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The Day of the Dead
2018
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The series conclusion finds psychologist Frieda Klein driven into hiding by obsessed psychopath Dean Reeve, while criminology student Lola Hayes places herself at risk to follow in Frieda's footsteps. Hardcover Library Edition. By an internationally best-selling author. 30,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

LOUISE PENNY says the Frieda Klein novels are "fabulous."

JOSEPH FINDER says they're "in the rich vein of Kate Atkinson."

And TAMI HOAG calls them "truly unique."

Now the final book in this extraordinary series is here. And it's an ending you'll never forget.

A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve -- a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself.

In the years since, Frieda has worked with -- and sometimes against -- the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she's in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis. And it's a showdown she might not survive.

This gripping cat-and-mouse thriller pits one of the most fascinating characters in contemporary fiction against an enemy like none other. Smart, sophisticated, and spellbinding, it's a novel to leave you breathless.

 

- (HARPERCOLL)

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Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* "Deconstruct Frieda Klein," a professor advises criminology student Lola Hayes, who's searching for a dissertation subject. Hayes had never even heard of the London psychotherapist notorious for her consulting work with police, yet she throws herself into the project, even managing to find Klein, who had recently vanished with even her closest friends unaware of her whereabouts. Further, Hayes persuades the psychotherapist to take the doctoral student with her to her hiding place just as a rash of bizarre murders begins. Klein soon reasons that the murders are being committed by Dean Reeve, the serial killer whose love-hate obsession with Klein led her to take flight. Hayes is thrown into the middle of the drama when the chameleon-like Reeve kills her flatmate, causing Hayes to cling more closely to Klein as the two of them change hideouts frequently to evade Reeve, who somehow manages to never lose their trail. The husband-and-wife team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French combine psychological suspense with a form of police procedural in a brilliant cat-and-mouse game that provides the perfect finale for this concluding entry in the celebrated Frieda Klein series. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

Psychologist Frieda Klein, who's helped the London police on challenging cases since 2012's Blue Monday, has been hiding out from psychopathic killer Dean Reeve. In this wrap-up to the series, she's got to face him. With a 25,000-copy paperback and 30,000-copy hardcover first printing.

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Library Journal Reviews

After the weekday-themed Frieda Klein crime novels, from Blue Monday through Sunday Silence, husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, under the French pen name, end the series with a return to the villain who has stalked the psychoanalyst from the start, the serial killer Dean Reeves. Will he finally succeed in murdering Frieda, driven into hiding by his obsessive pursuit? Complicating matters is a criminology student, scatterbrained Lola Hayes, who latches on to Frieda as the subject of her dissertation, the first step on a path into darkness. Reeves, meanwhile, has begun sending messages, placing murder victims in locations where Frieda likes to walk, using the many submerged rivers that flow beneath London. When Frieda, bedeviled by Lola, seemingly offers herself as a sacrifice to stop the killings, she faces betrayal after betrayal as she comes closer to a final encounter with the deadly master of disguise. VERDICT Fans of this acclaimed series will read with mounting dread as the end approaches. Others should start with the first book, otherwise Frieda's behavior, always strange, might prove perplexing and Lola, who dominates the plot, simply annoying. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/18.]—Ron Terpening, formerly of Univ. of Arizona, Tucson

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