In many ways I really enjoyed this book..,especially the character of Frieda and her way of tunnel vision or persistence. Hannah was a fascinating aggressor/victim. But having this book as a first dip into the series...many things were confusing with relationships established in previous books. The authors seemed to assume all the previous books had been read.
Story moved along fairly well until the end which was a big let down, rather contrived. However, I did enjoy the book well enough to finish it and the book was very well written. Other than the somewhat tepid ending and the questionable idea that florid psychosis can be triggered by isolation in prison, I would recommend this book.
DARK SATURDAY: A NOVEL by Nicci French. This is the sixth title in the Frieda Klein Mystery series. The first thing I noticed was the absence of a map; a map with a forgotten, buried, London river. These rivers are one of the highlights (for me) of the Frieda Klein series. The rivers are their own character and play their own parts in the stories. On page 51, Frieda is drawn to the River Fleet on one of her night rambles. And then on page 139, we find out about the River Effra. Frieda is looking at the street where she finds Jason Brenner. FK “There’s something about this street.” “The shape of it, the direction, it reminds me of something.” JB “That’s the river.” You can’t see it. It runs underneath, along this street and under the car park.” This was the river Hannah remembered. The River Effra flowed underground and went all the way from Upper Norwood to the Thames. This was one thing, one fact, one memory that Hannah related to and plays a pivotal role in DARK SATURDAY.
Frieda describes her insomnia and increasing feelings of dread. “Dread of a reckoning.” The book is divided into a prologue, chapters and interludes. The interludes refer to Hannah Docherty in the Chelsworth Hospital (think prison). There is quite an ending which segues directly into Book 7 - SUNDAY SILENCE. A very interesting, very suspenseful, very detailed title. Highly recommended.
A charismatic female character and good plotting kept me wishing the novel were longer. I gave it four stars because the cast is too large, and I often had to go back to check who Jack is (a colleague), and the character whose name I cannot now remember who gets cancer. On one hand, nearly a dozen minor characters seems realistic, but on the other, an author must do a good job of introducing them in order to make the memorable. I think the great flaw in this novel is that the authors do not do this well. It is annoying to have to go back on a Kindle. The reader never does find out what happens to the man with cancer. I did buy another Frieda Klein book, though, because it is hard to find female characters who are psychiatrists.
I had not read this author before and it took a little while to get into the book ,but once I did , I couldn't put it down. The main character follows each clue until gradually the whole story comes together. I liked that each piece of evidence was presented to the reader as Frieda made the discovery. And I still didn't realize who committed the murders until she revealed him.
I really enjoyed this book! Love Frieda and am happy to discover that this is part of a series but at the same time I'm unhappy that I have missed the first few books! Will now have w backtrack but it'll be worth it! Looking forward to reading more!