Book Title: Dark Saturday
Author: Nicci French
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: Frieda Klein #6
Genres: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pub Date: 07/11/17
Thirteen years ago eighteen year old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open and shut case and Hannah’s been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since.
When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment of her she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family; that something wasn’t right all those years ago.
And as Hannah’s case takes hold of her, Frieda soon begins to realise that she’s up against someone who’ll go to any lengths to protect themselves . . .
Before I get into my review, I felt it necessary to give a little background on the series this book is a part of. Nicci French is the pseudonym of writing duo Nicci Gerrard and Sean French; they have penned several books separately but collaborated to bring forth the Frieda Klein series which focuses on said main character in her role as a psychotherapist. While Dark Saturday is technically the sixth book in the series, it reads easily as a stand alone novel and I didn’t feel left out of any pertinent information coming in this late in the series. If you are a reader in the U.K., don’t panic! This isn’t a new book you’ve missed; you likely have already read this one under it’s sister title Saturday Requiem. With all that out of the way, I feel a little more at ease jumping into the review portion of my post.
Wow! In the interest of full disclosure I feel the need to inform you of the terrible book slump I’ve been in lately. While I wasn’t hating everything I read, I knew I was in an off-season since I was picking up great books that just weren’t gripping me like they should. I was a little hesitant to start Dark Saturday; the cover was gorgeous and the blurb had me fully intrigued but I was starting to get a complex by mid-grading book after book. Also, have you met me? You know how I feel about starting a book six deep into a series! Alas, all my worries were for nothing because this was one of the best books I’ve picked up this year! I’m not sure how I’ve missed out on Frieda Klein since 2012 but I’m glad I discovered her. I was so taken with this book that I immediately went online and placed a hold on the first in the series, Blue Monday, so that I can start from the beginning and work my way back up to this book and beyond.
The blurb is vague and particular about what it allows you to know, and as such I won’t be discussing the plot in detail as to not spoil any of the great twists or turns, but just WOW! It’s been quite some time since I have been this taken by a new crime series; I find they are either action packed and lacking in the characters’ personal growth or vice versa. Not so here; Nicci French has cultivated not just one, but an entire group of characters in Klein and her posse to tickle the fancy of readers who crave gruesome, dark stories involving complex characters that really draw you in. I can’t imagine any reader who is a fan of UK crime fiction not enjoying this series! Highly, HIGHLY recommended to those looking for dark, quirky thrillers with abounding mystery and suspense. Please do yourself a favor and pick this up, regardless of where you live!
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.