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Thursday's Child I think I m done with this series Frida Klein is not a character I can take to She is intensely annoying She s cold I don t understand how she keeps the friends she has I completely empathise with the people who don t like her She behaves in a ridiculous way, with no regard for her own health or well being and therefore completely unqualified to be a therapist. This is the fourth installment in the Frieda Klein mysteries series, and unfortunately one I found a bit on the weak side The story is engaging, and I found it interesting enough, but my issue was with Frieda as a protagonist She was always very cold which makes me think being a therapist is not he right profession , but in this book I found her quite unlikable and stupidly reckless It also really bothered me the way she treated her friends and family, as though they were all a nuisance to h This is the fourth installment in the Frieda Klein mysteries series, and unfortunately one I found a bit on the weak side The story is engaging, and I found it interesting enough, but my issue was with Frieda as a protagonist She was always very cold which makes me think being a therapist is not he right profession , but in this book I found her quite unlikable and stupidly reckless It also really bothered me the way she treated her friends and family, as though they were all a nuisance to her, except when she needed them I have to say, the supporting characters are the highlight of these books, and it is for them that I keep returning to them I also found the ending to be rather weak and her actions to be bordering on suicidal, though she insists that she does not need anytherapy herself.All in all, not terrible, but not as good as Waiting for Wednesday, the prior book in the series.Findreviews and bookish fun at Thursday s Child by Nicci French is a 2014 Penguin publication This fourth installment in the Frieda Klein British mystery procedural is a bit of a departure from the previous chapters Frieda is approached by an old schoolmate asking for help with her teenage daughter who has stopped eating and has become withdrawn Frieda agrees to an initial consultation, and manages to draw the young woman out When it is revealed the girl had been raped, and her mother did not believe her, Frieda experienc Thursday s Child by Nicci French is a 2014 Penguin publication This fourth installment in the Frieda Klein British mystery procedural is a bit of a departure from the previous chapters Frieda is approached by an old schoolmate asking for help with her teenage daughter who has stopped eating and has become withdrawn Frieda agrees to an initial consultation, and manages to draw the young woman out When it is revealed the girl had been raped, and her mother did not believe her, Frieda experiences a shocking moment of d j vu when the girl reveals what the rapist said to her This prompts Frieda to return to her hometown in hopes of drawing out the rapist, but other complications arise when she visits her mother for the first time in a long while, and when Frieda makes some startling decisions regarding her personal life The subject of rape is one I find difficult to read, period Although this book doesn t go into graphic details, the reaction of parents, friends, police officers, and men in general, is enough to boil the blood and is both disturbing and emotional watching the victims suffer this way But, sadly, this is most likely aaccurate depiction than I want to believe But, the thing about this story is how the characters we have come to know, suddenly changed, or were not in the picture at all and I kind of missed that element Frieda is the lead investigator in this story, and gets little help at all from her inspector friend She is the one pounding the pavement, doing interviews, and trying to gather evidence, even DNA evidence, which was pretty far fetched Frieda s personality does not lend itself well to this role and it becomes obvious to those who may be involved, what she is up to, which of course puts her in danger The other thing I couldn t wrap my brain around was the relationship with Frieda s mother, and the way Frieda behaved to some recurring characters that just did not make sense, and how some characters underwent lobotomies Seriously, they changed so completely, I couldn t understand it But, the story is not without merit Although it drags in places, the way everything wrapped up in the end is unexpected, and left me feeling conflicted, and a little confused about Frieda s future, and perhaps a little concerned as well But, the ending was chilling and disturbing, and had me wanting to immediately dive into the fifth installment, which I hope to do very soon This is a very different setup, and I m not sure I wish for Frieda to continue playing lead detective, but overall it turned out okay The beginning and ending is strong enough to override much of what happened in the middle, but this is not the best book of the series, in my opinion Hopefully, Friday on My Mind will be back on track 3 stars 4.5 1 of my favorite series of all time Just please start at the beginning 4.5 stars I don t tell people what to do Well, not most of the time I just wanted to lay out the options The decision about what to do is yours Frieda Klein There are things I ve run away from all my life My father s death My rape Things that happened after But it seems as though I ve run in a perfect circle and I m back with it again In the thick of it Frieda Klein Some people are leaders and some people are followers It s true in the playground and it s true in the workpl 4.5 stars I don t tell people what to do Well, not most of the time I just wanted to lay out the options The decision about what to do is yours Frieda Klein There are things I ve run away from all my life My father s death My rape Things that happened after But it seems as though I ve run in a perfect circle and I m back with it again In the thick of it Frieda Klein Some people are leaders and some people are followers It s true in the playground and it s true in the workplace The followers want their leader They like being told what to do They need it Chas Latimer I was an outsider too so I knew what it felt like not to be listened to or believed Max Temple This is another excellent book from husband and wife writing team Nicci French When they first started the Frieda Klein series I was not sure about Frieda but gosh,she grows on you In this story she returns to the town of her youth and it is probably best to have read the earlier books in the series to get