The thrilling third novel starring London psychotherapist-turned-detective Frieda Klein - from internationally best-selling author Nicci French
Nicci French’s Blue Monday and Tuesday’s Gone introduced the brilliant yet reclusive psychotherapist Frieda Klein to widespread critical acclaim, but Waiting for Wednesday promises to be her most haunting case yet.
Ruth Lennox, housewife and mother of three, is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in Frieda, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case.
When it emerges that the mother was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Frieda herself is distracted, still reeling from an attempt on her life, and struggling with her own rare feelings of vulnerability. Then a patient’s chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who’s long escaped detection. Is Frieda getting closer to unraveling either case? Or is she just the victim of her own paranoid, fragile mind? Because, as Frieda knows, every step closer to a killer is one more step into a darkness from which there may be no return....
Flawlessly executed, Waiting for Wednesday is a penetrating, twisted novel of murder and neurosis with a jaw-dropping climax that will linger in listeners’ minds long after they have heard the last page.
©2014 Nicci French (P)2014 Penguin Audio
I did not enjoy this book as much I enjoyed the first two Frieda Klein books. In this particular story I found her to be far more annoying. The thread that sets her off on her "mystery tour" felt really weak. I just kept thinking "why are you doing this? Who cares?!". And then her being so closed off from everyone around her was just annoying. So much going unsaid was frustrating, but not enough to stop listening. I'll continue in the series, but man I hope she gets herself together. 😄
This is a modern English mystery whose characters suffer modern trials of bureaucratic politics and professional jealously. The mysteries themselves are not obvious nor predictable. The characters are interesting and believable even if some situations and motivations are a stretch. There is a serious undercurrent to the story of the murder of the perfect suburban housewife. This is the consequences of our actions and choices. I found it a thoughtful and entertained tale with a likable protagonist.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
The main character is very refreshing. She is very no nonsense and very practical. I also love the way the author holds back details of the main character's life and slowly reveals them in each new book. I have read all three available books with Frieda Klein as the main character and am looking forward to the next one.
Well, naturally, I would compare it to the first two books in the series, but perhaps because of the lead character's profession and her relationship with the police, the story reminds me slightly of the Alex Delaware novels by Jonathon Kellerman. The setting and the personalities of the characters are naturally, different, but the books are the same in that they are through the eyes of someone working with the police but not a police office.
She brings the feel of London. I dislike it when a story with characters that are British or Scottish or German is read in an American accent. I like the flavor of hearing the story in the accent that the characters are supposed to have. Also, she has a wonderfully expressive voice and the difference between characters and who is speaking is instantly apparent.
I did laugh in sections of this one and I also found myself holding my breath a time or two.
I don't know - this is the third in this series and it is clear that the books are a bit formulaic. Though Frieda and Carlson are moderately well developed characters, the secondary characters are fairly one dimensional and the background characters are ludicrously, predictably stock. They nearly all react with snide, snippy, self-defensive anger. The press is always twisting things around, is easily manipulated by the antagonists, and is always out to get poor, poor Frieda. Poor, poor Frieda is misunderstood, misrepresented, and falsely accused, ad nauseam. After book three, it's tiresome and cheap. In an effort to build drama, it's not fair to keep involving Frieda with characters whose actions and reactions follow the same pattern again and again and which are far, far from realistic - we're talking beyond soap opera.
No - for the above mentioned reasons. I was annoyed by the obvious character manipulations in the first book - and by book three it's just kinda silly, which sad, because otherwise the books could be good. If only they'd deal with the mystery in a much more straight forward manner and spend much less time trying to elicit sympathy for poor Frieda.
Yes, for the other Frieda Klein books and perhaps for others, too. I think she does a very good job. I don't care for the voice she bestows on Carlson - but everyone else comes across OK.
Yet another in a long, dreary line of tales about a fiercely independent career woman who treats everyone who cares about her like absolute crap, never answering her phone calls or messages, etc. etc., ad nauseam. All this while being completely consumed with guilt about:
The murders of girls she never met and didn't save because she hadn't had any reason to suspect the existence of the murderer who did them in;
The torching of her despised arch-enemy's home by her strangely benevolent stalker;
The fall-out suffered by the friends/family of the murderers she does identify and bring to justice.
Sleeplessly she grapples with her overwhelming sense of responsibility towards all people known and unknown, EXCEPT of course, for the ones who care and worry and attempt to reach out to her. (Insert retching noise)
I have read a previous Nicci French and found it enjoyable, so I won't give up on her. But this is the last time Frieda and I will ever encounter each other.
Two great plots
I wanted to see if/how the two plots would come together.
Ms. Chalmers makes Frieda, Olivia, and Chloe come alive - other characters are good but these three especially stand out.
In book 1, Sandy went to Cornell. That's Ithaca, NY, 225 miles from Manhattan. In 2 it was mentioned he was in New Jersey. Now in book 3 he's in Brooklyn, just east of Manhattan. For all the incredible detail Ms. French goes into about London and its history, I wish she would've gotten these details right.
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