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Waiting for Wednesday

(Frieda Klein #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  7,108 ratings  ·  581 reviews
Psychotherapist Frieda Klein finds she has an unusually personal connection with DCI Karlsson's latest case. She is no longer working with him in an official capacity, but when her niece befriends Ruth Lennox's son, Ted, she finds herself in the awkward position of confidante to both Karlsson and Ted.
When it emerges that Ruth was leading a secret life, her family closes ra
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 3rd 2014 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published May 24th 2013)
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Third instalment of Nicci French's series featuring Dr Frieda Klein. I preferred it to the second one and found the plotlines much more gripping, but I'm getting more and more irritated by Frieda as a character, especially the appalling way she treats her so-called friends and her insomnia, which the authors seem to have to remind us about every few pages. Maybe if Frieda actually ate some food once in a while, she'd sleep a bit better. So annoying to read a novel about yet another female charac ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in this series and it was even better than the first two. The character of Frieda is so interesting, a psychotherapist who up until this book had worked with the police. This book finds her in mental turmoil, after her near death in the last. Three different storylines all relate to each other in some way. These are very character driven psychological suspense stories and the supporting character, DCI Larsson, Josef and her niece Chloe are also very interesting. Another great job ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, crime
The story was good but Frieda Klein is a very irritating character. I know this is the sign of a skilled author to make me feel so annoyed with her, but she’s almost too much for me to enjoy the story.
Waiting for Wednesday by Nicci French is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It has taken me a good long while to get to this third book, but I wanted to locate the first two installments first, and it took a little time to get through library holds, but it was worth the wait.

This series must be read in order because the storylines bleed over from one book to the next. This one begins with Frieda’s recovery from
Patrice Hoffman
For the longest I've been hoping to read a Nicci French crime, mystery thriller. When given the opportunity through Goodreads, I didn't hesitate to ask for an advanced copy. Once I was approved I did my usual happy jig. After reading Waiting for Wednesday I've come to the conclusion that I did myself a great disservice by not reading the previous Freida Klein novels.

This novel, Waiting for Wednesday begins with Ruth Lennox being discovered in her home by her daughter, dead from an apparent brut
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ve sort of fretted over how many stars to give this one. I have the previous one in the series a rounded up 5 stars. This one, after time and reflection to confirm this, was as well done as the previous one, and more ambitious and complex in some ways. But the enjoyment factor was down a notch for me.

That isn’t a valid criticism of the book, though, just how it fell with me.

The story is of the unraveling of the protagonist after the trauma at the ending of the previous book. An unraveling, f
The story begins when a mother of three (Ruth Lennox) is found dead by her daughter inside their home. Ruth is a seemingly typical mother and housewife and the question is, who would want her dead and in such a brutal way? As the story unfolds, so do the layers of Ruth’s secret life as well as the rest of the family.

Although Psychotherapist Frieda Klein isn’t working with Karlsson on this particular case she is soon pulled in by a connection that she has with the case, through her niece and her
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s always something a little unsatisfactory about reviewing the third book in a series. If you’ve read and loved the first two – Blue Monday and Tuesday's Gone – as I have, I must report that I thought this was the best yet. If you haven’t, don’t start with this one – although there are a few attempts to summarise what’s gone before, there are aspects you really won’t understand and appreciate, like Frieda’s chaotic relationships, the significance of Dean, the back stories of all the charac ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it

This is my least favorite Frieda Klein mystery so far. (Even a least favorite Frieda Klein is still a good read and better than many other mysteries.) There are way too many twists for me in this super-complicated plot. And at the same time, I enjoyed reading the book, even as I felt that not one more twist could be tolerated. This novel also keeps us up with all the various ins and outs of Frieda’s own life and that of her family and friends. As much as I enjoy reading about Frieda, not all
Laura Crosse
Yup this was it. This was the one that disappointed me. I knew it was coming. It's kind of inevitable, like the flu, you know it's going to get you but you don't know when or where.