the most out of this one Frieda is in top form as she plays amateur detective quite realistically and also gets herself into a difficult situation with Sandy The book is a definite page tu This is another excellent book from husband and wife writing team Nicci French When they first started the Frieda Klein series I was not sure about Frieda but gosh,she grows on you In this story she returns to the town of her youth and it is probably best to have read the earlier books in the series to get the most out of this one Frieda is in top form as she plays amateur detective quite realistically and also gets herself into a difficult situation with Sandy The book is a definite page turner and is very enjoyable I am already looking forward to the next one Nicci French is one of the few crime authors whose work I ve read up to date Thursday s Children is another quality instalment in the Frieda Klein series, sad in many different circumstances Victims are chosen specifically because the perp knows no one will believe them That the victims own mothers don t believe their daughters goes to show that the perp was correct in that, and it says a lot about society It s depressing There s victim blaming and victim shaming, and it s hard to read.But Nicci French is one of the few crime authors whose work I ve read up to date Thursday s Children is another quality instalment in the Frieda Klein series, sad in many different circumstances Victims are chosen specifically because the perp knows no one will believe them That the victims own mothers don t believe their daughters goes to show that the perp was correct in that, and it says a lot about society It s depressing There s victim blaming and victim shaming, and it s hard to read.But this novel is less about daughters than it is about mothers There s a tiny subplot involving poor Sasha, who s having a tough time Frieda s mother is dying, and even if she wasn t, she d still be unlikeable Juliet Klein s granddaughter has had her issues,Because her mother s a slut YesThe most recent victim s mother lashes out at FriedaDon t you talk to me in that calm voice You don t understand You ll never understand You re not a mother You re just a machine You don t know what it feels like HERE It s that quote by Maddie that irks me the most And it says a lot about society that unfortunately a lot of people would agree with her Women who aren t mothers, by choice or otherwise, are treated as a lower species, inhuman And as a non mother, I do take offence to that It s possible to be a mother without being obnoxious and derogatory about it, but unfortunately Maddie That she s a victim s mother is no excuse for her to lash out at innocent people like Frieda.Fingers crossed there s a fifth Frieda Klein novel coming soon I love catching up with the gang, especially Josef, the tradie with a heart of gold When psychotherapist Frieda Klein agrees to see Becky, the daughter of an old school friend from her home town, she doesn t expect to be reminded of a violent incident that occurred to her when she was sixteen just before she left home She hasn t been back in 23 years but returns to see her mother who is dying and to see if she can find out who harmed her all those years ago and may also be responsible for the present day attack on Becky.As usual Frieda s friends and colleagues rally round to s When psychotherapist Frieda Klein agrees to see Becky, the daughter of an old school friend from her home town, she doesn t expect to be reminded of a violent incident that occurred to her when she was sixteen just before she left home She hasn t been back in 23 years but returns to see her mother who is dying and to see if she can find out who harmed her all those years ago and may also be responsible for the present day attack on Becky.As usual Frieda s friends and colleagues rally round to support her as she travels back in time to put together a picture of where everyone was and what they were doing on the night when she was attacked Many people are understandably resentful of her enquiries and her direct manner upsets quite a few but she continues to unravel the events to hunt down the offender An enjoyable episode with quite a few twists and turns before the guilty person is revealed Two Crimes, Generations ApartTwenty Years Ago Teenager Frieda Klein Was Brutally Attacked In Her Own Home No One Believed Her Not The Police, Not Her Mother, Not Her Friends She Left Town, Trained As A Psychologist And Never Went BackNow An Old Classmate Has Shown Up She Wants Help With Her Daughter, Who Claims To Have Been Attacked At Home An Attack Eerily Similar To The One On Frieda No One Else Believes The Girl S StoryNow With A School Reunion In The Offing Frieda Returns To The Darkness She Fled To The Small Town Which Refused To Help Her And Which Hides A Terrible Secret Because Someone At The Reunion Knows What HappenedAnd They Ll Stop At Nothing To Prevent Frieda Discovering The Truth Twenty three years ago, Frieda Klein left the small coastal town where she grew up She has never been back Instead she has forged her own life in London, working as a psychoanalyst and recently, getting a little attention for her work on several police cases Frieda has never felt any desire to return to where she came from, in fact it s the last thing she wants to do However when an old school acquaintance looks her up, asking if Frieda will help her teenage daughter, she agrees to see her, Twenty three years ago, Frieda Klein left the small coastal town where she grew up She has never been back Instead she has forged her own life in London, working as a psychoanalyst and recently, getting a little attention for her work on several police cases Frieda has never felt any desire to return to where she came from, in fact it s the last thing she wants to do However when an old school acquaintance looks her up, asking if Frieda will help her teenage daughter, she agrees to see her, albeit reluctantly.What Becky, the teenage girl has to say tells Frieda several things Firstly, this isn t just a girl looking for attention, or going through some harmless teenage angst She has had a real and terrible thing happen to her and it seems that no one really believes her and that there s nothing she can do about it Secondly it brings back a storm of memories for Frieda, of a time when she was sixteen and a secret she has buried for the past twenty three years and tells Frieda that it s time to do something about what happened.There s nothing else Frieda can do except return to her hometown and confront her secrets head on She has to find out what happened that