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Sunday Silence: A Novel

Sunday Silence: A Novel

Escrito por Nicci French

Narrado por Beth Chalmers


Sunday Silence: A Novel

Escrito por Nicci French

Narrado por Beth Chalmers

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Jan 9, 2018
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It started with Monday. But it doesn't end with Sunday.

Read Sunday Silence, the new novel in the series that Louise Penny calls "fabulous, unsettling, and riveting" — and brace yourself for the breathtaking series finale in summer 2018.

Lover of London, gifted psychologist, frequent police consultant — Frieda Klein is many things. And now she's a person of interest in a murder case. A body has been discovered in the most unlikely and horrifying of places: beneath the floorboards of Frieda's house.

The corpse is only months old, but the chief suspect appears to have died more than seven years ago. Except as Frieda knows all too well, he's alive and well and living in secret. And it seems he's inspired a copycat...

As the days pass and the body count rises, Frieda finds herself caught in a fatal tug-of-war between two killers: one who won't let her go, and another who can't let her live. 

Crackling with suspense, packed with emotion, Sunday Silence is a psychological thriller perfect for fans of Elizabeth George and Paula Hawkins.

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Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in London and Suffolk.

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  • (4/5)
    Good book but I would have understood more if I had read the whole series.
  • (5/5)
    This 7th book of this series feels familiar and yet fresh and new. Frieda is still her usual cold-on-the-outside, warm-on-the-inside self and the creepy influences in her life are still annoyingly present but Frieda is convinced pretty quickly that none of her old foes is responsible for the strange things that start happening to the people she loves. And, of course, she's right. Frieda finds herself in the unwelcome media spotlight again but she'll do what she has to do to protect the disparate crew of people who make up her family. The ending is a compelling setup for the final installment which, fortunately, is already sitting on my shelf!
  • (4/5)
    Having never read a Frieda Klein book, the author did a good job of character descriptions. The plot held my interest and there were a few interesting twists in this book. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to another in the series if there is one.
  • (5/5)
    What a compelling read! I enjoyed Sunday Silence so much. it's part of a series, but not having read any of the others, it stands on its own. Dr Frieda Klein is a complex character, a psychologist that helps the police in London. A body is found under her living room floor. And the investigation begins. I look forward to reading the first six in the series.
  • (4/5)
    SUNDAY SILENCE by Nicci French. This is the seventh (but not the last) book in the Frieda Klein Mystery series. Fans are eagerly awaiting the last, (supposedly) last installment in the series to be published in July, 2018.SUNDAY SILENCE opens one second after the last words are uttered from Book 6, DARK SATURDAY.DCI Karlsson opens the door to Frieda’s house and meets Chief Inspector Petra Burge, there to investigate the body hidden under the floorboards.This is a very suspenseful, mysterious, emotional plot; a Dean Reeve wanna-be/copycat is after Frieda’s family of friends and ultimately, Frieda herself.The last sentence of the book - Frieda visits Levin and entreaties, “Make me disappear.”I do get my ‘river fix’. Frieda is walking with Chief Inspector Petra Burge near Elephant & Castle (outside the old City walls). 150 years ago, the area was marshland and then it was drained and banked. Frieda talks about the Neckinger River where tanning works used to be. Now, “the river is dirtied, clogged up, buried…” But it is still there somewhere. FK “This was an area for things that London needed but didn’t want to look at or think about or smell. It’s a useful reminder.”Haunting, emotional, puzzling, suspenseful, mysterious - highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Dr. Frieda Klein, a clinical psychologist in private practice in London, became famous due to her involvement in the investigation of a serial killer named Dean Reeve. At the beginning of the novel, the body of a private investigator hired by Frieda is found in the floor of her home. As the police investigate the situation, Frieda is adamant that the body was placed by Reeve as a warning to her. The police are skeptical of Frieda's conclusions given her lack of proof but as the investigation continues, more attacks are made upon Frieda's friends and colleagues suggesting Reeves' possible involvement. Unhappy with the way the police are handling the case, Frieda sets out to find the man threatening her friends and family on her own.This was a generally suspenseful thriller, which followed the typical sequence of skeptical police detectives dismissing the more perceptive outsider/psychologist to find a killer. I would have enjoyed more in-depth analysis of Reeves, which may have occurred in the previous Frieda novel, but did not occur in this one. While the characters were relatively developed, a first person narration or greater focus on Frieda's emotions would have probably drawn me in more.
  • (5/5)
    I agree with my best friend(who read this book before me,and finally gave it back to me)its keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is the second of Nicci French books I have read and looking forward to getting my hands on other once. Checking with my library(read to much would go broke if I brought them)to see what Nicci French books they have in stock.
  • (4/5)
    Frieda Klein is a psychologist whose involvement with the police is usually as a consultant or profiler, but when a corpse is found under the floor boards of her house, it is clear that she is now the target of a twisted killer. This was a fast-paced gritty psychological mystery that pitted Frieda and London's police department against a very clever and very deranged killer. I had picked up this book not realizing that it is a series, with each title featuring a day of the week. The series started with Monday, but it was not a problem to start this series with the final day of the week. I'm hoping that there are more Frieda Klein mysteries in the works -- maybe months of the year?!
  • (4/5)
    Nice solid mystery. Planning to go back and start with #1 now.

