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
After completing Tana French's Broken Harbor, Recorded Books suggested that, "If you liked this book, we recommend that you read "Blue Monday" by Nicci French."
Well, seeing as Broken Harbor was an exceptionally well written book and a great listen, I decided to take the advice of Recorded Books and give Blue Monday a try.
I am usually very careful when researching a book and, as a result, I am rarely disappointed. However, disappointment is one way to describe Blue Monday. Although the writing wasn't awful, I thought of giving the story a "1". It was so inferior to the the brilliant writing of Tana French (no relation), that it seemed to be outright deception for Recorded Books to suggest that, if I liked Broken Harbor, I should give Blue Monday a try!
Not only is the writing sub-par, but the story line and character development are so superficial, that I thought of quitting the book altogether two or three times.
The best that I can say about the book is that it was just good enough to put up with until the end and,at the end, it was a relief to have it be over.
After Blue Monday ended, Recorded Books announced that Blue Monday was "the first book in an exciting new series."
Lesson learned.....don't listen to the false and self-serving recommendations at the end of good books. Instead, do your homework or else you to will end-up with a "Blue Monday."
Yes, this was an excellent murder mystery, with interesting characters, in a great London setting. I will definitely be getting the other books in this series!
It is hard to say without giving things away. There is a great twist in the story, that is very intriguing, and I think with be enjoyable to anyone who loves a good mystery.
It took me a while to get into this book...starting and stopping it several times. I think the way it started with many different unrelated character storylines made it hard to engage initially. However, once I did, I found the story interesting, and enjoyed the many twists (although some of them I anticipated). For some reason, I had trouble relating to the heroin, Frieda. Usually, by the end of a story I have grown fond of the main character and want to read more of their stories. With this one, not so much. I think I liked Joseph more than I liked Frieda. The narration took me a while to get used to...somewhat whiny and nasal, but not horrible. In a nutshell, the story was good, the characters were weak, and the narration was just OK. I don't plan on continuing this series. It just wasn't for me.
The characters can be a bit confusing in the beginning, due to the accent of the narrator. The main character's personal life was irrelevant & boring in my opinion, but overall, a good story line.
I wanted to like it. The idea of the story was good but it was predictable. I also found it difficult to follow who all of the characters were at the beginning....and sometimes throughout. I'm not sure if it's because the story failed to keep me captivated or the narrators accent made it hard for me to follow.....or maybe both. I'm glad it was a sale book and I didn't waste a credit.
A good mystery that kept me listening. I'm looking forward to Book 2.
The little boy's perspective.
Wanted to keep listening.
This author apparently needs to use trashy language to depict bad people. I love authors that can make characters be the bad guys without resorting to offensive language. Everyone knows that trashy people use trashy language - there is no need to make everyone listen to it - time after time.
I think the story would have been good, but just didn't have the patience to put up with the language to finish it.
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