#BookReview – DARK SATURDAY: A Frieda Klein Thriller by Nicci French

Enter the world of NICCI FRENCH with Dark Saturday, an electrifying, sophisticated psychological thriller about past crimes and present dangers, featuring an unforgettable protagonist…

A decade ago, 18-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the shocking murder of her family. It was an open-and-shut case, and Hannah has been incarcerated in a secure psychiatric hospital ever since.

When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment, she reluctantly agrees. But what she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the idea that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family — that she might, in fact, be innocent.

As Hannah’s case takes hold of her, Frieda begins to realize that she’s up against someone who will go to any lengths to keep the truth from surfacing — even kill again.

Utterly compelling and enthralling, Dark Saturday speeds readers down a twisting trail of secrets, suspense, and murder.

Release Date: July 11, 2017

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My Review

I’ve been a fan of Nicci French’s writing for many years. With a minimum of words, she’s able to transport me straight into her characters’ world. That’s true of this book, as well. I was there with Frieda, in the midst of her emotional turmoil. The psychological component is strong, and I experienced this story as I read it.

She lifted her head and Frieda saw her face: bruised, swollen, her full lip cut into a sneer and thick brows drawn down.

Frieda can be a difficult character to like. She’s standoffish, and her distance from others also keeps us at a distance. But that’s an important part of who she is and what her history has done to her. While you might not choose to hang out with her as a friend, her life is such that you can’t help being swept along, wanting to know how it all turns out.

Her bare flesh was covered in tattoos, hardly any skin left unmarked by circles and geometric patterns, words and images, so that it was hard to know which to look at: the serpent, the rose, the crucifix, the swirling lines, the bird, the numbers and roman numerals, the web… She was like a violent manuscript in many colours.

While this book is part of a series, it works relatively well as a stand-alone. The main plot is specific to this story and has closure at the end. Frieda’s backstory is woven in enough so readers new to the series get a sense of who she is. That being said, there is a separate plot thread woven in that continues from past books through this one, which brings me to my complaint with this book. We have a major cliffhanger at the end. The cliffhanger is enormous, truly, and pertains to the ongoing thread that is not mentioned in the book’s description. I am not a fan of cliffhangers. At all. It’s like paying to see a movie that stops midway, and then you have to purchase another ticket to find out how the movie ends. So, given the way this series is set up with a major plot point carrying through all the books, coupled with the cliffhanger, I’d recommend starting at the beginning and reading these books in order, with full expectation of having to read them all.

*I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*


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