"Is she a sane murderer or insane innocent?"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted January 11, 2018
Psychotherapist Frieda Klein has been treating patients for
years but now one of the hardest cases is coming her way.
This is a case Frieda really doesn't want to take, but she
feels she must find out the truth.
Hannah has been in a mental hospital for thirteen years,
convicted of killing her whole family. After seeing her for
the first time, Frieda is shocked by her condition. The
members of the hospital staff have done nothing to take care
of her. Hannah doesn't speak to anyone and she has attacked
several of the patients.
Frieda knows that she must continue this case until she can
prove that Hannah is innocent. There are so many things
about this case that have Frieda doubting all of the
evidence. Then in a very strange twist, the woman that they
thought was Hannah's mother was a different woman. Frieda
calls in every favor that she has to try and solve this
mystery. Who killed Hannah's family, pinned the murders on
Hannah, and why?
Nicci French writes a story that I had to go back and read a
few pages over and over. Forcing me to reread is not a bad
thing, but a good one. I had no idea until the end who the
real murderer was. I just wish I would have read some of the
other books in this series prior to DARK SATURDAY. The main
reason is that there is a character Dean mentioned in this
book with the back story to why Frieda was in trouble with
All of Nicci's characters fit their descriptions perfectly.
Can't even image what Hannah goes through in a mental
hospital, knowing deep down that she didn't commit these
murders. I also noticed that all of her books start with a
day of the week. I guess the next one in the Frieda
Klein thrillers will have to have Sunday in the title.
DARK SATURDAY is really a great book and I can't wait for
the next one. I am going to have to find the previous five
books to understand a little better the history of Frieda.
DARK SATURDAY is right up there with all the great mystery
and thrillers of 2017. Any time a book can hold my interest
is good, but great is making me go back and get all the
others in the Frieda
A decade ago, 18-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested
for the shocking murder of her family. It was an open-
and-shut case, and Hannah has been incarcerated in a
secure psychiatric hospital ever since.
When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah
and give her assessment, she reluctantly agrees. But what
she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic
figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the
idea that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her
family — that she might, in fact, be innocent.
As Hannah's case takes hold of her, Frieda begins to
realize that she's up against someone who will go to any
lengths to keep the truth from surfacing — even kill
Utterly compelling and enthralling, Dark Saturday speeds
readers down a twisting trail of secrets, suspense, and
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1 comment posted.
Re: Is she a sane murderer or insane innocent?
Not my usual cuppa but I think I may have to get this book!
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:36pm Monday)
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