2018 Book 286: DAY OF THE DEAD by Nicci French

Day of the Dead by Nicci French
ISBN: 9780062846082 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062676702 (trade paperback)
ISBN: 9780062676719 (ebook)
ISBN: 9780062858382 (digital audiobook)
ASIN: B072JT5Y8J (Kindle edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: July 24, 2018 


LOUISE PENNY says the Frieda Klein novels are “fabulous.”


JOSEPH FINDER says they’re “in the rich vein of Kate Atkinson.”

And TAMI HOAG calls them “truly unique.”

Now the final book in this extraordinary series is here. And it’s an ending you’ll never forget.

A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve — a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself.

In the years since, Frieda has worked with — and sometimes against — the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she’s in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis. And it’s a showdown she might not survive.

This gripping cat-and-mouse thriller pits one of the most fascinating characters in contemporary fiction against an enemy like none other. Smart, sophisticated, and spellbinding, it’s a novel to leave you breathless. 



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No one knows that Frieda Klein has disappeared until a college student, Lola Haynes, decides to “deconstruct” Frieda’s professional life for a dissertation. This student’s search for the “truth” about Frieda and her past will rain down chaos and destruction on Lola’s life and cause her to seek help from the only person that can protect her, Frieda. Before Lola’s quest, Frieda Klein was nowhere to be found in the city of London. Her family and close friends knew that she’d gone into seclusion for no other reason to protect their lives. Now, Frieda must not only protect her friends and family but protect Lola as well from the murderous rampaging of the psychopath Dean Reeve.

Day of the Dead begins with what appears to be a horrific car crash into a restaurant. The police are able to determine only much later that the car crash was a murder masquerading as an accident. Then another murder occurs, then another, and another, all with one purpose in mind to grab the attention of Frieda Klein. Sadly the police don’t really believe that’s the intention of these murders until it’s almost too late. It isn’t until Lola’s life is touched by one of these murders that the police finally begin to believe there might be some truth to Frieda’s theory about Dean Reeve being the murderer behind all of these killings. He’s been unstoppable for ten years and it’s doubtful if he’ll be stopped without fulfilling his end game, killing Frieda Klein.

I have read every book in the Frieda Klein series and each book seemed to get better and better. Day of the Dead may be the final book in this series and it is a bit different from the previous book, but it still packed a powerful punch while tying up loose ends. It was nice to see the familiar cast of characters return, such as Josef and his son Alexei, Frieda’s sister-in-law Olivia, as well as her niece Chloe, Frieda’s previous protege Jack, her previous mentor Reuben, journalist Liz Barron, police friend Malcolm Karlsson, and more. This story centers around Frieda and Lola and everything else seems to revolve around them, so to speak. The police investigations are a big part of the story but even that takes a back seat to Frieda, Lola, and Dean’s stories. Yes, there are people that die and no, I’m not telling you who they are! Day of the Dead provides taut suspense and story twists that kept this reader on edge and turning pages until the very end. Although this may be the end of the Frieda Klein series, I’m looking forward to rereading the entire series again (yes, it is just that good). If you haven’t read this series yet and you’re into psychological suspense thrillers, you don’t know what you’re missing. Seriously, start with Blue Monday and read all the way through to Day of the Dead, you can thank me later. If you’ve already read the previous books in this series then go out and grab yourself a copy of Day of the Dead to read ASAP! This series remains one of my highly recommended series for the psychological-suspense or thriller reader.


Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the publisher via Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




About Nicci French

Nicci French is the pseudonym of English wife-and-husband team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. Their acclaimed novels of psychological suspense have sold more than 8 million copies around the world.

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2018 Book 20: SUNDAY SILENCE by Nicci French

Sunday Silence by Nicci French
ISBN: 9780062676689 (trade paperback)
ISBN: 9780062676696 (ebook)
ISBN: 9780062856890 (digital audiobook)
ASIN: B071RBDHKM (Kindle edition)
Publication date: January 9, 2018 
Publisher: William Morrow


It started with Monday. But it doesn’t end with Sunday.

Read Sunday Silence, the new novel in the series that LOUISE PENNY calls “fabulous, unsettling, and riveting”— and brace yourself for the breathtaking series finale in summer 2018.

Lover of London, gifted psychologist, frequent police consultant — Frieda Klein is many things. And now she’s a person of interest in a murder case. A body has been discovered in the most unlikely and horrifying of places: beneath the floorboards of Frieda’s house.

The corpse is only months old, but the chief suspect appears to have died more than seven years ago. Except as Frieda knows all too well, he’s alive and well and living in secret. And it seems he’s inspired a copycat…

As the days pass and the body count rises, Frieda finds herself caught in a fatal tug-of-war between two killers: one who won’t let her go, and another who can’t let her live.

