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Nicci French - Author

About the Author

Nicci French was our Guest Editor in April 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired their writing.

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 story in the Frieda Klein series, followed by Tuesday's Gone, Waiting for Wednesday, Thursday's Child, Friday on My Mind and Saturday Requiem.

 

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Featured books by Nicci French

Sunday Morning Coming Down A Frieda Klein Novel

Sunday Morning Coming Down A Frieda Klein Novel

Author: Nicci French Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2017

The message from the killer is clear: you're mine. But when those closest to Frieda begin to be targeted the picture becomes more confused, the patterns uncertain. And unless Frieda can find and stop whoever is threatening her friends and family her love and loyalty could come at a fatal cost ...

Friday on My Mind

Friday on My Mind

Author: Nicci French Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

Rich in intrigue, intensity and atmosphere, Friday on my Mind is classic Nicci French - a dark, gripping and sophisticated masterclass in psychological suspense in which nothing is quite what it seems . . . When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F. Klein . . . But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect. Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it's too late either for her or for those she loves. Friday on my Mind is the fifth addictive and intriguing novel in the Frieda Klein series by the bestselling author Nicci French.

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Friday on My Mind

Friday on My Mind

Author: Nicci French Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Rich in intrigue, intensity and atmosphere, Friday on my Mind is classic Nicci French - a dark, gripping and sophisticated masterclass in psychological suspense in which nothing is quite what it seems... Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition. (Sophie Hannah). When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F Klein...But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect. Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it's too late either for her or for those she loves. Friday on my Mind is the fifth addictive and intriguing novel in the Frieda Klein series by the bestselling author Nicci French. Praise for Nicci French: French leads the field. (Sunday Express). Brilliantly crafted...masterly control of suspense. (Daily Mirror). Tense, frightening, gripping. (Easy Living). Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive. (Daily Express). 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 instalment in the Frieda Klein series, followed by Tuesday's Gone, Waiting for Wednesday, and Thursday's Child.

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Other books by Nicci French

House of Correction

House of Correction

Author: Nicci French Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

THE NEW THRILLER FROM THE MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE She's a murderer. Everyone knows she killed Stuart Rees - why else would his dead body be found in her shed? So now Tabitha is in prison, awaiting trial. Coming back to the remote coastal village where she grew up was a mistake. She didn't fit in then, and she doesn't fit in now. That day is such a blur, she can't remember clearly what happened. There is something she is missing, something important... She only knows one thing. She is not capable of murder. And the only one she can trust to help her out of this situation is herself. So she must fight. Against the odds. For her life. Beautifully written about prejudice, loneliness and fighting spirit, this new book by Nicci French is shocking, twisty and utterly compelling. Praise for House of Correction: 'A novel that blissfully plays with two genres: on the one hand an against-the-odds legal thriller a la John Grisham... and on the other a Miss Marple whodunnit set in a Devon village, where the amateur sleuth is herself the prime suspect and has to conduct her investigation from jail' Sunday Times 'Nicci French husband-and-wife writing team responsible for some of the UK's best psychological thrillers have created a gem of a protagonist in Tabitha, who sets out to investigate what happened to herself, from prison... House of Correction allows the readers to puzzle out what happened alongside Tabitha, while cheering her effort' Observer 'First-class' Independent 'The husband-and-wife team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French... have taken the ingredients of the classic village mystery and transformed them into something up to date and gripping' Literary Review 'Gritty and moving - the husband-and-wife team have scored another hit' Best 'A twisty and shocking read' Bella 'Engrossing... In this clever courtroom drama, Tabitha is on trial for the murder of a neighbour. The evidence against her is strong and due to the medication she takes, she has virtually no memory of what happened, but she's sure she's innocent and has to build a case to clear her name' Good Housekeeping 'I wanted everything to stop so I could read this book, there was something that grabbed me from the opening... This is a clever, well-crafted novel with twists and turns right until the end... Definitely a favourite read of mine for 2020' Woman's Way (Ireland) 'Describing it as a suspenseful prison thriller, or riveting courtroom drama doesn't do this meticulously written detective novel justice... As well as its finely drawn characters and clever storyline, this is a novel that provokes you into pondering the workings of the wider justice system, police methods and prison life' Bookanista 'Great writing, razor-sharp plotting, and powerful characterisation. I was 100 pages in before I even drew breath, and I defy anyone to see the ending coming' Cara Hunter 'Part ingenious locked-room mystery. Part you've-got-thewrong-person nightmare drama. Part intricate memory game. Yet all seamlessly woven together. French's best book yet' A J Finn 'Clever, compelling, original and twisty. This unputdownable David-and-Goliath story has the flawed, funny, totally unforgettable Tabitha at its heart and I read until the early hours, desperate to know her fate' Erin Kelly

