Wednesday, the 24th of Febuary, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!

Today my pick is The Red Room by Nicci French (pseudonym of the husband-wife team of Nicci Gerard and Sean French). First published in 2001, this is a standalone psychological thriller. This one’s also actually from among my parents’ books but passed on to them by friends with another title by French, neither of which I’ve read so far. I was a little sceptical about them but reading a review by Sandy from Sandy’s book a day recently of another French title, House of Correction (here), my curiosity was piqued again. And since from the two titles I had she had mentioned this as being a good one, I picked this one up and added it to my pile.

This is the story of Kit Quinn , ‘a young woman who inhabits dangerous worlds’. I assume from the description of her involvement with crime scenes, interrogation rooms, and hospitals for the criminally insane that she works in some capacity advising the police though the description does not say what precisely. She has been horribly wounded by a suspect and has just returned to work. She is asked to advice the police on what seems like the simple case of a young runway found killed beside a canal. The chief suspect–the man who had attacked Kit. She soon involves herself in the investigation getting pulled further into the world of the missing and unwanted and putting herself in danger, and in ‘the blood-read heart of her own fears’.

Honestly speaking, reading the description at the back of the copy I have (the Goodreads description seems much tamer) gave me the shivers, and I am wondering whether I should or shouldn’t pick this one up. Psychological thrillers aren’t my usual fare–I prefer the good old mystery but I might still eventually give this one a try (whether I’ll reach the end, I’ll have to see).

Have you read this one or any others by Nicci French? Which ones and how did you like them? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!

Cover image and description from Goodreads as always (here), and the blurb behind my copy.

Lisa’s pick this week is also a creepy one, Thinner by Stephen King, another author I am sceptical to pick up because of the creepiness (here)

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