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The Red Room
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The Red Room
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At the request of London police, psychologist Kit Quinn agrees to evaluate Michael Doll, a sexual predator who slashes her face. As she recovers, Kit has horrible dreams of a red room. Months later, Doll is arrested for murder. As Doll's obsession with Kit escalates, Kit is gripped with a paralyzing fear that the killer isn't Doll--but someone close to her heart.

At the request of London police, psychologist Kit Quinn agrees to evaluate Michael Doll, a sexual predator who slashes her face. As she recovers, Kit has horrible dreams of a red room. Months later, Doll is arrested for murder. As Doll's obsession with Kit escalates, Kit is gripped with a paralyzing fear that the killer isn't Doll--but someone close to her heart.

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  • Nicci French is the author of the bestsellers Beneath the Skin and Killing Me Softly, as well as two earlier books, The Memory Game and The Safe House, both published in England to great acclaim.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 25, 2001
    Following two highly praised psychothrillers (Killing Me Softly
    and Beneath the Skin), this fiction noir will be welcomed by French's avid readers. However, the fragmented, wandering—at times almost directionless—narrative won't do much to add to French's (actually a husband-and-wife writing team) list of fans. Attractive young London forensic psychiatrist Kit Quinn is having a run of rotten luck. First she catches her lover with another woman, then she's maimed by Michael Doll, a disturbed young man the police were questioning for loitering near an elementary school. When Doll is arrested again, suspected of murdering a young woman whose body is found by a canal where he fishes, Kit is asked to do a psychological assessment. Uncertain about Doll's guilt, Kit points out that the cops have no case. A tenuous connection to Will Pavic, the director of the homeless shelter frequented by runaway teens in a seedy ghetto, leads nowhere. Over protests from the smug police that she is wasting her time, Kit, following her intuition, wanders far afield and questions the affluent family of a young mother, the victim of an earlier, seemingly unrelated kidnapping and murder. Also, she intuits a link with the suicide of a troubled teen. Ignoring her fear that he may be involved, Kit, out of loneliness, enters a bittersweet affair with Will. Despite a literary yard sale of gratuitous characters, superfluous subplots and prose that at times seems remote and abstract, the chimerical plot is rescued as the signature climax is delivered right on cue. Major ad/promo. (Aug. 7)FYI:MGM will release the film version of
    Killing Me Softly, starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes, this October.

  • Library Journal

    April 15, 2001
    Psychologist Grace Shilling, heroine of French's popular Beneath the Skin, is back. She's not looking for trouble in fact, she is overwhelmed by images of the dead women who as a police consultant she still was not able to save but then the police hand her a tough new case that is not what it appears to be.

    Copyright 2001 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Great Acclaim for Nicci French’s Previous Thriller, Beneath the Skin

    “Brilliant…frightening…a tale of sheer terror.” —People

    “An insinuating tale of sexual terror.” —New York Times Book Review

    “Captivating…brilliant…a gripping read for anywhere but home alone.” —Mademoiselle

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