In Waiting For Wednesday,Nicci French’s third Frieda Klein novel (Blue Monday, 2012; Tuesday’s Gone, 2013) psychotherapist Frieda uses her expertise discovering and pursuing brutal killers. Seemingly average mother Ruth Lennox is found murdered without apparent reason. As details of her secret life emerge, the cast of characters involved exposes a web of tangled lives. Frieda engages when her teen-aged niece befriends the dead woman’s son.
The plot picks up when, during therapy, one of Frieda’s patients makes an offhand remark that leads Frieda to believe a serial killer is at work. With personal connections to investigating DCI Karlsson, our sleuth is obsessively pulled into investigating leads on her own, making connections that culminate in a sorrowful and astonishing conclusion. Readers would best read the series in order to understand the ongoing plot of Frieda’s life, including the pall cast by a past attack.
VERDICT: Deep, rich and demanding the reader’s full attention, French weaves the story of Frieda’s life, past and present. Readers’ of Elizabeth George would appreciate the attention to subtlety and detail.