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Blue Monday by Nicci French
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Read in October, 2011 , read count: 1

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 things I have to do. This morning though I let them fall by the wayside as I had to finish the book as the pace had been rivetted up as the novel progressed.
I did understand Freda's need for quiet and order in her home and perhaps with her rubbing off on me I gave all my counters and tables a very thoroughly cleaning off and decluttering which indeed make me feel more peaceful. I don't really understand her close personal relationships yet. Put it this way, she is no Armaud Gamache, the protagonist of Louise Penny's wonderful mystery novels. Yet, I am willing to read more about her.
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Jennifer Klenz As the writer of the above review I have to say that in the years since I have re-read Blue Monday at least twice if not three times. So I would up my original rating to 4 stars rather than 3. My own need for order has grown along with my now 6 year old daughter. I have become a huge fan of Marie Kondo and establishing more order in our house has changed my life. Also as I am considering counselling to deal with a specific issue I find that re-reading again how this fictional therapist deals with her patients is useful in helping me think about what I will seek in a counsellor. Having read Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Frieda Klein novels its enjoyable to go back and re-read the first book where it all begins. I am about to read Friday or maybe re-read Tuesday first. I have obviously decided that I quite like Frieda Klein as a protagonist. And in the intervening time, although I still like Armand Gamache I find that Louise Penny can get pretty sentimental at times. Not something one finds here.


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