Review of “Tuesday’s Gone” by Nicci French

This is the second book in the detective/psychological thriller series featuring psychotherapist Dr. Frieda Klein, who is the occasional collaborator of London Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Karlsson. (See my review of the first book, Blue Monday, here.) There is no romantic involvement between the two, although not for want of enthusiasm among readers for the match-up.

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When the story opens, a social worker discovers a mentally ill woman tending to a decaying corpse. The ill woman doesn’t seem to get that the man is dead, and so she isn’t the best witness to any possible crime that was committed. This sets up the need for Inspector Karlsson to call in Frieda.

As the police try to discover the identity of the corpse, and why and how he ended up dead, there are two other stories running on the side, which seemingly are not connected.

Meanwhile, Frieda continues to risk her life and limb so she can find out about all these other lives, while simultaneously avoiding investigation (by herself or others) into her own. The story ends with a hint that the crimes of “Monday” and “Tuesday” are not yet resolved.

Discussion: The series has a psychological/thriller aspect to it, so it is a bit dark and perverse. A scary character from the first book is part of the second as well, although this didn’t strike me as realistic.

There is something else about the series that is a bit odd. The characters don’t like to expose their interior lives, and because the narrator is not an omniscient one, I often feel as if I don’t really “know” the main protagonists. This keeps me at an emotional distance from them, and prevents me from caring about them as much as I might otherwise do. Somewhat humorously in a meta sense, the dead victim in this book is a con man whose identity is a mystery. How appropriate.

The books in this series can be read independently, although Tuesday’s Gone definitely is closely related to Blue Monday, and the second book would be better understood if one approached the series from the beginning. (A series of eight books featuring Dr. Klein are planned.)

Rating: 3/5

Note: Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing team of husband and wife Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.

Published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2013

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12 Responses

  1. I find it bizarre that a psychological thriller won’t allow you to delve into the psyche of the protagonists. I prefer to dig around in their twisted, dark, tortured minds…if it is dark, then I want to go all dark. There are so many books in this genre that meld together, I need a series that has something extra special that sets it apart. I’m not sure this one has it?

  2. I read the first in the series and thought it was okay; I do have the eGalley of this one and though I like the sound of it, I’m wishing you liked it a bit more.

  3. A series of 8 books? There are only 7 days in a week. I do want to know more about the characters than it sounds like this book provides.

  4. I remember reading the first..not sure I reviewed it, but I must check. I seem to think I liked but did not love it. So do I want to read the next? hmmmm..so many books, so little time.

  5. What will the eighth book be called? Monday Revisited?

  6. On the surface, not knowing about the characters sounds good, in that unreliability way, but when you said “how appropriate” it just sounded a bit too easy. I can see why you weren’t so keen.

  7. I have the first book but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I am pretty sure I requested it before realizing it was going to be a series. Sometimes I just don’t want to start another series..

  8. I’ve had Blue Monday on my library ‘borrow later’ list… guess I’d better hurry up before I get too far behind on the series!

  9. I had no idea Nicci French was a writing team! Crazy.

  10. Jason is always asking if I want to write a book with him. It seems his plan is for him to tell me his off-the-wall ideas and for me to thread it all together into a plot and write it.
    I do want to read the first one.

  11. Oh the idea of caring for a decaying corpse just makes me shudder!

  12. I didn’t know Nicci French is a pseudonym! I kept meaning to try this author (or authors! :) ) but haven’t gotten around to…

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