Land of the Living
Abbie Deveraux wakes up to find herself in the dark, bound and hooded, and unable to think clearly. Her captor ruthlessly relates what has happened to his previous victims, but he is no hurry to finish the job. Abbie finally manages to escape, only to find that no one believes her story.
In addition to her inability to convince the police about what happened, Abbie can't remember much of the time leading up to her capture. She begins interviewing her friends about the days immediately preceding her captivity, trying to reconstruct what led to her horrifying experience with a psychopath.
Realistic? Well, no. Compelling and suspenseful? Oh, yes.
Library copy. Read in Dec.
Suspense/Mystery. 2003. 432 pages.
The Red Room
Kit Quinn is a clinical psychologist who is asked to evaluate Michael Doll, but during the evaluation, Doll becomes extremely agitated and ends up slashing Kit's face.
Later, Doll is arrested as a suspect in the murder of a young woman, and a reluctant Kit is again called in. Despite her unease about the disturbed Michael Doll, Kit isn't sure that he is guilty of the murder. The relationship between the police is pretty antagonistic, but Kit believes the murder of the young run-away may be connected to two previous murders.
This novel may be part of the inspiration for the husband and wife writing team known as Nicci French to develop their more recent Frieda Klein series (Blue Monday, Tuesday's Gone, Waiting for Wednesday).
I wasn't entralled with The Red Room for several reasons, but I have enjoyed the three books I've read in the Frieda Klein series.
Library copy. Read in Jan.
Suspense/Mystery. 2001. 384 pages.