FICTION

Waiting for Wednesday

Pamela Dorman: Viking. Apr. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780670015771. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101635469 F
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OrangeReviewStarIn French's third novel (Blue Monday; Tuesday's Gone) featuring London psychotherapist Frieda Klein, seemingly average mother Ruth Lennox is found murdered without apparent reason. As details of her secret life emerge, the cast of characters expose a web of tangled lives. Frieda gets involved when her teenage niece befriends the dead woman's son. The pace picks up after one of Frieda's patients, during therapy, makes an offhand remark that leads Frieda to believe a serial killer is at work. With personal connections to DCI Karlsson, our sleuth begins obsessively investigating leads on her own, making alliances that culminate in a sorrowful and astonishing conclusion.
VERDICT Demanding the reader's full attention, this richly detailed and intricate thriller weaves the story of Frieda's life, past and present, into a compelling and suspenseful story. Fans of Elizabeth George will appreciate French's attention to subtlety and detail. Readers new to the series are advised to read the first two books in order to understand the ongoing plot of Frieda's life, including the pall cast by a past attack. [See Prepub Alert, 10/20/13.]

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