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Blue Monday Hardcover – 23 Jun 2011

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154950
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exerts a vice-like grip (Daily Telegraph )

Reels in readers from the start (Independent )

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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By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2012
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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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By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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This is another novel from the successful husband and wife writing collaboration between Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. This time they are introducing a character who it appears may be set to feature in a series of books, psychotherapist Frieda Klein. She is a complicated and interesting character, evidently with a complex past, and it is her sessions with one of her new clients, Alan, that form the basis for this story. Certain facts, descriptions of dreams, fantasies and memories that come up in her therapy sessions with him seem to bear strange resemblances to an actual case in the news involving the abduction of a young boy. Frieda becomes involved in helping the police, working with and sometimes without the cooperation of DCI Malcolm Karlsson, himself an engaging character with a seemingly impossible task on his hands with this crime.

This is an intriguing thriller, and if you've enjoyed this partnership's writing before I think you are likely to enjoy this novel too. I did feel that there were so many new strands and characters introduced one after the other early on in the novel that it was a bit overwhelming, but it did settle down further into the book, and the major characters became more established. The idea that is key to finding the guilty party is clever. I liked how the current story was linked back to the seemingly separate story that is introduced in the prologue, and how this then weaved into the present day investigation. I enjoyed the good couple of twists and revelations at the end. I was drawn in enough to be interested in following the character should there be more books in this series.
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