• Friday on My Mind

  • A Frieda Klein Mystery
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (506 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Nicci French's thrilling fifth book, London psychotherapist Frieda Klein herself becomes the prime suspect in a murder.

A bloated corpse turns up in the Thames, throat slashed, and the only clue is a hospital wristband reading "Dr. F. Klein". Frieda is taken to see the body and realizes with horror that it is Sandy, her ex-boyfriend. She's certain that the killer is Dean Reeve - the man who has never stopped haunting her. But the police think he has been dead for years, and Frieda is their number one suspect. With few options, Frieda goes on the run to save herself and try to uncover the truth.

©2016 Nicci French (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Crisp prose and an intriguing main character distinguish French’s strong fifth mystery... A twisting series of events lead Klein to be face to face with the killer in a powerful ending.” (Publishers Weekly

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Meh. Not as enjoyable as some previous Kleins.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoy this series for the most part but Frieda Klein is not exactly a likeable character. I think the other "regulars" in the book save this. And I think the "lady in distress" is starting to wear thin. Like the Helen Grace books, we have a heroine who is basically a victim of her own baggage.

What did you like best about this story?

It was short! 9 hours. It was an easy read.

What three words best describe Beth Chalmers’s voice?

She's good but takes a while to settle in. When the book first starts she's kind of annoyingly sing-song-y but then settles into the roles and starts to flow quite nicely. It's like that with every one of these.

Could you see Friday on My Mind being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I actually think about this a lot when I'm reading these because they almost seem like TV shows. Maybe Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey? I've seen her in other shows besides Downton Abbey and she is EXTREMELY versatile. She'd be believable as both a doctor and the object of desire.

Any additional comments?

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awful, just awful

how did i finish it? with great trouble not wanting to waste the money. wish i'd moved on. awful, just awful.

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Flawed reader; very good story

I really enjoy this series by Nicci French. It has a nice mix of psychology and crime. I don't, however, like the narrator. For the first time in a very long experience with Audible, I have had to reduce the speed of narration to avoid a very shrill voice. I also find too little differentiation between female voices. Male voices are lower than female, so one can tell men from women, but again, except for accented voices, it is very hard to tell one from another.

I don't understand either why Audible doesn't have the Saturday book. If anyone knows, I'd be grateful if they explained it.

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Terrible narrator.

Is it bad when you hope the protagonist is guilty? I find Frieda completely unlikable and urgently in need of a therapist.

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Always a good read.

This book is as good as all her other books. Interesting characters that add to and make the story work.

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Frieda Klein

WOW! Watch out Frieda..This is definitely a must have the next book in the series handy.

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Frieda Klein Fan!

I am really enjoying this series of books, I just found them and I'm very excited to learn that the series is now complete, with the release of book 8! I must admit that I'm having trouble, I seriously want to skip to the last book and read backwards, they're that good! This story has great characters, page turning twists and unpredictable endings, like all the books in this series, well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, those I've read and loved! Now on to Dark Saturday! Thanks to both author's and to narrator Beth Chalmers, job amazingly well done! 👾📚💖

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Not buying the setup

As revealed in the blurb, Frieda is suspected of murder and has gone on the run to find the real murderer. I am not buying the setup. The case against her is so weak, it is preposterous that the cops would arrest her and stop looking for anybody else.

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Always welcome, but getting a little stale

The hook of the mysterious killer/protector who haunts Frieda Klein is getting a bit stale. For goodness sake, it's been years, yet he's still out there, and Frieda still doesn't know where he is, and the police never seem to catch him, even though he has killed multiple times for Frieda. And they still don't believe her.

Yet, given all that, the characterisations are strong. The pace is excellent, and one just can't stop listening. Frieda, herself, is a masterful and memorable character.

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The best so far in a great series!

What did you love best about Friday on My Mind?

Twists and turns galore.

What did you like best about this story?

The psychological insight into human behavior. Frieda is maddening sometimes but always fascinating. All the characters are well defined. They are people I'd like to know.

Any additional comments?

I'm totally hooked on this series. Can't wait for the next book.