“Fierce, fascinating and full of insight, Frieda Klein is irresistible.”—Val McDermid, bestselling author of Splinter the Silence
The electrifying fourth book in the internationally bestselling Frieda Klein Mystery series
Frieda Klein is uninterested in catching up on old times when her former classmate, Maddie Capel, shows up at her door—until she hears about Maddie’s troubled daughter, Becky. The teenager claims she was raped in her own bed one night while her mother was downstairs. Her assailant left her with a warning: “Don’t think of telling anyone, sweetheart. Nobody will believe you.” And no one does—except Frieda.
Becky’s story awakens dark memories of an eerily similar incident in Frieda’s own past that she’s been avoiding for decades. When Becky is found hanging from a beam in her bedroom, Frieda returns home, seeking out her old high school friends to ask what they remember about the night that prompted Frieda to leave town for good. But confronting the ghosts of the past turns out to be more dangerous than she ever expected.
At the start of French's stunning fourth mystery featuring psychotherapist Frieda Klein (after 2014's Waiting for Wednesday), a former classmate of Frieda's from her hometown of Braxton, Maddie Capel, appears at her London office. Maddie is desperate for help with her troubled 15-year-old daughter, Becky. Frieda, who feels no love for Braxton, reluctantly agrees to see Becky, who divulges that she was raped in her bed by a masked man who whispered: "Don't think of telling anyone, sweetheart. Nobody will believe you." This strikes a chord with Frieda, who was the victim of a similar crime in her youth, and when Becky apparently commits suicide, Frieda vows to find justice for them both. This visceral read tackles a sensitive subject with empathy, anger, and grace. A skillfully woven plot and deftly drawn characters complement the central mystery, which engages and satisfies while developing the series arc. Nicci French is the pseudonym for British couple Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.