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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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    Hilary 08-15-13
    Hilary 08-15-13
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    "Engrossing thriller - an easy "read""

    I often listen to books when I'm doing something else: walking the dog, stuck in traffic, doing housework. I listen on my smart phone with ear plugs. So I like books that capture my imagination from the get-go but also "easy" to follow along. For instance, I love Balzac but I'm not listening to one of his novels while doing housework! I'd get lost.

    I enjoy thrillers because when done well they are zippy and engrossing. This is the first in a series with psychologist Dr. Frieda Klein. So there is some ground work laid with the characters who will be regulars, like Frieda's mentor and also, her handyman. Their storylines aren't germane to this plot, really, so the introductions are a bit awkward. But after that business is done, the plot gets going and moves along. Overall, I'd say the book was well written. I was never bored or tempted to "fast forward". I very much liked Frieda as a protagonist. She's flawed but principled. Although, Frieda makes some very questionable ethical choices when it comes to her profession. In the US you might get your medical license revoked. But I am aware that Brits have different rules when it comes to medicine, especially "public" medicine that is paid for by the government.

    I am not sure what the complaints are in some other reviews about the narrator. I loved her, I thought she did a great job with all the voices, both men and women. I could tell which character was talking just by the timbre and cadence.

    The plot is about child abduction, so be warned if you're sensitive to that sort of thing. There are a couple of big twits -- a few I saw coming, a few I didn't. Which is always fun.

    Planning on reading the other books in this series!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    John tallevast, FL, United States 08-11-13
    John tallevast, FL, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally - A pretty good book"

    After reading all the mixed reviews - I am glad I got this book.....

    The down side? I thought the detective handling the case was more of a jerk then needed.

    The good parts....

    1. The narration was very good.

    2. I don't get the negative as fa as the two writers. I thought they made it flow nicely. I think when you have the killer do a different voice to recognize he is the killer - People get into their heads.

    3. The story line and the plot were very good. It tries to get you with an couple aha! moments, and I think it did it's best. I'm cynical - because I am always looking for the twist and unfortunately found them before they happened - But that didn't change my opinion.

    To me - It's an easy 4 stars....

    J

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    Cinnamon Bark 06-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Good characters shadowed by author's fat phobia"

    If you disagree that being fat and middle-aged is the worst thing that can happen to a person, this may not be the book for you. Suspicious characters are often described as being overweight with inexpertly applied makeup as if this gives us some insight into their morality. I really liked the character of Frieda Klein but was frustrated by the prejudice of the narration. I was able to guess the ending so somewhat predictable.

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    EC 04-10-16
    EC 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book!!"

    I loved the narrator, loved the clever storyline and loved that I couldn't figure out the mystery! Can't wait to listen to the next in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Canada 04-27-14
    Tracy Canada 04-27-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Figured It Out Right Away"
    What did you like best about Blue Monday? What did you like least?

    The narrator was excellent, and really captured the characters' voices well. I liked the concept of a psychologist and a detective pairing up.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made the story a bit more gripping, and a lot less predictable. I seriously figured out a lot of the plot and the ending super early on in the novel. I kept listening anyway, but would prefer a better-crafted plot. Additionally - some of the events were completely unbelievable.


    Which character – as performed by Beth Chalmers – was your favorite?

    She did a really good job portraying all the characters. I think my favorite character was a minor one - Joseph.

    Note - there are quite a few minor characters in the novel, and they have NO bearing on the main plot. I also found Chloe, the main character's 16-year-old niece, totally unnecessary, and VERY annoying.


    Do you think Blue Monday needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I know this is the first in a series. The others may pick up on a couple of loose threads, but not necessary at all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a bad book at all, and I think the two main characters - Freida and Karlson (a psychologist and a cop) - are a really good investigative pair. It would be interesting to see how their professional relationship develops.

    But - I am not sure that I will read or listen to more in the series...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Verified Purchaser 09-24-17
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    "Disappointing "

    I love psychological thrillers and was disappointed when this book just didn't live up to the publishers description. Also, Some of the narrator's voices are irritating. I wish it had been better.

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    Kim Picklesimer 08-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great"

    I really enjoyed this book. I had kind of guessed the ending, but there were still surprises. I look forward to downloading the next book in the series.

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    Ron S Henrico, VA 06-03-17
    Ron S Henrico, VA 06-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great suspense"

    This story held many twists and turns that you never expected. Even to the very end you were surprised. I'm ready to try the next in this series.

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    D. 03-29-17
    D. 03-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    I like this series so far. The characters are likable and I anticipate enjoying the stories to come in the following books. I'm a huge Tana French, Elizabeth George, and Louise Penny fan. This series holds a lot of potential.

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    Amazon Customer 02-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent all the way around."

    I love how this story progresses. It was exciting to anticipate how each character would add to the plot. The unexpected twists and turns kept me on full alert. And who doesn't love London? The narration was ON POINT; each scene distinguished by style and inflection, made it like watching your favorite TV series. A fantastic read all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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