It was an open-and-shut case when 18-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family; she's been incarcerated ever since. When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to assess Hannah, she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her....
Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family. Frieda soon begins to realise that she's up against someone who'll go to any lengths to protect themselves....
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"Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive." (Daily Express)
"Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition." (Sophie Hannah)
can't say only ever listen to books very rarely read an actual book
I love Carlson, and Joseph, although they didn't feature quite so much this time, if there is going to be a Sunday, and I hope there will be I think Frieda needs to get a bit of OOOmph
Yes, up there with the best, she has such a lovely reading voice..
No, not at all I like to savour the stories from Nicci French
Yes, not as good as previous instalments a few similarities to the storyline, definitely trailed off towards the end, and a bit of a mediocre ending to be honest
It was probably my mistake for expecting the kind of Nicci French stories that I've read in the past, which were full of intrigue, underlying threats and suspense. This wasn't. There were too many references to previous novels about the main character which is annoying when you haven't read tany of the other Freida Klein novels. I missed the dark, menacing and oppressive atmosphere of works such as Under the Skin and The Memory Game.
Only those that don't feature Freida Klein.
Excellent, pacy, with the only minor issue being that the conclusion was a bit unsatisfactory and not 100%. But it was so good up until then that it didn't make a huge difference, and the conclusion did logically explain a lot of things, so it wasn't entirely unsatisfactory.
This was the first I'd read, but I'll definitely be downloading more Nicci French books.
Maybe, but just to freshen my mind before listening to the next episode that hopefully won't be that long off!
Freda, because it's her story...
Closely followed by Dean Reeve (?spelling) which might sound odd but because he's always there in a sinister, silent way. Makes me shiver just thinking about him..
Yes, all the previous Frieda Klein books. She's brilliant, she "is" Freda in my mind, along with the other characters, just wouldn't be the same with anyone else reading.
Hannah taking Frieda's hand towards the end.
Also the very end... !!!
Can't wait for the next book in this series!
Yes, although it is helpful that I have read all the previous FK books and have come to know the characters
It stands on it's own for me. The author has done well to make this character so well liked in light of the fact that she is so controlled and disciplined.
None stood out
While it did not disappoint, it is not the best of the Frieda Klein series.
Great characterisation, with the usual team, and in many ways a strong storyline, but...
The ending is rushed and totally wrong. I want clues and the ability to second guess, this seems random and mechanical.
My sixth five out of five across the board review for this series after a back to back listening experience. This is from a previous written word addict who had never "done" audio. When Ruth Rendell and PD James left the arena I thought we had nothing to fill the void. Step forward Dr Frieda Klein. Immaculate performances; impeccably expressed characters and fiendish plots. Bravo to the writing duo and Beth Chambers - your talent is incredible!
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