    (A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.)
  • (4/5)
    I'm pretty sure I've read one of the earlier books in this series, but don't remember the title. Anyway, this book is nearing the end of the series. Even though the week is finished, there are some loose ends which indicate one more book. This time around, Frieda is desperately trying to convince the police that serial killer Dean Reeve is alive and still out there. But with new attacks on the people closest to her, she suspects another killer is responsible. Now she has to convince the police about the identity of this one too. The story moves at a nice pace, and the characters are really interesting. One thing that really bothered me was near the end, when the police are doing a massive search for a missing person, they don't use search dogs. This is odd since the search area was a large complex of warehouses and search dogs would have been really helpful. I think a large police force like London has would have several dogs available for such circumstances. Of course, had dogs been used, the scene would have come to a faster, less dramatic conclusion. But overall, the story was good.Received this book from LibraryThing.com for review.
  • (4/5)
    First book I have read in this series, I will go back and read the rest of the Frieda Klein series. Most enjoyable were the close friends gathered by Frieda who form her family. The plot has plenty of action and suspense. Set in London, Frieda works closely with the police to provide psychological profiles to help the police catch criminals. In this case, the criminal hits closer to home when the killer targets Frieda and her family of friends. But is the killer from the previous book back or is this a copy cat?
  • (4/5)
    I did not realize how long it has been since I read a book from this husband and wife duo. I picked up this book and it was like I had never left. Instantly, I reconnected with Frieda and Detective Karlsson. Although, it would have been nicer to see Frieda under better circumstances. I mean it is not every day that dead bodies are found under your floor boards. Well unless you are a serial killer. Frieda even in this situation held up a strong front. She did what she does best but helping to solve the mystery while staying cool under pressure. I love the way she thinks. She and Karlsson meld well together. The storyline was strong as well. While, it has been a long time since I have read a book in this series, it reads well as a stand alone novel. There was no downtime from the beginning, middle, and end. Which the end was a good one. There is nothing worse then a weak ending. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Fans of this series will enjoy this latest book in this series.
  • (4/5)
    Part of the Frieda Klein series but can be read as a standalone. As always, this book is well written and fast paced with an interesting cast of characters. If you're a Nicci French fan, you know what to expect. If you haven't read this author, this is book to start your journey. You'll be looking for previous works by Nicci French.
  • (4/5)
    Nicci French's Frieda Klein novels always leave me in an ambivalent state. They're so well written, but so dark and, for me, depressing, that I wonder if reading them is worth it. So sometimes I give in and read (when I really need a well-written book) and other times I just can't take the angst.'Sunday Silence' is the seventh in the saga. And once again we have no real resolution to Frieda's problems with her nemesis. However, we have a few more dead folk and Frieda hasn't smiled yet, as far as I know.Though I doubt that I'd smile either if a body were discovered under the floorboard of my house. Poor Frieda! And Frieda's poor friends who become the target of the mysterious person stalking Frieda and providing the body count.Typical Nicci French - well plotted and smoothly written; depressing as all get out.
  • (4/5)
    Finding a dead man under your floorboards is not a good way to start your day. And when people and friends around Frieda Kiein start getting killed and hurt its time to band together for saftey.#7 in this series gets off to a fast start and keeps up the momentum throughout. Even though a little more catch-up on a few characters would have been helpful, it did not deter my enjoyment of this story as a first time reader of this series.Thank You to Nicci French, William Morrow Publishing and LibraryThing for the chance to read and review a ARC copy of this book.
  • (5/5)
    I just want to say that I have read all the previous books in the Freida Klein series and was really happy to get this book. In a series starting on a Monday and this one being Sunday I couldn't wait to see if this would be the final book and just how would this wrap up. I won't address this further so as not to be a spoiler but having invested in the seven book series I will say I have enjoyed them all. Freida is a tightly controlled woman but a clever one and loyal friend to her (over the series) expanding inner circle of friends. My husband also read this book and it was the first in the series for him so I found it interesting how having the back story for many of her characters impacted how we each viewed the book. I personally prefer to read books in order but he is planning on going back to read the previous books.
  • (4/5)
    Well, it has become a habit to check back in with Frieda Klein and see if they've caught the maniac who is stalking her. As usual she is calm and logical in a chaos of violence and madness. She is also quite flat, and her relationships with the other characters are quite stilted and therefore not particularly brought to life. It is not clear if this is the last in the series, as the title would imply
  • (4/5)
