Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Thursday's Children by Nicci French

When Dr. Freida Klein opens the door of her London house, she doesn't expect to see Maddie Capel on her doorstep.  Maddie was in her high school although not in Freida's group of friends.  Freida has no interest in recalling old memories; she left Braxton when she was young and never returned or kept up with anyone she knew there.  But Maddie hasn't come to reminisce.  She has come to ask Freida to see her daughter, Becky, who is having trouble.  Freida reluctantly agrees to evaluate Becky.

When Becky opens up, Freida's nightmare begins.  Becky's behavioral issues stem from the night she awoke to find a man in her room, a man who raped her and told her not to tell anyone because they won't believe her.  That prediction is true.  Even Becky's mother doesn't believe her and won't even take her to the police.  Frieda's blood runs cold.  For twenty-three years ago, the same thing happened to her and was the cause of her departure.  She was raped in her room also and she comes to believe that it was the same man then and now.

Determined to put an end to these enduring issues in her own past and to find justice for Becky, Freida returns to Braxton.  All of her old crowd are still there.  Some are financially successful; others have carved out careers in the arts.  All are shocked to see her and are uncomfortable as Freida attempts to reconstruct what happened in the past and what is still happening in Braxton.  Will Freida find the answers she so badly needs in order to put her past behind her?

This is the fourth installment in the Dr. Freida Klein series.  French has created a singular character in Klein.  She is so decisive, knows her own mind, and is not afraid to do and say the things she needs to in order to move forward and to help her patients.  This time her patient is herself and the reader is fascinated with a look at the story that made Klein the woman she has become.  This book is recommended for mystery readers.

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