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Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) Paperback – July 11, 2017
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For readers of TANA FRENCH and KATE ATKINSON, a riveting psychological thriller about memory, family, and redemption
She hadn’t realized the stabbing was happening, even though it was with her own knife. She’d stolen it and kept it beneath her mattress and brought it with her, tucked in her waistband. But it has all gone wrong . . .
A decade ago, eighteen-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open-and-shut case, and Hannah’s been incarcerated in a secure psychiatric hospital ever since.
When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment, she reluctantly agrees. But what she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family—that something wasn’t right all those years ago.
As Hannah’s case takes hold of her, Frieda begins to realize that she’s up against someone who will go to any lengths to keep the truth from surfacing—even kill again.
Utterly compelling, Nicci French’s thriller takes readers down a labyrinthine trail of secrets, suspense, and murder.
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Frieda can be a difficult character to like. She's standoffish, and her distance from others also keeps us at a distance. But that's an important part of who she is and what her history has done to her. While you might not choose to hang out with her as a friend, her life is such that you can't help being swept along, wanting to know how it all turns out.
While this book is part of a series, it works relatively well as a stand-alone. The main plot is specific to this story and has closure at the end. Frieda's backstory is woven in enough so readers new to the series get a sense of who she is. That being said, there is a separate plot thread woven in that continues from past books through this one, which brings me to my complaint with this book. We have a major cliffhanger at the end. The cliffhanger is enormous, truly, and pertains to the ongoing thread that is not mentioned in the book's description. I am not a fan of cliffhangers. At all. It's like paying to see a movie that stops midway, and then you have to purchase another ticket to find out how the movie ends. So, given the way this series is set up with a major plot point carrying through all the books, coupled with the cliffhanger, I'd recommend starting at the beginning and reading these books in order, with full expectation of having to read them all.
*I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*
Let me start by mentioning the number of characters that are in this book is absurd and a lot of them are from previous books in the series some even stem for the first book Blue Monday. Therefore, as a reader, you might get scant to no explanation of whom a character actually is. The plot from what is construed from the blurb is suitably written consequently a nuisance from Frieda's past is thrown into the story which to me the vehemence felt irrelevant and overpowering to the book. Nevertheless, if you are reading this as an ongoing series you might not feel this way.
Additionally, one of my pet peeves is when authors do not execute a finished ending though some closure was achieved volumes were left unsaid as a result I am left wondering what happened to several main characters. Maybe a book that starts with a Sunday will reveal the unknowns? Even though I have been harsh on the book so far it is filled with an abundance of conundrums. Unquestionably a complex whodunit packed with conspiracy, mystery, gore, and just when you think you have it figured out it will twist you one way then spin you another.
This is not meant to be read as a standalone book. If I had started on book one Blue Monday and proceeded forward I perhaps could have established a more favorable impression of the book as a whole. Finally, I did not find this to be a bad book, in fact, I enjoyed a great deal of it, hence the negative issues just trampled upon a slew of good.
OH WAIT! Frieda is only a Psychotherapist, not a Forensic Psychotherapist. Don’t you have to be a Forensic Psychotherapist to work with the police?