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I enjoyed this second book in Nicci French's Frieda Klein series. Although not essential, it will help if you have read Blue Monday first (even though it's not quite as good) because there are personal and plot issues which carry on from there.

The plot of Tuesday's Gone is well summarized elsewhere on this page and again involves psychotherapist Frieda Klein reluctantly assisting with a police investigation. The book hits its stride straight away and I was very quickly drawn in and thoroughly gripped for most of the time. Frieda's character develops well and more naturally this time without all the slightly laboured scene-setting of the previous book. Tension builds nicely and the plot is well developed with a couple of genuinely clever twists and Nicci French's characteristic excellent writing and sense of pace.

Once the main mystery is solved there is a frankly rather silly coda of about 50 pages whose purpose seems to be to provide the apparently mandatory Investigator In Peril Climax and to further the through-plot which looks as though it may run for the whole series. I didn't think it added much and I would have preferred the book without it, but it didn't ruin the book either and this remains a very well written, involving thriller which I recommend warmly.
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on 25 February 2013
Having read Blue Monday I expected a new story about Frieda Klein......but her past keeps haunting her even as a new mystery emerges. A caseworker discovers a rotting corpse being tenderly cared for by a client. He is naked, his clothes carefully washed and is seated on the couch with a cup of tea. Frieda is brought in to try to talk to the woman as the police try to identify the body and work out what happened. But Carrie Dekker makes a complaint about how her husband Alan was used to track down the missing children, and Frieda begins to suspect Dean Reeve is still alive. The two plots interweave and I could not put the book down.
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VINE VOICEon 11 February 2014
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Tuesday’s Gone – Nicci French

The Daily Express used the word “Addictive” to describe this book, and I’d agree that it is a splendid word to use for Tuesday’s Gone.

Michelle Doyce is trying to serve tea to a man who has been dead for some time, but who killed him, and who is he? Where was he killed. Michelle is mentally unstable, and anyone talking with her can’t make any sense of what she says.

DCI Karlsson is the investigating officer, and is expected to immediately close the case. The Commissioner wants him to agree that Michelle Doyce is the killer and should be locked away in a mental institution. He’s unhappy with this, and so decides to bring in a psychologist, Frieda Klein, in the hope that she will be able to make sense of whatever words Michelle Doyce speaks.

But Frieda Klein has her own demons, and she hasn’t even begun to deal with what happened to her some time ago. A complaint has been filed from the wife of a man she had been counselling, who has since disappeared. His wife, Mrs Dekker, blames Frieda for destroying her marriage.

Frieda is so reluctant about becoming involved in the investigation, and talks it through with her mentor, Reuben. He is concerned about her involvement, but supports her. Frieda enlists the help of other specialists, and the diagnosis of Capgras’ Delusion is mentioned, which is extremely rare.

From here, all the different themes become entwined, and the reluctant Frieda becomes engulfed into trying to understand Michelle, and who this man is that has been killed. DCI Karlsson has his own difficulties – the Commissioner is unhappy that the DCI wants the investigation to be opened, as he is not satisfied that Michelle is the killer, but he doesn’t know what her involvement has been.

Overall, the book is extremely well written, in that it IS addictive; the tangents that the author creates are all linked, but she doesn’t provide any clues why they are linked, which makes even more compulsive reading. This is a superb book, and one I recommend without any reservation.

I’m sure that the book will be checked for errors – such as Detective Constable LONG become Detective Inspector LONG … how I wish for such quick promotion! Ignoring these tiny issues, I really did enjoy reading this book, and will look forward to another book by Nicci French.
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VINE VOICEon 3 May 2013
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Having read the 'Monday' book in this series about psychologist Frieda Klein and her off-on relationship with the police and manfriend, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this one.

The previous book was well-written with a superb twist at the end, but I found it bitty, rushed, and unsatisfying. I also didn't come away with any sense of Frieda as a character.

This one is a different kettle of fish altogether! From the first page I was hooked on the story, that starts with the discovery of a body in the most unusual of circumstances and then leads us on a rollercoaster ride of plot twists, intrigues, red herrings and (rather dark) fun.

