Post Script: Cinderella Girl – Carin Gerhardsen

Cinderella Girl

Carin Gerhardsen

Penguin Books Australia

Michael Joseph

ISBN: 9781405917865

 

Description:

When detective Petra Westman finds an unconscious child in an undergrowth, and shortly after stumbles upon the mother’s dead body hidden inside a grit bin, the Hammarby Police team is shocked by the gruesomeness of this case. And the strangest thing is that nobody seems to be missing the victims . . .

But just as an investigation is launched, chief investigator Conny Sjøberg is faced with yet another murder. A teenage girl has been killed aboard cruise ship Cinderella and her younger sister will be next if Sjøberg can’t uncover the killer.

 

My View:

Confronting on so many levels!

Gerhardsen has a way of introducing social issues into a crime novel in a manner that screams for attention yet does not reek of a lecture or a lesson on how things should be; the issues are cannily woven into the plot and add a somewhat sinister depth to the narrative. Again our eyes are opened to sexual abuse, domestic violence, cyber stalking, crimes against children in the community and sexual harassment in the workplace to name just a few of the issues you will discover in this narrative – confrontational and alarming certainly but there is a hint of redemption that rescues this novel from the depressing.

 

As usual Gerhardsen provides a complex plot, many surprises and a continuation of a sub plot from earlier novels in particular the one relating to the assault of Petra Westman. I really want to know more about this story, I want Westman to resolve this crime and find The Other One and bring him to justice, I suppose I will just have to wait for the next book to be translated and released.

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Post Script: Thursday’s Children – Nicci French

Thursday’s Children

Nicci French

Penguin Books Australia

Michael Joseph

ISBN: 9780718157005

 

Description:

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

So when an old classmate appears in London asking Frieda to help her teenage daughter, long buried memories resurface. But when tragedy strikes, Frieda has no choice but to return home and confront her past. And monsters no one else believes are real . . .

My View:

Another brilliant episode in the life of Frieda Klein; painful memories are evoked when a client’s current trauma have a personal connection to Frieda and incidents she had previously forced herself to bury and run away from. As usual we have a cast of familiar faces; Frieda’s ensembles of colleagues/friends that make her (and the reader) feel comfortable, included and safe. With her friends Frieda can be herself, she is supported on her life’s journey.

In this episode we learn more about Frieda’s past and family as she doggedly tracks down a serial rapist and killer. I like the pace of this novel; leisurely and effortless. The Nicci French team have written another flawless narrative; the settings and characterisations are real and solid, the mystery is intriguing, the sadness and regrets revealed are commonplace, displayed by so many around us and the strengths some  individuals show  in difficult situations is inspiring. And then there is the continuing subplot of the menace and evil that lurks in the shadows; the threat that shadows Frieda’s every movement. A great narrative and my appreciation of this talent grows with each book in this series I read as I embrace Frieda and her band of friends.