Crackling with suspense, packed with emotion, Sunday Silence is a psychological thriller perfect for fans of Elizabeth George and Paula Hawkins. 



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Frieda Klein’s home is a crime scene when the body of a private detective is found under her floorboards. Then she receive’s a phone call from her niece saying “come get me,” but Chloe doesn’t know where she is. Apparently, Chloe had been abducted three days earlier and released in a local graveyard. Why? To antagonize her aunt, of course. This is followed by her good friend and mentor, Reuben, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is found badly beaten in his home. After a brief disappearance, Josef returns with his youngest son Alexei in tow and then his son is abducted and returned with a message for Frieda. And adding insult to injury, one of her former patients is murdered, her former co-worker, Jack Dargan, is beaten up, and the police commissioner is fired and blames her. The only spot of good news out of all of this is that everyone finally believes her when she tells them that Dean Reeves is still alive and responsible for the body under her floorboards. Dean also sends a message via Alexei that he “is” responsible for that abduction but not for the beatings and other things going on. Is it possible there are two serial killers targeting Frieda Klein? How can she protect her family and friends and stay alive while the body count is constantly building and another person is missing? Will they be able to find the missing person before it is too late?

I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Dark Saturday (which I thoroughly enjoyed) last year and was honored to receive a copy of Sunday Silence to review. Let me see if I can sum up my reaction to Sunday Silence in a few brief words, WOW! This was an amazingly fast-paced,  engaging, and enjoyable read for me and one that I finished in a few short hours despite an ever-increasing migraine (thank you triptan medicines). Seriously, I couldn’t put this book down. The authors have crammed quite a bit into this taut psychological thriller, such as murder, suspense, illegal immigration, battery, abduction, family drama, friendship drama, workplace drama, psychological manipulation, and more (read the book!). The one phantom boogie man that has been a constant in the Frieda Klein series is Dean Reeves and although he doesn’t quite come out of the shadows in Sunday Silence, he does make his presence known and packs quite a punch towards the end of the story (no I won’t tell you how – read the book!). This is the seventh book in this series and apparently, the series will be coming to an end with the eighth installment due out later this year. I, for one, will be sad to say goodbye to Frieda Klein and her adventures, but until then I will continue reading (and yes, rereading the earlier books). If you’ve read any of the books in the Frieda Klein series then you’ll definitely want to read Sunday Silence to see what’s happening next. If you haven’t read any of the books in this series and you enjoy psychological suspense, then I strongly encourage you to grab a copy of Sunday Silence along with the other books in this series, set aside a few weekends and read, read, read! Not sure about psychological suspense or unsure what all the hoopla is all about, start with Blue Monday and work your way up to Sunday Silence and then trust me, you’ll understand.


Disclaimer: I received a free print review copy of this book from the publisher. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Nicci French is the pseudonym of English wife-and-husband team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. Their acclaimed novels of psychological suspense have sold more than 8 million copies around the world.



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2017 Book 235: DARK SATURDAY by Nicci French

Dark Saturday (Frieda Klein #6) by Nicci French
ISBN: 9780062676665 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780062676672 (ebook)
ASIN: B01LZD3A1P (Kindle edition)
Publication date: July 11, 2017 
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks 

A decade ago, 18-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the shocking murder of her family. It was an open-and-shut case, and Hannah has been incarcerated in a secure psychiatric hospital ever since.

When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment, she reluctantly agrees. But what she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the idea that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family — that she might, in fact, be innocent.

As Hannah’s case takes hold of her, Frieda begins to realize that she’s up against someone who will go to any lengths to keep the truth from surfacing — even kill again.


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Frieda Klein is a practicing psychotherapist in London with a penchant for trouble. This time the trouble seems to be linked to a thirteen-year-old crime that horrified London at the time, the brutal murder of a family and the apparent slam-dunk arrest and conviction of then eighteen-year-old Hannah Docherty for the murder of her mother, stepfather, and younger brother. The only problem is that the more Frieda reviews the case and after visiting Hannah at a hospital for the criminally insane, does she begin to suspect that Hannah just might not be guilty of the crime. But who committed the murder all those years ago and just how far will they go to ensure no one knows the truth is the question raised in the sixth installment in the Frieda Klein series, Dark Saturday by Nicci French.