    This is the seventh book in this series but the first one that I have read and it was a really great read. I have already added the first in the series to my wishlist. This book was an excellent dive into the world of a seriously disturbed killer. I was a bit surprised when the killer was revealed about two thirds through (I usually like my books to finish up quickly once that happens) but the story was far from over and provided much more suspense and kept me turning pages.Since I haven't read the other books in this series I wasn't sure about the ending. I guess I should say that I wasn't sure if it was an ending to the series or an arc into the next book. But, I have to say, that was not a bad thing in anyway. The plot of the book finished up quite nicely. I was lucky enough to win this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
  • (4/5)
    Early reviewer gift- thank you.Great, quick, page-turner, don't want to put down read.Loved it and loved the ending!I have always enjoyed books by Nicci French.
  • (4/5)
    Sunday Silence is the first Nikki French thriller that I have read. With six earlier books in the Frieda Klein series I felt at a bit of a disadvantage as to who was who and whether or not psychotherapist Klein had evolved over the series. While the plot relies on previous knowledge of Frieda's encounters with serial killer, Dean Reeves, who apparently is obsessed with Frieda, French does a solid job of bringing new readers up to date rather quickly. One quick caveat--novels bringing back supposedly dead evil perpetrators has become old hat--with absolutely no shock value. I was not surprised at all when Freida decided Dean Reeves was alive and still upping his body count. Convincing the police however added about 50 pages to the long novel.In this book, dead for seven years via suicide (but no body of course), chief nemesis to Frieda and serial killer, Dean Reeves, has left a smelly but fairly freshly killed friend Frieda's under her charming home's floorboards. An all out search is launched for the elusive Reeves with several sitings but no luck capturing him. Meanwhile Frieda's few friends and even fewer loved ones become targets of Reeves as this is his twisted way to destroy Frieda's world. Whether he succeeds keeps the story flowing and the reader turning the page.Nikki French is a skilled writer, understands character development, and pacing, setting. Just trust me on this and dive on in. Meanwhile I will head back to the first book in the series and dive into Frieda and her exploits in the title that has Monday.
  • (4/5)
    This is the second Frieda Klein mystery I have read. Regrettably, the first very early in the series and a long time ago. I feel having read the series in order would have provided a more solid platform for many of the characters brought back in this novel. However, you can certainly read this novel out of sequence and enjoy it as a well written psychological thriller. The authors did an admirable job of introducing enough about the characters and their prior associations with Frieda that one can easily remain focused on the page turner that it is. I enjoyed the subtle plot shift midway through the novel from a "who dunit" to a "how do I prove it". This shift helped reinforce the immediacy and gravity of what was going on and further reinforce the page turner pace. It's hard to say whether we'll see any more of Frieda but I would argue that there are more than enough unresolved issues with this cast of characters to bring them back for another adventure. I'd even go as far as suggesting at a working like "Tomorrow Is Another Day" or "The Week In Review" might be a suitable place to start.
  • (3/5)
    Okay, I get it --London psychotherapist Frieda Klein was right all along -- the bad guy is not dead -- and she knows more than any police professional about solving crimes. The writing is fluid, the plot moves right along, but the bloodiness borders on gratuitous and it probably helps to have read more books in this series in order to appreciate the personalities of the various characters -- I could see possibilities in some of them, but they didn't come to life for me.
  • (3/5)
    I haven't read Nicci French before now, but that's going to change. This was a fun read that contained twists and details that set it apart. Love having a reading list to look forward to...
  • (5/5)
    I really liked this installment of Frieda Klein! It picks up right where the last book does and jumps right into the mystery. I love how the author(s) flesh out all the characters, not just the main ones. Loved where the continuation from the previous book went.
  • (4/5)
    This is the 7th novel in French's Frieda Klein series. Klein, a psychotherapist has unearthered a body burried under her floorboards. There is definitely a message here and it seems to come from serial killer, Dean Reeve who has a strangely intimate relationship with Klein. The only problem is, Reeve is supposed to be dead. As Klein's friends and family are targetted, it becomes a race against time to stop whoever is responsible before anyone else is killed. I have read & enjoyed manny Nicci French books before, but none in the Klein series. Although I've clearly missed a lot of backstory, this will still work as a stand alone read. However, I think the reader would benefit from the entire backstory - I can imagine the shock of the 'is he, isn't he dead?' question being amplified many times over for those familiar with the whole story. And no, that's not a spoiler - if you want to find out, you'll need to read this book!
  • (3/5)
    Frieda Klein is once again in the midst of murder and mayhem, this time focusing of those near and dear to her. I have to say this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, at times it felt a bit pedestrian and obvious but as the penultimate novel in the series it effectively built the tension up for the final installment coming soon.
