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Dark Saturday

(Frieda Klein #6)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,754 ratings  ·  584 reviews
Thirteen years ago eighteen year old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open and shut case and Hannah's been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since.

When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment of her she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, ol
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published March 25th 2016)
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Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Joanne Robertson
Shelves: from-publisher
Before I get into my review, I felt it necessary to give a little background on the series this book is a part of. Nicci French is the pseudonym of writing duo Nicci Gerrard and Sean French; they have penned several books separately but collaborated to bring forth the Frieda Klein series which focuses on said main character in her role as a psychotherapist. While Dark Saturdayis technically the sixth book in the series, it reads easily as a stand alone novel and I didn’t feel left out of any per ...more
Dark Saturday by Nicci French is a 2017 William Morrow Paperbacks publication.

I love this series a little more with each installment!

Frieda is asked to examine an old open and shut case, to satisfy the powers that be, that the case was handled properly. But what she uncovers is a web of secrets and betrayals, which may have led to young Hannah Docherty’s conviction, and eventual incarceration in a mental institution thirteen years ago. The more time Frieda spends with Hannah, she suspects her
Diane S ☔
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Monday through Thursday. Friday though, was a thorough miss for me, so I was somewhat leary about reading Saturday. To my relief this author and this series is back on track. Could not turn the pages fast enough.

Love series that feature psychiatrists, and Frieda Klein is a very interesting character. She has often in the past worked with the police, this made her many enemies and almost cost her her life. She, however, cannot see what she perceives as an injustice, and turn away. So it
This is the first Nicci French I have read and it worked fine as a standalone. It is written by two authors. Psychotherapist Frieda Klein is an awkward personality, the reasons for which become clear in the novel. This is an intoxicating and gripping story. With concerns about an unsafe conviction, Frieda reluctantly agrees to meet Hannah Docherty and make an assessment. 13 years ago, an 18 year old Hannah was arrested for the murder of her family. She has been detained in a secure psychiatric h ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
Another excellent book from the Nicci French writing duo.

I have had issues with the main character, Frieda Klein, in the course of this series but these have never stood in the way of my enjoyment of the books. Frieda has such a cold, detached personality that I am constantly amazed at how many devoted friends she attracts. They obviously see something in her that I do not. Nevertheless it is her detachment and stubborness which make her so good at her job, especially when she is assisting the
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main storyline case is closed, but the series arc ends on a cliffhanger here - so there bloody better be a seventh book!
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series gets darker, and the tension in the master story thread builds.

There is a slight depressing effect from reading this series in a compressed way, but not so as I would want not to read them. The characters and world are so three dimensional and convincing and the stories overall so expertly constructed.

My only gripe, aside from the persistent theme of kids kids all the mistreated malfunctioning kids in jeopardy, are the two nemeses, who seem slightly cartoonishly evil, and thus less
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was given the chance to read the latest book in the Freida Klein series by thriller writing duo Nicci French I jumped at it.
In this latest book Frieda Klein reluctantly faces a case that tests her to her very limits.Thirteen years ago eighteen year old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open and shut case and Hannah's been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since. When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What is important in a good crime story ,is the way the facts are presented, so that the reader (if careful and clever) can identify "who did it". It is also fundamental that people involved in the story are elements for the investigation .When everything ( including the motive and the culprit )is revealed in the last ten pages, through the inexplicable ingenious guessing of the heroin , the "product" is weak.
Jul 16, 2017 marked it as to-read
So, I started this one, but I need to take a break. I requested it via Librarything having heard good things about Nicci French, but didn't realize a) this was part of series and b) Nicci French is a pseudonym for a writing team: picking up mid-series and writing teams both being pet peeves of mine. I'm sure this is probably a really good mystery, but in the beginning of the novel, I felt lost by and out of place trying to figure out what clearly happened in previous novels. I want to pick this ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
I have read all the Nicci French books that were not in the Frieda Kline series and found them interesting and straightforward. Then I tried the Kline series and even though I rather enjoyed #1 and #2, this one bordered on the ridiculous.

I am not going to outline the story here which would be next to impossible but instead give my opinion as to why this book left me cold. There is way too much going on here as characters and situations from other Kline books keep popping up for no particular r
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best I've read in a while. I jumped into this series at #6 (and had no difficulty doing so just regret that I did not know of this series since day 1) and loved every minute although I truly wish I had not been reading the last page at 1 a.m.....
Frieda Klein is a terrific heroine, a psychotherapist with terrific observational skills and insights into people (reminded me of the t.v. show the Mentalist but less gimmicky). She is tasked with interviewing a girl who has been institutional
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is always a treat to discover a new Nicci French. It all started long ago with Blue Monday. We have finally got to Saturday Requiem. Quality reads, every one! Excitement overload.

As usual Frieda takes centre stage, with her gang of friends. Frieda is asked to look into the brutal slaying of a family. This is a murder of an entire family, by a teenage girl Hannah Docherty. Hannah has been locked up in a secure mental health unit, since she was eighteen. Hannah has deteriorated and is now in po
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Excellent - but now I NEED the next book :)

My View:
Could this series can any better? I dont think so.

