Title: Tuesday’s Gone
Author: Nicci French
First published January 1, 2012
456 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780718156961 (ISBN10: 071815696X)
In the gripping novel “Tuesday’s Gone” by Nicci French, a shocking discovery is made during a routine visit by a London social worker – a decomposing corpse is found in the home of her client. With no apparent leads on the identity of the dead man, Chief Inspector Karlsson turns to Frieda for assistance once again.
As she begins to unravel the mystery, Frieda can’t ignore the nagging feeling that her past may be connected to the case. Could someone be using the investigation to target her?
Frieda must race against time to uncover the truth before she becomes the next victim.
About the Author
Nicci Gerrard was born in Worcestershire, England in 1958. After earning a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield.
In 1985, she launched Women’s Review, a magazine that focused on art, literature, and female issues, which marked the beginning of her career in publishing. During the 80s, Nicci taught English Literature in Sheffield, London, and Los Angeles.
She married journalist Colin Hughes in the same year she launched Women’s Review.
Nicci and Colin had a son named Edgar in 1987 and a daughter named Anna in 1988, but their marriage ended in 1989. She then became acting literary editor at the New Statesman before moving to the Observer, where she worked as deputy literary editor for five years, followed by a position as a feature writer and executive editor.
It was during her time at the New Statesman that Nicci met Sean French, who was born in Bristol in 1959 to a British father and Swedish mother. Sean also studied English Literature at Oxford University and won Vogue magazine’s Writing Talent Contest in 1981.
He worked as a theatre critic for Vogue, television critic and deputy literary editor at the Sunday Times, and as a film critic for Marie Claire and deputy editor of New Society.
Nicci and Sean got married in 1990, and their daughters, Hadley and Molly, were born in 1991 and 1993. By the mid-90s, Sean had already published two novels and several non-fiction books, including biographies of Jane Fonda and Brigitte Bardot.
Nicci and Sean started working on their first joint novel in 1995, adopting the pseudonym Nicci French. Their debut novel, The Memory Game, was published in 1997 and was followed by several other successful novels, including The Safe House, Killing Me Softly, and Secret Smile.
Their latest joint work is What To Do When Someone Dies, published in 2009.
Nicci continues to work as a journalist for the Observer, covering high-profile trials such as those of Fred and Rose West, and Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr. She has also written several novels, including Things We Knew Were True, Solace, and The Moment You Were Gone.
Sean’s last novel is Start From Here.
Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French is a gripping crime thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. Written by the bestselling husband-and-wife writing team, Sean French and Nicci Gerrard under the pseudonym Nicci French, this novel was first published on January 1, 2012.
The book is the second installment in the Frieda Klein series, following the success of the first book in the series, Blue Monday.
The novel is set in London and centers around the character of Frieda Klein, a psychotherapist who is enlisted by the police to help solve a gruesome murder case. A social worker named Michelle Doyce has been found dead in her home, and her body has been decomposing for weeks.
When the police realize that she was a client of Frieda’s, they turn to her for help in solving the case. Frieda uses her training as a psychotherapist to delve into the mind of the killer, but as she gets closer to the truth, she puts herself in grave danger.
The strength of Tuesday’s Gone lies in its well-crafted plot and complex characters. The authors have done an excellent job of creating a sense of tension and suspense that will keep readers guessing until the very end.
The book is also well-researched, with attention paid to the details of police procedures and psychological profiling.
In terms of character development, Frieda Klein is a fascinating protagonist. She is intelligent, independent, and fiercely determined to solve the case.
However, she is also flawed, struggling with her own personal demons and haunted by the past. The supporting characters are also well-drawn, with each one adding something unique to the story.
The writing style in Tuesday’s Gone is fast-paced and engaging. The authors have a talent for creating vivid descriptions that transport readers to the streets of London.
However, there are moments in the book where the pacing feels a bit slow, and some of the plot twists feel a bit contrived.
Overall, Tuesday’s Gone is an excellent crime thriller that will appeal to fans of the genre. The book has historical and cultural significance, as it explores the darker side of London’s social issues.
The themes of trauma, mental health, and resilience are also relevant to current events and issues.
For those who enjoy crime fiction, Tuesday’s Gone is a must-read. The book is well-written, with strong characters and an engaging plot.
While it has some flaws, they are outweighed by the book’s strengths. The Frieda Klein series is a standout in the genre, and Tuesday’s Gone is a worthy addition to the series.
I would give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.