The stunning first book in a new series of psychological thrillers introducing an unforgettable London psychotherapist.
Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place, but what we can control is what is inside our heads. This attitude is reflected in her own life, which is an austere one of refuge, personal integrity, and order.
The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A red-haired child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. She finds herself in the center of the investigation, serving as the reluctant sidekick of the chief inspector.
Drawing listeners into a haunting world in which the terrors of the mind have spilled over into real life, Blue Monday introduces a compelling protagonist and a chilling mystery that will appeal to listeners of dark crime fiction and fans of In Treatment and The Killing.
©2012 Nicci French (P)2012 Penguin
No, her voice and accents were grating. The whiny, nasal voices given to a couple of the male characters were especially bad.
The amount of time devoted to the philosophy and methods of psychoanalysis was excessive and deadly boring. The main character was apparently meant to be intriguing, with hints of family secrets to be revealed later in the series, but was not in the least an interesting person. Too much description of long walks, biting wind and sleet, and Freida's inexplicable love of London. Irrelevant cardboard romance that is supposed to show us Freida's proud independence and need for solitude (and, of course, love of London) but is just icky. Irrelevant and irritating plot interruptions by niece and sister-in-law. Cutesy relationship with Joseph that seems to have been inspired by Murphy Brown and her painter, Elden. If I sound excessively negative, it's because I was expecting a much better book on the basis of reviews, etc. I was looking forward to listening to it on a long car trip and it turned out to be like driving with someone that is kind of okay, but you can't stand being trapped in a car with for 12 hours.
This book has so many layers...I can see how a series is developing and the characters are likeable and real. The good thing is although there are a lot of characters, there is enough development that I had no trouble remembering who was who.
I thought it was great how Joseph enters the story
Chalmers does a great job- right amount of emotion, love the different voices and the accent. I hope she reads the next one too!
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
The story started off brisk with the first abduction, but then the story became so slow that I found my mind would wonder instead of wanting to listening. Eventually, I would get back on track and enjoy parts of the story.
One of my pet peeves with audio books is when there is natural break in the story to accommodate a switch of scenario and characters, the narrator should take a significant pause instead of continuing to narrate as if the last sentence of one scene flows into the first sentence of the next scene. To be fair, I don't know if that is the narrators fault or the way the audio book is put together. Anyway, I had to replay parts of the book over and over to get the meaning of all the twists and turns and many different characters.
In the end, I rate the characters well written, but the story was not appealing to me. That is probably more my taste in subject than a flaw of the authors. I do feel that the writers are worth another try and will pick another book of theirs sometime in the near future.
Interesting characters, solid writing, good tension, surprising twist, and excellent narration. Nicci French is a very good writing team. I'm looking forward to more.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
Yes, after a reasonable amount of time, I wouldn't mind listening to this book again. The characters are interesting and the reader is very good.
I dislike this question because I feel it gives away too much about the story. I will just say that there is a surprise twist within the story that caught me off guard. I was fully expecting one aspect of the mystery to be solved but suddenly, the author turned the entire tale in a different direction and changed the game.
Again, this gives far too much of the plot away if someone reading this review is hoping to be surprised by events in the story. I will just say that there is a memorable introduction to one of the characters that leads the story a bit of humor.
Because of the nature of this story, there are little bits of it all through the book that played on my emotions and made me feel deeply for some of the characters. The situations in which they become involved are very emotional ones. It's hard not to find yourself wondering what you might do if it were you in that set of circumstances.
This was the first book I had read by this author or rather team of authors. I found it through one of Audible's sales and I'm very glad that I did. I have already listened to the second book in the series and when the third one comes out, I plan to listen to it too.
I think child abduction is a difficult topic. Its difficult to read about children suffering. The plot takes far too long to develop. The last hour seems to be rushed to tidy up all the loose ends. I like the Dr Frieda Klein character. realistic portrait of a psychiatrist. The Ukrainian handyman seems to be lightweight , sort of a mildly humorous insert to all the tension in this story.
it should have faster pacing. Some of the characters are superfluous.
ending and the Doctors pivotal role is entertaining
not my favorite. the topic is difficult IMO. I wanted to give the story a good listen since the author(s) are excellent. In retrospect, I would not have bought it
Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.
I saw all these great reviews and snagged this one, excited to find a new series. I love Tana French, for example. But this is brutally boring. I've been listening for a couple of hours and am already ditching it to go to my Harry Hole and Dept. Q series. There are so many better books! If I get crazy and return to it, I'll update my review, but so far - a deep disappointment. I gave it two stars to be fair to the narrator who doesn't deserved to be punished for poor material.
Well first there a lot of characters. Sometimes mentioned almost in passing. When you hear their name again you are like 'wait, who was that?" now in a hard book you could easily thumb back through quickly until you spotted the name on a page. You cant do that on an audiobook. Then we Have Freida who seems pretty clever, she uses her therapist intuition wisely throughout, until the end! Seriously we are supposed to believe she 'figured' all the other stuff out and missed the most important aspect. Come on... really. It was so obviously, for a really long time what was going to happen, 'it' had happened before, to her, there is no way she should missed that. And then there's the Karlsson (sp?) he's hot, he's cold, he's hot, he cold. He thinks Freida is mumbo jumbo, then he sees a positive result, praises her. Then its mumbo jumbo again, more praise. again and again. either he has turned a believer or he hasn't.
The story was entertaining. the narrator was AWESOME. I am not too fond of female narrators. But Beth Chalmers hits the mark. She transitions perfectly between the characters and is easily recognizable from one to the next. I would choose to listen to a book based on her alone.
I will read the 2nd in series just to see where the authors go with Freida, and Joseph too. I wasn't sure why he was introduced in the story at all, I think if he weren't in the story he wouldn't be missed, I don't think he added anything. But he did grow on me as just a nice guy,
I don't read many mysteries, maybe if it's your genre you might be more forgiving of this book...or maybe that would make you hate it more...
The main character is like a lizard or a robot. She has no empathy, which makes listening to her with her patients BRUTAL. Then she keeps patting herself on the back for taking on other peoples problems for a living. Maybe stop congratulating yourself for how insightful you are when if I was your patient I would probably be bringing charges against you for breach of ethics.
Frieda Klein, the detective, the Ukrainian handyman...
ABSOLUTELY GREAT READ
SEE REVIEW OF "TUESDAY IS GONE"
LISTENING TO THE BOOK(S) AND THE NARRATOR MAKES THE BOOK COME ALIVE
THE LAST PART OF THE BOOK..WOW..NEVER SAW IT COMING
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