Books by Nicci French

Nicci French is indeed the pseudonym of British literature journalist Nicci Gerrard and her husband, also reporter, Sean French. Their first book together, The Memory Game published in 1997, was extremely successful leading the way to six others.

THE DAY OF THE DEAD  by Nicci French
Released: July 24, 2018

"Though its climax couldn't possibly live up to the harrowing story it ends, French's legion of fans will rejoice that she's capped her memorable week of thrillers (Sunday Silence, 2017, etc.) with this nerve-shredding eighth day."
French closes the saga of consulting psychologist Frieda Klein with the story of a criminology student who, casting around for a topic for her dissertation, chooses "In the Footsteps of Dr. Klein," a choice that turns her life into a nightmare. Read full book review >
SUNDAY SILENCE by Nicci French
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The biggest surprise here is not whodunit but just when French will reveal the truth. But fans caught up in the relentless intensity of the sorely tried heroine's latest travails will be too busy worrying about other, more dangerous problems to notice."
French polishes off the week of titles (Dark Saturday, 2017, etc.), though evidently not the series, in which London psychotherapist Frieda Klein tangles with a series of killers who all have ties of one sort or another to the same evil genius. Read full book review >
DARK SATURDAY by Nicci French
Released: July 11, 2017

"A welcome return to form after the heroine's overwrought, undernourishing last adventure (Friday on My Mind, 2016), even if the continuing villains smack more than ever of a soap opera that just won't end."
Pressed to investigate a suspect cop's handling of an ancient case, psychotherapist Dr. Frieda Klein ends up finding out a whole lot more. Read full book review >
FRIDAY ON MY MIND by Nicci French
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"French's strikingly mature prose purrs along as smoothly as ever, but the mystery is a mess from beginning to end, and the heroine's tough/imperiled shtick is beginning to wear thin. For loyalists only."
Can psychotherapist Frieda Klein possibly get in any worse with the members of London's Metropolitan Police whose patience with her has already worn thin? Yes, she can—when the evidence marks her as a murderer. Read full book review >
Released: March 29, 2016

"Even though the identification of the murderous rapist is something of a letdown, you'll ache for Frieda as she tears open old wounds and cheer when she finally shows signs of healing from her lacerations."
Psychotherapist Frieda Klein's fourth case is a lot more personal than she'd like, in all the worst ways. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2014

"French's darkly ambitious tale piles on the complications until you beg for mercy. Hard-core fans of detective work as a vehicle for revealing the depths of the human soul will find it irresistible."
The murder of an inoffensive home health visitor is only the tip of the iceberg in London psychologist Frieda Klein's third case—and a very chilly iceberg it is, too. Read full book review >
TUESDAY'S GONE by Nicci French
Released: April 8, 2013

"A fiercely intelligent, multilayered thriller, this book casts its narrative net wider than Blue Monday, making welcome demands on its readers."
Still haunted by the bizarre events in Blue Monday (2012), London psychotherapist turned police consultant Frieda Klein investigates the murder of an enigmatic con man whose naked, decomposing body is found in the home of a mentally ill young woman. Read full book review >
BLUE MONDAY by Nicci French
Released: March 1, 2012

"An absorbing psychological thriller that will leave you anticipating the next installment."
More than 20 years after the unsolved disappearance of a five-year-old London girl, a little boy, also five, is abducted, re-opening old wounds for a police detective and raising questions for a female psychiatrist—especially after it is revealed that the prime suspect, a client of hers, has an identical twin brother of whom he is unaware. Read full book review >
UNTIL IT’S OVER by Nicci French
Released: March 17, 2009

"French (Losing You, 2008, etc.) serves up another of her wonderfully sympathetic damsels in distress—no one does that better—but then undermines her with some questionable plotting."
In French's latest thriller/chiller, six London housemates are in search of a murderer, except one of them isn't searching all that hard. Read full book review >
LOSING YOU by Nicci French
Released: April 3, 2008

"Though one or two plotlines remain dangling at the end, oh how the story grabs."
A desperate mom tracks a missing child in another of French's spellbinders (Catch Me When I Fall, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
CATCH ME WHEN I FALL by Nicci French
Released: Jan. 5, 2005

"French (Secret Smile, 2004, etc.), a deft hand at placing fetching young women in fear for their lives, performs as expected."
She's lovely, alluring, successful—and someone close to her is plotting her murder. Read full book review >
SECRET SMILE by Nicci French
Released: June 22, 2004

"A stumble: even her dependably crisp prose turns slipshod as, after three notably successful ventures (Land of the Living, 2003, etc.), French's elegant creepiness goes formulaic."
Another beautiful heroine beset by another Iago in French's underimagined latest. Read full book review >
LAND OF THE LIVING by Nicci French
Released: May 1, 2003

"Despite occasional plotting flaws, that sound you hear is the rustle of pages turning rapidly."
Tough, tenacious, and scared silly: the author's quintessential heroine scores again in this third deft British import (The Red Room, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
THE RED ROOM by Nicci French
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Not as unnerving as French's flawless Killing Me Softly (to be released as a movie in October) but stylish and engrossing nonetheless."
Another strong, vulnerable, beset young heroine; another brilliant thriller from French (Beneath the Skin, 2000, etc.), who now has to be considered a major player. Read full book review >
BENEATH THE SKIN by Nicci French
Released: May 4, 2000

"The shaky plotting isn't up to Killing Me Softly, but in terms of writing and characterization this is as strong as all but the very best. (BookoftheMonth Club main selection)"
Three women fear the same deadly stalker in this accomplished followup to French's elegant debut, Killing Me Softly (1999). Read full book review >
Released: July 7, 1999

"0-688-15818-8): The second installment in Furutani's samurai trilogy (Death at the Crossroads, 1998) finds freelance warrior Matsuyama Kaze interrupting his search for his dead lord's son to save merchant Hishigawa Satoyasu from murderous bandits—and then getting plenty of chances to regret the act of courage that's landed him in a stew of deception and treachery."
After two in England, French brings her third to the US—an elegant, chilling take on love, murder, and obsession. Read full book review >