House of Correction

House of Correction

Author: Nicci French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2020

THE NEW THRILLER FROM THE MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE She's a murderer. Everyone knows she killed Stuart Rees - why else would his dead body be found in her shed? So now Tabitha is in prison, awaiting trial. Coming back to the remote coastal village where she grew up was a mistake. She didn't fit in then, and she doesn't fit in now. That day is such a blur, she can't remember clearly what happened. There is something she is missing, something important... She only knows one thing. She is not capable of murder. And the only one she can trust to help her out of this situation is herself. So she must fight. Against the odds. For her life. Beautifully written about prejudice, loneliness and fighting spirit, this new book by Nicci French is shocking, twisty and utterly compelling. Praise for House of Correction: 'A novel that blissfully plays with two genres: on the one hand an against-the-odds legal thriller a la John Grisham... and on the other a Miss Marple whodunnit set in a Devon village, where the amateur sleuth is herself the prime suspect and has to conduct her investigation from jail' Sunday Times 'Nicci French husband-and-wife writing team responsible for some of the UK's best psychological thrillers have created a gem of a protagonist in Tabitha, who sets out to investigate what happened to herself, from prison... House of Correction allows the readers to puzzle out what happened alongside Tabitha, while cheering her effort' Observer 'First-class' Independent 'The husband-and-wife team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French... have taken the ingredients of the classic village mystery and transformed them into something up to date and gripping' Literary Review 'Gritty and moving - the husband-and-wife team have scored another hit' Best 'A twisty and shocking read' Bella 'Engrossing... In this clever courtroom drama, Tabitha is on trial for the murder of a neighbour. The evidence against her is strong and due to the medication she takes, she has virtually no memory of what happened, but she's sure she's innocent and has to build a case to clear her name' Good Housekeeping 'I wanted everything to stop so I could read this book, there was something that grabbed me from the opening... This is a clever, well-crafted novel with twists and turns right until the end... Definitely a favourite read of mine for 2020' Woman's Way (Ireland) 'Describing it as a suspenseful prison thriller, or riveting courtroom drama doesn't do this meticulously written detective novel justice... As well as its finely drawn characters and clever storyline, this is a novel that provokes you into pondering the workings of the wider justice system, police methods and prison life' Bookanista 'Great writing, razor-sharp plotting, and powerful characterisation. I was 100 pages in before I even drew breath, and I defy anyone to see the ending coming' Cara Hunter 'Part ingenious locked-room mystery. Part you've-got-thewrong-person nightmare drama. Part intricate memory game. Yet all seamlessly woven together. French's best book yet' A J Finn 'Clever, compelling, original and twisty. This unputdownable David-and-Goliath story has the flawed, funny, totally unforgettable Tabitha at its heart and I read until the early hours, desperate to know her fate' Erin Kelly

The Lying Room

The Lying Room

Author: Nicci French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

* THE NEW ADDICTIVE THRILLER FROM THE MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE * 'Expertly paced, psychologically sharp, thoroughly enjoyable' Louise Candlish 'Meticulously plotted, psychologically astute' Sarah Vaughan 'Confirms Nicci French as the giant of the genre' Erin Kelly 'A pure adrenaline rush' Jenny Colgan Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man. She doesn't call the police. 'You know, it's funny,' Detective Inspector Hitching said. 'Whoever I see, they keep saying, talk to Neve Connolly, she'll know. She's the one people talk to, she's the one people confide in.' A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things. She has also made mistakes. One that is now spiralling out of control. Bringing those around her into immense danger. A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things. Could she be a murderer?

The Lying Room

The Lying Room

Author: Nicci French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

* THE NEW ADDICTIVE THRILLER FROM THE MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE * 'Expertly paced, psychologically sharp, thoroughly enjoyable' Louise Candlish 'Meticulously plotted, psychologically astute' Sarah Vaughan 'Confirms Nicci French as the giant of the genre' Erin Kelly 'A pure adrenaline rush' Jenny Colgan Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man. She doesn't call the police. 'You know, it's funny,' Detective Inspector Hitching said. 'Whoever I see, they keep saying, talk to Neve Connolly, she'll know. She's the one people talk to, she's the one people confide in.' A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things. She has also made mistakes. One that is now spiralling out of control. Bringing those around her into immense danger. A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things. Could she be a murderer?

The Lying Room

The Lying Room

Author: Nicci French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/10/2019

The Lying Room

The Lying Room

Author: Nicci French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

* THE NEW ADDICTIVE THRILLER FROM THE MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE * 'Expertly paced, psychologically sharp, thoroughly enjoyable' Louise Candlish 'Meticulously plotted, psychologically astute' Sarah Vaughan 'Confirms Nicci French as the giant of the genre' Erin Kelly 'A pure adrenaline rush' Jenny Colgan Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man. She doesn't call the police. 'You know, it's funny,' Detective Inspector Hitching said. 'Whoever I see, they keep saying, talk to Neve Connolly, she'll know. She's the one people talk to, she's the one people confide in.' A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things. She has also made mistakes. One that is now spiralling out of control. Bringing those around her into immense danger. A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things. Could she be a murderer?

