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. 97% of the book is a run around, half of which goes nowhere. The entire book leads up to several mysteries getting 'solved' within the last 10 minutes of the book. Very unrealistic.
I did. I listened to the next 2 books in this series. It seems I have ran out of good books to listen to.
The psychiatrist wasn't the typical know it all, preacher/teacher, with all the answers--what a pleasant surprise. The narrator was a little too brash for me, very clipped and hard a lot of the time. (I'd have to adjust my volume). The characters are great, and the story well written. Regardless of the narrator, it's worth it.
No recommendation it was too much verbage and boring with details. confusing wording. good reader
I'd had this book on and off my wish list several times -- there was something intriguing about the main character, as she was described. So, I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase it, hoping for an interesting listen. Sadly, Frieda wasn't very intriguing, and not very likable either........She betrayed her patients' trust and her professional ethics, she is blind to her own psychological issues but overcritical of others', and she's often dismissive of her own friends but seems to have no problem asking patients and acquaintances to help immediately whenever she feels the need. I was not at all invested (or even much interested) in her and what she was doing, including solving the puzzle and finding the missing child.
That said, it wasn't badly written and the plot of the actual mystery was interesting. But that's about the best I can say.
The narration was worse -- the narration always seemed to upbeat and young for the seriousness of the events and the status and age of the characters. Sometimes it almost seemed child-like, even for some of the male characters (what does it say when the deepest and most "masculine" voice with the most serious tone belongs to Frieda's teenaged niece?)
I like the discussion of therapy from the therapist's perspective. I really like how the character of Alan moved from stereotype to suffering human being. If it hadn't been for the "stream of conscious of the pedophile" segments, I would have kept reading.
Just to be clear, I understand that there's a genre of crime fiction that loves to wallow in the mind of the killer - it's just not my cup of tea.
Take me away from the day's stress.
Uninteresting charactors, slow moving story not worth a full credit. Buy only if on sale. Not certain if I will try another Nicci French book
Boredom. Just wanted it to end.
The pace of the story was too slow, the resolution of both intertwined plots were predictable, and the narrator seemed to only be able to distinguish different characters by increasing the nasal quality of her voice. Overall, it was a big disappointment after reading many favorable reviews.
Willy Wonka of it
This book is written by two people. The intro makes that clear, and then listening to the first half makes that somewhat clear as well.
The first half of the book seems intent on establishing Frieda as a (n uninteresting) character. We are treated to several interactions and threads that have zero bearing on the main plot. They aren't even small side things either, they take up large parts of the tale, are often annoying (the niece) and go absolutely no where later on.
What makes the above worse, is that in the first half of the book, the scenes are often abruptly ended with little resolution and we move on to something completely unrelated. It's not only jarring, but also leads you to wonder just what is actually important in what you hear. That would be great if things were cleverly written to incorporate bits and pieces of all the little situations you're forced to endure, but, as mentioned, they have pretty much zero bearing on the main story.
The narrator is pretty good, though she does all male voices in an annoying nasal tone which can be distracting at first.
As for the actual plot of the story: I doubt you'll be surprised by the revelations, but it's an interesting ride in any case -- especially once the book starts to maintain focus in the second half.
If this book were edited down to, perhaps not remove, but streamline some of the random bits from Frieda's life, then I'd give it more stars. As it stands, it's sadly the first book I've ever played at greater than 1x speed.
Not interested in enduring the rest of the series.
Narrator was ok; just didn't like the story.
Didn't like the main character enough to care what happened.
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