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7 out of 10.
on 19 November 2017
Well, the first, and my first Frieda Klein and I'm somewhat on the fence with it. The series was recommended to me by someone I got chatting to on a train - I in exchange recommended Jane Casey's Maeve Kerrigan/Josh Derwent series and I think she got the better of the 2 recommendations! There is no humour whatsoever in this book and I struggled to like Frieda herself. I love a good police story, which this actually was, but I also like my Kerrigan/Derwent or Thorne/Hendricks one-liners to lift the mood now and then and this really needed to lighten up a bit.
The story was good with lots of mystery and 2 crimes 20 years apart colliding. I particularly liked the denouement - much of which I had worked out, but that didn't matter. But the writing didn't really flow for me and whilst there were some great characters - Josef the builder and Chloe, Frieda's niece in particular, I found DCI Karlsson confusing - one minute really nice and the next losing his temper for very little. I presume Mr/s French are building a relationship between psychiatrist Frieda and Karlsson for future books, but it's not really gelled for me. I do wonder if it's to do with the fact that this is a writing team of 2 people - I have no idea how the mechanics of this works but I suspect that's why I'm experiencing problems with flow and understanding some of the characters.
I will probably give book 2 a go as I think there is a lot of potential, but I don't feel myself rushing out to buy it just yet.