Ruth Lennox, beloved mother of three, is found by her daughter in a pool of her own blood. Who would want to murder an ordinary housewife? And why? Psychotherapist Frieda Klein finds she has an unusually personal connection with DCI Karlsson’s latest case. She is no longer working with him in an official capacity, but when her niece befriends Ruth Lennox’s son, Ted, she finds herself in the awkward position of confidante to both Karlsson and Ted. When it emerges that Ruth was leading a secret life, her family closes ranks and Karlsson finds he needs Frieda’s help more than ever before.
But Frieda is distracted. Having survived an attack on her life, she is struggling to stay in control and when a patient’s chance remark rings an alarm bell, she finds herself chasing down a path that seems to lead to a serial killer who has long escaped detection. Or is it merely a symptom of her own increasingly fragile mind? Because, as Frieda knows, every step closer to a killer is one more step into a darkness from which there may be no return…
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By Julie on 26-06-14
Interesting but depressing
I bought this book because it was on offer and I enjoy thrillers. It started well, but I should have read the first 2 books in the series before beginning this one as the author kept referring to things that happened in the previous books, which was confusing.
This story did not sweep me along. I actually got bored with the plot and I was relieved when it was over. I also found the voice of the reader very depressing after a while.
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By Jeeds on 20-07-13
Fab 3rd Novel starring the atypical Frieda Klein
This book is complex, tangled and subtly enthralling
(Note: I recommend reading/listening to books 1 & 2 in the series to gain the full impact of Waiting for Wednesday - it really is a series that needs to be followed from book 1 -Blue Monday.)
Having read the first two novels in the Frieda Klein series I was really looking forward to Waiting for Wednesday and I must say I was not disappointed.
As a reader the most interesting element of the book was change in Frieda's character from the first novel. As always she is really well written and I enjoyed the subtle but constant changes of her emotions and the gradual slipping of her grip on her own mind and the world around her. Frieda is now a much more vulnerable character, emotionally at least, and she is definitely much less self assured in this novel.
I have read quite a few reviews that say Frieda isn't very likeable - I have to disagree I think she is interesting and intriguing and I find her character to be refreshing and unique.
As always it was also good to catch up with the other characters from the previous books - Ruben, Karlsson, Chloe, Evette and my personal favourite Joseph!
The crime cases in this book are good - both the main murder of Ruth Lennox and the other case pursued by journalist Jim Fearby. The description of murder victim, at the beginning is detailed and quite gruesome, but not so bad that it made me turn off so don't let that put you off.
For me, it was the "B-story" case followed by Jim Fearby that I found most intriguing and the conclusion was more surprising. But, both cases are well written, interesting and satisfying concluded.
Above all I think this book is a mixture of character study and crime.
No doubt it is good enough to read as a stand alone but I do feel that to get the most from the book you need to read it as part of the series - for it is the characters, their journeys and their evolution that make this series great.
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By CH Ryan on 11-12-13
Rather strange series
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I find this series quite strange for Nicci French whose books I usually love. Such unlikeable characters, on the whole, probably made a lot worse by Beth Chalmers reading. She makes them all sound so angry and unpleasant. I wonder if the books would seem less annoying if I read them myself or if there were a different narrator. But I keep reading them and will read the next one if or when it appears.
Would you be willing to try another one of Beth Chalmers’s performances?
I can't bear Beth Chalmers' performance. I hope to never have to listen to her again. Such ugly voices. Really spoils the books.
Any additional comments?
Even though I dislike the characters and particularly dislike the narration I would still buy any more books inthis series.
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