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The Unheard

Fans of psychological thrillers with seemingly vulnerable but empowered women who take drastic action to save their families will love this nerve-jangling story.

The Lying Room

This well-written, psychological thriller has a gripping plot that will satisfy fans of Val McDermid and Sharon J. Bolton. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

The Day of the Dead

Fans of this acclaimed series will read with mounting dread as the end approaches. Others should start with the first book, otherwise Frieda's behavior, always strange, might prove perplexing and Lola, who dominates the plot, simply annoying. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/18.]

Friday on My Mind: A Frieda Klein Mystery

This intricate psychological drama presents various viewpoints as to the identity of the murderer. Series fans will savor this latest addition, but newbies who admire Patricia Cornwell's medical examiner Kay Scarpetta will find Frieda's self-reliance, logic, and intelligence comparable. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/16.]

Thursday's Children: A Frieda Klein Mystery

The fourth Frieda Klein mystery (after Waiting for Wednesday) starts slowly, gathers interest about midpoint, and then meanders to a tepid close. While astute in their analysis of character, coauthors Nicci Gerrard and Sean French seem to have lost the intensity of the earlier books in this series. Advise potential readers to start with the first book or they may abandon the strange Frieda Klein.

Waiting for Wednesday

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.]

Tuesday's Gone

The 16th novel written by husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French starts as a grim psychological thriller in the vein of Dennis Lehane's darker novels and turns into a fascinating puzzle in which character analysis holds sway. Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense who enjoy a complex protagonist. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/12.]

Blue Monday

This is psychological suspense done right. The authors pace themselves and build the tension slowly while carefully developing each of the players. For fans of Tana French's and Lisa Gardner's moody, dark, twisty thrillers. [See Prepub Alert, 9/11/11.]

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