*Starred Review* London police seem to have an open-and-shut case when the body of a naked man, who was apparently tortured and murdered, is found in the home of a mentally ill woman. But DCI Malcolm Karlsson isn’t so sure, so he again turns to psychotherapist Frieda Klein to serve as a consultant. When the victim is identified as an extraordinarily empathetic con man who had assumed a false identity, multiple suspects emerge. As Klein brings her expertise to bear on the murder, she’s getting bad press for her previous work with police involving an identical-twin serial killer (see Blue Monday, 2012), a matter that still literally haunts her. At the same time, both Karlsson and Klein are dealing with difficult personal matters, and a cutback in police funding looms. The husband-and-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French skillfully melds police procedural and psychological suspense, and the Frieda Klein series provides the opportunity for greater concentration on character development, particularly with a protagonist whose profession is probing the human psyche. Psychological suspense at its best, with full-bodied characters and a closing cliffhanger, will leave fans waiting to see what Wednesday will bring. --Michele Leber
Praise for TUESDAY'S GONE:
"A fiercely intelligent, multilayered thriller."
"Seamlessly mixes a foreboding tone and deliberate pacing with deft plot twists that should leave readers pleasantly chilled to the bone."
"Starts as a grim psychological thriller in the vein of Dennis Lehane’s darker novels and turns into a fascinating puzzle in which character analysis holds sway. Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense who enjoy a complex protagonist."
—Library Journal (starred review)
"The plotting is fast-paced with surprises galore, and characters literally come to life on the pages. . . . When readers are through, they will find themselves waiting impatiently for Wednesday to arrive!"
"If you are looking for wickedly inventive crime fiction, you need look no further than the writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French . . . Unless you are into tension, paranoia and burning the midnight oil to finish a book, don’t embark on reading Tuesday’s Gone after suppertime!"
"Tuesday’s Gone is one of those great, great books in the mystery genre wherein the more you know, the less you know—peel back one stratum and you cannot shovel fast enough to get into the next, which reveals anything but what you expected. French takes the novel on a number of unexpected twists and turns, not the least of which relates back to BLUE MONDAY, which, as it turns out, didn’t quite end on its last page."
Praise for BLUE MONDAY by Nicci French:
“Fast-paced and spooky…it leaves readers with the promise of intriguing tales to come.”
“A neat puzzle with a satisfying resolution and a terrific twist at the end.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“[A] superb psychological thriller . . . With its brooding atmosphere, sustained suspense, last-minute plot twist, and memorable cast of characters, this series debut will leave readers eager to discover what color Tuesday will be.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“With its smart plot, crisp prose, and a stunning final twist, this is psychological suspense at its best. Absolutely riveting.”
—Booklist, starred review
“This is psychological suspense done right. The authors pace themselves and build the tension slowly while carefully developing each of the players. For fans of Tana French’s and Lisa Gardner’s moody, dark, twisty thrillers.”
“Complex and flawed, Frieda Klein is a refreshingly human protagonist, an intriguing debut for a truly unique character.”
—Tami Hoag, bestselling author of Down the Darkest Road
“A searing psychological thriller in the rich vein of Kate Atkinson and Laura Lippman, Blue Monday is powerful and gripping—a page-turner with heart and soul. Psychotherapist Frieda Klein is an enormously appealing new series hero.”
—Joseph Finder, bestselling author of Buried Secrets
“Unrelenting . . . unnerving . . . unforgettable. Psychological dynamite.”
—Alan Bradley, bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
“Nicci French creates a haunting and complex psychological puzzle about memory and heredity, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. This gripping thriller certainly bodes well for the future of the series and I look forward to reading more about unlikely heroine Frieda Klein.”
—Camilla Läckberg, bestselling author of The Ice Princess
“A fabulous, unsettling, and riveting look at motives and memory and relationships. And what drives people to do the unthinkable.”
—Louise Penny, bestselling author of A Trick of the Light
“Nicci French is undeniably at the top of British psychological suspense writing.”
—The Observer (UK)