Review: Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French

 

Title: Tuesday’s Gone {Freida Klein #2}

Author: Nicci French

Published: Penguin Australia July 2012

Synopsis: Sometimes the mind is a dangerous place to hide. The rotting, naked corpse of a man is found amidst swarms of flies in the living room of a confused woman. Who is he? Why is Michelle Doyce trying to serve him afternoon tea? And how did the dead body find its way into her flat? DCI Karlsson needs an expert to delve inside Michelle’s mind for answers and turns to former colleague, psychiatrist Frieda Klein. Eventually Michelle’s ramblings lead to a vital clue that in turn leads to a possible identity. Robert Poole. Jack of all trades and master conman. The deeper Frieda and Karlsson dig, the more of Poole’s victims they encounter . . . and the more motives they uncover for his murder. But is anyone telling them the truth except for poor, confused Michelle? And when the past returns to haunt Frieda, she finds herself in danger. Whoever set out to destroy Poole also seems determined to destroy Frieda Klein.

Status: Read from August 05 to 06, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy the Penguin Australia}

My Thoughts:

Tuesday’s Gone picks up around a year after the events of Blue Monday, which introduced psychiatrist Dr Frieda Klein who reluctantly became involved in a police investigation involving one of her clients and an abducted boy. In the midst of a cold London winter, DCI Karlsson asks Frieda to speak with a disturbed woman found caring for a naked, rotting corpse in her flat, unable to provide a coherent statement. Deciphering Michelle Doyce’s rambling leads Freida and Karlsson’s team to identify the victim as Robert Poole, but further investigation reveals the man was a scheming conman using a stolen identity. Under pressure due to looming budget cuts, the police are ordered to charge the mentally ill woman with murder and close the case but Frieda believes Michelle innocent and continues to pull at the exposed threads of the investigation.

Nothing is simple in this case, as the investigation into ‘Bob Poole’ reveals a lonely elderly lady swindled of over a hundred thousand dollars, a young wife and mother who succumbed to his charms and a vulnerable neighbour who misses the kind man who visited her regularly. Karlsson is under pressure to ignore Frieda’s suspicions but trusts her instincts that there is something more sinister happening.
As well as the storyline involving the murdered confidence man, somewhere a young woman waits for the return of her lover, Karlsson is frustrated by custody issues and Josef has returned from Kiev, a broken man.
February is turning out to be a bad month personally for Frieda too, she is still missing her former lover but reluctant to respond to his overtures, her niece, Chloe, is acting out, the wife of a former patient has made a formal complaint about her professionalism, the publication of a book related to a former case paints her in a bad light sparking unflattering media interest and if that wasn’t enough, she feels she is being watched. Only an attentive accountant seems to offer Frieda some relief.
It is Frieda’s very reserved character that sets the tone for the novel. Even with so much happening in Tuesday’s Gone, the story doesn’t feel crowded, neither does the pace feel rushed. I thought the suspense was somewhat muted but there is a constant undercurrent of tension and I couldn’t help but be intrigued by both the characters and the twists and turns of the story.

Though I wish I had read Blue Monday, the first in the Frieda Klein series, before Tuesday’s Gone, this novel can be read as a stand alone. With it’s carefully crafted plot and interesting characters, Tuesday’s Gone is an absorbing psychological thriller.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 07:19:58

    I loved Blue Monday, so I am eager to read this one…and soon! I do love psychological thrillers and enjoyed the character of Frieda Klein. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. Sarah
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 18:33:10

    I normally shy away from reading psychological thrillers but after reading a Sophie Hannah book I’m tempted to change my mind. It sounds like I would need to read Blue Monday first and I never like it when a novel doesn’t stand up by itself. I have read Nicci French in the past though so I will look out for it.

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