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Blue Monday (Frieda Klein #1)

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Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A day to snatch a child from the streets ...

The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when a picture of his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 10th 2011 by Michael Joseph (first published 2011)
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Jun 02, 2015 Vaso rated it really liked it
Μια μέρα μόνο. Τόσο μου πήρε να διαβάσω αυτό το απολαυστικό βιβλίο.....
Oct 15, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
This is pretty good for a first effort, although I think it needs a touch of refinement. The "surprise" toward the end regarding the crime wasn't a surprise to me at all, and I can't imagine why it wouldn't have occurred to our heroine, Dr. Klein, or the police involved. It was too obvious. For the first half, though, it was a bit murky to see how this would all evolve - making the "Duh"-ness of the ending more of a let-down, in a way. There are some extraneous characters who, although colorful, ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Menia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
δεν ξέρω πόσα αστέρια να δώσω γιατί είναι το πρώτο της σειράς! πολύ καλή γραφή και ροή απρόσκοπτη, ίσως λίγο οι περιφερειακοί χαρακτήρες θέλουν δούλεμα αλλά στο σύνολο είναι δυνατό. ένιωθα ότι ψάχνω και γω μαζί με την Φρίντα, αγωνιούσα να βρεθούν τα παιδιά, ψυχοπλακώθηκα αλλά δεν ήθελα να το αφήσω από τα χέρια μου. κάποιες σκηνές ίσως ήταν λίγο "άνευρες" και (view spoiler) ...more
Chrissa Vasileiou
Aug 07, 2016 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Το "Blue Monday" είναι πραγματικά το καλύτερο ντεμπούτο αστυνομικού θρίλερ που θα ονειρευόταν ένας φανατικός του είδους! Η σειρά βιβλίων των συγγραφέων Nicci French δεν θα μπορούσε να ξεκινήσει καλύτερα, πιο δυναμικά, πιο εντυπωσιακά..

Στο βιβλίο αυτό γνωρίζουμε την ψυχοθεραπεύτρια Φρίντα Κλάιν και τον κόσμο που την περιβάλλει -ανθρώπους από το χώρο της δουλειάς, φίλους και γνωστούς της. Είναι οι άνθρωποι εκείνοι που, μαζί με την πρωταγωνίστρια, θα αναπτυχθούν και θα εξελιχθούν και στα επόμενα βι
As a long-time fan of Nicci French novels I was delighted when my ‘in-person’ bookclub, Whodunit, selected “Blue Monday” as our group read for the month of September.

The first novel to feature Frieda Klein, a solitary, sometimes stern, unmarried, childless woman in early middle-age who works as a psychoanalyst in London.

Frieda’s character fascinated me. She is a study in contrasts. She is a risk taker with seemingly little regard for her own personal safety. She goes for solitary walks through L
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Description: Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A day to snatch a child from the streets ...

The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when a picture of his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of
Apr 07, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it
Two children are abducted, 20 years apart. Could there be a connection? Frieda Klein is a psychotherapist and in her first “adventure” one of her patients describes dreams about seeing a boy who is the double of missing five year old Matthew Faraday. When she takes her concerns to the police, however, they don’t really take her seriously in this very tense read. It is a really good psychological read which has you puzzling the fates of the two missing children, especially from about halfway thro ...more
May 01, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a little disappointed in Nicci French’s more recent books – always worth reading, but they seemed to be having difficulty recreating the gripping and tense earlier ones like Secret Smile and Beneath The Skin.

