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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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  • wbc
  • California
  • 12-11-16

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

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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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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  • Terri
  • Missouri
  • 05-29-16

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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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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Great story

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

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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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Predictable

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.

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More please

If you could sum up Blue Monday in three words, what would they be?

A good mystery that kept me listening. I'm looking forward to Book 2.

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

The little boy's perspective.

Which scene was your favorite?

The cemetery.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Wanted to keep listening.

Any additional comments?

Good mystery.

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  • Linda
  • Eagar, Az, United States
  • 02-15-16

Bad Language

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.