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Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frieda Klein 2) Hardcover – 19 Jul 2012

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718156951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718156954
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliantly crafted new crime series (Daily Mirror )

Frieda . . . is a strong creation, sympathetic but withholding and with hints of hidden facets (Barry Forshaw Daily Express )

This heart-stoppingly good tale sets the bar high for the next seven books - we can't wait to read them! (Good Housekeeping )

About the Author

Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are twelve other bestselling novels by Nicci French, all published by Penguin. Blue Monday was the first thrilling instalment in the Frieda Klein series; this is the second.



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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2012
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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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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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By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2012
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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.
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By Purpleheart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2012
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'Maggie Brennan half walked, half ran along Deptford Church Street.'

Tuesday's Gone opens with a social worker finding her way to the flat of a social misfit and the decomposing dead body she harbours in her living room. The odd couple partnership of Klein and Karlsson come together once more to solve the death - and just as well as there is the usual blind stupidity of anyone else other than these two in progressing the case. In addition to this case Klein becomes aware that all is not resolved with the events from their last case. Some far fetched barriers make things that bit more difficult for Klein to solve - even though she seems to be the only one doing any real detective work. Klein's private life becomes more complex and we gain some more clues as to her own family background, her sister-in-law, niece and brother all have walk on appearances in this novel too. Klein's work as a psychoanalyst is what makes her so empathetic and easy to talk to we're told, but in much of the featured dialogue she actually appears pretty chilly and not that quick on the uptake.

I really liked the first psychological thrillers that the writing team of Nicci Gerard and Sean French produced together and kept reading each novel as it came out even when I wasn't convinced by their latest offerings. I read Blue Monday and was intrigued by the Frieda Klein character, though the plot overstretched credulity. This novel is very readable and was perfect as an airplane book for my holiday flight but I had the same problems with plot and think I'll be giving the rest of the series a miss. It's a shame - I think this is close to being good in some ways but never quite takes off or suspends disbelief.
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