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on 12 February 2013
This series is something of a departure for this writing duo, and all the better for it. This time, we read about crime fighting through the person of Frieda Klein a flawed (aren't they always?) psychotherapist who is called in to assist the police and becomes deeply involved in the search for a killer.

This is a clever story with many twists as it weaves towards an ending that you probably won't see coming. This is a terrific read. It is a complete story on its own, but I recommend that you read them in order, starting with Blue Monday - if you have not already read it. If you have read Blue Monday, this book is even better.
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Having read the first book in the Frieda series I couldn't wait to read this book. She comes across as a bit miserable and incredibly hard to get to know. It's just that she doesn't fill empty spaces with rubbish.

The same characters appear in this book even ones that are supposed to be dead. Dean is back haunting Freida's thoughts. She feels that she got it wrong and that he didn't kill himself - but his twin.

The main story though is about a conman who targets people's weak spots - he isn't horrible to anyone or demanding, just very convincing. He ends up rotting slowly in a mental ill woman's flat. Did she kill him?

I love this book, the twists and turns are great, especially when Freida is attacked - she would have died if someone hadn't saved her. No one is aware of the savior but Freida knows...! Can't wait for more!
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I was impressed with the first book in this series by Nicci French Blue Monday and this one is a great follow up.

The book opens with the discovery of a naked man covered in a swarm of flies holding a cream bun, a cup of tea at his feet. Why is he in Michelle Doyce's flat? Who is he? And who killed him? Such a gripping start! The book has plenty of great characters and twists and turns along the way as DCI Karlsson does his best to find out who the man is and who wanted him dead but as Michelle Doyce has a mental disorder, he needs help to reach her and find out what she knows. He gets back in touch with psychologist Freida Klein.

I wouldn't recommend reading this without first reading Blue Monday as you will miss out on the background to many of the characters, including DCI Karlsson and Freida Klein but also some of the lesser characters including my favourite Josef all of whom have complex backgrounds. Also if you enjoy the series you will find key parts of Blue Monday are covered in this one as the story develops directly from the slightly ambiguous ending to Blue Monday.

This is a great read for lovers of crime novels, the psychological angle adding something special to the genre.
I eagerly await the next one in this series of seven.
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VINE VOICEon 26 September 2012
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I found this book to be difficult to get into and when I finally found the storyline developing, it felt very slow and also had many holes throughout the book, which had an abrupt and, i felt, a rushed ending which left me feeling somewhat disappointed.
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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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I am reading this book and have found the subject matter somewhat upsetting. I realise that I should have known that the storyline would be distressing. I am a mystery and thriller reader but perhaps this is just a little too realistic for my literary tastes. I must say that I find Nicci French to be a good writer, very descriptive and easy to follow. I am sure that there is a big demand for this style of story. I will however get back to Simon Brett and MC Beaton so you can no doubt understand my normal area of reading.
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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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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 17 April 2013
Have read all Nicci French books but the Frieda Klein series are their best work by far. The characters in Tuesday's Gone are a strange but compelling group and we all know someone like at least one of them, Frieda herself remains an enigma and I hope she always will be, enough so to keep the reader wondering who she really is. The plot has its twists and turns and keeps you guessing throughout, making you want to read just one more chapter to see if you were right,this is disapointing as you realise you have reached the end far too quickly. Can't Wait for Waiting for Wednesday.
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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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