Welcome back Frieda,
This review is from: Waiting for Wednesday: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frida Klein 3) (Hardcover)
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A welcome return of psychotherapist and crime solver, Frieda Klein. Third in the series, it makes a reassuring and satisfying progression from the previous two novels. It is of course a great stand-alone read for newcomers.
Frieda is such a fascinating character. Never playing by the rules, she relies on intuition and observation of nuances in behaviour to arrive at her sometimes dramatic conclusions. It is delving into the world of the unconscious that propels her forward, an activity so integral to her professional work. Frieda relies as much on the unsaid to arrive at the truth, in balance to the more obvious ploys and strategies of her police colleagues.
Frieda’s unconditional regard for others stems from the gift she has for connecting with other peoples’ deeper emotions. The inevitable unburdening that often ensues from such interactions leaves Frieda depleted of energy and almost unbearably emotionally drained. Her conviction to carry on regardless of her own personal needs is an engaging part of her personality which comes across so empathically in this novel, and is a perfect balance to the main plot.
The novel is riveting, the writing style having a constant energy, vibrancy and immediacy. I think this novel is brilliant, gripping, and totally sustains interest throughout. This series must be my favourite modern crime read, this one finished in a day. I look forward to Thursday’s take on developments as I need to know what happens with stalker Dean Reeve…! This would make great TV with Brenda Blethyn as an older version of Frieda.