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
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.
The story started out intriguingly, but I found none of the characters likeable or even particularly interesting. Carlson wasn't much of a detective ; interview skills were terrible. Id much rather read Tana French or Gilligan Flynn...
Probably nothing- a flawed book to start with
I saw what was happening way before the protagonists did- not usual for me. They were so dim that they didn't realize how they were manipulated by the villain. Using the evil twin motif is more associated with soap operas than a mystery/police procedural. The ending was very unsatisfying. Very few positive characters that one could care about.
Male voices were pretty bad.
I think will be the last Nicci French book I read.
The beginning is hard to follow in audio, but later it makes more sense. Frieda is an intriguing character that you learn to respect as you go along. Overall the story was a bit predictable but still keeps you interested in the what will happen next in the characters lives. I will give the next book a chance.
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This book was simply not for me. It didn't hold my attention well and Joseph was the only character who interested me. (What was the reason for the horribly obnoxious teenager with no boundaries? I don't know anyone who needs MORE of that in their day. Might as well include a baby crying for pages and pages!) I felt like the story was disjointed, didn't have a point, and was supremely unsatisfying. I'm a doctor of clinical psychology, and the psych parts bored me beyond tears. I felt like this book spent the majority of the time setting up a series, and since I won't be reading the other books that was a waste of my time. Possible Spoiler: In the end, the thing I disliked most was how stupid the main character and the cops turned out to be with regards to the crime. Why base a series on a bunch that are outsmarted by the criminals? I don't get that.
The narration was spot on, but not good enough to make up for the story for me. If you tend to like most everything you read, or if you liked the Profiler's Daughter, you might like this book/series. The writing itself in this one is good. But if you're on the picky side (like me), I'd recommend Tana French instead.
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