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Tuesday’s Gone – Nicci French

on August 20, 2012

Tuesday’s Gone
Nicci French
Penguin AU
2012, 448p
Copy courtesy of the publisher

It’s been over a year since Frieda Klein worked the police case with DCI Malcolm Karlsson. In that time she’s gone back to her normal life, being a therapist to her patients, keeping up with her niece Chloe and trying resolutely not to think of Sandy, the lover who went to America. Then all of a sudden, Karlsson shows up, asking for her help again.

A routine visit from Social Services led to an utterly grim discovery. A woman who had been released from psychiatric care without any real diagnosis and bounced to a hostel was visited by a worker for a check up and the worker found her taking tea with a naked man who had clearly been dead for nearly a week. When questioned by the police, the woman, named Michelle Doyce made very little sense. Karlsson thought that Frieda might be able to talk to her, perhaps unravel the fabric of what she was saying. Frieda states that she doesn’t specialise in mental disorders but she agrees to visit the woman anyway.

It seems as though the identity of the man is going to be impossible to find – the case is deemed closed but Frieda finds her strong sense of justice stirring and she does some investigation herself, ultimately coming up with a possible name for the victim. Only when the police go to inform the deceased’s next of kin, they unravel an even greater mystery which leads to the fact that victim may in fact have been the predator, targeting the wealthy. The more they dig into this mysterious man’s past, the more people they find have been touched by him, the more motives there are for a number of people to be the one that killed him.

Frieda finds herself up to her neck in a new investigation and not only that but an old one is coming back to haunt her too.

Tuesday’s Gone is the second in the Frieda Klein series by husband-and-wife writing duo Nicci Gerrard and Sean French who write under the pen name of Nicci French. I read the first in this series, Blue Monday, very recently after I received this one for review and I am so glad that I took the time to track it down and read it first before I opened up this one! There were reveals in that book that would’ve been totally spoiled by this book and a story that carries over so I think it’s best to read the series in order.

In this novel, Karlsson pops up in Frieda’s life to ask her to again help him with a case and to also perhaps make the arrangement ‘official’ by getting her a contract. Frieda has some interesting reactions to working with the police – on one hand, she’s really reluctant to get involved, but then she does. And once she is involved, no matter how minor that initial involvement is, it’s like she can’t help herself and that she has to see everything through until the very end. She has a strong sense of duty, I think Frieda feels that at times she must advocate for these people involved in these crimes and situations when there is no one else to advocate for them. She seems to particularly feel this way for Michelle Doyce, a woman with a very obscure mental disorder that makes her reality very different to the reality experienced by others.

I am coming to really like Frieda, quite slowly she is growing on me more and more. I feel like my feelings for her are mirroring the way in which the author/s are slowly allowing us to discover more of her, over the course of this series. She’s less solitary in this novel, I’m pleased to see characters recurring, such as Josef, the Ukrainian builder and Sasha, a woman who came to Frieda in Blue Monday and is now a friend. Chloe and Olivia, the only family she seems to speak to with any regularity are a presence as well, their story continuing on. We learn snippets more of Frieda’s life but what we learn seems to raise only more questions than it does to really give the reader any answers.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Karlsson and Frieda in this book – she is more relaxed around him and even though it seems their relationship is based around either arguing about what is right and wrong or disagreeing on pretty much everything concerning a case, it really works for them. I think there are a few deeper moments here as well, where they both support each other in ways that perhaps other people cannot do for them – Karlsson confides something in her that he has told no one and in turn Frieda tells him about a fear she has concerning their previous case, which he looks in to for her. Even though what she comes out with is outlandish at times, I think Karlsson is learning very quickly to believe her. She may have some odd-sounding theories at times but they end up being right!

Tuesday’s Gone is an excellent second installment in a series – it builds upon the characters and the relationships in the first as well as providing an interesting primary mystery/case but also carrying on quite a few things from the case in the first novel. I liked that French chose to continue that as there were so many unanswered questions I had at the end of Blue Monday that I weren’t sure were going to be addressed here and I really have a disliking for lack of closure! I’m really enjoying this series and I’ll be anxiously awaiting the 3rd novel, hopefully sometime in 2013.


Book #162 of 2012

2 responses to “Tuesday’s Gone – Nicci French

  1. I read the first in this series and really liked it. I plan to read the second for sure.

  2. […] at the conclusion of the previous book, Tuesday’s Gone (you can see my review of that one here) and her thought processes and her actions are not as clear and concise as usual. She alienates […]

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