Author: Nicci French
Publication Date: 25th July 2012
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Sometimes the mind is a dangerous place to hide.
The rotting, naked corpse of a man is found amidst swarms of flies in the living room of a confused woman. Who is he? Why is Michelle Doyce trying to serve him afternoon tea? And how did the dead body find its way into her flat?
DCI Karlsson needs an expert to delve inside Michelle's mind for answers and turns to former colleague, psychiatrist Frieda Klein. Eventually Michelle's ramblings lead to a vital clue that in turn leads to a possible identity. Robert Poole. Jack of all trades and master conman.
The deeper Frieda and Karlsson dig, the more of Poole's victims they encounter . . . and the more motives they uncover for his murder. But is anyone telling them the truth except for poor, confused Michelle?
And when the past returns to haunt Frieda, she finds herself in danger. Whoever set out to destroy Poole also seems determined to destroy Frieda Klein. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I actually enjoyed this book a great deal more than Blue Monday, the first in the series. I think that was because the storyline in this one appealed to me more and also the main characters were established and you knew what to expect and how they'd act. There was also more development of Frieda's character in this book and I liked that additional information on her background as it made her actions and feeling make more sense.
I thought the pacing of this book was excellent and there was never a dull moment. As stated previously, the story was gripping and I was keen to see how it would all play out.
One word of caution: this book heavily references Blue Monday, so you do need to read that one first in order to know what is going on in parts of this story.
Giving my feelings about the second book in the series, I will certainly be eager to read on and learn what will happen to Frieda in book three.