It's always a relief when you pick up book 4 in series of crime novels, only to find that it's as good, if not better than those that have gone before. I am fast becoming fascinated by the main protagonist, psychotherapist, Freida Klein. She is truly an enigma, and previous stories have only hinted at, but never fully explained anything about her past.
Thursday's Children, sees Freida return to her childhood home, ostensibly to look after her mother, who has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness. But as always Freida gets drawn into a mystery, which, although happening in the here and now, also spans decades, and reopens memories for Freida, which she had rather kept hidden.
I think this has been my favourite of the books so far, mainly because it gets into Freida's psyche and reveals just how vulnerable she is and the reasons why that vulnerability has been so well hidden.
The interesting relationship between Freida and her mother is tight and scarily realistic but it is the relationship Freida has with her teenage school friends, now much older, of course, where the mystery really bites hard. I enjoyed visiting this wild and windswept part of Norfolk with Freida, and all credit to the authors for maintaining the momentum of the series in such a fabulous way.
I loved it and can't wait to read the next book in the series, Friday On My Mind...
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My Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Michael Joseph for my copy of this book.