Waiting for Wednesday by Nicci French
As I said in review of Tuesday’s Gone, the previous installment in the Frieda Klein series, “… one of the best suspense/thriller series ever….” In the latest, Waiting for Wednesday, poor Frieda pays dearly for the degree of psychological suspense we get to experience in this incredible new thriller. You can’t help but feel sorry for our bruised and brooding heroine who is recovering from her previous debacle in crime-solving which very nearly got her killed. Horrifyingly, it is Dean Reeve still at large who saved her from death, yet murdered his own twin brother in a very sinister plot (Books 1). Unsettled as Frieda is by such recent trauma, her rival, Hal Bradshaw, who has been discrediting her skills as a psychotherapist with some disturbing success, has continued to make life difficult for her. And just when things can’t get any worse, Frieda joins forces with an obsessed reporter who is on the trail of a serial murderer. Though questioning her own motives for this involvement, she can’t seem to let it go. Everyone is worried about her including boyfriend Sandy in New York who can never reach her, and the usual cast of friendly characters who mean well but add to the chaos. All this plus trying to help DCI Karlsson in his latest murder case has brought Frieda nearly to the breaking point.
The wreckage of broken lives seems to have permeated Freida’s psyche this time and the complexity of her character has added to the psychological stress in this thriller. With plot twists and fast pacing you will be riveted until the very moment Frieda can finally take a deep breath.