Title: Tuesday’s Gone
Author: Nicci French
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Genre: Crime Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Psychotherapist Frieda Klein thought she was done consulting for the police and has gone back to her regular life. But now, Chief Inspector Karlsson has come back to Frieda for help on a new case. A social worker discovered the body of a man in one of her clients’ apartments. Because the woman isn’t mentally well, Karlsson hopes that Frieda can break through her shell and try and figure out who this man was and how he ended up in this woman’s apartment.
Tuesday’s Gone is the second Frieda Klein novel, after she was introduced in Blue Monday, and it holds great promise for the rest of the series. When we see Frieda again for the first time, it’s like reuniting with an old friend. She’s gotten past many of the issues that plagued her, but new ones have arisen. She’s begun to question herself more with regards to her patients after the events of the previous novel. She also is thrust in the spotlight (and not in a good way) with the events of this case, and she must deal with the self-confidence issues that arise from such attention.
But Frieda’s personal journey, while interesting, is not at the center of Tuesday’s Gone. It’s the mystery behind the dead body that is the focus of this novel, and it’s very well done. French has written a tightly plotted story; every time you believe you’ve figured out what’s happening, the author throws in something to shake up the story. It makes the book as a whole very enjoyable, as the smoothly written narrative is incredibly easy to fall into.
A major part of Tuesday’s Gone also deals with repercussions from the first novel in the series, which means it’s best if you read these books in order. Frieda thought she’d put the Dean Reeve case behind her, but she begins to discover that things aren’t quite as they should have been. This introduces a psychological thriller element into the novel, as though others believe Frieda is being paranoid, she knows that she’s being watched, and that her past will soon come back to haunt her in a huge way (if it hasn’t already).
If you’re looking for a gripping series with unique characters, then Tuesday’s Gone is a great pick. You’ll really enjoy Frieda, and her friends and colleagues are all wonderfully written. The plots in these books are fascinating, and when you’ve raced through both of them, you’ll be left impatiently waiting for the next installment in the series.
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