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Waiting For Wednesday – Nicci French

on June 27, 2013

Waiting For WednesdayWaiting For Wednesday (Frieda Klein #3)
Nicci French
Penguin Books Aus
2013, 499p
Copy courtesy of the publisher

Although psychotherapiest Frieda Klein is no longer working officially with DCI Karlsson and the police, she finds herself involved in his latest case anyway. The brutal murder of a suburban mother and housewife looks at first like a straightforward burglary that was interrupted – they even have a suspect that is good for the crime. But then that suspect provides them with a rock solid alibi for the likely time of death and the police find themselves back to square one. Ruth Lennox’s life looks too perfect, too good to be true from the outside. They need to dig deeper and find out what this woman’s secrets were. Everyone has them.

Frieda finds herself involved when her niece Chloë asks her to help her friend Ted, who turns out to be Ruth’s eldest son. Despite a reluctance to become involved, especially via Chloë ambushing Ted, Frieda finds herself becoming invested in his welfare and that of his two younger sisters, Judith and Dora. Ted, Judith and Dora find a refuge at Frieda’s place, away from their crumbling father and the aunt that is taking over their lives. As much as Frieda doesn’t want to tread here, she finds that once again, things speak to her. There are pieces of this puzzle that she can put together.

But getting her voice heard might be harder than usual. Still rattled after the attack that nearly took her life, Frieda is often distracted and distant. When she sees a new patient, an offhand remark speaks to her as well and she finds herself on a mission to track down the source of the remark and what it really means. It’s something that she can’t let go of, even after a vicious prank is played on her, her name dragged through the mud, the police force brutally rebuffing her now. Only Karlsson and Yvette remain supportive of her and her abilities and frustrated with those that the police are using now, the man Frieda made look like a fool in the last investigation. The man who is now trying to ruin her.

The path that Frieda is on is a dangerous one. She’s chasing a serial killer that no one even knows exists and she’s not sure if what she’s doing is right or if her mind is leading her to a dark place from where she may never be able to get back from. Everyone is worried about her but she can’t take the time to think about that now. She has to see this through, for better or worse.

Waiting For Wednesday is the third novel in married duo Sean French and Nicci Gerard’s Frieda Klein series and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourites. Each installment has been relatively chunky, around 4-500p but it never ever feels like it when you’re reading them. The plots are always strong, very intriguing and rely on the reader placing the utmost faith in Frieda as she muddles through obscure clues, body language and offhand comments. Frieda is brilliant but reclusive – it’s not easy for the reader to get to know her but after three books, we are now piecing together the character, what motivates her, what frightens her, how she feels about other people. In this novel, Frieda is still suffering, both physically and mentally from the events 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 herself even further from the few people she has allowed into her life: her former patient and friend Sasha, the Ukrainian builder Josef who fell through her ceiling, Karlsson, her colleague Reuben and her lover who lives in New York, Sandy. All of them are worried about her, for more than one reason but Frieda basically chooses to ignore that as she follows the scent of something that even she doesn’t perhaps fully understand. She just knows that she needs to go with it and see where it ultimately takes her in the end.

The story starts out deceptively slow with this book, meandering along, providing bucketloads of information, slowly building the tension until it’s almost unbearable to keep reading but even worse not to. The twin story lines of Ruth Lennox’s murder and Frieda’s hunt for the origin of the throwaway line come to a climax and it is intense! I could not put this book down – even though I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, I think that this one is perhaps the best crafted and that the series is really only beginning to come into its own now, as we delve deeper into the character that is Frieda.

Although these books can probably be read as stand alone, I do recommend reading them in order to really get an understanding of the characters, obviously particularly Frieda and her strange dynamic with DCI Malcolm Karlsson. There’s also a plot from the first novel, Blue Monday that has continued to run throughout the next books and it’s definitely helpful to be fully aware of that to understand Frieda’s feelings concerning that case and also her helplessness regarding it. I’m really looking forward to how that plot is going to continue over future books because it promises to be amazing.

Another series I’ve become hooked on, another year long wait begins for the next book!


Book #152 of 2013


3 responses to “Waiting For Wednesday – Nicci French

  1. I read the first one in this new series and would love to read the rest.

  2. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    I liked this just a little better than the last. Did Frieda remind you of Catherine Berlin (a bitter taste)? I actually thought they were ver similar in this novel, down to the limp!

  3. […] The strategy may or may not be enough to convince dedicated fans, but the book certainly hasn’t disappointed other readers who have reviewed it so far (including two Aussie book bloggers, Shelleyrae and Bree). […]

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