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Nicci French
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6 Dec 2012 Frieda Klein 1

Blue Monday is the thrilling first novel in Nicci French's top-ten bestselling new series introducing psychotherapist Frieda Klein, and is perfect for all fans of the crime novels of Peter James.

Blue Monday - A day for murder . . .

Monday: five-year-old Matthew Faraday is abducted. His face is splashed across newspaper front pages. His parents and the police are desperate. Can anyone help find their little boy before it is too late?

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein just might know something.

One of her patients describes dreams of seizing a boy who is the spitting image of Matthew. Convinced at first the police will dismiss her fears out of hand, Frieda reluctantly finds herself drawn into the heart of the case. A previous abduction, from twenty years ago, suggests a new lead - one that only Frieda, an expert on the minds of disturbed individuals, can uncover.

Struggling to make sense of this terrifying investigation, Frieda will face her darkest fears in the hunt for a clever and brutal killer . . .

Nicci French has sold over eight million copies worldwide and the Frieda Klein series will make you long for more psychological suspense featuring this amazing new character with every title released.

'A brilliantly crafted new crime series' Daily Mirror

'Terrific. The writing is pacy, the jaw-dropping twists are plentiful' Short List

'One of French's hardest-to-put-down novels' Sunday Express

Nicci French is the pseudonym for Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple live in Suffolk and have written thirteen other bestselling novels: Complicit, What to Do When Someone Dies, Until It's Over, Losing You, Catch Me When I Fall, The Memory Game, Beneath the Skin, The Safe House, The Red Room, Land of the Living, Killing Me Softly, Secret Smile and Tuesday's Gone, the second instalment in the Frieda Klein series.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405911425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405911429
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliantly crafted new crime series (Daily Mirror)

Frieda . . . is a strong creation, sympathetic but withholding and with hints of hidden facets (Barry Forshaw Daily Express)

Both a frightening and gripping read (Easy Living)

A novel that will have you on the edge of your seat (Woman & Home)

This heart-stoppingly good tale sets the bar high for the next seven books - we can't wait to read them! (Good Housekeeping)

About the Author

Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are twelve other bestselling novels by Nicci French, all published by Penguin. Blue Monday is the first thrilling instalment in the Frieda Klein series.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLUE MONDAY 13 Feb 2012
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A five year old boy gets kidnapped outside his school and Psychotherapist Frieda Klein strongly suspects that one of the patients she is treating may be a link to the child's disappearance. Frieda turns to Chief Inspector Karlsson who is quite dismissive over her fears, until it transpires that there could possibly be a connection to the case of a young girl who went missing never to be found twenty years earlier.
The last few books by these authors have not been in my opinion as good as their earlier ones, but this was brilliant. A thoroughly interesting and captivating read and I am very much looking forward to the next novel about the strong-willed Frieda Klein.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nearly 5-star 9 May 2011
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Frieda Klein, psychotherapist, becomes concerned when one of her patients reveals fantasies that seem to tie in with the abduction of 5-year-old Matthew Faraday. As she gradually gets sucked into the investigation of the abduction, she has to deal with the dilemma of whether her priority should be the safety of the child or her professional duty to her patient.

Apparently, this is the first in a series of novels featuring Frieda Klein. I certainly found that she and the other presumably recurring characters were intriguing enough to make me want to meet them again and get to know more about their back-stories.

As the story progresses, the plot becomes more complex, sometimes to the point where it stretches credibility. However, the characters are well drawn and the suspense is maintained to the very end. Some other reviewers have commented that the story took some time to get going. I found the quality of the writing carried me through the early chapters easily. The writers made me want to know what had happened to Matthew and to care about the outcome.

I really enjoyed the novel, so much so that I read it in one marathon sitting - not something I do often. It would easily have got 5 stars for the writing, characterisation and descriptive passages. Only the fairly minor credibility issues I mentioned earlier have persuaded me to give it 4 stars, but nonetheless I would strongly recommend this book and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and disappointing 30 May 2011
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I've read all Nicci French's novels - often in hardback - and have mostly enjoyed them for what they are: better-than-average psychological thrillers with intriguing scenarios, pacey plots and genuine tension. Unfortunately, 'Blue Monday' is one of my least favourite, with a bitty - very unlikely - plot that doesn't really add up, sketchy characterisation and a complete lack of tension. It's easy to snare the reader's attention with a story about kids going missing, but the plot doesn't deliver. There is a twist, which comes too late, and is not very original. It feels like this book has been written to launch a new series and is more about introducing the heroine and her associates than telling a compelling story. In fact, it feels written with a TV series in mind.

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein is a promising protagonist, a self-composed, quirky loner who is 40-something, single and seemingly comfortable in her own skin. However, I didn't engage with her, and we are told about her characteristics, rather than discovering them in the course of the writing. The supporting characters are either window-dressing or devices. In most (if not all) of their previous books (husband and wife writing team) Nicci French have written first person narrative, which is an easy way of drawing the reader into the world - and mind - of the central character. Here, third person narration is used, requiring more skillful, consistent writing in order to weave together different perspectives and threads of plot. The writing falls short. I could almost 'feel the joins' where it ought to have been seamless.

I hate to be so negative, having enjoyed earlier novels such as 'Land of the Living' and 'Beneath the Skin' but 'Blue Monday' didn't work for me; if it is the start of a new series, I'll give the next one a go, but that might well be my lot!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly didn't like it 18 Feb 2012
By Lainy
This is the first book in a series (the rest to follow), Frieda Klein is a psychotherapist who ends up taking on a patient from another doctor and notices similarities between what he has been fantasizing about and a child who has gone missing. Soon a whole tangled web unfolds and a connection to a missing child from 20 years back ties in with this recent disappearance.

I have read a few Nicci French books and really liked them but I struggled so much with this one for a few reasons. Firstly I don't normally mind typos or mistakes but there seemed to be a lot in this book which put me off pace a bit. The chapters are confusing in that the detectuve is speaking to someone then there is a small gap (page break) and the "the first punch missed his jaw and landed on his neck". Leading us onto a different scene and it happens quite a bit, another time it is someone describing sounds and just words and you have to re read and go back to figure out who it is and the scene has changed.

Freida's character also annoyed me as she seemed very indecisive and always seeking out colleagues and double checking her findings and asking for advice. I would have loved to have seen a strong minded able woman in this role. She was also contradictory in that she would be needing advice and questioning constantly but then go to her boss (ex boss) and tell him off or give advice then go back into pupil mode. The inconsistency really irked me as did they way her and the detective interacted with each other, it was very flat and forced and almost childish in some points.

Most of the twists for me weren't really twists as I could see them coming which is a first for me although there was one I was Oh My God as I didn't see it coming but overall I didn't like this book much at all.
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