Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on July 24th 2018
Now the final book in this extraordinary series is here. And it's an ending you'll never forget.
A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve -- a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself.
In the years since, Frieda has worked with -- and sometimes against -- the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she's in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis. And it's a showdown she might not survive.
This gripping cat-and-mouse thriller pits one of the most fascinating characters in contemporary fiction against an enemy like none other. Smart, sophisticated, and spellbinding, it's a novel to leave you breathless.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Day of the Dead by the husband and wife authorial duo known as Nicci French. I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts with you.
Day of the Dead is the eighth and final book in the Freida Klein series. Though I’ve seen these books everywhere, I must confess that this is the first one I’ve read. Though it worked well as a stand-alone, I found myself hungry for more details about the beginning of Frieda’s journey with Dean Reeve. It’s a bit of a Catch-22: Do I go back to the beginning of the series even though I know how it will all play out? Or do I wait in anticipation of their next book or series? I think if I can work it in, I’ll read the first, Blue Monday, and then decide if I need read them all.
I very much enjoyed Nicci French’s writing style. It was straightforward and easy to read while maintaining the perfect level of “smart”. The characters are well-developed and flawed in relatable and realistic ways. I liked that the authors didn’t feel the need to make everything and everyone fit neatly into boxes. When writing about murderers, police, and psychologists, I think it’s sometimes easy to default to stereotyping. I’m so glad this wasn’t the case here. My sympathies waxed and waned for certain characters. I found myself asking: Should I be feeling bad for this person? Does this justify that? Nothin’ like a little moral dilemma added to the mix!
I found the ending to be quite satisfying and I think I’d have perhaps found it even more so if I’d read all of the books in the series as so many of French’s fans have. I’d definitely be interested in reading more Nicci French.
About Nicci French
Nicci French is the pseudonym of English wife-and-husband team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. Their acclaimed novels of psychological suspense have sold more than 8 million copies around the world.
Many thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.