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Sunday Morning Coming Down

Nicci French

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition'
Sophie Hannah

It's always darkest before the light comes. In the chilling seventh instalment of the bestselling, critically acclaimed Frieda Klein series, evil looms but this time it's far too close to home . . .

'There's a body in Saffron Mews . . .'

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Psychotherapist Frieda Klein's home is her refuge until she returns to find it has become a disturbingly bloody crime scene. Beneath the floorboards the police have found the body of a man she had hired to help protect her.

The killer's message is all too clear: you're mine.

When those closest to Frieda begin to be targeted, the picture becomes more skewed: the patterns unclear.

Unless Frieda can find and stop whoever is threatening her friends and family, her love and loyalty could come at a truly fatal cost . . .

Saturday Requiem

Nicci French

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. 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 realise that she's up against someone who'll go to any lengths to protect themselves.

Friday on My Mind

Nicci French

Rich in intrigue, intensity and atmosphere, Friday on my Mind is classic Nicci French - a dark, gripping and sophisticated masterclass in psychological suspense in which nothing is quite what it seems . . .

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition' Sophie Hannah

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When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F. Klein . . .

But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect.

Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it's too late either for her or for those she loves.

Friday on my Mind is the fifth addictive and intriguing novel in the Frieda Klein series by the bestselling author Nicci French.

Praise for Nicci French:

'French leads the field' Sunday Express

'Brilliantly crafted . . . masterly control of suspense' Daily Mirror

'Tense, frightening, gripping' Easy Living

'Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive' Daily Express

Beneath the Skin

Nicci French

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition' Sophie Hannah

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Zoe, Jennifer and Nadia are three women with nothing in common. Except for the man who wants to kill them.

He sends them terrifying letters, full of the intimate details of their lives - and promises that he will bring those lives to a violent, horrible end. But not before he has enjoyed himself.

Invisible and apparently unstoppable, he delights in watching the women suffer, thrilled by his power to leave them utterly helpless, alone in their terror and confusion.

Except they're not all as helpless as he thinks . . .

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Praise for Nicci French:

'French leads the field' Sunday Express

'Brilliantly crafted . . . masterly control of suspense' Daily Mirror

'Tense, frightening, gripping' Easy Living

'Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive' Daily Express

The Safe House

Nicci French

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition' Sophie Hannah

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You open your home and your heart to a victim. But your house is anything but safe . . .

Samantha Laschen is a doctor specialising in post-traumatic stress disorder. She's moved to the coast to escape her problems and to be alone with her young daughter.

But now the police want her to take in Fiona Mackenzie, a girl whose parents have been savagely murdered. Yet by allowing Fiona in, Sam is exposing herself - and her daughter - to risks she couldn't possibly have imagined . . .


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Praise for Nicci French:

'French leads the field' Sunday Express

'Brilliantly crafted . . . masterly control of suspense' Daily Mirror

'Tense, frightening, gripping' Easy Living

'Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive' Daily Express

'Gripping, chilling, moving' Observer

The Red Room

Nicci French

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition' Sophie Hannah

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Enter the Red Room - where nightmares become reality

He almost took your life. Now his is in your hands...

After psychologist Kit Quinn is brutally attacked by a prisoner, she is determined to get straight back to work. When the police want her help in linking the man who attacked her to a series of murders, she refuses to simply accept the obvious.

But the closer her investigation takes her to the truth behind the savage crimes, the nearer Kit gets to the dark heart of her own terror.

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Praise for Nicci French:

'French leads the field' Sunday Express

'Brilliantly crafted . . . masterly control of suspense' Daily Mirror

'Tense, frightening, gripping' Easy Living

'Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive' Daily Express

'Gripping, chilling, moving' Observer

Killing Me Softly

Nicci French

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition' Sophie Hannah

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You have everything. But you give it up for an affair.

You're in passionate love. And grave danger...

Alice Loudon couldn't resist abandoning her old, safe life for a wild affair. And in Adam Tallis, a rugged mountaineer with a murky past, she finds a man who can teach her things about herself that she never even suspected.

But sexual obsession has its dark side - and so does Adam. Soon both are threatening all that Alice has left. First her sanity. Then her life.


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Praise for Nicci French:

'French leads the field' Sunday Express

'Brilliantly crafted . . . masterly control of suspense' Daily Mirror

'Tense, frightening, gripping' Easy Living

'Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive' Daily Express

Thursday's Child

Nicci French

Thursday's Child by Nicci French is the fourth novel in the bestselling Frieda Klein series, following Blue Monday, Tuesday's Gone and Waiting for Wednesday.

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition ' SOPHIE HANNAH

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Two crimes, generations apart . . .