But this book is an absolute triumph – a change of direction maybe, but surely the start of a series that can run and run. They’ve always been good at strong female characters – Frieda Klein is wonderful, weird, lovely and endearing with enough quirks and bits of hidden background
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Blue Monday is a bit hard to pin down as far as genre. It has elements of both a mainstream and a mystery/suspense novel. I think the suspense elements tended to be sacrificed in favor of the exploration of characters and psychoanalysis elements. Nevertheless, it was a pretty good book. Warning: There are aspects that some readers will find disturbing if they are sensitive about children in jeopardy or being harmed.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine in the March
May 29, 2016 Erato rated it liked it
Ενα αστυνομικό βιβλιο με πρωταγωνίστρια μια ψυχοθεραπεύτρια και θέμα την εξαφάνιση παιδιών σε μικρή ηλικία. Δυστυχώς δεν ανταποκρίθηκε στις θετικές κριτικές που διαβασα. Για μένα ηταν ενα μέτριο βιβλιο.
Και εξηγούμαι: Περίπου για το πρωτο τρίτο του βιβλίου βαριόμουν αφόρητα. Περιγραφές επί περιγραφών στους ατέλειωτους περιπάτους της πρωταγωνίστριας, που δυστυχώς δεν κατάφεραν να με βάλουν στην ατμόσφαιρα. Ο χαρακτήρας της Φρίντα, οκ, αλλα φαινόταν οτι κατι λείπει, μου έδινε την εντύπωση οτι υπαρχ
Terri Jacobson
This is the first in a series of mysteries involving the psychotherapist Frieda Klein. The writing is above average, and I really like the way the author evokes the atmosphere of the city of London. The plot is very well done, and I have to admit there was a surprise at the end that I didn't see coming. The character of Freida is a little distant and cold, and the difficulty I had warming up to her is my only complaint about the book. I have already ordered the next book in the series, so it's n ...more
Zwaantina De Graven
Eigenlijk ben ik lichtelijk teleurgesteld in dit boek. Er zitten veel voorspelbare momenten in en wordt nergens echt spannend. In het verleden heb ik andere boeken van dit schrijfduo met meer plezier gelezen. Misschien had ik te hoge verwachtingen van dit boek.
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Λένε ότι δεν πρέπει να κρίνεις ένα βιβλίο από το εξώφυλλό του και σε έναν βαθμό συμφωνώ με την άποψη αυτή ωστόσο, υπάρχουν ορισμένα βιβλία που ασκούν πάνω στον αναγνώστη μια μυστηριακή γοητεία, από την στιγμή κι όλας που το βλέμμα τους θα τύχει να πέσει πάνω σε κάποιο ράφι βιβλιοπωλείου. Κάτι τέτοιο συνέβη και σε 'μένα όσον αφορά την περίπτωση του "Blue Monday", ένα αίσθημα που αυξήθηκε πολύ περισσότερο όταν διάβασα τις πρώτες του σελίδες, όπου κατακλύστηκα από ένα συναίσθημα επιτακτικής ανάγκης ...more
Jo Chambers
This is the first book in a series featuring Frieda Klein, who is a psychologist based in London. I enjoyed the mystery, which is about child abduction, and the psychological insights which Frieda brings to the case. The book really evoked the atmosphere of London too. I found the character of Frieda herself quite cold and difficult to relate to, but as this is the first in a series, I expect we will find out more about her in subsequent books. This was a good, twisty-turny crime novel and I'm l ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Blue Monday by Nicci French is a 2011 publication and is the first book in the Frieda Klein series.

I enjoy British mysteries, but rarely get the pleasure of indulging in one these days, but, I have been trying, for a while, to get started on this series after reading several other books by this author.

However, I was initially taken aback by how this story started off and the way it seemed to flit from one scene to another with no warning that the entire train of thought has been switched, not
Heather Burnside
Oct 06, 2015 Heather Burnside rated it really liked it
The crime writing duo of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French are usually two of my favourite authors so I had high expectations for this book, but it didn't quite live up to the same high standards as their earlier work. One of the problems for me was the lengthy character list, which was a challenge to keep track of in the earlier chapters. Another problem was that it took until about a third of the way in until the book really picked up pace.

I persevered based on previous books I have read by these
Jun 23, 2012 Kay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first couple of offerings by the duo that make up "Nicci French" were unputdownable. I stopped reading several years ago as I felt that the stories had become hackneyed and lacklustre, not to mention tediously predictable. I picked this up last week primarily because the blurb on the back convinced me that this could be something new. Sadly, nothing was further from the case. I brilliant premise became tedious and mundane, and the overall story became more and more unbelievable. Even the fin ...more
Oct 17, 2016 Licinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2016
Sendo a primeira incursão desta dupla de escritores neste género, posso dizer que se saíram muito bem!
Nov 16, 2015 Τζο rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Σε αυτο εδω το βιβλιο μυστηριου κεντρικη ηρωιδα ειναι η Φριντα,μια ψυχολογος με μια αδυναμια στο περπατημα και αρκετα περιπλοκη ψυχοσυνθεση,αν και καπως βαρετη καποιες στιγμες,που κουραρει εναν ασθενη που πασχει απο εντονο αγχος και συχνες κρισεις πανικου.Οταν εξαφανιζεται ενα αγορακι η φωτογραφια του εμφανιζεται σε ολα τα μεσα μαζικης ενημερωσης και μετα απο μερες μια τετοια φωτογραφια πεφτει στα χερια της ψυχολογου μας που ανακαλυπτει οτι ο ασθενης που αναφερα πιο πανω χρησημοποιει τα ιδια χαρ ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
Ακόμα ένα αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα, το οποίο εξελίσσεται στο Λονδίνο, αλλά πρωταγωνίστρια είναι μια ψυχοθεραπεύτρια, η Φρίντα και όχι κάποιος αστυνομικός.

Επίσης, διαπραγματεύεται ένα ευαίσθητο θέμα, που είναι η εξαφάνιση μικρών παιδιών χωρίς να αφήσουν ίχνη και η αγωνία που ζουν οι οικογένειές τους όσο περνάει ο καιρός και δεν υπάρχει κανένα νέο για τη μοίρα τους. Ενδεικτική είναι η σκέψη της Φρίντα ότι "ένας σκελετός θα ήταν πιο λυτρωτικός από την άγνοια. Τότε τουλάχιστον οι γονείς θα είχαν έναν
Ian Mapp
Oct 20, 2015 Ian Mapp rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime
After an interesting beginning, and a mid point rally, I could feel the points dropping away from this book as the story took one ridiculous turn after another - getting to the point that the author summed up the books credibility of the story through one of the senior policeman's comments to main investigator.

Without giving away anything - he simply stated - "You're not going to say that to the press, are you?"