night and she s willing to do anything and speak to anyone in order to do so People are dying because of this secret, because no one believed her all those years ago Frieda needs to find answers and the killer before they can strike again and keep tormenting innocent young girls.Thursday s Children is the fourth novel in the Frieda Klein psychological suspense series co written by husband and wife team Nicci Gerard and Sean French Given the titles of the novels, which all feature a day of the week, I guessed we d be limited in the amount of novels this series would include I found an old article saying there is expected to be 8 one named for each day of the week and then a final novel to bring resolution.There s no denying that Frieda is a bit of an odd character She s a loner who prefers long walks around London at night to socialising although over the last four books we ve seen people shoehorn themselves into her lives Josef, the Ukrainian builder, Sasha a woman who came to her as a patient being taken advantage of by her therapist, DCI Karlsson who first requested her help and the people she has time for, her niece Chloe and Chloe s often incapable mother Olivia and Reuben, Frieda s former supervisor and analyst There s also her on off lover Sandy who disappears and reappears regularly depending on whether or not Frieda is comfortable with him at any given time This book provides perhaps the most development of their relationship although that development is mostly puzzling.In this novel the reader learns perhapsabout Frieda than in any of the other books in terms of her past Frieda has rarely, if ever spoken of her past and her family but a lot of her background is constructed here, including her teenage life with her group of friends, her devastation over her father and her disconnection with her mother It sort of amazes me the way Frieda just strolled back into her hometown and started talking to people about a night some twenty three years ago like it was yesterday and everyone was supposed to remember exactly what happened and what they were doing Obviously some people didn t react too well to her turning up and poking around, unsure exactly why she was doing it and what on earth she was doing there after so long Frieda may inspire people s loyalty now, in the present, but there are some definite mixed feelings towards her in her hometown.As always, I enjoyed reading about the way Frieda went about getting her information She s pretty much like a dog with a bone she doesn t let go and she keeps pushing, keeps demanding information until she gets it She s not intimidated when people don t want to see her, or blame her for something horrible, she keeps turning up and keeps asking questions I didn t really pick the offender in this one either I have to admit when Frieda made the connection and announced who it was I went What in my head because they weren t someone who had registered on my radar However, Josef guessed it easily which obviously reinforces how bad I am at picking the culprit in these types of books.Since the beginning now there s been an unsolved issue running through these books sometimes it s a bit on the backburner, sometimes it sfront and center Given the limited amount of books that s going to be in this series, I can guess that perhaps it s all heading for a final showdown to resolve this unfinished issues that began in Blue Monday Frieda and so far Karlsson are I think the only two people who know that there is a dangerous man on the loose, everyone else believes that he is dead The powers that be who could reopen the case are unwilling to listen to Frieda, having already had huge problems with her and her methods in previous books and to be honest, I can understand how that would be the case She does tend to tread on a lot of toes and is seemingly uncaring about that When she s on a mission, she s an unstoppable force until she gets her answers.Another solid installment and it only builds the anticipation for what is going to happen in the future


About the Author: Nicci French

Note Nicci Gerrard and Sean French also write separately Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began her first job, working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield In that same year she married journalist Colin Hughes.In the early eighties she taught English Literature in Sheffield, London and Los Angeles, but moved into publishing in 1985 with the launch of Women s Review, a magazine for women on art, literature and female issues.In 1987 Nicci had a son, Edgar, followed by a daughter, Anna, in 1988, but a year later her marriage to Colin Hughes broke down.In 1989 she became acting literary editor at the New Statesman, before moving to the Observer, where she was deputy literary editor for five years, and then a feature writer and executive editor.It was while she was at the New Statesman that she met Sean French.Sean French was born in May 1959 in Bristol, to a British father and Swedish mother He too studied English Literature at Oxford University at the same time as Nicci, also graduating with a first class degree, but their paths didn t cross until 1990 In 1981 he won Vogue magazine s Writing Talent Contest, and from 1981 to 1986 he was their theatre critic During that time he also worked at the Sunday Times as deputy literary editor and television critic, and was the film critic for Marie Claire and deputy editor of New Society.Sean and Nicci were married in Hackney in October 1990 Their daughters, Hadley and Molly, were born in 1991 and 1993.By the mid nineties Sean had had two novels published, The Imaginary Monkey and The Dreamer of Dreams, as well as numerous non fiction books, including biographies of Jane Fonda and Brigitte Bardot.In 1995 Nicci and Sean began work on their first joint novel and adopted the pseudonym of Nicci French The Memory Game was published to great acclaim in 1997 followed by The Safe House 1998 , Killing Me Softly 1999 , Beneath the Skin 2000 , The Red Room 2001 , Land of the Living 2002 , Secret Smile 2003 , Catch Me When I Fall 2005 , Losing You 2006 and Until It s Over 2008 Their latest novel together is What To Do When Someone Dies 2009.Nicci and Sean also continue to write separately Nicci still works as a journalist for the Observer, covering high profile trials including those of Fred and Rose West, and Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr Novels include Things We Knew Were True 2003 , Solace 2005 and The Moment You Were Gone 2007 Sean s last novel is Start From Here 2004.


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