“I really enjoyed French’s debut in the Frieda Klein series, Blue Monday, when it came out last year. I was really excited to have the opportunity to review the second book in this series.
Psychotherapist Frieda Klein crosses paths again with Chief Inspector Karlsson when he asks her to speak with a murder suspect who is clearly mentally unstable. The dead body of a naked man is found in the home of Michelle Doyce, who says that she has been caring for him. It appears that she has bathed him and put lipstick on him, and she leaves tea and food for him to eat. It is all just a little bit strange. Frieda has to get into Michelle’s mind to determine what has happened and to figure out the identity of the victim. Unravelling that ball of yarn leads to even more questions.
Meanwhile, the threat of Dean Reeve (the antagonist from Blue Monday) is still in the air. Frieda revisits Dean’s wife (and victim), Terry Reeve (aka Joanna Vine), who has now authored a tell-all novel about how she was victimized not just by her captor/husband but also by her trusted therapist. Frieda also has to deal with the fall-out from that. Frieda is still torn up over ex-lover Sandy’s move to the United States and, when he says he wants her back, she isn’t sure how to deal with it. She is also drawn into the family problems involving her niece, Chloe, and sister-in-law, Olivia. There are also sections of the book that are narrated by an unknown woman in a boat, which adds to the mystery.
In summary, there is a lot going on in Tuesday’s Gone but French manages to connect the dots between all of the story-lines. Not only are we getting to know Frieda on a deeper level in this second book in the series, but many of the secondary characters as well, including: Josef, Reuben, Olivia, and Chloe. The ending was a big shock to me that I didn’t see coming, and I recall that French did that to me as well with Blue Monday. I love it when an author can surprise me like that, and it makes me very eager for the next book in the series, Waiting for Wednesday, which is due to be released later this month.
Overall, I enjoyed Tuesday’s Gone, but not as much as I did its predecessor, Blue Monday, which I thought was much more dire and suspenseful. A good deal of Tuesday’s Gone involves unfinished business from Blue Monday, so you would definitely want to read the series in order.
I was so pleased that Beth Chalmers narrated this book as well because I loved her narration for Blue Monday. She is very engaging, and I think she portrays Frieda perfectly. Her vocal variations are distinctive, which makes it very easy to follow which character is speaking.
I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. ”
“Now I'm hooked on another series.”Mrs. K wrote this review Friday, June 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“excellent! a return to classic Nicci French”Yvonne S wrote this review Monday, May 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Frieda Klein, a psychotherapist, helps Chief Inspector Karlsson solve the case of a body discovered when a social worker visits Michelle Doyle. A complex, multi-faceted psychological mystery. This is well written and very readable.
“When the laconic London Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Karlsson responds
to a call from Social Services about a bizarre case that could involve a
murder, and finds Michelle Doyce, a fully delusional woman, serving tea and
buns to the rotting corpse of a man, a face comes into his mind: the
"unsmiling and dark-eyed Frieda Klein."”
“Another great read from my favourite writing couple.”Lela N wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this follow up to Blue Monday psychotherapist Frieda Klein returns to help Chief Inspector Karlsson. A London social worker making a routine home visit discovers her client serving tea to a naked decomposing corpse. Frieda is asked to help identify the man and what she finds is a complex web of lies and half truths that all eventually seem to connect back to her.
As I have come to expect from Nicci French this story is a complex puzzle with dynamic characters and ongoing tension just beneath the surface.
There is so much happening in this story. More layers are pealed away as we get to know more about our protagonist, Frieda Klein. She seems to keep making headlines as a book is released about a former case and Frieda is portrayed in a very poor light. All the officers involved in the current case are not happy to have her consulting as she believes there is much more to the case than meets the eye. She is also very conflicted about the course of her personal life as a new man appears to be interested but she hasn’t dealt with her feeling for a former love that moved away.
Michelle Doyce has been placed in a mental institution but Frieda was able to determine the identity of her guest for tea. But “Robert Poole” seems to be a con man who had ran scams on several people including a nice elderly woman. She was lonely after losing her husband and her sons only visited when they needed something, like her money. She was the perfect choice for a man like “Bob”. Bob turns out to be quite an enigma.
Josef and Reuben also return in this installment. Josef has returned from Kiev with an enormous weight upon his shoulders and both Frieda and Reuben are both trying to be supportive.
As I said the whole story is a complex puzzle and not everything falls into place before that last page. I found myself reading this story very slowly to catch every nuance and clue and I am still not sure I caught them all. It is best to read these books in order because they do build off of each other. Then you will be like me. impatiently Waiting for Wednesday.”
“Maggie is a social worker. She has one last stop to make for the day. She is stopping to check on Michelle Doyce. Michelle answers the door and asks Maggie if she wants to meet someone. Maggie finds this a little odd as Michelle lives alone. When Maggie sees the visitor, she knows instantly that something is wrong. The man is dead. He has been for a while as the flies are buzzing around him and he has started bloating from decomposition.
