Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Books Read: Nicci French - Waiting for Wednesday

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...

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Waiting for Wednesday is the third book in the series from Nicci French, husband and wife writing duo Sean French and Nicci Gerrard, featuring psychotherapist Frieda Klein.

Within this book we have two different strands going on so it did take a little bit of concentration to begin with to follow exactly what was going on, the seemingly random murder of an everyday housewife and journalist Jim Fearby's investigations into missing girls.

Despite Frieda no longer working alongside the police she ends up being brought into the murder investigation through her niece Chloe's friendship with the victim's son Ted, and her path crosses with Jim Fearby during her own investigations into a missing girl following something a new client says during his consultation which sets off a warning bell in her mind.

Meanwhile she's also still trying to rebuild her strength and get over her injuries from her attack in Tuesday's Gone which appears to have have left her a shadow of her former self.  And it would seem that her former patient Dean Reeve is not finished with her yet as he keeps sending her taunting messages which isn't helping her fragile physical and mental state...

Frieda was a much more vulnerable character in this book than she was in the previous two books but considering what she's been through it's not surprising but I hope that this is not the start of a decline for her and that she's soon back to her former self in the next book!

As I generally find with a book with multi strands I actually preferred one more so than the other and that was definitely the case here, I found the missing girls investigations a lot more interesting to read then I did the murder of Ruth Lennox so did find myself willing the storyline to move on at times so that I could get back to the other strand.

I have to confess that I didn't love this one as much as the first two books in the series but that's not to say it's not an enjoyable read and I definitely still want to read the remaining books in the series as and when they are published starting with Thursday's Children in the summer.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley 

1 comment:

  1. mm.. tried posting a comment earlier... Apparently it didn't work!
    I just wanted to say that I read the first two books in the series and that I'm definitely planning on reading this one too - hopefully soon! & that the double investigation sounds interesting! (Can imagine though it would be confusing at times! Must make sure I had a good nights sleep then!)
    Happy reading! xx M.