Frieda Klein books in order: the complete series
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Psychologist Frieda Klein is the creation of husband-and-wife writing duo Nicci Gerrard and Sean French – also known as Nicci French. Eight titles have been published in the series – the most recent being the brilliant Day of the Dead.
We think Nicci and Sean write some of the best psychological thrillers around. The stories are clever, complex and gripping – and Frieda herself is a compassionate, determined, gritty heroine who draws us in time and time again.
If you’re yet to discover Nicci French’s Frieda Klein series then you’re in for a treat.
Frieda Klein books in order: the complete series
Blue Monday by Nicci French
1. Blue Monday (2011)
When five-year-old Matthew Faraday is abducted, psychotherapist Frieda Klein just might be able to help. One of her patients describes dreams of seizing a boy who is the spitting image of Matthew. Convinced the police will dismiss her fears out of hand, Frieda reluctantly finds herself drawn into the heart of the case. A previous abduction, from twenty years ago, suggests a new lead – one that only Frieda, an expert on the minds of disturbed individuals, can uncover.
Struggling to make sense of this terrifying investigation, Frieda will face her darkest fears in the hunt for a clever and brutal killer.
Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French
2. Tuesday’s Gone (2012)
Frieda thought she was done with the police – only to find DCI Karlsson knocking at her door again. A man’s decomposed body has been found in the flat of Michelle Doyce, a woman trapped in a world of strange mental disorder. The police don’t know who it is, how he got there or what happened – and Michelle can’t tell them. But Karlsson hopes Frieda can get access to the truths buried beneath her confusion.
Frieda soon uncovers a possible identity for the corpse: Robert Poole, a jack of all trades and master conman. But the deeper Frieda and Karlsson dig into Poole’s past, the more of his victims they encounter and the more motives they find for murder. They know they’re getting closer to a killer – but whoever murdered Poole is determined to stay free, and anyone that gets too close will meet the same fate.
Waiting for Wednesday by Nicci French
3. Waiting for Wednesday (2013)
When Ruth Lennox, beloved mother of three, is found by her daughter in a pool of her own blood, Frieda finds she has an unusually personal connection with the case. She is no longer working with him in an official capacity, but when her niece befriends Ruth Lennox’s son, Ted, she finds herself in the awkward position of confidante to both DCI Karlsson and Ted. But then it emerges that Ruth was leading a secret life; her family closes ranks and Karlsson finds he needs Frieda’s help more than ever before.
Having survived an attack on her life, Frieda is struggling to stay in control and focused -and when a patient’s chance remark rings an alarm bell, she finds herself chasing down a path that seems to lead to a serial killer who has long escaped detection. Or is it merely a symptom of her own increasingly fragile mind?
Thursday's Child by Nicci French
4. Thursday’s Child (2014)
Twenty years ago, when she was a teenager, Frieda was brutally attacked in her own home. No one believed her – not the police, not her mother, not her friends. She left town, trained as a psychologist and never went back. Now an old classmate has shown up. She wants help with her daughter, who claims to have been attacked at home. An attack eerily similar to the one on Frieda. No one else believes the girl’s story.
With a school reunion in the offing, Frieda returns to the darkness she fled. To the small town which refused to help her and which hides a terrible secret. Because someone at the reunion knows what happened. And they’ll stop at nothing to prevent Frieda discovering the truth…
Friday on My Mind by Nicci French
5. Friday On My Mind (2015)
When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least be sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man’s wrist is a hospital band; on it are the words Dr F. Klein.
But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect. Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it’s too late – both for her or for those she loves.
Saturday Requiem by Nicci French
6. Saturday Requiem (2016)
Thirteen years ago, eighteen-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open and shut case and Hannah’s been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since.
When Frieda is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment of her she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her – Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family; that something wasn’t right all those years ago.
As Hannah’s case takes hold of her, Frieda soon begins to realise that she’s up against someone who’ll go to any lengths to protect themselves…
Sunday Morning Coming Down by Nicci French
7. Sunday Morning Coming Down (2017)
Frieda’s home is her refuge – until she returns to find it has become a disturbingly bloody crime scene. Beneath the floorboards the police have found the body of a man she had hired to help protect her. The killer’s message is all too clear: you’re mine.
When those closest to Frieda begin to be targeted, the picture becomes more skewed: the patterns unclear.
Unless Frieda can find and stop whoever is threatening her friends and family, her love and loyalty could come at a truly fatal cost.
Day of the Dead by Nicci French
8. Day of the Dead (2018)
On a north London high street, a runaway vehicle crashes to a halt. The man in the driving seat was murdered a week earlier. On Hampstead Heath, a bonfire blazes: in the flames lies the next victim.
As autumn leaves fall, a serial killer runs amok in the capital, playing games with the police. The death toll is rising fast, and the investigation is floundering. But this is no ordinary killer, and every new victim is intended as a message to just one woman. Because psychologist Frieda Klein is in hiding. And someone is coming to find her…
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