Frieda completely comes into her own in this book and I really began to like her, likewise the other members of the cast were far more fully-fledged second time round.

There are untied-up strands from the first book running through this one and I suspect they'll run throughout the entire series with a grand finale at the end. You could read this one as a standalone, but it would probably be a good idea to start at the beginning of the week. Me, I'm looking forward to Wednesday now!
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Whereas I found Blue Monday to take an unconscionably long time labouring over the groundwork, firmly establishing relations with our unlikely heroine Dr. Frieda Klein, together with her sad and mostly sorry Detective pal DCI Karlsson plus other assorted damaged members of her coterie, Reuben, Josef and Olivia; this time I felt comfortably at home from the start, merely passing grateful for a polite reintroduction to acquaintances who now feel like good friends. So yes, having read the first day of the week `Blue Monday', in this series was a handy help; but really you could equally enjoy `Tuesday's Gone' as a one off.

The strangest of tea parties is rudely interrupted by a visiting social worker. You may never feel the same about iced buns again. At first the possibility of a murder having been committed is uncertain, the unfortunate corpse an enigma, his personality a veritable Chinese Box of apparently unconnected discoveries. That is until Karlsson takes an interest in a funeral urn on a mantelpiece...

Once again I wanted to feign illness and remain in bed all day alone with the story, the pace of which never faltered. Addictive reading that drags you along at speed, wishing for nothing more than to work out the puzzles presented, pronto. Luckily Frieda can see what we might have missed and so doesn't get completely taken in. Her years of training and practicing psychotherapy give her inside knowledge, warning bells thankfully alerting her to a wrong'un. So much so sadly that she alone perceives a dangerous character sneakily stalking her - there is a serious matter still to be addressed in the next book, that of a missing psychopathic murderer, he who has the perfect cover and alibi, the terrifying one who has his eye on our feisty London night walking insomniac lady Dr. Her problem is in fact the greatest and it still snaps at her heels. Dr. Frieda, the 'heroine', who we are all learning to understand better, book by book.

Sharp observation proves the key to mysteries; throughout the tale a lively interest in your fellow man will be well repaid, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French do it again, they are a formidable team who know just how to keep their readers enthralled.
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on 26 October 2012
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I should warn you, unless you read Blue Monday first, you will not get as much from this novel. Much of it refers back to events in the first novel in the series, but the main action is set in a stunning new case. Klein is determined to solve the mystery of a man found dead in a demented woman's flat. Gradually the layers peel away and the investigation takes on a whole new complexion as she discovers why he had been in the flat so long, where he came from and eventually who he was. Or was he? You are forever re-evaluating this case as it develops and new information is discovered.

