Author: Nicci French
Publication: William Morrow, trade paperback, July 2018
Plot: For years, dangerous criminal Dean Reeve has been playing mind games with psychologist Frieda Klein (and perhaps vice-versa), and to save her family and friends from further suffering she has gone off the grid. At the same time, the police try to solve three seemingly unrelated murders, and Lola, a procrastinating university student (is there any other kind?), attempts to write an academic paper on Frieda and also comes into dangerous contact with Reeve. However, when Frieda realizes Reeve is using murder to send her a deadlymessage, she realizes she must come out of hiding to confront him, regardless of the cost of this showdown to herself.
Audience: Fans of psychological suspense who enjoy authors such as Tana French, Val McDermid, and Ruth Ware
My Impressions: This is a compelling read, with vivid characters, unexpected twists, and a thrilling conclusion! I am not sure why I had never previously read anything by Nicci French but I am glad this was recommended to me. Frieda Klein is a fascinating protagonist, with layers of complexity only hinted at in this book, and it is quite a change to read about a heroine close to my own age. I did not realize until I started that this was the eighth and final book in the series (you know I don’t like to read books out of order and I don't like you to do either, gentle reader) so I would suggest going back to start with Blue Monday (which I just placed on hold at the library). I enjoyed this and look forward to more quality time with Frieda Klein.
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