In French’s disappointing seventh thriller starring London psychotherapist Frieda Klein (after 2017’s Dark Saturday), Frieda discovers the decomposing corpse of Bruce Stringer, an ex-policeman she hired to help her search for murderer Dean Reeve, under the floorboards of her home. Though the police are certain that Reeve took his own life seven years earlier, Frieda is convinced that he still lives and is adding to his body count. Her belief that Reeve killed her investigator is buttressed when another body surfaces—that of an electrician who gave Stringer information about Reeve. Frieda sets aside her practice to investigate. Six months later, the police have made no progress, and Frieda resumes seeing patients. Then her niece is abducted and other people she knows are attacked, leading the therapist to believe that Reeve has inspired another psychopath. French, the husband-wife writing team of Sean French and Nicci Gerard, offers nothing new to anyone who’s read a copycat serial killer novel before. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/27/2017 Release date: 01/01/2018 Genre: Fiction
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