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A Reader of Fictions: Review: Tuesday's Gone

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: Tuesday's Gone

Tuesday's Gone
Frieda Klein, Book 2

Author: Nicci French
Pages: 384
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: April 4, 2013
Source: Publisher for review

Description from Goodreads:
Internationally bestselling authors Nicci Gerard and Sean French, writing as Nicci French, have sold more than eight million copies of their books worldwide. But nothing they’ve written written before has grabbed the attention of reviewers and readers like Blue Monday and its iconic heroine, Frieda Klein. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it a “superb psychological thriller . . . with brooding atmosphere, sustained suspense, a last-minute plot twist, and memorable cast of characters.”

In Tuesday’s Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man’s identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can’t shake the feeling that the past isn’t done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim?

A masterpiece of paranoia, Tuesday’s Gone draws readers inexorably into a fractured and faithless world as it brilliantly confirms Frieda Klein as a quintessential heroine for our times.

Prior Book in Series:
1: Blue Monday

First Sentence: "Maggie Brennan half walked, half ran along Deptford Church Street."

Ordinarily, I'm not much for mystery novels, and I read them only infrequently, since otherwise I get really bored with the predictable plotting, though it's not like romance stories are any less predictable and I still read those by the dozens. It may not make much logical sense, but this is how I feel. Anyway, I accepted a review request for the first book in this series, Blue Monday, sort of on a whim, and was surprised to find how much I enjoyed it. Tuesday's Gone steps up the tension of the Frieda Klein series and proves a very satisfying followup.

One of the things I really liked about Blue Monday was Frieda Klein herself, and she's still awesome. Frieda's so perceptive and a bit icy on the outside. She's a great listener but loathes talking about herself, or anything getting personal. Personal relationships are hard for her, and she keeps people at a distance. What I find so delightful about Frieda is that she's not a stereotypical woman; she can't be put into a box.

The mystery elements are well done, and several plot twists actually caught me completely off guard. The murder mystery is a seriously tangled web, but French pulls them together admirably. On top of the mystery arc for this installment, the big bad of the series as a whole is revealed, a person from Frieda's past. While there's not a whole lot of development with the larger arc, oh my goodness is it creepy, and I'm excited for the direction the series is headed, using the plot structure from the first two seasons of Veronica Mars, with the full series overarching plot and individual mysteries per volume. This works so well, because it keeps the reader's interest engaged in the larger story and makes reading them as standalones less desirable.

The one thing I found odd was that Frieda, who's consulting with the police in this murder investigation, goes around telling freaking EVERYONE about the work she's doing. I mean, come on, Frieda! She's smart enough to know better than that. Sure, sometimes she's doing so to feel people out, but she also tells some friends, and that's just not done, or at least I don't think it is. Especially since Frieda's generally so resistant to sharing information, I found this out of place.

I'm going to keep this short, since there's only so much to be said about mysteries without spoiling the plot. Basically, if you like mysteries, check out the Frieda Klein series, because it's well done, has a strong heroine, and features intriguing plot twists.

Rating: 4/5

Favorite Quote:
"'How do you deal with it all?'
     'I'm not sure that I really do.' She twisted her glass round. 'It's like winter. I just trudge through, head down, and hope that spring won't be delayed.'"

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Blogger Kat said...

I've always been curious about Nicci French, and Blue Monday is one of those books that's been jumping on and off my wishlist for months. I like the sound of Frieda, so if I'm ever feeling mysterious, I think I'll give this series a try.

April 3, 2013 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

They're good mysteries (I think, though I'm not an expert). Totally understand needing to be in the mood, since it's not a genre of choice.

April 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Audra said...

I too have been curious about French and this series -- I think I have Blue Monday at home. I'm not typically into crime novels -- I prefer historical mysteries -- but now and then I do like something dark and noir-y.

April 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I used to read a lot of mysteries, but haven't been reading as many. This sounds like a series I might like though. I think it's cool there's an overall mystery, but little ones in each separate book too. And you mentioned creepy which has me totally intrigued!!

April 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I love when a mystery has twists you didn't see coming. The protagonist sounds interesting. Do you read romantic suspense? Like Lori Foster? I like the mix of both. Great review and glad this worked out so well for you.

April 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

You might like this. I think the writing is pretty good and Frieda's an interesting character. It is pretty atmosphere-ish, although, sadly, London doesn't really come alive as a character.

April 9, 2013 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

It's pretty cool. And probably will be the only mystery series I read until it's over. Haha. About one a year is right for me.

April 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I don't really read much romance, mystery or not. Or mystery, romance or not. Haha. Unless you count Janet Evanovich.

April 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Psalms w guitar said...

Frieda is a person who is very tough to read at first. But it introduced me to many things in the world of the psychotherapist. I ended up empathizing greatly with her and feeling that she was basically doing the right thing most of the time.

First, she CARES. She cares toooo much. But that's good. This guy named Joseph really messed up his life, but she puts him right to work on the case. That was really cool.

April 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM  

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