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Blue Monday (Frieda Klein #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  6,656 ratings  ·  761 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 10th 2011 by Michael Joseph (first published January 1st 2011)
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Elaine
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
Megan
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
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Annie
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
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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
Kay
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
Cate
Dec 03, 2011 Cate rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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
Sandra Bašić
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.
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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
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Jonetta
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
Vichy
H 5χρονη Τζοάνα Βάιν εξαφανίζεται ενώ γυρίζει από το σχολείο στο σπίτι με την 9χρονη αδελφή της, Ρόζι. 22 χρόνια μετά, το ίδιο παθαίνει ο μικρός Μάθιου Φάραντεϊ. Ο επιθεωρητής Μάλκολμ Κάρλσον βρίσκεται σε αδιέξοδο, όπως και ο συνταξιούχος πια επιθεωρητής Φρανκ Τάνερ βρισκόταν όταν είχε αναλάβει την υπόθεση Βάιν στο ΑΤ του Κάμφορντ Χιλ. Η ψυχοθεραπεύτρια Φρίντα Κλάιν προσεγγίζει τον Κάρλσον όταν υποπτεύεται ότι μπορεί να βοηθήσει στην ανεύρεση του Μάθιου. Ο ασθενής της Άλαν Ντέκερ τής εμπιστεύετα ...more
Kaethe
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
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
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Laura
Jan 18, 2015 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Naomi, Eunira


I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

This is the first book of the series on Frieda Klein cases.

Frieda is a British psychotherapist who discovered during therapy sessions with a patient that he may be linked to the disappearance of a 5-year-old boy Matthew Faraday.

When she searches the chief inspector that is charge of this case, they both discover that Matthew Faraday and Joanna Vine, two cases separated by 22 years had vani
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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 despera
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I have never read any Nicci French books before, and for those of you who aren't aware Nicci French is actually a husband and wife writing team consisting of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. I was looking forward to reading this book as it is the start of a series of books featuring Frieda Klein.

Frieda Klein is a psychotherapist who is something of a loner and she has a list of clients that need help in various ways. Whilst Freida is helping her clients a young five year old boy Matthew Faraday is
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Marlene
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"Blue Monday", according to some very shaky pseudoscience, is the most depressing day of the year.

Which makes Blue Monday a fitting title for the first book in Nicci French's new mystery series. Psychotherapist Frieda Klein features as the reader's guide into the darker recesses into the human mind.

Frieda's first "case" delves into dark places, indeed. Because this mystery is a case about lost people. Not just the initial tragedy of a missing ch
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Jennifer Klenz
This is my first Nicci French book so unlike many readers I had no previous novels to compare to. I enjoyed this book but can't make up my mind about Freda Klein as a character. I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and read another book with her as the protagonist. I did figure out some of the plot twists in advance although not all. Nevertheless the later half of the book was quite gripping. I am the mother of 9 month old baby and when she starts napping there are lots of essential ...more
fleegan
This is the first of a new series of books featuring Frieda Klein, a London psychotherapist who leads a very self-structured life.

She gets involved with the solving of a kidnapping and her very ordered lifestyle gets a bit stirred up. This worked well because the kidnapping story was really tense and emotional, so having Frieda’s life get a bit wonky with having to deal with people invading her home life was a great way to reduce the tension in the story. I especially loved how Josef insinuated
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Alice
This is a slow-moving psychological suspense novel featuring psychoanalyst Frieda Klein. I read several other reviews where the readers thought the pace was too slow and the ending predictable. For me, the characters were so well drawn and the writing was so good, that I was willing to keep going. Frieda is going to be a series character. She isn't warm and endearing, but she cares very much about her patients and her family and her colleagues. I like how strong a character she is and found myse ...more
Martina
Blue Monday is interesting. Interesting in a good way, mind you. It focuses heavily on the characters and their introspection, which is a welcome departure from my usual fare. Of course, Frieda as the main character took the spotlight. I like that there is a lot of showing where she is involved - that way the reader can conclude for him/herself that Frieda is weird, emotionally guarded, tight-lipped and generally marches to the beat of her own drum. It was interesting to watch her interactions w ...more
Tory Wagner
A very good start to a new series. The main character, Frieda, is a practicing psychotherapist who becomes involved in the mystery of several disappearing children. The crimes take place about 20 years apart and she is pulled into the current disappearance by a police detective. We learn alot about Frieda during the book, but somehow you feel as though you know nothing about her by the end. There are many dark moments and even those moments of discovery seem to be filled with melancholy. I am ea ...more
Ann
I love imagining how the husband and wife team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French (Nicci French) collaborate on their novels. How many marriages could withstand that challenge? They have created a compelling character in psychotherapist Frieda Klein, though I hope in future books we will discover more about her background. Her solitary night walks through London and snug little house endear her to me. The complicated case of abducted children is rivetting, though some of the fallout was predictabl ...more
Stacia
Frieda Klein is an interesting character: the psychotherapist who is reluctantly drawn into a murder investigation via a new patient. She’s at the center of a bizarre cast of characters: the police officer she approaches with her suspicions about her patient’s role in the kidnapping; the world-weary colleague who’s turned to alcohol as a means of escaping the conclusions he’s drawn after years of practicing psychotherapy; the self-absorbed sister with the precocious daughter; the wacky Ukrainian ...more
Janice
The husband and wife team that is ‘Nicci French’ certainly know how to create a riveting page-turner! As much as I loathe reading about missing children and the pain and torment created by their loss, for all who are left behind, I just couldn’t put this one down. From the opening pages, where an exasperated Rose is walking home from school with her annoying little sister Joanna, you just know that tragedy is imminent. Fast forward some 20 years, and we meet our main (and to be honest, not entir ...more
Teresa
Frieda Klein is a physiotherapist working in London. She is a solitary soul who wanders the streets of the city in lieu of sleep. As this is the first in a series a lot of time was spent developing the background and laying hints for things to come before getting on with the action but the book does not suffer because of this. If anything it makes Frieda seems more real and therefore more sympathetic.

Twenty years ago a little girl was snatched off the street as she walked home from school. All h
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Jill
Frieda Klein is a psychotherapist in her mid-thirties who is seeing a patient, Alan Dekker, for panic attacks. His dreams and thoughts preceding these attacks have aspects which sound remarkably like details of the abductions of children that have terrorized London. In spite of her commitment to the confidentiality of patient confessions, she feels obliged to go to the police. She begins to work with Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Karlsson, and soon is in incredible danger herself.

Discussion:
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Laurel-Rain
It begins in 1987, with two little girls walking home from school. Rosie is older and in charge of her five-year-old sister Joanna. She concentrates on stepping over the cracks in the pavement. She grows impatient and tries to hurry her sister along. She thinks about the sweet shop ahead and is distracted, for just a minute. Then in a split second, Joanna disappears.

Despite endless searches, Joanna is not found. Years pass. Rosie feels exceedingly guilty and stuck.

Twenty-two years later, in the
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Diane
Blue Monday, by Nicci French is actually the work of husband and wife team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. It is the first novel of seven in a new psychological thriller series featuring a 30-something, protagonist, Dr. Frieda Klein. The story takes place in London, England where Dr. Klein is a psychotherapist. She's a private, somewhat aloof person who sleeps too little and sometimes drinks a bit too much, and definitely has her demons. This first book of the new series is about a child abduc ...more
Lainy
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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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“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.” 1 likes
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