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August 24, 2012 / Leslie

Review: Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French

Tuesday's Gone by Nicci FrenchTuesday’s Gone
by Nicci French

Genre: Mystery, Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Penguin
Publish Date: July 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover | 456 pages
Rating: 4 of 5

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein is back, once again called on to assist the police in a puzzling case. A decomposing body is found in the apartment of Michelle Doyce, a mentally ill woman living on the fringes of society. The woman isn’t making any sense and can’t or won’t tell the police how the body got there, only that she is taking care of it.

The police assume Michelle must have murdered the man, but after speaking with her, Frieda isn’t so sure. Once the police establish the identity of the dead body as con man Robert Poole, it’s apparent that Frieda was correct. Many of the victims of his schemes had motive to kill him. The police commissioner wants to close this case quickly but more victims continue to surface. Frieda continues to investigate on her own annoying a few people within the police department as she is considered an unofficial consultant.

Familiar characters from the first book have returned and we learn a little more about Frieda’s family and background through various subplots. Plot elements revealed in book one, Blue Monday, add to Frieda’s stress and she is tormented by recurring nightmares. She is an interesting character that’s difficult to get to know with secrets and fears of her own.

Much of the story was told from Frieda’s point of view with occasional passages at the end of chapters from a mentally disturbed and unidentified woman. The story is well-paced and while not edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, the tension and edginess was there. Bit by bit the pieces start to come together. Just when I thought I had the ending all figured out, the author threw in another twist I wasn’t expecting in this well-crafted psychological thriller.

This is book two of the latest series by Nicci French. Threads from the first book, Blue Monday, run throughout the story, but it is not necessary to have read it to enjoy Tuesday’s Gone. It is a standalone novel and any events referred to from the first book are explained, but if you plan to read book one, grab it first as many spoilers are revealed.

Thrillers are often centered around a male leading character and it’s refreshing to have discovered Frieda Klein, a strong, complex female lead. I’m looking forward to reading more about her in future novels.

Source: Review copy.
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  1. laurelrainsnow / Aug 24 2012 11:43 am

    I really loved Blue Monday and have had my eye on this one. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the great review.


    • Leslie / Aug 24 2012 3:24 pm

      If you liked the first book you’ll love this one too. It picks up where Blue Monday left off.


  2. BermudaOnion / Aug 24 2012 2:59 pm

    Frieda sounds like a fascinating character. I think I have Blue Monday – it sounds like I need to pull it out and read it.


    • Leslie / Aug 24 2012 3:25 pm

      It’s nice to have a strong female lead for a change.


  3. Mary / Aug 24 2012 3:07 pm

    I don’t read many thrillers but I have to say this sounds good! I’d have to start with book one, though. I’m funny that way 😉


    • Leslie / Aug 24 2012 3:28 pm

      Definitely start with the first book. There are a lot of references back to Blue Monday that aren’t crucial to understanding this this but they will make you curious about what happened the previous year. I’m the same way… I want to be in on the action from the beginning.


  4. Suko / Aug 24 2012 3:50 pm

    I also have Blue Monday, which I need to read soon! Terrific review, Leslie. This sounds really good.


  5. Sheila (Book Journey) / Aug 24 2012 7:37 pm

    Thsi sounds good, I like it when good characters are revisited.


  6. Leeswammes / Aug 25 2012 11:24 am

    I had expected this book to be brilliant, but you only give it 4 stars…. Still worth a read, it seems.


    • Leslie / Aug 25 2012 12:00 pm

      Actually, it should read 4½ but the little half symbol didn’t get stuck in there. I did like it a lot but I’m a tough sell for a 5!


      • Leeswammes / Aug 25 2012 12:50 pm

        OK, 4.5 stars is good enough for me. 🙂


  7. Jess resides here (@frellathon) / Aug 26 2012 3:51 am

    I really enjoyed the first so I can’t wait to read this one and sooner or later I will


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