Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Tuesday - First Chapter - First Paragraph - Saturday Requiem
Each Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first part of a book that she is reading or thinking about reading. This week I'm sharing the first few paragraphs of Saturday Requiem by Nicci French. This is the 6th book in the Frieda Klein mystery series and it's not out in the US as yet. I couldn't wait and so ordered my copy from 'across the pond'. Also, you should know that I took a bit of a liberty and am sharing the first part of the first chapter. There is a prologue, but I'm choosing to skip over that. See what you think:
The wind tunnelled down the road towards Frieda Klein and the rain fell steadily. She walked through the darkness, trying to tire herself out. This time of night, the small hours when the streets were almost deserted and foxes scavenged in the bins, was when she felt London belonged to her. She reached the Strand and was about to cross over to get to the Thames when her mobile vibrated in her coat pocket. Who would ring at this time? She pulled it out and looked at the screen: Yvette Long. Detective Constable Yvette Long.
'It's Karlsson.' Yvette's voice was loud and harsh in her ear. 'He's been hurt.'
'Karlsson? What happened to him?'
'I don't know.' Yvette sounded as if she was holding back tears. 'I just heard. It's all a bit confused. Someone's been arrested, Karlsson's in hospital. He's being operated on. It sounds serious. I don't know any more. I had to call someone.'
'I'm on my way.'
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, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family; that something wasn't right all those years ago.
And as Hannah's case takes hold of her, Frieda soon begins to realize that she's up against someone who'll go to any lengths to protect themselves . . .
I've really enjoyed reading this series, penned by the husband and wife team that write as Nicci French. They have said that they plan 8 books in the series. I'm hopeful that is true. I like the characters a lot.