  • (4/5)
    Frieda Klein is a London-based psychologist, who has been known to serve as a consultant with the local police department. After assisting with solving several cases, Frieda suddenly finds herself on the other end of an investigation. A body has been found hidden under her floorboards and naturally, suspect number one is Frieda herself. Frieda is convinced this is the work of serial killer, Dean Reeve, who has haunted her since previous cases. The issue with this theory is that Reeve has supposedly been dead for seven years.Forced in to the spotlight yet again, Frieda must work to prove to the police that a Reeve never died and is now hunting her. As those Frieda is connected to and love most start becoming targets, it starts to become undeniable to the detectives assigned the case that someone is out for Frieda’s life. Is this the work of Dean Reeve or has someone decided to use this serial killer as inspiration for their own murderous plot against Frieda?Nicci French is a pen name for the married, writing duo of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. This is the first time I have had the pleasure of picking up one of the Frieda Klein novels and I can safely say that with a little persistence this novel can be read as a standalone. There were a few references in the beginning that I believe as someone new to the series, it took me slightly longer to work out the connections between past and present, but at no point did this stop me from enjoying the novel. Frieda Klein is the type of whip-smart, passionate, and strong female lead crime fiction readers love to follow along with. In SUNDAY SILENCE Frieda is forced to battle against the police department she has come to know and work with as she tries to convince them a presumed dead serial killer is back on the hunt. This book is a combination of police procedural meets thriller with all the characters you want to know more about. If you’re picking up this edition as a standalone, be prepared to want to head back and read through the series!
  • (3/5)
    Frieda Klein, a psychologist and a consultant with the police discovers a dead body under the floor boards of her home. At first, considered a suspect, she soon is being pursued by two murderers who are hurting people close to her. This is the first Frieda Klein novel that I Have read, and although, the premise intrigued me, I felt it dragged on which made my mind wander. I couldn’t get into the character and was happy to see it end.
  • (4/5)
    Note: Spoilers for previous books in the series.This is book seven in the detective/psychological thriller series featuring psychotherapist Dr. Frieda Klein, who is the occasional collaborator of London Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Karlsson. The authors (Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing team of husband and wife Nicci Gerrard and Sean French) keep Frieda’s character rather opaque, but we have gotten to “know” her bit by bit as the series proceeds.Still, Frieda doesn't reveal much:“When people got too close, she pushed them away. She talked to her patients about the power of speaking, of making words and narratives, but she kept silent, guarded her secret self.”This installment begins immediately after the end of the previous book, Dark Saturday. A dead body has just been discovered under the floorboards of Frieda’s living room. The body is a “message” from serial killer Dean Reeve, who has been stalking Frieda. The murdered man was an ex-policeman Frieda hired to find Dean. Frieda reads the “message” as: “This is what you get if you look for me.”The new Chief Inspector, Petra Burge, thinks it might be helpful for Frieda to hold a press conference and go public with her concerns about Dean Reeve. Three reporters were invited to represent the press, and Frieda gave them the background about her “relationship” with Dean Reeve.The story then picks up six months later, when bad things start happening to those with whom Frieda is close. First her niece Chloë was abducted for a weekend. Then some of her friends are beaten and almost killed. The police understand now that Frieda and those in her life - her “real” family as she calls them - are targets, but they are still unwilling to listen to her ideas about who is behind this and how that person might be discovered. We learn rather early on that Dean is not the only bad guy in the picture; there is a copycat out there, who is in fact more of a danger than Dean - at least, for the moment. One question the police and Frieda need to ascertain is: who is the audience for this new person - Dean or Frieda, and what is the motive?As usual, Frieda figures out who the culprit is long before the police do.There is a tense, page-turning lead-up to the end, which includes a shocker, and ensures the series is not yet over, in spite of the fact that we have been all through “the week” already with titles.Evaluation: The books are a bit repetitive and very little actually changes in Frieda’s life (aside from people she knows ending up dead), but the recurring characters are interesting and consistent. This thriller, like the previous ones, ends in a startling way, making sure followers of the series will want to see what happens next.
  • (4/5)
    I’m ambivalent about this series. This latest was well-written and engaging, but the storylines are so similar to the others in the series that I am frequently annoyed. This one eventually developed a plot that had some merit on its own, but the endings are never really in doubt. I’ll probably keep reading them as well-written diversions but they will not be on the list of books that I eagerly await.