Title: Dark Saturday
Author: Nicci French
Genre/Audience: Suspense, adult
Publication: Harper Collins, 2017
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
A decade ago, 18-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 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 thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family – that something wasn’t quite right all those years ago.
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 again.
First off, this is the sixth book in the Frieda Klein series, which I became painfully aware of after starting it and feeling like I had started reading in the middle of a book instead of the beginning. There are so many references to a prior event which is preventing Frieda from wanting to get involved in this particular case, and it is assumed that you know all the players and plots of the previous book(s), that it was a little disconcerting getting into the story. I did plug along though, pretending that I knew the history, and I did ultimately enjoy it, although it would have been extremely more enjoyable had I read the entire series beforehand.
It’s always fascinating to unravel how the human mind works, especially in the case of someone not fully in charge of their mental capacity. Frieda is initially just supposed to give a general assessment of whether Hannah is or ever will be mentally competent, but is unsatisfied with walking away. She insisted she didn’t want to get involved with this case, but feels compelled to finish her investigation, as she feels something is off and maybe Hannah is not what she is represented to be.
Once I got past the confusion of not knowing what had happened in the past books, I was really drawn into the story and really liked it. I will definitely start at the beginning of the series now because this one really piqued my interest and I want to read more and learn the background. I’m excited to go back and start from the beginning!
I would recommend this book (and series) to anyone who likes suspense. I would highly recommend starting with the first book first though, Blue Monday, and then going from there. I can’t wait to get my hands on the first five books and catch up.
Guest review by my mom, Kim.