THE DAY OF THE DEAD is the 8th and final novel in the Frieda Klein series by the husband and wife duo known as Nicci French.
Frieda is in hiding. This was the only way she could think to protect her friends from psychopath Dean Reeve who has been fixated on her for about 10 years. But while in hiding she is continually looking for the events that will signal the end of her relationship with Reeve – their face to face meeting.
Lola Hayes is a criminology student looking for a topic for her dissertation. When she chooses Frieda as her topic she has no idea how much it will change her life. While trying to walk in Frieda’s footsteps she innocently meets and photographs Dean Reeve. When Lola finds Frieda and shows her the photos she’s taken, Frieda has trouble communicating to Lola how much danger she is in. Now the two are in hiding together.
Frieda’s friends are frantic with worry about her but can she put them in danger again by involving them? Frieda is also avoiding involving the police because she can’t trust them to not spoil any plans that she makes for her confrontation with Reeve.
Finally Frieda finds the sign she has been looking for and the race is on between Frieda Klein and Dean Reeve – who will manage to outsmart the other and which one of them will end up dead.
This was an excellent ending to an excellent series. Mostly I have loved the characters – Frieda’s group of close friends (team Frieda) who will do almost anything for her.
It is best to read the series in order as the characters develop over time:
BLUE MONDAY, TUESDAY’S GONE, WAITING FOR WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY’S CHILDREN, FRIDAY ON MY MIND, SATURDAY REQUIEM, SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN, THE DAY OF THE DEAD.
There was one relationship that I hoped to see develop through the series. We were left with just a hint that something might happen in the future – the future that has no more novels???
After 8 years of Frieda Klein I will miss her but I’m looking forward to whatever Nicci French gives us next.