I cannot believe the high levels of reviews here. I read a lot of crime novels but fo
Nov 06, 2015 Τζο rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αν θα πρεπει να περιγραψω αυτο το βιβλιο θα διαλεγα μια λεξη μονο και αυτη θα ηταν γνωριμο.Τι θελω να πω με αυτο?Κοιτα,για εμενα το ειδος "μυστηριο" ειναι παρα πολυ οικειο.Διαβαζα για χρονια αποκλειστικα βιβλια με φονους,αστυνομιες και ντεντεκτιβ.Η βιβλιοθηκη μου ειναι γεματη με τετοια βιβλια για αυτο και μπορω να πω οτι τα εχω δει σχεδον ολα τα κολπα και αυτο το βιβλιο δεν με εντυπωσιασε.Δεν με κουρασε ομως και αυτο ειναι παρα πολυ καλο,δεν ειχε ασκοπο τρεξιμο back and forth,δεν ειχε υπερβoλικο ...more
Dec 03, 2011 Cate rated it liked it
Shelves: london
A change of "formula" here as we are not being told the story from the victim/heroine's perspective as is usually the case in a Nicci French book. You know, the delightfully flawed modern girls to whom terrible things happen in most of the NF books. This time the book is written from the perspective of Dr Frieda Klein, a psychoanalyst who is drawn into the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young boy. A client presents in her office telling of dreams that seem to suggest he has some invo ...more
Initially I felt this was a little disjointed - there seemed to be a lot of unconnected characters, but gradually their connection to each other took shape and I was drawn in to the story.

It became quite gripping, and I just had to keep reading to find out what happened. There were several interesting twists throughout that I didn’t see coming.

My ebook had an excerpt of the next book - Tuesday's Gone - and that has made me interested to keep going with the series!
Sandra Bašić
Jan 27, 2015 Sandra Bašić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roman nas uvodi u priču jednog ponedjeljka, na koji dan je nestala mala Joanna Vine, na povratku iz škole. Njena sestra Rosie izgubila ju je iz vida i nikada si neće moći oprostiti taj trenutak nepažnje. Nakon mnogo godina, zaključak je da Joanna najvjerojatnije negdje leži mrtva, a policija ima samo još jedan neriješen slučaj...

Priča se zatim prebacuje na glavnu junakinju Friedu Klein, psihijatricu, koja najviše od svega voli besciljno lutati ulicama voljenog Londona, čak i u kasne noćne sate.
This falls into the sub-genre of psychological mystery, in which a case from some time ago (a twenty-two-year-old kidnapping) continues to affect the lives of various people. Here's why I love it: the female therapist doesn't need saving and isn't constantly in danger just from being female, on the contrary, one of Klein's habits is to walk off her insomnia all over London. The violence all takes place off stage and isn't meant to be titillating. The cops are following procedure and trying their ...more
Lance Greenfield
This is an amazingly gripping psychological crime thriller; but only from about half way through. Up until that point it just plodded along, and actually dragged along for a while. There was just too much background building and not enough tension building.

Once it got going though, it really took off and became unputdownable. I had to curse at the stupidity and naivity of some of the characters at times, but where would a good crime thriller be without those silly mistakes?

I would recommend thi
Oct 10, 2014 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Malia
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book in the beginning with its maddening starkness of plot and overload of details about scene and setting. Once I immersed myself in the story it seemed clear that this approach was fitting for a psychological thriller. Frieda Klein is just as much a mystery, at times highly insightful and incredibly insensitive at others. I found her interesting, enough to need to know her backstory. Though I was able to figure out the twists it was still a very appeali ...more
Maria João Fernandes
"Era uma vez um menino chamado Matthew que quebrou uma promessa e tomou uma poção mágica e foi transformado em serpente como castigo."

Curiosamente, a acção do primeiro livro da série da psicanalista Frieda Klein desenrola-se dias antes do Natal, enquanto eu o li alguns dias após a mesma data.

Frieda Klein não é uma mulher comum. E, como tal, não odeia particularmente as Segundas-Feiras. Contudo, detesta o Natal. O seu trabalho consiste em ajudar as pessoas a encontrar uma narrativa para a sua vi
Feb 17, 2012 Lainy rated it it was ok
Blurb from goodreads

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
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Note: (Nicci Gerrard and Sean French also write separately.)

Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire. After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began her first job, working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield. In that same year she married journalist Colin Hughes.

In the early eighties she taught English Literature
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Other Books in the Series

Frieda Klein (6 books)
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  • Waiting for Wednesday (Frieda Klein, #3)
  • Thursday's Child (Frieda Klein, #4)
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“She never opened her mail in the middle of the day. Sometimes she forgot about it for a week or more until people rang to complain. Nor did she check her answering machine messages. In fact, it had only been in the last year that she had finally bought an answering machine, and she steadfastly refused to have a mobile, to the incredulity of all those around her, who didn’t believe that people could actually function without one. But Frieda wanted to be able to escape from incessant communications and demands. She didn’t want to be at anyone’s beck and call, and she liked cutting herself off from the urgent inanities of the world. When she was on her own, she liked to be truly alone. Out of contact and adrift.” 2 likes
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