Penguin Books Australia
When psychotherapist Frieda Klein left the sleepy Suffolk coastal town she grew up in she never intended to return. Left behind were friends, family, life and loves but, alongside them, painful memories; a past she couldn’t allow to destroy her.
So when an old classmate appears in London asking Frieda to help her teenage daughter, long buried memories resurface. But when tragedy strikes, Frieda has no choice but to return home and confront her past. And monsters no one else believes are real . . .
Another brilliant episode in the life of Frieda Klein; painful memories are evoked when a client’s current trauma have a personal connection to Frieda and incidents she had previously forced herself to bury and run away from. As usual we have a cast of familiar faces; Frieda’s ensembles of colleagues/friends that make her (and the reader) feel comfortable, included and safe. With her friends Frieda can be herself, she is supported on her life’s journey.
In this episode we learn more about Frieda’s past and family as she doggedly tracks down a serial rapist and killer. I like the pace of this novel; leisurely and effortless. The Nicci French team have written another flawless narrative; the settings and characterisations are real and solid, the mystery is intriguing, the sadness and regrets revealed are commonplace, displayed by so many around us and the strengths some individuals show in difficult situations is inspiring. And then there is the continuing subplot of the menace and evil that lurks in the shadows; the threat that shadows Frieda’s every movement. A great narrative and my appreciation of this talent grows with each book in this series I read as I embrace Frieda and her band of friends.