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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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 22, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Naomi, Eunira
NetGalley kindly sent this uncorrected proof of this book.

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 vanished without trace in the middle of the day, nea
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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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"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
If I belonged to a mystery/thriller book club, Blue Monday would be an excellent choice for the club read. There are so many things going on in this book that would lead to good discussions. Is such and such character really who they claim to be? What is the main character’s real motivation? What is she hiding? There are so many questions and it would be fun to get other opinions, so I’ll be reading other reviews aside from mine. I can’t imagine however that I will read a bad review!

Blue Monday
Είναι γνωστή η αγάπη μου για τα καλά αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα. Εκείνα που σε κάνουν να αμφισβητείς την ίδια σου την κρίση, εκείνα που σε αφήνουν άναυδο στο τέλος να αναρωτιέσαι "πως μου διέφυγε αυτό;" . Έτσι δεν θα μπορούσα να αγνοήσω το πρώτο αυτό βιβλίο της πολλά υποσχόμενης σειράς "Φρίντα Κλάιν"!

Όταν διαβάζω ένα αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα έχω το νου μου και στις πιο ασήμαντες λεπτομέρειες αφού εκεί συνήθως κρύβεται η αλήθεια. Τις περισσότερες φορές όμως δεν καταφέρνω να επιλύσω το μυστήριο προτού
Lizzie Hayes
In 1987 nine-year-old Rosie Vine is keen to get to the sweet shop. Impatient with her five-year-old sister Joanna she skips ahead, and Joanna is never seen again.

Twenty two years on five-year–old Matthew Farraday is abducted. Psychotherapist
Frieda Klein reads of this in the newspapers and is disturbed when she sees that the photograph shown of Matthew is the image of a description one of her patients has given to her of a child that haunts him in his dreams. Worried that there could be a connec
Nicki Markus
It has been a while since I last read anything by Nicci French, but this is still a bit of a departure from the books I've read previously from this author.

Frieda is a likable enough heroine and it works well linking her as a psychologist to a criminal investigation; although, it is hardly an original idea. The other characters also came across well and the book was nice and easy to read. There were a lot of perspectives, but it was always clear whose head you were in so that was never a proble
Okay so this is like the third book I have read by this husband and wife writing team and this is the only one I didnt really care for..The premise is a solitary and kinda boring psychiatrist named Frieda Klein who wanders around the city of London at night, keeps up a halfhearted relationship with her family and a guy preparing to move to New York and contemplates life and what goes on in people's heads..The book moves on to discuss Adam, a patient of Frieda's referred for serious anxiety probl ...more
This is a dark story with twists and turns that pull psychoanalyst Frieda Klein into the lives of some very troubled people. She's a solitary person who likes to walk the night streets alone and bring order to the mind.

But sometimes the scariest places are the places inside our heads. One of Frieda's patients, Alan, describes a longing for a child so distressing that it's making him physically ill. He doesn't know where this longing comes from, but he can describe the child in great detail. And
Katharine Ott
"Blue Monday" - written by Nicci French, published in 2011. This exciting suspense novel started a bit slowly, but picked up speed and hummed right along to a satisfying ending with an unforeseen twist. The pre-chapter, titled 1987, introduces the precipitating crime, the kidnapping of a young child, and then we are transported to the future where psychotherapist Frieda Klein is hit from many sides with bits and pieces of that mystery and another similar recent kidnapping. It took some concentra ...more
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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.” 0 likes
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