Waiting for Wednesday (Frieda Klein, Book 3) Paperback – 30 Jan 2014
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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 fourteen other bestselling novels by Nicci French, all published by Penguin. Blue Monday was the first thrilling in the Frieda Klein series, followed by Tuesday's Gone, Waiting for Wednesday, Thursday's Child and Friday on My Mind. Saturday Requiem is their latest novel and the sixth instalment in the Frieda Klein series.
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Worrying about Dr. Klein and wondering whether the un-dead will find her out... And how could she have waved suitable Sandy away across the Atlantic?
However it would be unrealistic for the Nicci French conjoined twinned pair to believe that their readers could comfortably carry the thread of back-story in its entirety from each of this weekday series, published with periods of a year or so between. Eventually, the whole collection will be available together and then of course one will flow happily into another with no interruption.
Meanwhile it is reassuring that even after the first chapter the tide comes back in reviving our acquaintance with Dr. Frieda Klein, the insomniac psychotherapist, Josef her Ukrainian handyman, DCI Karlsson and others from Blue Monday: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frieda Klein 1) and Tuesday's Gone (Frieda Klein 2) re-immersing the reader in a satisfying history of characterisation with reasonable ease.
I am a sucker for a plot line that exposes an `Everyday Housewife' as having a secret life; but it does take rather a while to get around to her, as you have to be 'caught up', that is after the initial shock of the gruesome discovery of her mashed up corpse (de rigueur for such a book). I liked the way the time it takes to cook a tray of biscuits could establish a time of death but otherwise I had little in common with Ruth Lennox and never felt her jump off the page, or engage.Read more ›
It starts with the murder of Ruth Lennox, an apparently perfect wife and mother of three and at first everyone is perplexed about the death while her husband takes to drink to come to terms with it and the children do their best to stay on the rails.
At the same time Frieda has received a chilling message from the man who's been stalking her since he didn't die at the end of the Monday book. And the gaggle of assorted waifs and strays who make up her friends remain as hopeless and endearing as ever.
This book lost a star because there's far too much recapping at the beginning and it just isn't necessary. We need to know about the stalker man, but we don't need a potted history of everything that happened in the Monday and Tuesday books, it's really annoying and doesn't move the story on at all. It would have lost another star for having a very similar sub-plot (involving Frieda being stitched up by the press) but I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet.
This is a four star read though. I love Frieda, I love her assorted friends, and I love the way Nicci French writes about teenagers in all the surly sweetness. Another very good read. Hurry up Thursday!
By this time I was totally immersed in the increasingly odd behaviour of Frieda Klein, psychotherapist, still recovering from injuries received in the previous book in the series, cut off from police work and becoming more obsessive by the page. At first she simply exasperated me but I soon began to worry seriously for her as she set off, without any apparent regard for her own or anyone else's safety, following up nebulous leads with other obsessed people. She is a loose cannon who gets results, but oh what a palaver. Also she felt to me like someone much older than her stated age of thirty-eight, though she is poles apart from Miss Marple or Miss Silver.
Her policeman friend, DCI Karlsson, has his own problems and the murder case has many tangents and takes blood, sweat and tears to work out.
To me this book was Frieda, craving peace but unable to find it, and with a house full of noisy oddities - the saga of the bath should add a lighter touch but somehow it doesn't.
I have rarely felt so taken over by a book character, and for that I congratulate the authors. I can't say the experience was entirely enjoyable, but it certainly kept me reading and I truly need to know what will happen to Frieda next.
The third in the Frieda Klein series, this is an emotionally bleak book with a nice complexity about it. Karlsson and his team are investigating the murder of a seemingly-perfect wife and mother; Frieda, still devastated after the end of Tuesday's Gone, becomes tangentially associated with the murder victim's family via her niece, Chloe; and a journalist is tracing a series of crimes which have eluded the police.
Frieda has changed since the first book (Blue Monday) and is now far more vulnerable than in her first outing. She is still a difficult character to like but that she remains interesting is a testament to the excellent writing and vision of the authors.
This isn't a straightforward crime/thriller/police procedural in any sense, and the multiple story-lines proliferate to offer a set of complicated stories and relationships which bypass the conventions and clichés of much crime fiction. This avoids any neat patterning, or the slightly spurious contriving of some authors to tie everything up neatly at the end - this book instead remains slightly open, and feels all the better for it.
The spectre of Dean Reeves still haunts the narrative as does the idea of twinning: `This is you, he was telling her. This is who you really are and you and I are the only people who truly recognise that. I am your twin, your other self'.
This could well be a transition book for Nicci French, the one where this series moves from being essentially genre crime fiction to something more intangible and interesting - and I can't wait to see where this series goes next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast paced page turner. Read the entire Freida Klein series in weeks. Could not put any of them down.Published 1 month ago by M. A.
I always enjoy Freida Klein and her compulsive quirks. However, I did feel in this one where FrIeida goes back to the village she was brought up in to investigate an unexplained... Read morePublished 1 month ago by carolyn penrose
This is my third in a row and still very much enjoying this series and of its characters. Just downloading the forth...Published 3 months ago by N. Padden
Excellent read Look forward to reading the remaining books in the seriesPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer