. I never finished reading the Dean Koontz book and I started reading Unspeakable by Sandra Brown two weeks, Monday. I am only about 70 pages in. Pretty sad. However, I have books coming in from the library and thrift stores. I also downloaded 2 e-books through the library and have completed one of those. It was 468 pages, but I read that in about 5 or 6 days. So anyways, here is my review of The Red Room by Nicci French... which I give an A-.

In this case, the two people whose lives are being most unfairly manipulated hold opposite, even antagonistic, places in society. One is a clinical psychologist, Katherine Quinn; the other, Michael Doll, is the troubled young man who not long ago left her with terrible facial disfigurement, having suddenly attacked her while undergoing an evaluation in his jail cell. Somehow, out of curiosity, misplaced duty, and a desire to try to "reduce him to his human size," Kit Quinn allows a police detective to talk her into seeing Michael once again. This time her nemesis--about whom she has recurring nightmares of a blood-spattered red room--stands accused of murder. The trouble is, after coming face to face with him, Dr. Quinn isn't at all convinced he's guilty.

I really enjoy Nicci French's novels. I think I have mentioned this before but her novels are set in London and while I have a hard time understanding some of the slang terms, I always love her suspensful novels. While this one was as suspensful as her others, The Red Room is a nice story that I was able to read fairly quickly... compared to my other reading of late. Oh well. I am going to try and keep reading Unspeakable by I did just get 2 books in from the library that I read reviews on blogs. They are Ladykiller and Helpless by 2 new to me authors. Maybe they can help with the slump.

Happy reading and have a great weekend!


Wendy said...

Two suggestions: Have you tried "littler" books. Maybe a Harlequin or an anthology of short stories? Also, audio books might help.

Kristie said...

I have been listening to audio books. I always have one in my car and sometimes download some onto my IPOD. To me, those are relaxing. I may have to go through the TBR and pick out some of my Harlequins. THough I do think I am next for the Laura Levine at the library and I am sure that will do the trick.

I am also going to Florida in month and want to be back to par. I survive plane rides by reading, and I plan on doing quite a bit on the beach and poolside.

THanks for the suggestions.