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Blue Monday (Frieda Klein, Bk 1)
Blue Monday - Frieda Klein, Bk 1
Author: Nicci French
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 auster...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780670023363
ISBN-10: 0670023361
Publication Date: 3/1/2012
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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dollycas avatar reviewed Blue Monday (Frieda Klein, Bk 1) on + 510 more book reviews
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Frieda Klein believes the world is out of control and the only thing we can control is what is inside our own heads. Yes, she is a psychotherapist. A very obsessive compulsive one at that. She spends her free time walking the streets of London to clear her head and get her thoughts in order.

Frieda has a patient that keeps having recurring dreams for a child that looks just like him. He and his wife have been unable to conceive and it has tormented him so that he is very near a mental break. When she learns of the disappearance of 5 year old Matthew Farraday and sees his resemblance to the child her patient has described he feels she must notify someone is charge of the investigation. She never imagined she would be working with the chief investigator to find the boy.

Dollycass Thoughts
It is very important to lay out a really good foundation when starting a new mystery series and these authors (Nicci Gerrard + Sean French) have done an excellent job. Revealing enough about the primary characters to immerse us in the current story but leaving us intrigued about where these characters will go and grow in future installments.

Frieda Klein is a perfect imperfect protagonist. She already has many layers. Reuben is a troubled soul that continues to emerge. Josef is a mystery himself and because of his background adds a little humor to a very intense story. Inspector Karlsson is a tough nut to crack but we can see a relationship with Frieda moving forward. The primary character to this story, Alan, was very well written as he struggled through his pain and dealt with a therapist he thought had betrayed him and had secrets revealed about his life that he never could have fathomed. All the characters are flawed which gives them so much depth.

The mystery is extremely complex and suspenseful. A few white knuckle moments. These are experienced authors with several other bestsellers. They know how to create a thrilling tale to keep us turning those pages. It starts slow and builds. I am anxious to see where the next Frieda Klein takes us.
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reviewed Blue Monday (Frieda Klein, