I always enjoy Nicci French’s thrillers, and i think this is possibly one of my favourites. I found that Losing You was impossible to put down because there were no breaks or pauses, or chapters, but this relfects the nature of the characters’ situation; the events are continuous and there is no reprieve until the end. Everything happens in one day, which happens to be protagonist Nina Landry’s fortieth birthday, but this celebration is forgotten as Nina desperately searches for her missing daughter Charlie, discovering new and sometimes shocking things about her in the process and also about herself and the lengths she will go to save her. Of course, there is a welcome and satisfying resolution to the thriller.
Generally, I prefer reading books that are written in the first person, and in a thriller such as this, I think it is even more important. Nicci French manages to write really well-rounded characters, who often do unwise and desperate things in the situations they’re in, but as a reader, you remain with them until the end.