Twenty years ago teenager Frieda Klein was brutally attacked in her own home. No one believed her - not the police, not her mother, not her friends. She left town, trained as a psychologist and never went back.

Now an old classmate has shown up. She wants help with her daughter, who claims to have been attacked at home. An attack eerily similar to the one on Frieda. No one else believes the girl's story.

Now - with a school reunion in the offing - Frieda returns to the darkness she fled. To the small town which refused to help her and which hides a terrible secret. Because someone at the reunion knows what happened.

And they'll stop at nothing to prevent Frieda discovering the truth . . .


Praise for the Frieda Klein series:

'Expert in the unguessable twist, supremely skilled at ratcheting up the tension' Easy Living

'French leads the field' Sunday Express

'Brilliantly crafted . . . masterly control of suspense' Daily Mirror

'Magnificent' Evening Standard

'A nerve-jangling and addictive read' Daily Express

Thursday's Children

Nicci French (and others)

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Thursday's Child by Nicci French, the fourth novel in the best-selling Frieda Klein series, following Blue Monday, Tuesday's Gone and Waiting for Wednesday. read by the actress Beth Chalmers.

When psychotherapist Frieda Klein left the sleepy Suffolk coastal town in which she grew up she never intended to return. Left behind were friends, family, lives and loves but alongside them, painful memories; a past she wouldn't allow to destroy her.

Then, years later, an old classmate appears in London asking Frieda to help her teenage daughter and long buried memories resurface. Death soon follows, leaving Frieda no choice but to return home to confront her past. And the monsters no one else believed were real . . .

Through a fog of conflicting accounts, hidden agendas and questionable alibis, Frieda can trust no one as she tries to piece together the shocking truth, past and present. Before another innocent dies.

When it comes to psychological suspense, there's none better than Nicci French. And Thursday's Children is Nicci French at her very best.
There are three previous novels in the Frieda Klein series; look out for Blue Monday, Tuesday's Gone and Waiting for Wednesday.

Praise for the Frieda Klein series:

'Brilliantly crafted . . . masterly control of suspense' Daily Mirror

'Tense, frightening, gripping' Easy Living

'Nerve-tingling and addictive' Daily Express

Waiting for Wednesday

Nicci French

Waiting For Wednesday by Nicci French is the thrilling third novel in the highly acclaimed Frieda Klein series.

Ruth Lennox, beloved mother of three, is found by her daughter in a pool of her own blood. Who would want to murder an ordinary housewife? And why?

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein finds she has an unusually personal connection with DCI Karlsson's latest case. She is no longer working with him in an official capacity, but when her niece befriends Ruth Lennox's son, Ted, she finds herself in the awkward position of confidante to both Karlsson and Ted.

When it emerges that Ruth was leading a secret life, her family closes ranks and Karlsson finds he needs Frieda's help more than ever before.

But Frieda is distracted. Having survived an attack on her life, she is struggling to stay in control and when a patient's chance remark rings an alarm bell, she finds herself chasing down a path that seems to lead to a serial killer who has long escaped detection. Or is it merely a symptom of her own increasingly fragile mind?

Because, as Frieda knows, every step closer to a killer is one more step into a darkness from which there may be no return . . .

Praise for Nicci French:

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition. No one understands human psychological frailty better. No one writes better about grief, love, fear or emotional damage. Not many books are as insightful as they are addictive; Nicci French's are.' Sophie Hannah

'Brilliantly crafted' Daily Mirror

'Full of dark psychology and tension ... nerve-tingling and addictive' Daily Express

'Magnificent' Evening Standard

#Youdunnit

Nicci French (and others)

One crowdsourced storyline, three finely crafted stories by Penguin authors Nicci French, Tim Weaver and Alastair Gunn.
What crime has been committed?
Who is the victim?
And who will solve the case?
Write a short crime story, using plot details crowdsourced on Twitter. This was the challenge we put to three Penguin authors - Nicci French, Time Weaver and Alastair Gunn. How different would the stories be? And how would the authors cope, with so much of the detail out of their hands?
#Youdunnit
Three very different murders and three unique takes on your travel photographer turned reluctant sleuth, Lucinda Berrington. Deep in the suffocating British countryside, the gangland streets of Cape Town or the glossy world of professional cycling, Twitter followers are meeting an unsavoury demise.
Maybe next time you log in you'll wonder...
Are you following them, or are they following you?
This ebook is brought to you free of charge by Penguin, in association with Specsavers.
Look out for other titles by all three authors:
Thursday's Children by Nicci French, follows Blue Monday, Tuesday's Gone and Waiting for Wednesday as the fourth in the Frieda Klein series.
Richard & Judy book club pick Never Coming Back is the fourth David Raker thriller by Tim Weaver, author of Vanished,Chasing the Dead and The Dead Tracks.
Alastair Gunn's debut crime novel, The Advent Killer, is available from Penguin from November 2013, and introduces DCI Antonia Hawkins.

