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Publisher's Summary

Drawn to brilliant and solitary London psychotherapist Frieda Klein, a growing audience is discovering Nicci French's acclaimed series with each chilling installment.

In Thursday's Children, Frieda faces her most personal case yet when a former classmate appears at Frieda's door, begging for her help. Maddie Capel's teenage daughter, Becky, claims that she was raped in her own bed one night while her mother was downstairs. Her assailant warned, "Don't think of telling anyone, sweetheart. Nobody will believe you." Becky's story awakens dark memories of an eerily similar incident in Frieda's own past.

When Becky is found hanging from a beam in her bedroom, Frieda sets out to find the man she believes is both Becky's rapist and her killer. But confronting the ghosts of the past turns out to be more dangerous than she ever expected.

©2016 Nicci French (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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  • Kathleen
  • HUDSON, OH, United States
  • 04-03-16

What a disappointment

Having read the three prior Frieda Klein mysteries, I was really looking forward to the fourth installment. What a total letdown. First, this book cannot stand alone. There is so much that would be incomprehensible to a person who had not read the first three books. I even had trouble remembering the "back story" on certain people and would have liked a brief refresher. Second, the whole book is based on a ridiculous coincidence. It's long, plodding, boring, and sometimes downright incomprehensible. The Frieda character has become unlikeable. It's especially puzzling that men fall all over her when she is so cold, brittle, and rude. That's the big mystery to me.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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The Worst Day of the Week for Frieda

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I loved Blue Monday but my love has faded as the week went on. I read other reviews and they were a little low for Thursday and I did wait a long time for new reviews before buying Thursday. I thought, "I love Frieda & Beth Chalmers, why not". Other reviewers were right, I struggled to get through Thursday. I only completed it because I refuse to start a new book before completing the last. The topic is difficult for anyone to tackle but the supportive characters were just blah. Even Frieda's close friends & family which tend to bring a bit of drama were just boring. I say skip this one, even if you love Frieda like me.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

By the end I didn't care anymore

Have you listened to any of Beth Chalmers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Beth Chalmers was perfect as always!

Any additional comments?

After reading some of the positive reviews for Friday I may continue the series but I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Depressing meandering novel

I absolutely loved the previous Frieda Klein novels, but I could barely force myself to finish this one. Frieda’s commitmentphobia is becoming extremely tiresome and pathetic. All of the characters in the story are lonely, miserable, deluded and passive. It is hard to feel any pity for them, never mind root for them. It’s hard to care about any of the rapes or murders. Even the weather is persistently desolate. I couldn’t wait for this book to be over. I will give the next one a chance just because the previous ones were so good, but i’d suggest skipping this one. The narrator was very good, but even she couldn’t save this story

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My Last Frieda Klein

I stuck it out till the end of this boring, plodding, implausible book. Never again.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful