Book Title: Sunday Silence
Author: Nicci French
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: Frieda Klein #7
Genres: Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Mystery
Pub Date: 01/09/18
Lover of London, gifted psychologist, frequent police consultant — Klein is many things. And now she’s a person of interest in a murder case. A body has been discovered in the most unlikely and horrifying of places: beneath the floorboards of Frieda’s house.
The corpse is only months old, but the chief suspect appears to have died more than seven years ago. Except as Frieda knows all too well, he’s alive and well and living in secret. And it seems he’s inspired a copycat…
As the days pass and the body count rises, Frieda finds herself caught in a fatal tug-of-war between two killers: one who won’t let her go, and another who can’t let her live.
As a reader, I’m still very new to dynamic duo Nicci French’s writing, but I have to say I’m becoming more addicted with every book of theirs that I pick up. (In case you aren’t familiar with the authors, Nicci French is a pseudonym for English wife-and-husband writing team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.) While this is technically book #7 in the Freida Klein series, it’s really book #2 for me, as I just jumped on board last year with Dark Saturday (book #6). I still hope to go back ’round to the beginning and catch up on all the novels I’ve missed prior to these, but in the meantime I’ve become taken with psychologist Freida Klein and her merry band of law enforcement friends. In case you’re wondering these books do have a running backstory, but I found myself easily able to catch on to the plot based on just the two books I’ve read.
“Glendower. I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
Hotspur. Why, so can I, or so can any man,
But will they come when you do call for them?
Henry IV Part One (Act III, Scene I)
If you’ve been following my reading journey for 2 years or 2 minutes, you’ll know that I am intensely drawn to any type of crime fiction procedural. Police procedural, legal drama, clinical psychologist; I can’t get enough, but I especially love when I find one that balances the ongoing series plotting equally with the crime being solved in each installment of said series. This continuous story is one of the most excellent, in those regards, on the market today; I cannot stress enough what a pleasure it is to be lost in the case at hand while also immersing myself in the drama and chaos of the characters’ personal lives. Obviously the plot in this particular segment immediately intrigued me; a body found in the flooring of our main, reoccurring character is no easy feat to write. No plot spoilers here, but it was nicely done and my mind is till trying to play catch up from all the whiplash induced twists and turns.
A safe space. Frieda had always hoped that her consulting room was a place of escape for her patients, a place of refuge. Now it felt like that for her… Sometimes the silence could last for many minutes. At certain times it had lasted almost the whole session. Silence could be a kind of therapy.”
As if the above mentioned wasn’t enough reason to pick up the series, one of my favorite parts of reading a Frieda Klein novel is the DAD GUM CLIFFHANGER ENDINGS. I mean… How can one possibly expect to wait for the next book? The last sentence alone was enough to make me flip through the final pages a few times to make sure my copy wasn’t missing something. WELL DONE YOU FIENDS!!! To say I’m waiting with bated breath for the next installment would be a gross understatement, so I’ll just sign off letting you know that, whether you start all the way at the beginning or with book #6, this is a series worth looking at. Highly recommended to my fellow procedural nerds!
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy.