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Friday on My Mind

(Frieda Klein #5)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  7,025 ratings  ·  613 reviews
When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F. Klein.

But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect.

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Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published July 2nd 2015 by Penguin (first published March 31st 2015)
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Monica I think so. This installment deals with a thread of the main character's past that begins in the first book and continues throughout the series. It mi…moreI think so. This installment deals with a thread of the main character's past that begins in the first book and continues throughout the series. It might still be interesting on its own, but from my perspective, many parts might not make sense. (less)
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Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
After five books I still do not like Frieda Klein. She is such a cold fish. Nevertheless I still enjoy her books so kudos to the authors!
In this episode Frieda is suspected of the murder of her ex partner and instead of doing the normal thing and waiting while the police investigate she chooses to disappear and investigate the murder herself. She is blessed with amazing luck and a bunch of friends who will do anything for her including giving up their own careers.
So just a tad unbelievable but i
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the Frieda Klein series. I didn’t realise that when I wanted to read it.

I think that I’ve missed lots of things having not read the previous ones, however, I soon got into this plot. Mostly I missed out of knowing Frieda but the plot soon made up for this.

A dead mans body is found, a hospital name tag on his wrist traces back to Frieda herself. It’s made the police suspect her and they really are convinced it’s her who killed him.

She goes on the run, doesn’t want to be ar
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Friday on my Mind by Nicci French is a 2015 Penguin publication.

This is the fifth book in the Frieda Klein series.

This book started off with a real shocker! Frieda’s former lover is found murdered and so naturally, Frieda becomes the prime suspect in his death.

Instead of going through the due process, Frieda goes AWOL, sliding just under the radar and one step ahead of the cops, while she investigates the murder. But, it soon becomes clear that Frieda could be a target, and must tread very ca
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book in the series that features psychotherapist Frieda Klein. Having read and enjoyed the previous four books I was eager to to read this one and overall was not disappointed.This story is slightly different from the previous ones in that we find Frieda Klein on the run after her ex lover is found dead. Frieda starts to investigate the case while trying to stay clear of the Police which leads to a fast paced and nail biting thriller. This book would just about work as a stand al ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys crime novels
Shelves: thriller, crime, netgalley

In the opening scene of this novel a man's naked body is spotted floating in the Thames. His only means of identification is a hospital bracelet with the name Dr F Klein on it. When she is tracked down and shown the body, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is shocked to see that it belongs to her ex-lover Sandy Holland. Sandy has never accepted the end of the relationship and when his wallet is found hidden at Frieda's home the police decide to charge her with his murder but instead Frieda cuts all he
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I launched into Friday On My Mind, book five of the Freida Klein series by Nicci French, directly after finishing Thursday's Children.

Fast paced and tense this is another page turning installment of the series. In Friday On My Mind, Frieda is accused of murder when the body of her ex lover, Sandy is found floating in the Thames, his throat slit. While the police focus their investigation on Frieda, she immediately suspects her obsessive stalker, Dean Reeve, is responsible and unable to convince
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We get to Frieda’s Friday adventures Friday On My Mind in this wonderful series, from the Nicci French team. I am happily anticipating Saturday and Sunday.

The story starts very differently from previous ones. The police are investigating Frieda, convinced that she is responsible for the murder of her ex-boyfriend. It takes a while to get to Frieda’s point of view and to see where this will all go. It seems very bleak for her. There seems to be evidence pointing to guilt. Frieda ends up searching
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
The fifth instalment of Nicci French's series about the adventures of therapist Dr Frieda Klein. Frieda, surely the coldest character ever created in fiction, is even more inhumanly robotic than usual in this one; she barely even reacts to (view spoiler) Despite Dr Robot's utter lack of human warmth, empathy or friendliness, she has a wide circle of adoring friends and colleagues who constantly tell ...more
Kelli Wilson
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ooh ooh ooh. So I want to say "wow", but it needs context. This one was rather slow building. That's not helpful. ....All books in this series are slow building in my opinion. This one though, it's a transitory novel. The last one, Thursday's Children, it was my favorite, by far. Most suspenseful of the series including this one. This was a bit of resetting, a long story, not particularly high or even mid level suspense. But having finished it, I can see the genius behind. It's a bit of stabiliz ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess

5 Words: Murder, relationships, police, loyalty, set-up.

I just really didn't care about Frieda or what happened to her.

This was my first Nicci French book and I doubt that I will read more. I just didn't care at all about Freida or what happened to her, I couldn't warm to her. I think it has a lot to do with the character herself. She was aloof, untouchable.

I struggled to listen to this despite the fantastic performance. I found it all too easy to turn off and not turn back on again
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Without doubt this is the best book in the Frieda Klein series thus far.

Frieda Klein continues to be one of my favourite characters in crime fiction writing – I love her sensible ways, her determination, her resilience, the friends she surrounds herself with and the advice she gives her clients, her friends and associates; she makes such good sense. Frieda is psychotherapist – on duty and off – her vocation informs all her behaviours.

This novel is fast paced, engaging and it manages to
This is the fifth book in a crime series about Frieda Klein, a psychoanalyst in London. I would suggest reading them in order to get the most out of the recurring characters' development plus the thread that runs through all of these. However, there are no cliffhangers, and it would work as a standalone thriller.
In this one, Frieda becomes the prime suspect in a murder case and decides to go on the run and find out who the true culprit is. I love this series, but Frieda is an acquired taste. She
I don't really know what keeps drawing me to these books. I don't particularly feel close to Frieda as a character, or any of the other characters in here. But there's something about these books that make me want to know what's next, even if they also aren't the most memorable mysteries to me.

