Book Review: What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French
November 3, 2011 10 Comments
What To Do When Someone Dies was the oldest book on my TBR, so it was time to tackle it. It fitted quite nicely in the R.I.P. VI challenge. It wasn’t even that I didn’t expect to like the book, I just never got round to it.
The book was a nice, easy read. I read it during the 24h readathon, for which it was an ideal book.
What To Do When Someone Dies: What it is about
Ellie gets the shock of her life when two policemen knock on her door to tell her that her husband Greg has died in a car crash. Not only that, but he was in the company of an unknown woman.
Everyone around her immediately assumes that he had an affair but Ellie can’t believe it and she sets out to investigate. She almost accidentally get a part-time job at the office where the “other woman”, Milena, worked. She snoops around trying to find out whether Milena and Greg actually knew each other.
Because she is pretending to be someone else rather than give away that she’s Greg’s widow, she gets herself in some trouble, eventually almost getting arrested for murder.
Both the police and her friends think she’s a little deranged for trying to prove that Greg did not have an affair. It turns out it’s not quite as simple as that.
What To Do When Someone Dies: What I thought
I enjoyed this book a lot. The story was well-paced and I was with Ellie believing that her husband did not have a lover.
Ellie was quite a shy person and I found it not so believable that she would go working at Milena’s office without saying who she was. But everything she did made good sense and I liked her a lot.
My only problem was with the ending. The story’s resolution was not so clear to me – it could have been made a bit more explicit.
I loved the way it was written, I liked what Ellie did to find out about her husband and it was a great read.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I got this book: from a book swap last year
I read this in: in English, the original language
Number of pages: 344
First published: 2008
Extras: This is my fourth and finalbook for the R.I.P. Challenge