Title: Waiting for Wednesday
Author: Nicci French
Release Date: April 3, 2014
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Genre: Crime Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Frieda Klein is no longer working with the police department, and she’s still healing psychologically from what happened during her last case. But Frieda gets inadvertently pulled into DCI Karlsson’s latest investigation, the brutal murder of a housewife with three children, and together they discover the victim isn’t quite what she seemed. Frieda also begins following her instincts with an unrelated case, wondering whether she truly seems something that others aren’t or if she’s so psychologically damaged that she’s putting herself and others in danger for no reason.
A twisty mix of a psychological thriller and crime novel, Waiting for Wednesday is a great addition to the Frieda Klein series. The different plotlines keep the reader’s interest, and readers will become emotionally involved in Frieda’s seemingly fragile mental state.
Waiting for Wednesday once again features psychotherapist Frieda Klein, and she is not doing well when the novel begins. On the outside, she seems the same—passive, calm, and tranquil, the perfect therapist—but as the novel progresses, the reader sees just how damaged Frieda has become. Over and over again, she’s attacked by one person or another, and she mutely accepts it without feeling any anger. Those around her know that she’s in a bad place, that it’s unhealthy not to feel any sort of anger at her situation, and the reader knows it as well. Frieda has been so battered that it’s as if she doesn’t feel anything anymore. It can be frustrating at times, but it’s also realistic; the reader will worry about Frieda’s mental health.
There are multiple storylines in Waiting for Wednesday, and as always, the writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French handles them well. The novel is fast-paced, and even when it’s not clear where things are leading, the reader has faith that things will end up making sense. The mix of crime novel and psychological thriller works well, keeping the tension high and the suspense front and center. Readers won’t be able to put this novel down as they race through it to come to the conclusion.
Fans of the Frieda Klein series will absolutely enjoy this outing. If you’re new to the series, you can pick up Waiting for Wednesday without too much trouble, though you’ll definitely miss out on character development and relationships. Story-wise, though, the authors do a great job of bringing readers up to speed. This is a novel that will appeal to a wide range of readers, as it’s smart and quick. It’ll be interesting to see where the authors take Frieda next; I certainly hope that she catches a break in the next novel, as she certainly has had to deal with a lot of difficult things over the course of these first three books.
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