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review 2014-03-04 00:00
Killing Her Softly
Killing Her Softly - Beverly Barton An interesting plot in this romantic suspense that started out okay but soon started to drag expounding on hero being a playboy then wondering who done it which I could of told them halfway in and it was too casual about sex. Attorney Quinn is suspect in murder of his lover who is Annabelle's cousin and she wants justice.
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review 2014-02-11 11:00
Killing Me Softly
Killing Me Softly - Nicci French

Alice is a woman who has it all, good job, relationship...

She leaves everything behind to run off with her new boyfriend, even though she doesn't know anything about him. He soon turns violent and obsessive. This seems the moment for Alice to run away again, but she doesn't.


It's called a novel of obsession, and that's certainly what it was. That part definitely was interesting, but Alice's stupid decisions annoyed me. I've heard the stories so I know things like this actually happen, but I can't see why she stays there. The writing as always was nice to read, this is one of Nicci French's books I liked better.


I once watched the first few minutes of the movie they made from this book, but it was plain horrible! Couldn't stand to watch it.


Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book

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review 2014-01-17 00:10
Relationship built on obsession, desire and deception-what could go wrong
Killing Me Softly - Nicci French

Opening Line: “He knew he was going to die.”

Killing Me Softly is a love story but not in the typical sense; it’s obsessive, all consuming, violent, intense, desperate and ultimately terrifying. And oh my god is it good. I literally could not put this down.

If I could compare this book to anything I would say that initially it reminded me of a combination of 9 ½ weeks and that Richard Gere/Diane Lane movie from a few years ago (Unfaithful) -based on the passion, intensity and utter randomness of our couples first encounter. Of course it then unravels into a tense psychological thriller which much in a car wreck sort of way you can’t take your eyes off of. Throughout I had a feeling of this just can’t end well.

I should mention that despite the fact that the blurb on the jacket describes this book as "erotic’" all the sex scenes are off page; it’s still sexy as hell -in an alarming sort of way. And I’ll admit to being very uncomfortable in sections, shaking my head at our heroine’s decisions and basic lack of “self” (“what the hell are you thinking girl?”) I also doubted myself, doubted Alice and Adam and was left utterly raw and heartbroken by the end. Just the kind of reading experience I love.

Alice Loudon has it all: a comfortable life, a stable (nice) live-in boyfriend, a good job, clever friends, and then one day while walking down a London street on her lunch hour she sees him, standing there, staring, as if waiting for her. The attraction is immediate; it’s unexplainable, like a lightning bolt that neither of them can turn away from. He is Adam Tallis and without speaking a word she follows this complete stranger to his apartment where she proceeds to let him take her clothes off and engages in the most intense love making she has ever known. In fact with Adam she needs a new word for sex. He envelopes her, obliterates her, he is unlike any man she has ever known, and within days she is lost to him.

Abandoning everything (and I mean that literally) Alice leaves her boyfriend and moves in, within months they’re married. Nothing matters except him and them and her world becomes very small. She barely recognizes herself in the mirror anymore as Adam begins to possess every aspect of her being. He worships her, desires her, loves her in an all-consuming way and there isn’t room for anyone or anything else. Alice’s world shrinks to being just Adam; the stranger she fell in love with on a street.

Adam. Her enigmatic husband, world renowned mountain climber, guide and reluctant hero after his last expedition in the Himalayas left half of their group dead. Adam comes with a whole circle of mysterious and exotic friends and it’s when Klaus decides to write a book about the tragedy of the Chungawat expedition that Alice opens her eyes. Reality creeps in, jealousy and doubt takes hold and the tension level rises. How well does she really know this man? Told entirely from the first person we witness Alice’s inner turmoil, doubts and fears as curiosity about her husband’s past and former lovers becomes in of itself an obsession.

“What a ghastly farce it all was. Our whole marriage was built on desire and deception.”

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review 2013-10-17 20:59
Killing Me Softly by Nicci French
Killing Me Softly - Nicci French

bookshelves: fraudio, too-sexy-for-maiden-aunts, mystery-thriller, spring-2010, published-1999, adventure, serial-killer, psychology

Read from March 24 to April 18, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Read by Amanda Root. Theme tune (I'm not sure this is the right version of the song, whatdya think?.... maybe it should be Dinah Wahington )

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review 2013-07-11 00:00
Killing Me Softly
Killing Me Softly - Leisl Leighton I didn't honestly expected to like this novel when I began reading it a few days ago. It was very boring and I didn't like the flow of it. I was very much disappointed with the novel after reading the first three chapters. So I came to a conclusion, this novel was not really for me. But I gave it a try. To my surprise, I was actually able to like the novel because of the main protagonist Alexia and those fascinating people around her.Leigh Leighton's Killing me softly is about Alexia alias Lexi, a 29 years old very talented and popular music producer who agrees to work with one of the famous singer Daemon Flagherty and his band on one condition that is to work and stay with her at her private country estate until their work is finished .She is very secretive and hideous which makes Daemon not able to believe her. So he asks his manager Nigel to have a thorough background check on her history. When he learns about her past, he empathizes and is more attracted to her than before.Both of their lives are somewhat similar although what Lexi has to endure is more than unimaginable and horrifying. There is a strong reason for that. Lexi has a twin sister, Catriona who is in a vegetative state for almost eleven years with big Scars on her face that makes her unrecognizable as her identical twin. She has a strong guilt for her sister's catonic state as she feels she is the one responsible for everything that happened , which is absolutely untrue because Lyndon James is the only one answerable to them but unfortunately he was killed in Jail without experiencing the immense pain encountered by the twin sisters thereafter.In the mean time, Lexi reciprocates her love for Daemon but she is afraid to let their relationship grow and give it a new status with her being stalked by a psychopathic killer who knows her past and is now haunting because of that. For this reason, she was living under a pseudonym and a private address. Now the stalker knows where she lives but could it be because of Daemon's band? She is so confused and also scared. Now Daemon knows her deadly secret of being abused and stalked by an unknown person but the question is will he be able to save her from the killer?All the characters in the novel appealed to me but Billy was the only one who gained my love and interest. If you read it you will know why I am saying this. I liked Lexi but I didn't like Daemon, it may be because I am not a great believer of love at first sight and it is so stupid. Lexi's initial shyness is very much understandable as she is also a virgin. Bev and Karl also made it to my favorite list despite their role being short. Catriona has a suspense for everyone, read the novel to find what is it. I had a guess on the stalker but didn't know exactly he was the one as I had my doubts on almost everyone in the novel including Daemon Flagherty. Overall I enjoyed very much reading the novel , whenever Lexi received that letter , I wasn't patient enough to know who her stalker was. Finally, towards the end of the novel, I was contented with the fact Justice was served .For me, this novel was like watching those serial killer movies and soap operas in which the cops try to unfold the true identity of the serial killers and also the reason to why they did it.
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