Nicci French are husband and wife writing duo, Sean French and Nicci Gerrard.
Sean French was born in 1959 and studied English Literature at Oxford University. He worked as a journalist on the Sunday Times, Vogue and many other publications. He has written biographies (of Brigitte Bardot and Patrick Hamilton), film books (including a study of The Terminator), and several novels. He married Nicci Gerrard in 1990. In 1997 they published their first novel together as ‘Nicci French’. They divide their time between Suffolk and London.
Nicci Gerrard was born in 1958 and also studied English at Oxford. Although she and Sean were studying the same subject at the same university, they didn’t meet until ten years later. In the 1980s, she worked in a children’s home and founded a feminist cultural magazine, Women’s Review. In 1989 she joined the Observer, first as deputy literary editor and then as a feature writer. Among other subjects, she covered the trials of Rosemary West, Harold Shipman and Ian Huntley.
She has published six novels: Things We Knew Were True, Solace, The Moment You Were Gone, The Winter House, Missing Persons and her latest, in the autumn of 2014, The Twilight Hour.
As Nicci French, they have published eighteen novels, five of which have been adapted for film or television. Most recently they have written the ‘Frieda Klein’ series: Blue Monday, Tuesday’s Gone, Waiting for Wednesday and Thursday’s Children. The latest, Friday On My Mind, will be published in Spring 2015. There will be eight books in the series.
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.
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.
Waiting for Wednesday
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.
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.
Thank you so much for all that you did for us and for all the encouragement. You left us with very positive feelings.- Nicci Gerrard and Sean French