What to do When Someone Dies by Nicci French


What to do When Someone Dies is the eleventh book from husband and wife writing team Sean French and Nicci Gerrard.

I have loved some of its predecessors but been very disappointed in others. My reaction to this book though, was a little different.

Almost every element of this book had something positive that was offset by something negative.

The premise is strong: Ellie, is told that her husband, Greg, has died in a car crash, together with a female passenger. The police believe the crash was an accident and that the woman was Greg’s mistress. Ellie, of course, is grief stricken, but she is detemined to prove otherwise, and sets off on her own investigation.

The initial scenes are very well handled but the plot quickly takes some unbelievable turns. There were several moments I considered events and thought, “no, that couldn’t have happened.”

It is an interesting journey though. The plot twists and turns. Ellie and her quest are engaging, and her grief and her irrational, obsessive behaviour are sympathetically and sensitively portrayed.

And Elllie’s friends reactions and attempts to support her ring true. It’s just a shame though that none of their characters were properly developed.

The resolution is fast – maybe rushed – dramatic and fairly unsurprising.

At the end of the day this isn’t a bad book by any means. It’s just a book that could have been so much better.

4 responses

  1. Kathy – I’ve enjoyed Nicci French’s solo books, bur Sean French’s have never appealed. I do think that both authors bring something to the joint works. I’d be more inclined to suggest that maybe the book was rushed – a bit more work and it could have been great.

  2. I didn’t know this was a series written by a husband/wife writing team. I’m always intrigued by this combination, so I am going to have to check one out. Thanks for the review!

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