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Blue Monday

(Frieda Klein #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  15,930 ratings  ·  1,523 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 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
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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Emma
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well I confess to reading this for the shallowest of reasons: I needed a book with a title containing a day of the week or month of the year. And this one looked quite good. And in fact it was! Better than just ok. I think I liked the psychotherapy element to this suspense/ thriller. The main character Freida Klein seems quite a complex character, more to be revealed probably in future instalments. She makes lots of mistakes when she gets involved in a missing child investigation. The ending has ...more
Ammar
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really solid strong start of a series

Frieda Klein
Therapist
Has a safe place for patients
A patient may be a killer
The dilemma
She helps the police at their request
A fresh pair of eyes

She is an insomniac
She walks the streets of London
Looking at the river Fleet
The old rivers of London

She helps and needs help
She is cold and warm
Distance and close

Slow start but it builds up quick
Everything is connected
☮Karen
This finally became available on audio so I grabbed it. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I liked the entire mystery of the missing children a great deal and sped through it pretty quickly, glued to my phone. There is one great twist at the end that had me thanking Nicci French for knowing how to add some zing and add it just when you least expect it. I live for twists, as I may have mentioned before.

On to Tuesday.
Elaine
Apr 03, 2015 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
Bill
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
A while back Louise Penny had posted to Facebook a list of authors she enjoyed. One of these was Alan Bradley for his Flavia de Luce series ("Wow", she remarked), and what a disappointment this was for me. I couldn't get past 24% before chucking it.

So before removing the rest of her recommendations from my to-read list, I decided to give her another chance and move on to Nicci French and her (their) ("magnificent", she remarked) Frieda Klein series. Am I ever glad I gave her a mulligan because s
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Bettie
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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
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Kay
Jun 23, 2012 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
Anne
Apr 26, 2011 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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Polly
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. After a prolonged slow start, Blue Monday took off and I became quite engrossed in the plot twists. I especially liked some of the side characters like Reuben, Frieda Klein’s mentor, and handyman Josef. The developing working relationship between Frieda and Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson, over the disappearance of a young boy, was excellent.
But the ending rankled and left me muttering!
Diane S ☔
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this first book of a new series. This is a psychological novel, with a psychoanalyst as an aid to the police, and has brilliant twists and turns as they try to save the life of a young boy. Fantastic writing, good characters, Josef is a character I really enjoyed and hope he will be making an appearance in future books. Will appeal to fans of Minette Walters and Sophie Hannah. ARC from NetGalley.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2017
DNF 42%! I'm sorry to say that this book just didn't work for me. First I listen to the audio book but didn't find the story not the characters interesting. The narrator was not that bad, not a personal favorite but she worked, and it was the story that just didn't intrigue me. Then I tried reading, but the story, the writing style just didn't rock my boat. Do I started to skim and that's when I decided to stop reading all together...
Julie
May 02, 2015 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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Esther
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This book is a little different from your other detective thrillers. This is the POV from a psychotherapist, what makes it different. When you put the pros and cons next to each other, it was an average book.

Pros
Nicely written: This book is a nice read and you can speed through it, even if you're not really fond of the book. The story develops very fast and it never feels "slow" in any way. Eventually all the people in this book play their part and add something to the story.
Conversations: I LOV
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 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
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Gary
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well crafted story that keeps you interested throughout the book. The writers develope the characters and make them easy to imagine.
I will certainly read more from this husband and wife team.
Margaret
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This mystery by Nicci French (who is actually the British husband-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French) is the first in the Frieda Klein series of novels. Six books, each named after a consecutive day of the week, have been published already, and the seventh, titled Sunday Morning Coming Down is due out in January 2018.

As the first in a series of novels, the authors spend extra time introducing us to their main character. Frieda Klein is a psychotherapist in London who often spe
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Alex Cantone
She had exposed dreams and fragments of memories, or images that felt like memories, likenesses. Because that was what she did, that was her currency: the things that happened inside people’s heads, the things that made people happy or afraid…

In 1987 a young girl, Joanna, is abducted on her way home from a London school. Twenty-two years on, young Matthew Faraday is similarly snatched, leaving families traumatised and police morale low. Enter psychotherapist Dr Frieda Klein, who has inherited a
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Ian Mapp
Oct 20, 2015 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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Heather Burnside
Aug 21, 2015 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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Jonetta
Sep 13, 2014 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
Jill Hutchinson
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read several of the Nicci French books (the nom de plume for a husband and wife writing team) and enjoyed them. This is the first of the Frieda Klein series and I was entranced, although it took a couple of chapters to get used to Dr. Klein who appears to be constantly angst ridden........maybe because she is a psychoanalyst! But once I got comfortable with her personality, the book came together for me. It is almost more of a suspense novel than a mystery but regardless of what the genre ...more
Kaethe Douglas
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
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
D Dyer
This wasn’t a bad start to the series, I will definitely be reading the next book but it’s suffered from some of the flaws commonly seen in first books in the series. The characterization it was solid and I didn’t see the twist at the end coming but I felt like the book was over populated with characters. We meet essentially everyone Freda knows or will know in the course of the series in this first book I feel like and while I may appreciate that later on it felt like a bit much for right now.
Siobhan
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a long time Nicci French’s Frieda Klein series has been screaming out to me. For years, I’ve been watching the days of the week go by on the titles, and with each new day I’ve told myself to start the series. As the series has reached a conclusion, I’ve finally worked my way around to reading it with the hope of working through all the books in a short space of time.

As a big fan of British crime fiction, I’m always looking out for the next series to keep me hooked. I have favourites I will a
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Lainy
May 07, 2011 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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Deanna
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Largely believable. Solidly written, by adults for adults, smart, suspenseful, wonderfully fluff-free.

Overall a satisfying read. Not a great read, but a solid, good one. No-nonsense, professional, multi-dimensional female protagonist--I enjoyed her and look forward to more of her.

Sigh of relief. This broke a reading slough, and I plan to read the next one in this series soon.

There were occasional, brief difficult segments involving a child. I tended to skim-skip on those small sections. That
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Cate
Oct 04, 2011 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
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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.” 3 likes
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