French, Nicci. The Day of the Dead. New York: Morrow, 2018. 416p. (Frieda Klein, Bk. 8). ISBN 978-0-06-267670-2. $15.99. Trade Paperback. Thriller
After the weekday-themed Frieda Klein crime novels, from Blue Monday through Sunday Silence, husband-and-wife team NicciGerrard and Sean French, under the French pen name, end the series with a return to the villain who has stalked the psychoanalyst from the start, the serial killer Dean Reeves. Will he finally succeed in murdering Frieda, driven into hiding by his obsessive pursuit? Complicating matters is a criminology student, scatterbrained Lola Hayes, who latches on to Frieda as the subject of her dissertation, the first step on a path into darkness. Reeves, meanwhile, has begun sending messages, placing murder victims in locations where Frieda likes to walk, using the many submerged rivers that flow beneath London. When Frieda, bedeviled by Lola, seemingly offers herself as a sacrifice to stop the killings, she faces betrayal after betrayal as she comes closer to a final encounter with the deadly master of disguise. VERDICT Fans of this acclaimed series will read with mounting dread as the end approaches. Others should start with the first book, otherwise Frieda’s behavior, always strange, might prove perplexing and Lola, who dominates the plot, simply annoying.