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Sunday Silence
by Nicci French
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William Morrow, 2018 (2018)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The bestselling husband-and-wife team of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have always put their leads through the wringer, but none more so than psychotherapist Frieda Klein, and never more so than in their seventh in the series, Sunday Silence.

A dark backdrop to previous episodes has been Frieda's fear of her stalker, Dean Reeve, whom she unmasked as a child abductor and murderer. Fans will recall that she hired ex-policeman Bruce Stringer to track him down. As Sunday Silence opens, Stringer's body is found beneath the floorboards of Frieda's house. Of course, she immediately suspects Reeve of the killing. Unfortunately, the official view is that Reeve is dead.

Frieda has an uneven relationship with police, though she does have the respect of enabler Walter Levin, who seems to run some sort of intelligence organization in the shadows. She also has won the respect, trust and friendship of DCI Malcolm Karlsson and his colleague Yvette Long. However their superiors still consult Frieda's profiler nemesis, Dr. Hal Bradshaw.

As this episode progresses, someone attacks everyone close to Frieda, one by one - Malcolm and Yvette; Frieda's mentor Reuben who is struggling through cancer; her ex-colleague and friend Jack; her sister Olivia and niece Chloe; and Ukrainian builder Josef (joined by his son this time). Is it Reeve or a copycat and why this obsession with Frieda's life? She hires another investigator.

Suspense pulls the absorbed reader through this story. Will Frieda's friends survive their ordeals? what will happen to her? The endgame is gripping and the conclusion changes Frieda's life big time. I wonder, now we've gone from Blue Monday to Sunday Silence, will we see more of Frieda? I really hope so.

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