2013 Book Reviews

Waiting For Wednesday by Nicci French

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‘Ruth Lennox, beloved mother of three, is found by her daughter in a pool of her own blood. Who would want to murder an ordinary housewife? And why?

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein finds she has an unusually personal connection with DCI Karlsson’s latest case. She is no longer working with him in a official capacity, but when her niece befriends Ruth Lennox’s son Ted, she finds herself in the awkward position of confidante to both Karlsson and Ted.

When it emerges that Ruth was leading a secret life, her family closes ranks and Karlsson find he needs Frieda’s help more than ever before.

But Frieda is distracted. Having survived an attack on her life, she is in struggling to stay in control and a patients chance remark rings an alarm bell, she finds herself on a path that seems to lead to a serial killer who has long escaped detection. Or is it merely a symptom of her own increasingly fragile mind?’

So I want to start this review by confessing my complete love for Nicci French’s novels, I’m a über fan. I have and have read every single book, even their individual novels. (For those who don’t know Nicci French is a pseudonym for the partnership Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, they are a married couple).
Their books are the books I wait in anticipation for and instantly feel sad I devoured it so fast, wishing I had taken longer.

So the story, this is the third book in the Frieda Klein series. The first one being, Blue Monday and the Second being Tuesday’s Gone.

In the Tuesday’s Gone we left Frieda who had been attacked and just gotten away with her life. She was also told she wouldn’t be working with the police anymore. Dean Reeve her stalker, a character from book one, left her with the message “it wasn’t your time” he saved her from her attacker.

So in Waiting for Wednesday we have three different stories building throughout.

We have the story of a murdered housewife. Karlsson and Yvette are the detectives running the case. They think it will be pretty easy and straight forward when Billy Hunt, local known criminal slips into their radar. But as they start to uncover more family secrets is Ruth the straight forward housewife she is made out to be?

Then we have Jim Fearby, a journalist. He has spent most of his career trying to prove the innocence of George Conley, imprisoned for killing a young girl. Fearby succeeding in the release of Conley then decides he must now find the real killer. Taking him on a journey of lots of ‘lost’ young girls.

Finally we have Frieda, she speaks to a patient and something they say clicks and she must get to the bottom of where it came from. This ends with her trying to find a missing girl with a known drug habit.

Her niece brings the children from the murdered housewife onto her doorstep and she finds herself obliged to take them in and ends up comforting them.

In her personal life Dean Reeve, her stalker, is still out there posing as a threat and sending her subtle and not so subtle messages that his still watching her.

I would love to go into so much more detail and tell you so much but then it would ruin it all for you.

They always say in a series there is a weak book and we certainly haven’t had one yet. (Not that I expect one this is Nicci French) This is a brilliantly written book, it’s exciting, fast paced and gritty.

With the constant threat of the dangerous Dean Reeve, it makes it even more exciting because you are just waiting for the big showdown that is certainly heading Frieda’s way.

I love Frieda, she is prickly, in control and never shows her feelings. I’m completely fascinated by her and her need to get to the bottom of things.
I also love her circle of family and friends, my soft spot is easily for Josef, I’m probably not alone in that.

All the books are set around London, which is always exciting reading about stories set in places you know.
I particularly love how we were following three stories that weave into one. It was truly interesting and full of suspense that builds and builds and my nose was firmly stuck in the pages until late at night when I should of been sleeping.

For me this is crime writing at its absolute best and a complete page turner. I think this may even be my favourite book of the series so far. I am already impatiently waiting for the next instalment.

Here is the link for first two in the series;

And this is the link for Waiting For Wednesday;

I highly recommend this entire series.

And I recommend any of their stand alone novels also.


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