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Blue Monday

French, Nicci (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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 desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A red-haired child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. She finds herself in the center of the investigation, serving as the reluctant sidekick of the chief inspector.
Authors: French, Nicci
Title: Blue Monday
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 322 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Nicci French
Summary: 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 desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A red-haired child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. She finds herself in the center of the investigation, serving as the reluctant sidekick of the chief inspector.
ISBN: 0670023361
9780670023363
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY FRENCH 2012
Subject Headings: London (England) Fiction Kidnapping Fiction Abandoned children Fiction Missing children Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Kidnapping
Abandoned children
Missing children
LCCN: 2011039747
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Frieda Klein is a cerebral and self-contained London psychotherapist who treats patients by day and retreats to her tiny, cozy cottage by night, content to be alone with her thoughts. When a patient of Frieda’s imparts knowledge regarding missing 5 year old Matthew Farday, Frieda is forced to bec... Read More »

Frieda Klein is a brilliant psychotherapist who finds herself hunting down a kidnapper. When five-year-old Matthew Farraday goes missing, all of London is in an uproar--including Frieda, who recalls a patient haunted by dreams of snatching a child matching Matthew's description. To find the child... Read More »

The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child.


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Jul 10, 2014
  • fictiongal rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

You will need to read until the last page for this one!

What I like most about this book is the character development. Even minor characters have unique personalities and voices. Of course, the story is a page-turner. I have a rule - never read the inside cover information; let the story speak for itself. When I final read the inside cover, I was surprised that the story was authored by two writers. Perhaps the indepth character development was facilitiated by their collaboration. 5 stars for sure!

Aug 29, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Despite some negative things that I was thinking to mention, after finishing read the book, I said, "Wow"- such an unexpected turn is on the end of the story. I usually don't say "Wow" while reading book, even if I like it, but in this one the ending was very impressive and unexpected, so I decided to "forget" about the shortcomings and put 5 Stars.

Sep 18, 2012
  • mythoughts rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good "whodunit", good read.

Best book I've read so far. Couldn't put it down. Kept you guessing all the way.

Jun 11, 2012
  • emerge rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Reading the other reviews, I guess I just didn't get it. After wading through the first 8 chapters, I found i had no idea how these many characters were related to each other or why I should care.

Apr 29, 2012
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow this was good. A couple of plot twists at the end that I did not see coming. Looking forward to the series continuing.

Apr 17, 2012
  • SportyReader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The good thing is that the book does keep you going till the end. It's not your run of the mill crime fiction books. There's a fair bit of descriptive narrative and not much action or suspense.

The characters themselves are a bit dry and droll- I didn't find either Freida nor Karlsson likeable. Not sure if I'm keen on reading the second book.

It's not for everyone so I can't say that I'd recommend it for fans of Tess Gerritsen or the like.

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Aug 30, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“All over the world there are people who have done terrible things, and they’re living perfectly contented lives with their families and friends.”

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