There's always one book in every series that isn't the same. I suppose a series is lucky if it's only one book. At least it helps make the other books in the series seem even better than they actually were. See? Now my judgement is already beginning to get cloudy about this series. Maybe I was wrong, maybe they were
Kaethe Douglas
Picking up where the second book left off, and Klein is suffering. There's physical and emotional trauma from her last case, as well as holdovers from her first case. Scotland Yard's got cost-cutting measures that exclude her, her sister-in-law and niece aren't dealing well with one another, she's still having trouble asking for help, and to take her away from all that, she's become fascinated by the story of a missing young woman.

Meanwhile we're learning more about her backstory, and the lives
I normally love Nicci French books, and was looking forward to Waiting for Wednesday.
Rather disappointed with it though. Frieda Klein has started to get on my nerves a bit!
The whole following up on a hunch part, from one random comment to finding a serial killer, no, too random, too unbelievable. Several story lines run into one book, but don't join up, or glue together.
If you hadn't read the previous Frieda Klein books, this one would be rather hard to understand, as it links into the previou
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Waiting For Wednesday is the third book in the series by husband and wife writing team Nicci French, featuring psychiatrist Dr Frieda Klein. Tuesday's Gone, the second book, was my introduction to this gritty, British crime fiction series and I was delighted to lay my hands on an ARC of this newest installment.

With her practice on hold while Frieda recovers from the near fatal injuries she sustained during the events of Tuesday's Gone and her official connection with the police department severe
Azita Rassi
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, no question there, but whose was that haircut memory after all? Lila’s? Or did her psychopath father have the combined feeling of power and tenderness when he was cutting *his* parent’s hair and later told Lila about it and she passed it to Agnes?
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to this book, which is the third in the psychotherapist Frieda Klein story. The last book left us with a stalker, but this book opened with Frieda still damaged from the last book, no longer working while she recovers from her injuries.
This story did not sweep me along. Actually I started to feel it had no point at all. It did end in discovering who was killing the missing girls, but no-one along the way seemed to care - and I was feeling that also. I found the connections
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So so so sooooo amazing. I’m so impressed at how all three books of the series so far have completely gripped me. The more I read, the more I want to keep reading, so I keep reading more and more each day. 😂 I don’t know how the author makes it so engaging and thrilling with a new mystery each time. I was worried about forgetting previous details as it’s been a while since I read the first two books but it wasn’t a problem at all and was great to see the same old characters.
Again with this myst
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Good addition. Looking forward to reading the next Freida Kline book, Thursday's Children.

This isn't exactly a high suspenseful series. More of a steady and constant paced mystery novel. However, the patient and even tone, is supplemented by quite an intriguing main character. You are drawn to her, just as the other characters are drawn to her as well.

I don't read these in one sitting. I generally have taken a few breaks and finish reading over 2-3 days. Which is not typical for me whatsoe
Saar The Book owl
This is the 3th book in the series with Frieda Klein. I was doubting on how much to rate, but I stick wuth 3,5.
It was a good book and like the first 2, it starts like a rippling stream to continue into a more active river and a the end to close with storm at see. This is how you can discribe this book. The tension is more at the end and then the story stops to continue with the 4th book.
The only thing that annoyed me, was Frieda being so mentally down, treating her friends bad and just thinking
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel is interesting and I see it's scope. I would suggest anyone going to start this novel should start from the beginning of the series.There are relationships and bonds between the people that's carried on from previous books, I could understand them and it didn't obstruct the reading in any way for me but I didn't enjoy the book from get go. The characters were not exactly likeable or had anything special to offer. The main character was cold and distant.The story gradually grows on you ...more
Helena Wildsmith
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was exciting and kept me guessing until the very end, although I must admit that at times it felt a little boring. Unlike the first two in the series, I feel that this one contained a lot of unnecessary plot and characters which just didn't add anything to the story and just seemed to delay the ending. I still loved reading it and am looking forward to the next one but I hope that it will be a bit sharper and that Frieda seems a little less - dare I say - moody?
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is book three in the detective/psychological thriller series featuring psychotherapist Dr. Frieda Klein, who is the occasional collaborator of London Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Karlsson. There is no romantic involvement between the two, although not for want of enthusiasm among readers for the match-up.