The Lying Room

The Lying Room

Author: Nicci French Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

* THE NEW ADDICTIVE THRILLER FROM THE MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE * 'Expertly paced, psychologically sharp, thoroughly enjoyable' Louise Candlish 'Meticulously plotted, psychologically astute' Sarah Vaughan 'Confirms Nicci French as the giant of the genre' Erin Kelly 'A pure adrenaline rush' Jenny Colgan Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man. She doesn't call the police. 'You know, it's funny,' Detective Inspector Hitching said. 'Whoever I see, they keep saying, talk to Neve Connolly, she'll know. She's the one people talk to, she's the one people confide in.' A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things. She has also made mistakes. One that is now spiralling out of control. Bringing those around her into immense danger. A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things. Could she be a murderer?

Losing You

Losing You

Author: Nicci French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

Nina Landry has given up city life for the isolated community of Sandling Island, lying off the bleak east coast of England. At night the wind howls. Sometimes they are cut off by the incoming tide. For Nina though it is home. It is safe. But when Nina's teenage daughter Charlie fails to return from a sleepover on the day they're due to go on holiday, the island becomes a different place altogether. A place of secrets and suspicions . . .

The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead

Author: Nicci French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 12/07/2018

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Author: Nicci French Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/07/2018

At long last, a final reckoning is coming for Frieda Klein . . . On a north London high street, a runaway vehicle crashes to a halt. The man in the driving seat was murdered a week earlier. On Hampstead Heath, a bonfire blazes: in the flames lies the next victim. As autumn leaves fall, a serial killer runs amok in the capital, playing games with the police. The death toll is rising fast, and the investigation is floundering. But this is no ordinary killer, and every new victim is intended as a message to just one woman. Because psychologist Frieda Klein is in hiding. And someone is coming to find her . . . ________________ After seven stunning novels, Frieda Klein's duel with her dark nemesis finally comes to a climax - and only one can make it out alive.

Friday on My Mind

Friday on My Mind

Author: Nicci French Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2016

In Nicci's French's thrilling fifth book, London psychotherapist Frieda Klein herself becomes the prime suspect in a murder A bloated corpse turns up in the Thames, throat slashed, and the only clue is a hospital wristband reading Dr. F. Klein. Frieda is taken to see the body and realizes with horror that it is Sandy, her ex-boyfriend. She's certain that the killer is Dean Reevethe man who has never stopped haunting her. But the police think he has been dead for years, and Frieda is their number one suspect. With few options, Frieda goes on the run to save herself and try to uncover the truth. Praise for the Frieda Klein Mystery series: ';Fierce, fascinating, and full of insight, Frieda Klein is irresistible.' Val McDermid, bestselling author ofSplinter the Silence ';Sophisticated, gripping, addictive. Crime novels that stand head and shoulders above the competition.' Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of Woman with a Secret ';Complex psychological suspense at its best.' Booklist (starred review)

Saturday Requiem

Saturday Requiem

Author: Nicci French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/06/2016

Thursday's Children

Thursday's Children

Author: Nicci French Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2016

';Fierce, fascinating and full of insight, Frieda Klein is irresistible.'Val McDermid, bestselling author of Splinter the Silence The electrifying fourth book in the internationally bestselling Frieda Klein Mystery seriesFrieda Klein is uninterested in catching up on old times when her former classmate, Maddie Capel, shows up at her dooruntil she hears about Maddie's troubled daughter, Becky. The teenager claims she was raped in her own bed one night while her mother was downstairs. Her assailant left her with a warning: ';Don't think of telling anyone, sweetheart. Nobody will believe you.' And no one doesexcept Frieda. Becky's story awakens dark memories of an eerily similar incident in Frieda's own past that she's been avoiding for decades. When Becky is found hanging from a beam in her bedroom, Frieda returns home, seeking out her old high school friends to ask what they remember about the night that prompted Frieda to leave town for good. But confronting the ghosts of the past turns out to be more dangerous than she ever expected.

The Safe House

The Safe House

Author: Nicci French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2015

Beneath the Skin

Beneath the Skin

Author: Nicci French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

***Special anniversary edition, with a new introduction by A. J. Finn*** Someone's watching you. You don't know who. But he knows you . . . Zoe, Jennifer and Nadia are three women with nothing in common. Except for the man who wants to kill them. He sends them terrifying letters - promising to bring their lives to a violent, horrible end. But not before he has enjoyed himself. He delights in watching the women suffer, thrilled by his power to leave them utterly helpless, alone and in terror. Except they're not all as helpless as he thinks . . . 'Nicci French represent psychological suspense at its most searching and incisive' A. J. Finn, internationally No. 1 Bestselling Author of The Woman In The Window

The Red Room

The Red Room

Author: Nicci French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

***Special anniversary edition, with a new introduction from Peter James*** He almost took your life. Now his is in your hands... When Leanne, a homeless young girl, is murdered beside a canal in North London, the police are certain that known oddball Michael Doll is the killer. Psychologist Kit Quinn, assisting the investigation, has her own reasons to despise Doll - but she soon realises that the case is more complicated than the investigators suspect. Because Kit has found a link to another death. Which means they might have a serial killer on their hands... 'The writing has that rare ability to reach out from the page into your soul, grip your heartstrings, and not let go of them until the very end.' Peter James