I am enjoying this series. They are well written novels and are compulsive reading. The count of grey haired people continues to rise in this second volume. Is this getting to be an obsession?
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Having not read the first in the series, Blue Monday I was pleasantly surprised to have been able to read this second book without any difficulty albeit that possibly the plot from book one has been spoiled for me, should I have decided to read the first book too. The book follows Frieda Klein, a psychotherapist who is trying to unravel the murder of a decaying body found in a flat. Nothing too unusual there perhaps well other than the fact that the dead body has been invited to a tea party with a seemingly confused woman. A gruesome and gripping crime novel that had me gripped from the start.
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on 9 May 2016
it is very hard to believe so many people found this book worthwhile. it was kind of a laugh, as in the so-bad-its-good tradition of old 3 Stooges films or an impeccably ugly jumper one wears to an office party as a joke. but i am not about to let nicci french laugh all the way to the bank again at my expense, and nor should you.
SPOILER ALERT.
for fans of the Monday prequel, you will find out here that it did not really happen that way at all, nya nya, fooled you! for those who did not read Monday, you will have to get thru 30% of this book's dealing with Monday leftovers about which you know nothing & in which you have no interest. it will also totally spoil the Monday book if you were thinking of reading it later.
for fans of series in general, you will be told nothing at all about any of the continuing characters. eg, it took until page 200 to find out one of the heroine's closest friends is actually a fellow at her practice. how hard would it have been to give the fellow more than a first name the first time he appears?
for fans of police procedurals, fuggeddaboudit entirely. nicci is above doing research into how the polis actually do
things & allow them to behave like 12-year-old prats thruout. there are no SOCO teams coming into the several crime scenes to do forensics. there is no toxicology report in the autopsy. there is ultimately no evidence at all to convict, or even to arrest, the perps except some prints on a picture frame which are entirely circumstantial & barely put them on the scene, as a solicitor would be quick to point out. not only are the procedural howlers too numerous to mention, but also the murders tend to defy even basic, garden variety logic. if there are no bruises on the body to suggest anything but suicide, how was the bruise-free murder actually committed. we'll get no answer to these or any other reasonable questions from nicci, as they gaily count their money on the way to the bank.
& to add insult to injury, the alleged heroine is totally, but entirely, personality free. in fact, she is nearly catatonic. the crimes could be interesting if they did not defy logic, the perps & vics could be interesting if they did not speak in cliches, but frieda nothing would help because she is not there at all.
is this the same nicci french who used to write those wicked thrillers?? remember the one about the girl who was bound up on the shelf in a psycho's garage for half the book? whew! go back & read those if you want to help nicci count their money, but please don't waste it on frieda klein.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 24 August 2014
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Very impressed with this!
The gritty helplessness of the vulnerable and victimised that permeates the book coupled with the knowledgeable strong female lead reminds me of my favourite authors Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter (particularly reminds me of the latter)

What seems to be a hopeless and sad case of a rotting corpse found in the parlour of a mentally and emotionally disturbed woman becomes a spiderweb of secrets and lies revealing that the victim was not an innocent victim and dare I say it, deserved what was coming to him.

Downsides?
The psychotherapist Frieda Klein does remind me of a mishmash of some of my favourite characters, the steely cold intelligence and poise of Gerritsen's Maura Isles, the expertise and investigative broken heart of Slaughter's Sara Linton and the vulnerable brilliance of MacDermid's Tony Hill, but then they say there are only so many personality archetypes and because of this I don't feel Klein is a facsimile or cheap version of these characters instead their facets bring a familiarity if not comfort to the character.
I won't give spoilers but a major element of the denouement was bloody obvious from the get go, whether this was the design of the authors to get the reader involved and feeling clever, or simply poor characterisation I cannot say, I was hoping I was wrong just because of how much more of the book I had to read but alas I was right.

I started at Tuesday not realising there was a Monday, and basically all the key elements including spoilers are repeated pretty much ad nauseoum throughout which could be a downside but it actually is setting up what I can see to be a very clever story arc across the series so I can forgive, but wish I'd read Blue Monday first.

Overall good writing, relatable and accessible characters, hooked me in quite quickly and I'm now off to order the rest of the available books!
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VINE VOICEon 23 November 2013
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Successful husband and wife writing team Nicci French have penned several excellent novels up to date and continue their tradition in a new series starring psychotherapist Frieda Klein. I have missed the first one Blue Monday, but found it easy to get into the second installment, a good deal of the first is explained throughout this novel so I didn't feel as though I had missed out on anything. This novel has many characters woven into an intricate plot that managed to keep my interest. Frieda Klein the therapist whom the police draw into their investigations is herself a complex person, one who I initially didn't much like, but has I became engrossed in the story she managed to grow on me. The novel leaves itself open for an obvious follow up and you realise that one character in particular is going to have unfinished business with Frieda. The book gives itself a brilliant start with the discovery of a dead man inside the home of a mentally ill woman. Found by her social worker, the deceased is found seated on the woman's sofa naked and bloated, starting to smell and with clouds of flies buzzing around him. The poor woman thinks he's her friend, she has been trying to tidy him up and ply him with cups of tea. Sounds sad, but the police can't get any sense out of her about why he came to be there in her home or who he is, so Frieda is brought into the investigations to help when murder is suspected. With many twists and turns this excellent psychological thriller kept me gripped for a while, I really enjoyed it and I look forward to the next.
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