I struggled a bit with this book, but in the end it wasn't bad. It wasn't great either, but I feel like it was a solid book. I don't know if I ever felt truly invested in what was happening to the charact
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again it’s Frieda who is in trouble. In the earliest books in this series, Frieda Klein, a psychiatrist practicing as a psychotherapist, was working as a mental health consultant to the London police force. Her ability to understand human mental processing helped the police to focus on the people who were truly a danger to others. But then things shifted after Frieda and the police commissioner did not see eye-to-eye about who had done what. She was fired as a consultant to the department. ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Friday On My Mind - Nicci French  All of the Nicci French books, standalones and series work very well for me. There's that depressing tone you expect in a story about people who do horrible things, but there is also a strong sense of moral justice, kindness to the outcasts of society which is Christlike without being Christian (immigrants, the homeless, women, the mentally ill standing in for slaves, women, lepers, and the possessed) the importance of intervention, and so much about accepting t ...more
The Lit Bitch
I haven’t had a chance to read a lot of mysteries that are more ‘modern’. Most of the mysteries I read are set in London in the 1800’s so when this one came up I thought I would give it a shot. I’ve seen the Frieda Klein mysteries on many of my friends TBR lists and thought they sounded interesting so I was totally on board with this one.

Even though I am starting the series on book #5, I didn’t feel like I was completely out of the loop in the series starting with book 5. The author did a great
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm completely invested in this series about Dr. Frieda Klein and I devoured this book. I really enjoy re-visiting all the characters and getting to know them more. The ending took me by surprise. Excellent. ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I still don't like Frida, but I want to know what will happen till the end of the "week". And I have to admit this one is the best novel so far! Three and a half stars! ...more
Sharah McConville
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really enjoying this series so far!! ...more
Azita Rassi
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfect. Extremely engaging and as delicious as all the previous books in this series.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Wherever Frieda Klein goes, a trail of chaos follows.” – this quote from early on in the novel immediately sets the tone for Nicci French’s highly addictive detective Friday on My Mind, the fifth book in a series of crime novels. Right from the first pages an intriguing narrative enfolds when on a Friday afternoon a bloated corpse is discovered in the river Thames. A police investigation is rapidly set up to find the murderer of Sandy Holland. DCI Hussein and DC Glenn Bryant lead the investigat ...more
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This was the fifth instalment in the Frieda Klein series and I think it was the weakest. I did enjoy the story but it was far fetched.

Friday on My Mind was different to the other books in the series. The book begins with Sandy, Frieda's ex lover found floating on the Thames with his throat slit. The case is investigated by DCI Sarah Hussain who questions Frieda. Hussain finds Frieda uncaring and a bit of a cold fish. Hussain questions Sandy's friends and finds out he
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Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
listened to it for the second time in less than a year. I remembered bits and pieces of the story as it moved forward. This time, because I had read the previous Frieda Klein series in consecutive order, I enjoyed it more.
Saar The Book owl
Another good book in this series. The main lines of the series continue in this fifth book, so it's important to have read the previous parts. Otherwise the human relations and the 'why' of these series won't be clear to the reader.
The main characters, that we know allready, are present again. There's Frieda, who is not to be understood bij everyone, then you have her Oekraïn friend Jozef Morozov and head inspector Malcom Karlsson.
The writingstyle of Nicci French is well known and in the broad
Bree T
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bloated man is found in the River Thames, an identifying hospital bracelet around his wrist that states Dr F. Klein. But the victim isn’t Dr Klein, because Frieda is very much alive…and not a man. Nor is he one of her patients but the man is definitely known to her and she can identify him.

And then evidence linking her to the murder is found in her apartment and she becomes the number 1 suspect. Due to her past involvement with the police, as a consultant that has inevitably become involved in
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a Friday in London, and the scene unfolds to police activity on the Thames River. A body, and it is clearly a murder, has been found; the victim's throat has been sliced.

DCI Sarah Hussein and DC Glen Bryant are front and center, meeting up with DC O'Neill, and the action begins.

As with all previous books in this series, Friday on My Mind brings together detectives, the Police Commissioner, and some familiar characters from previous books, like Dr. Frieda Klein, a psychologist, someone kno
Okay, well, this definitely wasn't my favourite Frida Klein book.
Don't get me wrong, it's still a very good thriller and solid page-turner (as can be proved by my entire Saturday afternoon spent reading it because I just NEEDED to know what would happen next).

But Frieda's behaviour annoyed me so much! It was so reckless and risky and it's only sheer luck she didn't end in jail or worse. So many things in that story felt implausible (and even a bit off-character when it comes to Frieda) and then
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
3.5 stars. My least favourite of the series so far. Plot seemed a bit out of character for me. Still a quick easy read. Hope the next in the series returns to previous standard.
In Friday on my Mind, Dr. Frieda Klein's ex-partner is murdered. A personal item of his is found in Frieda's home, leaving the police to believe Frieda committed the murder. On the day she is scheduled to turn herself into police headquarters, Frieda disappears. She's innocent and doesn't plan to spend time in jail when there is a murderer to find.

Frieda Klein is one of the more unusual lead characters in psychological thrillers. As a psychotherapist, she has insight into people's motivations. S
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A man's body is pulled out of the Thames River with a hospital band that says F. Klein. However, Dr Freida Klein is a woman and she's alive. Freida is able to identify the body as that of ex-boyfriend Sandy. The police find Sandy's wallet hidden in one Freida's drawers and she decides to flee before she's charged with murder. With a network of solid friends, she begins investigating.

Freida has a history with the police as she is convinced her nemesis Dean Reeve is alive while the police are sure
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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

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Frieda Klein (8 books)
  • Blue Monday (Frieda Klein, #1)
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