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Blue Monday (Frieda Klein #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  9,387 Ratings  ·  950 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 2011)
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Megan
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
Menia
Sep 02, 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
Vaso
Jun 02, 2015 Vaso rated it really liked it
Μια μέρα μόνο. Τόσο μου πήρε να διαβάσω αυτό το απολαυστικό βιβλίο.....
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
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Fictionophile
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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Elaine
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
Anne
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
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 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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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
Erato
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
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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
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Julie
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
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Kay
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
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
Τζο
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
Τζο
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
Anna
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
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Cate
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
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
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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.
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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
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
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
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
Sid Nuncius
Jan 03, 2016 Sid Nuncius rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is a well-written, interesting story, and even though the elements of it may seem to have become tired clichés - a missing child, an independent-minded psychologist becoming personally involved, a grumpy detective and so on - it still remained fresh-seeming and original and it had me completely hooked and reading far too late by the last 150 pages or so.

The opening, a sort of 20-page prologue from 1987, was excellent but I have to say that I found the first hundred pages
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Maria João Fernandes
Jan 04, 2013 Maria João Fernandes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
"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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Lainy
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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Laura
Jan 18, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
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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The BookChick
Mar 09, 2012 The BookChick rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-read
Book Description:
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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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.” 2 likes
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