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Blue Monday (Frieda Klein #1)

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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 i
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ebook, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Viking Books (first published 2011)
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Menia
Mar 30, 2016 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
Megan
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vaso
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μια μέρα μόνο. Τόσο μου πήρε να διαβάσω αυτό το απολαυστικό βιβλίο.....
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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Koula
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο Blue Monday είναι το πρώτο μιας σειράς βιβλίων με τίτλο ημέρας. Το συγγραφικό δίδυμο Nicci French και ζευγάρι στη ζωή, είναι οι δημοσιογράφοι Nicci Gerrard kai Sean French.
Πραγματεύεται την εξαφάνιση-απαγωγή ενός μικρού αγοριού και την εξαφάνιση προ εικοσαετίας ενός άλλου.
Η Φρίντα Κλάιν ψυχοθεραπεύτρια στο επάγγελμα, είναι αυτή που κάνει χρέη επιθεωρητή και ερευνητή στην υπόθεση. Ένας χαρακτήρας απροσδιόριστος, με μεγάλα σκαμπανεβάσματα στην προσωπική της ζωή αλλά με ένα ξεκάθαρο πάθο
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Emma
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elaine
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chrissa Vasileiou
Jul 31, 2016 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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Erato
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Πολύ δυνατό αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα, με έμφαση και στην ψυχολογία. (Είναι και το επάγγελμα της πρωταγωνίστριας). Διαβάζεται άνετα και νομίζω ότι πολύ δύσκολα θα απογοητεύσει τους λάτρεις του είδους.
Πολλά τα θετικά, πολύ λίγα τα αρνητικά. (Λίγο μερικοί δευτερεύοντες ήρωες δεν μου φάνηκαν το ίδιο ''γυαλισμένοι'' σε σχέση με άλλους και λίγο χαλάστηκα επειδή κατάλαβα εύκολα ένα, θεωρητικά, δυνατό twist στο τέλος. Επίσης, δεν με έπεισε ότι αυτός που το έκανε, θα ...μπορούσε να πείσει ένα πολύ συγκεκρ
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Bill
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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☯
nutty nuut

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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Anne
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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...
 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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Margaret
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Diane S ☔
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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
Julie
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Heather Burnside
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Anastasia
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
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Με κέρδισε από τις πρώτες σελίδες. Αισθανόμουν ανά πάσα στιγμή την αγωνία, προσπαθούσα να κάνω (μάταιες, όπως αποδείχθηκαν) σκέψεις προς την επίλυση της υπόθεσης, και καθώς ο χρόνος που περνούσε ήταν εναντίον της αστυνομίας για να βρει το Μάθιου, ένιωθα να πιέζομαι εξίσου χρονικά με αποτέλεσμα να βρίσκομαι σε διαρκή εγρήγορση και να διαβάζω με απίστευτη ταχύτητα. Όλα αυτά βέβαια δείχνουν πόσο πολύ κατάφερα να μπω μέσα στην ιστορία και να γίνω κομμάτι της.
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Zwaantina De Graven
Eigenlijk ben ik lichtelijk teleurgesteld in dit boek. Er zitten veel voorspelbare momenten in en wordt nergens echt spannend. In het verleden heb ik andere boeken van dit schrijfduo met meer plezier gelezen. Misschien had ik te hoge verwachtingen van dit boek.
Ian Mapp
Oct 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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
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
Tamara
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Ik kwam een beetje moeilijk in het verhaal, omdat het vanuit meerdere personen geschreven is. Zodra je hier aan went is het echt een fantastisch boek om te lezen. Leuk om een opsporingsonderzoek eens vanuit een psychoanalyticus te lezen ipv politie. Ik ga de volgende delen ook zeker lezen :)
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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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Other books in the series

Frieda Klein (8 books)
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  • Waiting for Wednesday (Frieda Klein, #3)
  • Thursday's Child (Frieda Klein, #4)
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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
“Ήταν άραγε κατάρα που η πόλη αυτή ήταν τόσο πολύ σημαδεμένη από το παρελθόν της ή μήπως αυτός είναι τελικά ο μοναδικός τρόπος μιας πόλης να υπάρχει;” 1 likes
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