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Book Title: Secret Smile|
The author of the book: Nicci French
Edition: Michael Joseph
Date of issue: January 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780718145194
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.3
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I enjoyed this book but after finishing it, I can't help but feel like there's something missing. The end is rather abrupt and rushed, like something else was originally supposed to happen, but at the last minute, it was changed. I don't know how I expected the story to end, but I just expected *more*.
The story itself (girl meets boy, girl dumps boy, boy turns out to be a psycho) is interesting, no doubt. Of course, it's been done so many times that it's hard to make the idea fresh or new, though I certainly couldn't put this book down. Brendan Block has to be the most despicable antagonist I've ever seen in a story like this -- part of the reason I kept reading was because I just wanted to see how much worse he could get.
I might have given this book more stars if not for the fact that every single character was annoying. Brendan, of course, was supposed to be, so I don't really count him -- he was a well-written psycho whom we obviously all wanted to see get his in the end. But Miranda and her entire family are stone dumb idiots -- there's so much wrong with what Miranda does and doesn't do in this story that I just found myself getting so completely frustrated with her while I read. And her family members are worse, especially her parents. Despite the fact that they raised Miranda, and they're apparently such a close family, they choose to believe Brendan's words over Miranda's. This man whom they've only known for a little while, who went from dating one sister to the other, who obviously makes Miranda uncomfortable. Did the parents really see nothing weird about him? I could understand if Miranda had been painted as a pathological liar or something, but she wasn't -- she was a normal woman who had a normal relationship with her family, yet her family just says, "Oh hey, stop trying to ruin everyone's happiness, we know Brendan is a really good guy."
I've never wanted to punch fictional characters as much as I wanted to punch Miranda's sister and parents.
All in all, I *did* enjoy the story, truly. But the rushed ending and the fact that nobody ever apologizes to Miranda for not believing her just left me more frustrated than anything.
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Read information about the authorNote: (Nicci Gerrard and Sean French also write separately.)
Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire. After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began her first job, working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield. In that same year she married journalist Colin Hughes.
In the early eighties she taught English Literature in Sheffield, London and Los Angeles, but moved into publishing in 1985 with the launch of Women's Review, a magazine for women on art, literature and female issues.
In 1987 Nicci had a son, Edgar, followed by a daughter, Anna, in 1988, but a year later her marriage to Colin Hughes broke down.
In 1989 she became acting literary editor at the New Statesman, before moving to the Observer, where she was deputy literary editor for five years, and then a feature writer and executive editor.
It was while she was at the New Statesman that she met Sean French.
Sean French was born in May 1959 in Bristol, to a British father and Swedish mother. He too studied English Literature at Oxford University at the same time as Nicci, also graduating with a first class degree, but their paths didn't cross until 1990. In 1981 he won Vogue magazine's Writing Talent Contest, and from 1981 to 1986 he was their theatre critic. During that time he also worked at the Sunday Times as deputy literary editor and television critic, and was the film critic for Marie Claire and deputy editor of New Society.
Sean and Nicci were married in Hackney in October 1990. Their daughters, Hadley and Molly, were born in 1991 and 1993.
By the mid-nineties Sean had had two novels published, The Imaginary Monkey and The Dreamer of Dreams, as well as numerous non-fiction books, including biographies of Jane Fonda and Brigitte Bardot.
In 1995 Nicci and Sean began work on their first joint novel and adopted the pseudonym of Nicci French. The Memory Game was published to great acclaim in 1997 followed by The Safe House (1998), Killing Me Softly (1999), Beneath the Skin (2000), The Red Room (2001), Land of the Living (2002), Secret Smile (2003), Catch Me When I Fall (2005), Losing You (2006) and Until It's Over (2008). Their latest novel together is What To Do When Someone Dies (2009).
Nicci and Sean also continue to write separately. Nicci still works as a journalist for the Observer, covering high-profile trials including those of Fred and Rose West, and Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr. Novels include Things We Knew Were True (2003), Solace (2005) and The Moment You Were Gone (2007). Sean's last novel is Start From Here (2004).
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