This read was everything you might want in a psychological thriller – a taut narrative, great characterisations, tension, tension tension and the incredibly delicious feeling of dread the reader has as they turn each page, always expecting the worse, their heads filled with theories and consequences and empathy for the incarcerated anti-hero.

Frieda Klein is at her investigative best! The close
Joanne Robertson
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is one series that I really look forward to reading. It started back in 2011 with the brilliant Blue Monday (I bought the hardback copy to take on holiday with me as I am always desperate to get my hands on a new Nicci French!) Blue Monday and Tuesday's Gone have been my favourites so far but as we head into "the weekend" Saturday Requiem has really got my pulse racing again!

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to look into a case that may have an unsafe conviction. She goes to visit Hanna
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it

Dark Saturday, the sixth novel written by Nicci French, a British husband and wife writing team, in their series about psychotherapist Frieda Klein. Frieda has worked with the police in the past and is drawn in again, almost against her will, by an administrator very high up in the police department to evaluate the status of one Hannah Docherty. Hannah had been convicted thirteen years ago, when she was eighteen, of murdering her parents and younger brother. She has been institutionalized e
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. The truth unravels slowly. Frida Klein is doing great again!
Barbara Elsborg
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read every book by this writing duo. An instant buy for me. I've liked the series featuring the psychotherapist Frieda Klein and I did like this story too though some aspects made me cringe a little. I won't go over the story - it is complicated - plus it spoils the gradual reveals if too much is given away.
I love the writing, I love the tension, the - oh my God - moments - and there are a few. What I didn't like was the portrayal of life for Hannah in the prison hospital. Could it really b
Abbie | ab_reads
3.5 stars. Not quite all killer no filler - some killer some filler 😂
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review by The imaginary green light was set to go-go go read, read, read, my light didn't turn red to stop. Hannah was a troubled dysfunctional teenager, she had quarrelled with her family violently in public. Her stepfather, Aidan her mother and her younger brother. Rory. All three had been beaten to death with a claw hammer. When the police turned up at the terrible scene their duty was to make sense of it. Hannah was arrested for murdering her family. After nine ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am speechless! I keep marking 5 stars for these stories, but this one is a 10! Shock after shock.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frieda Klein is a London psychotherapist who has, in the past, assisted the police in a consultant role on some of their cases involving psychiatric disorders. In recent years, there have been troubles between Frieda and some higher-ups on the force. Nevertheless, some still consider her intuitive approach to be worth the risk.

In Saturday Requiem, the sixth novel in the series, Frieda has been asked to assess a young woman, Hannah Docherty, who has been held in Chelsworth Hospital for the past t
Kaethe Douglas
Copy on its way! can't wait! One of the best writing duos of all time.


I don't think of myself as being a fan of series in general, because so many series that I started out loving became unreadable at some point. Maybe there will be a let down somewhere in the future, or maybe, as with Terry Pratchett, the books will just keep getting better. Fingers crossed.

Frieda is in trouble with powers that be, because she's such a maverick, but she also has more powerful powers that be, which are vague,
Jul 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. Same old recipe.
Take one grumpy and detached Frieda, a couple of enemies or friends within or without the police force. Add a pinch of London, two tablespoons of Friends with Booze, one dessert spoon each of Joseph with sad eyes because of sons in the Ukraine, and Chloe.
Douse it in a sauce of murder and psychotherapy, et voila. Serve on a platter with Dean Reeve's fingerprints all over .

I sincerely hope that Sunday is going to be the end of both Frieda and her circle and Dean. Time's
Marina Sofia
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frieda's compassion comes to the fore here, rather than just her stubbornness. A moving entry in the series.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book, hoopla
I had a hard time getting into this one. Then just disappointed! In minority on this one (sometimes that happens)
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one! Did not see this one coming, and certainly didn't expect that ending! Wowser. Onto #7, Sundays book.
Roman Clodia
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this sixth of the Frieda Klein series we have another addictive installment that has Frieda, once again, pitched against the established view of a murder case. This time Karlsson is sidelined and Yvette Long reluctantly takes his place, while Frieda has the subdued back-up of her little team of friends and allies. Mostly, though, this is a solo investigation for Frieda, perhaps the way she likes it best.

The plot here is less hard-hitting than Thursday and less original than Friday but this se
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Dark Saturday is a chilling and compelling psychological thriller. So chilling, in fact, that I don’t recommend staying up until the wee small hours to finish it in the dark. So compelling, that I know the above fact because I got so caught up in it that I stayed up until after 2 am to finish it – then couldn’t fall asleep for another hour. You have been warned!

This is a story about the miscarriage of justice, and the lengths that people will go to in order
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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)
  • Waiting for Wednesday (Frieda Klein, #3)
  • Thursday's Child (Frieda Klein, #4)
  • Friday on My Mind (Frieda Klein, #5)
  • Zondagochtend breekt aan (Frieda Klein #7)
  • The Day of the Dead (Frieda Klein #8)
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