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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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    Amy Spurger 01-02-13
    Amy Spurger 01-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "My First Nicci French Book"
    What did you love best about Blue Monday?

    This was a good listen. It had a good story line and keep me guessing.


    What about Beth Chalmers’s performance did you like?

    Great performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I will defiantly read/listen to more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mimi 11-24-12
    Mimi 11-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting Read. The beginning of a new series."
    Would you try another book from Nicci French and/or Beth Chalmers?

    I liked it enough to read another book by the author.


    Would you recommend Blue Monday to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was interesting enough and there was enough storyline to interest me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Harpers Ferry, WV, United States 08-14-12
    Amy Harpers Ferry, WV, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Predictable & a little boring"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was very predictable. The protagonist & detective relatively boring. Pace too slow and no real suspense.


    What three words best describe Beth Chalmers’s voice?

    One-note but workmanlike


    Was Blue Monday worth the listening time?

    Barely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Towanda, PA, United States 06-05-12
    Brenda Towanda, PA, United States 06-05-12
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    "Dragged out Too Long"
    What would have made Blue Monday better?

    The last hour of the book was the only interesting part of the whole book. It took forever to get to the point. Because the end was interesting, I am going to seek out the next in the "series'.... The narration was fun to listen to as I am American. I liked the accent.


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

    Move it along quicker....less cursing. I want to read a story, not have to censor it.


    What about Beth Chalmers’s performance did you like?

    If she read the whole thing by herself, she did amazing at the different voices and keeping them the same throughout.


    What character would you cut from Blue Monday?

    The mom.....that whole part was a waste and too much cursing. I want to read a story, not censor it.


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