A woman wakes up in the dark, tied, thirsty and famished. She doesn’t know what happened to her. She remembers that her name is Abbie Devereaux, that she has a job and a boyfriend. But how she came to be kidnapped and by whom she doesn’t remember. Her kidnapper claims to have killed other woman before her, and says her turn will come soon…

Luckily, Abbie manages to escape, she runs away without looking back and when the police arrives, she is unable to find the place where she was held captive. The nightmare is just beginning… Soon people begin to doubt her story and she is sent home without protection.

Except, where is home? Abbie starts to realize that, during the days that her memory can’t figure out, she made a lot of changes in her life. Who was Abbie just before she was kidnapped? And, mostly, who kidnapped her? Is he still after her? Abbie will have to follow the tracks left by her lost self to find the truth…

The first Nicci French I read (Nicci French are indeed two people, husband and wife, writing together…) was Killing Me Softly, which I found badly written, but extremely suspenseful. I liked The Safe House and The Memory Game was ok, but after reading Beneath the Skin and The Red Room, both which I found very weak, I thought I would not be reading any more of their books. Well, I changed my mind and decided to give a try to Land of the Living. It was pretty good, Nicci French’s style gets better (I don’t know which one of them actually does the writing…) and the story held my attention, it was gripping and well-paced. Unfortunately, I found the ending pretty disappointing. The story had a good start, the basic idea (loss of memory of days preceding a kidnapping) is full of potential, but I was expecting a more twisted outcome.

Rating: 3,5/5