The inexplicable and brutal murder of a seemingly normal happy woman with 3 kids that begins the story cries out for the services of a criminal psychologist, but Karlsson now has to wo
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series and if you haven’t yet read ‘Blue Monday’ or ‘Tuesday’s Gone’ then I would suggest that you read the series in order. This book could be read as a standalone however the general character development , together with the continuing storyline concerning the reappearance of a murderer from the previous two books would make this a more meaningful read.

When we meet again with psychotherapist Freida Klein, she is still recovering from injuries sustained in the pre
As soon as I finished this book, I said "annoying" aloud. There were many things that annoyed me about this book. I read the first in the series, but not the second, and a lot happened in this book that was based on book two. I was continuously annoyed at how untogether the main character, psychotherapist Frieda, was. Yes, she is recovering from a trauma but seems completely unable despite her profession to get help for herself while inserting herself unnecessarily into the lives of others. A en ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellently written, intriguing mystery! The third Frieda Klein novel and I am growing to like her at last! However she has plenty of enemies stacked up to carry her forward into many more books in the series. I look forward to them!
Gail Kenny
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing. It felt like the author was given a bet to see how many awful crimes they could fit into one book and how much they could subject two families to. Very very unbelievable characters whose actions were sometimes bizarre.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rpabookclub, 2019
Wow - what can I say? Nicci French have done it again with another gripping Frieda novel.

I really enjoyed the several storylines that this book had to offer, with the introduction of new characters and return of the old. It was nice to see the old gang back together, and it was interesting to see how those dynamics changed when the new characters (fuelled by the storyline) entered their lives. I found the mystery of the crimes committed throughout the book to be compelling, and I kept coming ba
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third in a series and I highly recommend that you read the books in order since there are threads interwoven throughout concerning both character development and plot that are deepened with the reading of all three in sequence. This one concerns both the murder of seemingly domestic and placid wife and mother and the possibility of perhaps other murders and murderers. At times the writing has a hallucinatory incandescence that mirrors Frieda as she deals with what has happened to her ...more
Christina Rochester
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven't read any of the Frieda Klein series, so I was a little worried about reading this one first. But it wasn't too bad. Frieda is recovering in this book from the events that have happened to her recently, I'm guessing these are in the last book? The main storyline focuses on the murder of Ruth Lennox; a woman who is seemingly perfect. A little digging reveals this is all a front however. There is also a secondary storyline which looks at the disappearance of multiple girls over several ye ...more
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4.5 stars

Loved this story, and I'm really enjoying this series! Some of the characters are doing my head in though and I find it hard to read without rolling my eyes. Sandy drives me crazy, he's OBSESSED and Josef... no. Great character but he's coming across as pushy, annoying. Reuben is another one and Chloe. Seriously? Do these characters not understand personal space? I found it hard to read in the instances where people were just letting themselves into Frieda's home... what's great about t
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the third installment in the Nicci French - Frieda Klein series and in my opinion, it’s the best so far. It weaves together several different stories with characters other than Frieda. There's Frieda’s ongoing relationship with on again, off again boyfriend Sandy that always seems unresolved. There’s Detective Constable Inspector Malcolm Karlsson who has struggles in his own personal life in addition to trying to solve the case of Ruth Lennox who was found murdered in her home and who al ...more
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Note: (Nicci Gerrard and Sean French also write separately.)

Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire. After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began her first job, working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield. In that same year she married journalist Colin Hughes.

In the early eighties she taught English Literature

Other books in the series

Frieda Klein (8 books)
  • Blue Monday (Frieda Klein, #1)
  • Tuesday's Gone (Frieda Klein, #2)
  • Thursday's Child (Frieda Klein, #4)
  • Friday on My Mind (Frieda Klein, #5)
  • Als het zaterdag wordt (Frieda Klein, #6)
  • Zondagochtend breekt aan (Frieda Klein #7)
  • The Day of the Dead (Frieda Klein #8)