It becomes readily apparent that Frieda Klein has consulted with the Metro Police Department in London quite often and that she doesn’t have a good reputation with some of the officers there. Some feel that she has been the cause of the death of several people in the past if not by circumstance than by her own hands. Others feel that she is just a bit too wild in her “investigative assistance” to the department and has done more harm than good. Frieda has friends and frenemies within the MPD, and it is the friends of those friends that have called upon her to review Hannah Docherty’s case. What initially appears to be an open-and-shut case, quickly becomes anything but open-and-shut to Frieda once she sees Hannah, reviews the conditions she’s lived in over the past thirteen years, and sees the obvious shock and trauma the teen was under at the time of her family’s murder. The more Frieda delves into this case, the more enemies she seems to make with one exception, a conspiracy theorist blogger that apparently snatched garbage from the Docherty’s shortly after the murder. When the blogger’s home goes up in flames it becomes clear to Frieda that there is much more going on than just garbage that has been sitting for 13 years. Now she’s got several friends assisting her on the case, including her handyman and the police officer in charge of the investigation all those years ago. Just when it seems like there’s no way she can unearth the truth, she discovers something shocking? Surely this will cause the police to reopen their case? Can Frieda get justice for Hannah Docherty after all these years or will the real murderer do whatever it takes to keep the truth hidden?

I didn’t realize that Dark Saturday was the sixth book in the Frieda Klein series until I was a few pages into the book (and no, it in no way took away from my enjoyment of the story). There were some references to past history that I didn’t get as a result, but I was able to follow along without any difficulties. Most of you know that I generally read a book in one sitting. Sadly, a series of severe migraine headaches interrupted my reading of Dark Saturday so it took me a day and a half to read this book. Even while I was lying in bed awaiting my migraine pain medication to kick in, I couldn’t wait to get back to this story (yes, it was just that good or at least I thought it was). Dark Saturday was the first Nicci French book that I’ve read, but let me tell you that I’ll be going back and reading them all very shortly starting with the previous Frieda Klein books. How can I describe Frieda Klein? Think of amateur television detective and fictional author Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame mixed with a bit of the HBO psychoanalyst Paul Weston from In Treatment and throw in a bit of the repetitive questioning and quirkiness of television’s Columbo and you start to get a feel for Frieda Klein or at least how I imagine her. Frieda is feisty, fierce, and formidable (no, she’s not Wonder Woman, but she is pretty mighty). She’s highly protective of her friends and family, and once she has something in her mind, she runs with it. Frieda has had a lot of ups and downs over the years and there are many people that feel as if she’s asked for the trouble she’s had but through it all, she perseveres. Let me tell you something, if I’m ever in trouble and there’s someone I need in my corner, I want someone like Frieda at bat for me! Okay back to the story, there are obvious bad guys in this story, because hey multiple murders. On top of that is the injustice that Hannah has suffered at the hands of the inmates/patients while the hospital has turned a blind eye for the past 13 years. This is a woman that has been forced in solitary confinement for months on end when she fights back, has been repeatedly beaten, suffered numerous concussions, lost teeth, etc. without any recourse to those around her until Frieda arrived on the scene. It’s truly sad to think that the mental health situation for the criminally insane in the United Kingdom is just as bad as it is in the United States (a sad commentary on our worldwide concern for the mentally ill). Nicci French has crafted a psychological suspense thriller that kept this reader on edge page after page until the bitter end only to leave me hanging (yes, there’s a cliffhanger ending and no I won’t tell you what it is…read the book!). For those of you that enjoy reading quality suspense thrillers and have read the previous Frieda Klein books, grab yourself a copy of Dark Saturday to read ASAP. For those of you that enjoy reading quality suspense thrillers and haven’t read any of the previous Frieda Klein books, go ahead and grab a copy of Dark Saturday to read anyway, you can thank me later. While I wait for the next book in the Frieda Klein series, I’ll be reading the previous books in this series and rereading Dark Saturday. I’m always excited to find a new-to-me author or series, so finding Nicci French (better late than never) and the Frieda Klein series was a much-welcomed introduction.

Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



Read an excerpt from Dark Saturday by Nicci French here.


About Nicci French

Nicci French is the pseudonym of English wife-and-husband team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. Their acclaimed novels of psychological suspense have sold more than 8 million copies around the world.


Connect with the authors on their Facebook page.



Praise:

LOUISE PENNY says Nicci French’s books are “fabulous.”

JOSEPH FINDER says they’re “in the rich vein of Kate Atkinson.”

And TAMI HOAG calls them “truly unique.”

Enter the world of NICCI FRENCH with Dark Saturday, an electrifying, sophisticated psychological thriller about past crimes and present dangers, featuring an unforgettable protagonist…

Utterly compelling and enthralling, Dark Saturday speeds readers down a twisting trail of secrets, suspense, and murder.


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