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The Day of the Dead:A Frieda Klein Novel    by Nicci French order for
Day of the Dead
by Nicci French
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William Morrow, 2018 (2018)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I've long enjoyed the many thrillers written by bestselling husband-and-wife team of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French (pen name Nicci French), but none more than their series starring psychotherapist Frieda Klein, a fascinating protagonist with unplumbed depths.

The authors have put Frieda (and her family and friends) through the wringer again and again, from Blue Monday to Sunday Silence. Now they bring this story arc to a conclusion in The Day of the Dead, which I devoured in one sitting.

As Sunday Silence ended, Frieda, horrified by attacks on everyone close to her, decided to disappear from their lives. She has not been seen since and all her friends and family members are very concerned about her well-being.

Day of the Dead opens on the first of a series of random, inexplicable attacks, all done to pass on a message. While these develop, readers get to know criminology student Lola Hayes, whose decision to do her dissertation on psychotherapist Frieda Klein puts a large target on her back.

Lola is smart and inventive. She does manage to track Frieda down through psychogeography. But when Frieda realizes that Lola crossed paths with Dean Reeve in seeking her, she insists that Lola leave her old life behind as she's no longer safe. Lola stays with Frieda.

When Frieda finally deciphers Reeve's message to her, she decides that she will do as he demands and meet with him - to avoid further deaths - even though she knows he means to kill her this time. Can she possibly survive this final encounter?

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