My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Time Taken To Read - 2 days
Blurb From Goodreads
Sometimes the mind is a dangerous place to hide.
The rotting, naked corpse of a man is found amidst swarms of flies in the living room of a confused woman. Who is he? Why is Michelle Doyce trying to serve him afternoon tea? And how did the dead body find its way into her flat?
DCI Karlsson needs an expert to delve inside Michelle's mind for answers and turns to former colleague, psychiatrist Frieda Klein. Eventually Michelle's ramblings lead to a vital clue that in turn leads to a possible identity. Robert Poole. Jack of all trades and master conman.
The deeper Frieda and Karlsson dig, the more of Poole's victims they encounter . . . and the more motives they uncover for his murder. But is anyone telling them the truth except for poor, confused Michelle?
And when the past returns to haunt Frieda, she finds herself in danger. Whoever set out to destroy Poole also seems determined to destroy Frieda Klein.
Psychiatrist Frieda Klein is back in the second of the series and this time as well as doing her day job she is helping out the police. They find a dead body in the house of a disturbed young lady who can't tell them if or why she killed the man or how he came to be in his residence. What follows is an investigation that reveals a tangled web of lies, deceit, betrayal, murder and dark secrets.
I didn't particularly like the first in this series but I did enjoy this one much better. There are so many different parts and sidelines to this story so it is never dull, I particularly liked the investigation into the girl at the start and her condition. The story visits a lot of what happened in the first book (so you don't have to read it but I certainly would as it gives you a clearer picture for this book). Frieda is a stronger character this time around although she still visits her previous mentor who again I dislike and find both weak and annoying.
The chapters are fairly short in length which is always good as you can dip in and out when you have things you need to be doing. The writing is fairly easy to follow however as with the first book (although not as much) there is a bit of jumping around from one scene to one particular individual and instead of stars or lines there is a few spaces (in length) separating from the last paragraph it can get confusing although this time you work out quickly it is going back to that individual. I did see a few of the twists coming but enjoyed it none the less so 3/5 for me this time and will keep an eye out for book 3. Thank you so much to Alice Hibbert at the UK Penguin Group for providing me an ARC of this book for an honest review. This book is out for publication today and on sale from all good retailers.