When police Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson arrives and meets Michelle, he instantly thinks of Frieda. He calls her for assistance. Once they learn the identity of the deceased man, it only brings up more questions. Like who wanted this man dead? Also, a blast from Frieda’s past makes his way back into her life.
I have not read Blue Monday. However I have seen good things about this writing pair. After finishing Tuesday’s Gone, I am going to go back and check out Blue Monday. Not only because of the writing but also because I am intrigued to learn more about Frieda and Dean. I can not wait to read the third book as well to see how this relationship if you can call it that turns out. It is almost like the battle of the wits. Who will win?
I like how Frieda thinks. It is no wonder that the police use her to help with solving cases. Of course though it seems that Frieda is on thin ice with the police department. I like Frieda because she is tenacious, smart, bossy, and a go-getter. There is not much of a love interest relationship featured in this book. Which I was happy for as well. It would not have taken away from the story line in my mind.
The deeper the story got the more twists that were revealed. Tuesday’s Gone has me shouting for more! Nicci Gerrard and Sean French are great as Nicci French.
“Ordinarily, I'm not much for mystery novels, and I read them only infrequently, since otherwise I get really bored with the predictable plotting, though it's not like romance stories are any less predictable and I still read those by the dozens. It may not make much logical sense, but this is how I feel. Anyway, I accepted a review request for the first book in this series, Blue Monday, sort of on a whim, and was surprised to find how much I enjoyed it. Tuesday's Gone steps up the tension of the Frieda Klein series and proves a very satisfying followup.
One of the things I really liked about Blue Monday was Frieda Klein herself, and she's still awesome. Frieda's so perceptive and a bit icy on the outside. She's a great listener but loathes talking about herself, or anything getting personal. Personal relationships are hard for her, and she keeps people at a distance. What I find so delightful about Frieda is that she's not a stereotypical woman; she can't be put into a box.
The mystery elements are well done, and several plot twists actually caught me completely off guard. The murder mystery is a seriously tangled web, but French pulls them together admirably. On top of the mystery arc for this installment, the big bad of the series as a whole is revealed, a person from Frieda's past. While there's not a whole lot of development with the larger arc, oh my goodness is it creepy, and I'm excited for the direction the series is headed, using the plot structure from the first two seasons of Veronica Mars, with the full series overarching plot and individual mysteries per volume. This works so well, because it keeps the reader's interest engaged in the larger story and makes reading them as standalones less desirable.
The one thing I found odd was that Frieda, who's consulting with the police in this murder investigation, goes around telling freaking EVERYONE about the work she's doing. I mean, come on, Frieda! She's smart enough to know better than that. Sure, sometimes she's doing so to feel people out, but she also tells some friends, and that's just not done, or at least I don't think it is. Especially since Frieda's generally so resistant to sharing information, I found this out of place.
I'm going to keep this short, since there's only so much to be said about mysteries without spoiling the plot. Basically, if you like mysteries, check out the Frieda Klein series, because it's well done, has a strong heroine, and features intriguing plot twists.”
“When Frieda is asked to consult on a new case with the local police, she's a bit surprised. Though the Dean Reeve case was closed and the kidnapped child was saved, two people were murdered and Frieda can't help but feel somewhat responsible. Dean Reeve's wife is writing a tell all that paints Frieda in a none to pleasant light and the wife of the patient who started it all has filed a formal complaint against the therapist. But this new case does intrigue Frieda. A social worker discovers a woman serving tea to a very dead body. Police obviously suspect the woman but are unable to get a coherent response out of her. When Frieda interviews the suspect, she has serious doubts about the woman's guilt. When they are finally able to identify the dead man, they discover he was a con artist using an assumed name. As they learn more, the police reluctantly admit that they now have a growing list of suspects. What begins as a simple psych consult ends with Frieda once again completely enmeshed in an ongoing investigation and as her professional life comes under public scrutiny her personal life starts to become more complicated as well.
This follow up to Blue Monday was a highly satisfying read! While I'd enjoyed the series launch, I'd had some issues with the flow of the story. In Tuesday's Gone, everything read much more smoothly. The characters established in Monday are all present and now the authors (husband and wife Nicci Gerrard and Sean French) spend much more time rounding them out and allowing them to grow. It seems they've caught their stride here with this second installment.
Frieda is an interesting lead. She's got so many secrets and so closely guards her personal life that a lot of her motivation remains unclear to the reader. As we learn more about her (and there are some pretty big revelations in Tuesday's Gone) the reasons behind her actions are definitely becoming more defined.
I've also enjoyed the cases thus far and Frieda's talent for teasing out details that others have missed.
While you could certainly read Tuesday's Gone without too much confusion if you haven't read Blue Monday, I have to recommend tackling them in order. In addition to the characters themselves, there is a bit of a continuing storyline here that I think would have significantly less impact for readers who've not yet read the first in the series.
If you're looking for an interesting thriller with a great psychological twist, this is the series to try. Tuesday's Gone was released last summer in the UK but officially hits shelves here in the States on April 4. Blue Monday is out now in paperback.