Tuesday's Gone

Nicci French

Nicci French, the bestselling author of What to do When Someone Dies and Losing You, returns with the second book in the gripping new series that began with Top Ten Bestseller Blue Monday. Fans of Peter James' Roy Grace series and Peter Robinson's DCI Banks series will love central character psychotherapist Frieda Klein, who is consulted on a grisly and seemingly unsolvable crime.

For Frieda Klein the days get longer, the cases darker . . .

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein thought she was done with the police. But once more DCI Karlsson is knocking at her door.

A man's decomposed body has been found in the flat of Michelle Doyce, a woman trapped in a world of strange mental disorder. The police don't know who it is, how he got there or what happened - and Michelle can't tell them. But Karlsson hopes Frieda can get access to the truths buried beneath her confusion.

Painstakingly, Frieda uncovers a possible identity for the corpse: Robert Poole, a jack of all trades and master conman. But the deeper Frieda and Karlsson dig into Poole's past, the more of his victims they encounter - and the more motives they find for murder. Meanwhile, violent ghosts from Frieda's own past are returning to threaten her.

Unable to discover quite who is telling the truth and who is lying, they know they are getting closer to a killer. But whoever murdered Poole is determined to stay free - and anyone that gets too close will meet the same fate.

A gritty heroine, a gruesome crime and a terrifying hunt for a psychotic killer, Tuesday's Gone is not to be missed by fans of psychological thrillers.

Praise for Nicci French:

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition. No one understands human psychological frailty better. No one writes better about grief, love, fear or emotional damage. Not many books are as insightful as they are addictive; Nicci French's are.' Sophie Hannah

'Nicci French knows just how to play on our worst fears' Daily Mail

Blue Monday

Nicci French

Blue Monday is the thrilling first novel in Nicci French's top-ten bestselling killer new series introducing psychotherapist Frieda Klein

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Monday: five-year-old Matthew Faraday is abducted. His face is splashed across newspaper front pages. His parents and the police are desperate. Can anyone help find their little boy before it is too late?

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein just might know something.

One of her patients describes dreams of seizing a boy who is the spitting image of Matthew. Convinced at first the police will dismiss her fears out of hand, Frieda reluctantly finds herself drawn into the heart of the case. A previous abduction, from twenty years ago, suggests a new lead - one that only Frieda, an expert on the minds of disturbed individuals, can uncover.

Struggling to make sense of this terrifying investigation, Frieda will face her darkest fears in the hunt for a clever and brutal killer . . .

Praise for Nicci French:

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition. No one understands human psychological frailty better. No one writes better about grief, love, fear or emotional damage. Not many books are as insightful as they are addictive; Nicci French's are,' Sophie Hannah

'A brilliantly crafted new crime series' Daily Mirror

'Terrific. The writing is pacy, the jaw-dropping twists are plentiful' Short List

'One of French's hardest-to-put-down novels' Sunday Express

'French is undeniably at the top of British psychological suspense writing, expert in the unguessable twist, supremely skilled at ratcheting up the tension' Observer

'A nerve-jangling and addictive read' Daily Express

Complicit

Nicci French

Complicit is a gripping psychological thriller by the highly acclaimed and Top Ten bestselling author, Nicci French

Who is more deadly?
An enemy? A friend?
Or a lover?

Bonnie Graham is in her friend's flat. She is alone, except for the dead body lying in a pool of blood. What happened? What will she do? And is any or all of it her fault?

Bonnie is a music teacher who has spent a long, hot summer in London rehearsing with a band. It was supposed to be fun, but the tricky knots of the band's friendships unravel with each passing day.

What was meant to be a summer of happiness, music and love turns deadly as lovers betray, passions turn homicidal and friendship itself becomes a crime.

Someone in the band must be a killer. Is it Bonnie? And if not - who is it?

Praise for Nicci French:
'Relentlessly addictive . . . Friendship and betrayal has never been so deadly' Mirror

'A gripping crime mystery, an accomplished thriller' Woman

'Exerts a vice-like grip' Daily Telegraph

'Reels in readers from the start' Independent

What to Do When Someone Dies

Nicci French

What to Do When Someone Dies is another ingenious thriller from the best-loved, bestselling author, Nicci French

Ellie Faulkner's world has been destroyed. Her husband Greg died in a car crash - and he wasn't alone. In the passenger seat was the body of Milena Livingstone - a woman Ellie's never heard of.

But Ellie refuses to leap to the obvious conclusion, despite the whispers and suspicions of those around her. Maybe it's the grief, but Ellie has to find out who this woman was - and prove Greg wasn't having an affair.

