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Waiting for Wednesday: A Frieda Klein Novel (3) Copertina flessibile – 30 gennaio 2014
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Waiting For Wednesday by Nicci French is the thrilling third novel in the highly acclaimed Frieda Klein series.
Ruth Lennox, beloved mother of three, is found by her daughter in a pool of her own blood. Who would want to murder an ordinary housewife? And why?
Psychotherapist Frieda Klein finds she has an unusually personal connection with DCI Karlsson's latest case. She is no longer working with him in an official capacity, but when her niece befriends Ruth Lennox's son, Ted, she finds herself in the awkward position of confidante to both Karlsson and Ted.
When it emerges that Ruth was leading a secret life, her family closes ranks and Karlsson finds he needs Frieda's help more than ever before.
But Frieda is distracted. Having survived an attack on her life, she is struggling to stay in control and when a patient's chance remark rings an alarm bell, she finds herself chasing down a path that seems to lead to a serial killer who has long escaped detection. Or is it merely a symptom of her own increasingly fragile mind?
Because, as Frieda knows, every step closer to a killer is one more step into a darkness from which there may be no return . . .
Praise for Nicci French:
'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition. No one understands human psychological frailty better. No one writes better about grief, love, fear or emotional damage. Not many books are as insightful as they are addictive; Nicci French's are.' Sophie Hannah
'Brilliantly crafted' Daily Mirror
'Full of dark psychology and tension ... nerve-tingling and addictive' Daily Express
'Magnificent' Evening Standard
Tense, frightening, gripping ― Easy Living
Nerve-tingling and addictive ― Daily Express
Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition. No one understands human psychological frailty better. No one writes better about grief, love, fear or emotional damage. Not many books are as insightful as they are addictive; Nicci French's are. -- Sophie Hannah
Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are twenty bestselling novels by Nicci French, published in thirty-one languages. Blue Monday was the first thrilling story in the Frieda Klein series, which concludes with Day of the Dead.
- Editore : Penguin; 1° edizione (30 gennaio 2014)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina flessibile : 576 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 0241950341
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241950340
- Peso articolo : 394 g
- Dimensioni : 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 501 in Thriller psicologici
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Anyway, the first two Frieda books - loved them. Frieda came across as the kind of character we've all met before in fiction and onscreen - the psychiatrist/psychotherapist who has more problems than his or her clients. But she was darker and more complex and I found her intriguing. I could see the end of the first book coming but that didn't ruin it for me. Similiarly, I enjoyed the second book, too.
I bought this book and Thursday's Children to take on holiday a few weeks ago and read them back to back. I think now that was a mistake. I didn't enjoy them as much as the first two - in fact, I found them somewhat depressing, especially 'Thursday's Children' - and it was also fairly easy to guess what was going to happen at the end of both of them. I can't say too much because of spoilers, but if you've read the others, you'll guess the ending of at least one of them. The characters are also starting to grate on me, even Frieda herself and her enigmatic decisions that are sometimes never explained. In 'Waiting for Wednesday' the detective, Karlsson, is investigating the murder of Ruth Lennox, a seemingly ordinary wife and mother, and virtually every character he interviews is rude and aggressive towards the police. Consequently the 'voices' of the characters often sound far too similiar. The supporting cast of characters - Josef, Reuben, et al - are also starting to get on my nerves slightly. I find French's portrayal of teenage kids particularly irritating - and yes, I know teens can be annoying - but still...
Having said that, this isn't a bad book. It's just a bit of a disappointment after the first two.
Wednesday is often the most difficult day of the week which ends with the feeling of relieve that it is over. Hopefully, Frieda can start to regain some control of her life in the next book. Although the lives of other characters can never be the same again.
Well the answer seems to be to fill the books with multiple storylines, with Dean occasionally making an appearance. Here we have the murder of a suburban housewife which kicks off the novel - we also have the parallel tale of the missing girls whom a retired hack is investigating and all the strands of Frieda's life - her long distance relationship with Sandy, her friends, Josef and Sasha, her sister in law Olivia and niece Chloe, her ongoing rivalry with Bradshaw, her persecution by the media - etc etc. This isn't an easy read you really need to be paying attention or you miss something significant. It's also as another reader mentioned a bit of a downer. Poor old Frieda - still suffering from injuries inflicted in the last book - is besieged on all sides - persecuted by the media and Bradshaw, separated from her lover - and having to put with her home being invaded by bratty teenagers. I like Frieda and I really hope that her luck improves in the next book.
It is very fast paced and entertaining but I really wonder how much longer they can keep it going? I find myself looking forward to the next one just to see if the Dean storyline is resolved ...
This series just gets better and better. Fast paced with lots of twists and turns.
I do think it is important to read this series in order as it may not make a lot of sense otherwise. There is a lot of references to the earlier books and I am convinced that by reading them in order will only improve the enjoyment. On finishing this book I instantly started the next book in the series that I have almost completed in one day.