Writing as Nicci French, husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have quickly established themselves as leading lights in the murky waters of psychological crime writing and have now embarked on their first series, featuring psychotherapist Frieda Klein, after a raft of stand alone thrillers. In her 4th outing, Frieda returns to the sleepy coastal town of her youth with its damaging memories to help out a close friend's daughter but it only serves to revive her own past monsters and an agonising case unfolds in which a tide of suffering soon threatens to engulf her. Gritty psychological suspense of the highest order, this is unputdownable stuff to read with the lights very much on. A memorable series. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review Blue Monday, the first title in the series . You can read their reviews below.
Two crimes, generations apart...Twenty years ago teenager Frieda Klein was brutally attacked in her own home. No one believed her - not the police, not her mother, not her friends. She left town, trained as a psychologist and never went back. Now an old classmate has shown up. She wants help with her daughter, who claims to have been attacked at home. An attack eerily similar to the one on Frieda. No one else believes the girl's story. Now - with a school reunion in the offing - Frieda returns to the darkness she fled. To the small town which refused to help her and which hides a terrible secret. Because someone at the reunion knows what happened. And they'll stop at nothing to prevent Frieda discovering the truth...
The series of Nicci French books featuring intuitive crime psychologist Frieda Klein, always designed to be specifically related to a day of the week, have now reached Thursday. This latest is as good as anything husband-and-wife authors Nicci Gerard and Sean French have written, with the psychologist remembering the small coastal town where she grew up – and to which she has never returned since she came to London. But then an old school acquaintance asks if Frieda will help her troubled teenage daughter, and Frieda is soon in typically unsettling territory as a tangled and shocking plot slowly unfurls. It is business as usual for Frieda Klein, in fact.
'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition.' -- Sophie Hannah
'Brilliantly crafted ... masterly control of suspense' Daily Mirror
'Tense, frightening, gripping Easy Living Nerve-tingling and addictive' Daily Express
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||7th May 2015|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
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. Author photo © Mark ReadMore About Nicci French