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Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1 | [Nicci French]

Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

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. 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 just such a child.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Debra 05-12-14
    Debra 05-12-14
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    "Frieda Kein"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I just like all the Frieda Klein series. They can't write them fast enough!


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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 04-13-14
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Good Suspense with a Couple of Big Twists"

    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.

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    GW 04-08-14
    GW 04-08-14 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "A lucky find!"
    Would you listen to Blue Monday again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Monday?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Greg C Discovery Bay, California 03-24-14
    Greg C Discovery Bay, California 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Somewhat drawn out child abduction story"
    What did you like best about Blue Monday? What did you like least?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    it should have faster pacing. Some of the characters are superfluous.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ending and the Doctors pivotal role is entertaining


    Was Blue Monday worth the listening time?

    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


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    Denise Raleigh, NC, United States 03-16-14
    Denise Raleigh, NC, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "????? Subpar - much better choices out there."

    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.

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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 02-18-14
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Seriously , we are to believe this"

    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,

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    trolley dodger Brooklyn, NY USA 02-13-14
    trolley dodger Brooklyn, NY USA 02-13-14
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    "The world's worst therapist becomes mediocre cop"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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...


    What could Nicci French have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Blue Monday?

    Frieda Klein, the detective, the Ukrainian handyman...


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    Jim Glenview, IL, United States 07-24-13
    Jim Glenview, IL, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2004
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    "WELCOME CHANGE"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    ABSOLUTELY GREAT READ


    What did you like best about this story?

    SEE REVIEW OF "TUESDAY IS GONE"


    What does Beth Chalmers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    LISTENING TO THE BOOK(S) AND THE NARRATOR MAKES THE BOOK COME ALIVE


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    THE LAST PART OF THE BOOK..WOW..NEVER SAW IT COMING


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    Lynne 07-07-13
    Lynne 07-07-13
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    "Excellent"

    So good I just downloaded the next in the series! Interesting characters, twists and turns, neat conclusion - and narrated beautifully! Highly recommended.

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    DT987624 02-28-13
    DT987624 02-28-13

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    "Excellent!"
    If you could sum up Blue Monday in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting main character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frieda is a reluctant heroine. Can't wait to see how she develops.


    Which character – as performed by Beth Chalmers – was your favorite?

    Freida


    Any additional comments?

    Audible U.S. needs to get the next book right away!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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