And soon she is chillingly certain their deaths were no accident. Are Ellie's accusations of murder her way of avoiding the truth about her marriage? Or does an even more sinister discovery await her?

Praise for Nicci French:
'Relentlessly enjoyable and gripping from the first page to the last' Evening Standard

'You'll be totally gripped until a very unexpected twist knocks you for six' Cosmopolitan

'You'll be hooked from the first page. A compulsive page-turner' Daily Express

Until it's Over

Nicci French

Until It's Over is a riveting psychological thriller from the Top Ten bestselling author, Nicci French

DEAD. UNLUCKY.

Cycle courier Astrid Bell is bad luck - for other people. First Astrid's neighbour Peggy accidentally knocks her off her bike - and not long after is found bludgeoned to death in an alley. Then a few days later, Astrid is asked to pick up a package - only to find the client slashed to pieces in the hall of her own home.

For the police it's more than coincidence. For Astrid and her six housemates it's just the beginning of a nightmare - the growing suspicion that the worst is yet to come.

Because if it's true that bad luck comes in threes - who will be next to die?

Praise for Nicci French:
'Reads like lightning' Observer

'Another nail-biting thriller' Daily Express

'A taut, sexy and compulsive read' Elle

'Taut and menacing . . . excellent' Guardian

Losing You

Nicci French

Losing You is a nail-biter of a thriller from the bestselling author, Nicci French

The clock is ticking - and the search hasn't even begun . . .

Nina Landry has given up city life for the isolated community of Sandling Island, lying off the bleak east coast of England. At night the wind howls. Sometimes they are cut off by the incoming tide. For Nina though it is home. It is safe.

But when Nina's teenage daughter Charlie fails to return from a sleepover on the day they're due to go on holiday, the island becomes a different place altogether. A place of secrets and suspicions. Where no one - friends, neighbours or the police - believes Nina's instinctive fear that her daughter is in terrible danger. Alone, she undergoes a frantic search for Charlie. And as day turns to night, she begins to doubt not just whether they'll leave the island for their holiday - but whether they will ever leave it again.

Praise for Nicci French:

'Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition. No one understands human psychological frailty better. No one writes better about grief, love, fear or emotional damage. Not many books are as insightful as they are addictive; Nicci French's are,' Sophie Hannah

'You live through every nail-biting minute' Guardian

'A brilliantly crafted new crime series' Daily Mirror

'Terrific. The writing is pacy, the jaw-dropping twists are plentiful' Short List

'One of French's hardest-to-put-down novels' Sunday Express

'French is undeniably at the top of British psychological suspense writing, expert in the unguessable twist, supremely skilled at ratcheting up the tension' Observer

'A nerve-jangling and addictive read' Daily Express

Secret Smile

Nicci French

Secret Smile is a gripping psychological thriller from the Top Ten bestselling author, Nicci French

You have an affair. You finish it. You think it's over. You're dead wrong . . .

Miranda Cotton thinks she's put boyfriend Brendan out of her life for good. But two weeks later, he's intimately involved with her sister.

Soon what began as an embarrassment becomes threatening - then even more terrifying than a girl's worst nightmare.

Because this time Brendan will stop at nothing to be part of Miranda's life - even if it means taking it from her . . .

Praise for Nicci French:
'Creepy, genuinely gripping' Heat

The Memory Game

Nicci French

The Memory Game is a haunting psychological thriller from the Top Ten bestselling author, Nicci French

You remember an idyllic childhood. But your memory is deceitful. And possibly deadly...

When a skeleton is unearthed in the Martellos' garden, Jane Martello is shocked to learn it's that of her childhood friend, Natalie, who went missing twenty-five years ago. Encouraged by a therapist to recover lost memories, Jane hopes to find out what really took place when she was a child - and what happened to Natalie.

But in learning the truth about hers and Natalie's past, is Jane putting her own future at terrible risk?

Land of the Living

Nicci French

Land of the Living is a riveting psychological thriller from the acclaimed Top Ten bestselling author, Nicci French

You wake in the dark, gagged and bound. A man visits you, feeds you. And tells you that he will kill you - just like all the rest.

Abbie Devereaux doesn't know where she is or how she got there. She's so terrified she can barely remember her own name - and she's sure of just one thing: that she will survive this nightmare.

But even if she does make it back to the land of the living, Abbie knows that he'll still be out there, looking for her. And next time, there may be no escape . . .

Nicci French

Biography

Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are fourteen other bestselling novels by Nicci French, all published by Penguin. Blue Monday was the first thrilling story in the Frieda Klein series, followed by Tuesday's Gone, Waiting for Wednesday, Thursday's Child, Friday on My Mind and Saturday Requiem.

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www.niccifrench.co.uk

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