About Dark Saturday• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 11, 2017)
LOUISE PENNY says Nicci French's books are "fabulous." JOSEPH FINDER says they're "in the rich vein of Kate Atkinson." And TAMI HOAG calls them "truly unique."
Enter the world of NICCI FRENCH with Dark Saturday, an electrifying, sophisticated psychological thriller about past crimes and present dangers, featuring an unforgettable protagonist...
A decade ago, 18-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the shocking murder of her family. It was an open-and-shut case, and Hannah has been incarcerated in a secure psychiatric hospital ever since. When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment, she reluctantly agrees. But what she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the idea that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family — that she might, in fact, be innocent. As Hannah's case takes hold of her, Frieda begins to realize that she's up against someone who will go to any lengths to keep the truth from surfacing — even kill again. Utterly compelling and enthralling, Dark Saturday speeds readers down a twisting trail of secrets, suspense, and murder.
My Thoughts: Nicci French has been an author I've been wanting to read for years but just never managed to make happen. I was a little worried starting this one that I wouldn't understand what was going on since this is such an established series. It ended up not being an issue at all. While it's clear that quite a lot has happened in previous books I was immediately pulled into this one both with the investigation and Frieda's personal life. The chapters are short and the pace is intense as the investigation into what really happened to Hannah Docherty's family really begins to take shape. This is a dark story with some pretty dysfunctional characters (including Frieda herself) but at the same time I never felt that it became unbearably grim or unnecessarily violent. I liked the glimpses into Frieda's psychotherapist work and her own therapy. It humanized her in a way that I think the book really needed. I really enjoyed this though I did have to read a chapter of something light and happy before going to bed! I will be searching for the earlier books in this series and looking forward to the next Dr. Frieda Klein book! Rating: Very Good