Listen free for 30 days

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

They say your memory can't be trusted. They say your story doesn't check out. They say you were never blindfolded...starved...or imprisoned in a filthy shed like an animal. But you know it happened. And you know it can happen again.

This masterful novel of brilliantly drawn characters and harrowing suspense will shock you at every turn and force you to walk the fine line between madness and fear.

Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are 11 other best-selling novels by Nicci French: The Memory Game, The Safe House, Killing Me Softly, Beneath the Skin, The Red Room, Land of the Living, Secret Smile, Catch Me When I Fall, Losing You, Until It's Over, and What to Do When Someone Dies, all published by Penguin.

©2002 Nicci French (P)2015 Auidble, Ltd

Critic reviews

"Land of the Living is possibly their most assured outing yet, with all the carefully crafted plotting and assiduous characterisation that has distinguished their earlier work. The basic situation is intense and immediate: Abbie Devereux wakes up and finds herself hooded and bound, with no idea of how she ended up in this terrifying state. She is tended to by a man she never sees: a man who makes the promise that he will eventually kill her 'like the others'. Abbie is forced to re-examine aspects of her identity, her career and the dying relationship she had with her boyfriend. The struggle for survival is physical and mental. If French's compelling novel owes more than a little to John Fowles' masterpiece The Collector, it is none the worse for that. And the delineation of extreme mental states has all the disturbing assurance of Patricia Highsmith." (Barry Forshaw)

What listeners say about Land of the Living

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    66
  • 4 Stars
    49
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    76
  • 4 Stars
    38
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    58
  • 4 Stars
    41
  • 3 Stars
    21
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

What a good book!

An interesting well thought out plot. The only criticism is that the end seemed rushed. The narrator was excellent with subtle changes in her voice and accents.all in all money well spent the first of many books by these authors that I'll invest in.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

ok

Ok not as gripping as I hoped from reading the blurb. I liked the narrator though.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointed

I was really disappointed with this book, it had such potential! Really great idea that just became long and rambling towards the end. Parts were downright unbelievable.
Good narration.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Land of the living is a thoroughly gripping story.

This book did not once lack pace, which is what one expects from a Nicki French novel. The narrator is excellent: a five star all rounder.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JJ
  • 24-04-21

Another great listen from the writing

Great writing partnership, no banal, predictabley calculable plot twists and turns. Good narrator. You don't fall for the lead character, but you're not meant to... Really good style of story and delivery

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Boring

I found this book monotonous and really boring. After listening for an hour and a half I fast forwarded to the end. Yawn!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great book.

Great book. thought the ending was to abrupt though. Will try something else by the author though.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

very good book

i really enjoyed this book well written and griping has you almost holding your berth

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Not bad at all!

Have listened to this twice, it is a good story, well read.
It made me think about every stage the main character went through.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Disappointing end

I've read a lot of Nikki French books and they usually end with a good mystery and climax and the victim knows the culprit. This one was a big let down, the story unfolds and is great but the end result was so poor.