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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Audiobook Review: Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French

TITLE: Tuesday's Gone 
SERIES: Frieda Klein, Book #2
AUTHOR: Nicci French 
NARRATOR: Beth Chalmers
PUBLISHER: Penguin Audio
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook, 12 hrs and 46 mins
GENRE: Psychological Thriller, Mystery/Crime
ISBN: 9781101605134
Internationally best-selling 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 listeners 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 listeners inexorably into a fractured and faithless world as it brilliantly confirms Frieda Klein as a quintessential heroine for our times.


I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. 

I really enjoyed French’s debut in the Frieda Klein series, Blue Monday, when it came out last year. I was really excited to have the opportunity to review the second book in this series.

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein crosses paths again with Chief Inspector Karlsson when he asks her to speak with a murder suspect who is clearly mentally unstable. The dead body of a naked man is found in the home of Michelle Doyce, who says that she has been caring for him. It appears that she has bathed him and put lipstick on him, and she leaves tea and food for him to eat. It is all just a little bit strange. Frieda has to get into Michelle’s mind to determine what has happened and to figure out the identity of the victim. Unravelling that ball of yarn leads to even more questions.

Meanwhile, the threat of Dean Reeve (the antagonist from Blue Monday) is still in the air. Frieda revisits Dean’s wife (and victim), Terry Reeve (aka Joanna Vine), who has now authored a tell-all novel about how she was victimized not just by her captor/husband but also by her trusted therapist. Frieda also has to deal with the fall-out from that. Frieda is still torn up over ex-lover Sandy’s move to the United States and, when he says he wants her back, she isn’t sure how to deal with it. She is also drawn into the family problems involving her niece, Chloe, and sister-in-law, Olivia. There are also sections of the book that are narrated by an unknown woman in a boat, which adds to the mystery.

In summary, there is a lot going on in Tuesday’s Gone but French manages to connect the dots between all of the story-lines. Not only are we getting to know Frieda on a deeper level in this second book in the series, but many of the secondary characters as well, including: Josef, Reuben, Olivia, and Chloe. The ending was a big shock to me that I didn’t see coming, and I recall that French did that to me as well with Blue Monday. I love it when an author can surprise me like that, and it makes me very eager for the next book in the series, Waiting for Wednesday, which is due to be released later this month.

Overall, I enjoyed Tuesday’s Gone, but not as much as I did its predecessor, Blue Monday, which I thought was much more dire and suspenseful. A good deal of Tuesday’s Gone involves unfinished business from Blue Monday, so you would definitely want to read the series in order.

I was so pleased that Beth Chalmers narrated this book as well because I loved her narration for Blue Monday. She is very engaging, and I think she portrays Frieda perfectly. Her vocal variations are distinctive, which makes it very easy to follow which character is speaking.


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