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Blue Monday Audiobook

Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

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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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    Carol 02-05-17
    Carol 02-05-17
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    "Good book - a little bit too predictable"

    The narrator was great. Storyline a tad predictable. I may try the next in the series to give Freida another chance.

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    HJM new bedford, ma United States 01-17-17
    HJM new bedford, ma United States 01-17-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Highly recommended!"

    Excellently written book with very real characters that made this unable to be put down! If you liked the Girl on a Train you will LOVE this book. I can't wait to read the next one! The story kept you guessing right until the very end. I will definitely listen to this story again to see clues I might have missed. This is a must read/listen if you like psychological thrillers and mystery novels. This is my first book by the authors known as Nikki French and I can't with to start the next book!

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    Amazon Customer 12-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Spoiled by Tana French"

    I have been spoiled by Tana French and listened to this after Broken Harbor. This was quite good and had a fun twist.

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    wbc California 12-11-16
    wbc California 12-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just ok"

    It was just ok is the best I can say. Predictable really. The narrator was ok, not great. This one just never got me going since I felt like I already knew what would happen next and that ended up being correct.

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    Richard Northport, AL, United States 09-08-16
    Richard Northport, AL, United States 09-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Much like an investigation in real time"

    Painful. Slow. Frustrating. Filled with characters that have nothing to do with the actual "crime".
    I imagine this book to be exactly like the actual investigation. It was painful. Inept. Confusing. The authors seem to have some genuine skill...but they tried too hard to do something spectacular and only got a muddled, endless, tired mess.
    Cannot imagine even considering the next book in the series.

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    Jim San Diego, CA, United States 08-26-16
    Jim San Diego, CA, United States 08-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't be Fooled"

    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."

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    BasketCraze Missouri 05-29-16
    BasketCraze Missouri 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Riviting Story with Engaging Characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


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

    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.


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    Beckie 05-25-16
    Beckie 05-25-16
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    "Mixed feelings"

    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.

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    C. B. Turner Tulsa, OK 04-02-16
    C. B. Turner Tulsa, OK 04-02-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Great story"

    This is a great book, great story and great narrator. I am a new fan.

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    Nena 03-03-16
    Nena 03-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A bit hard to follow at first"

    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.

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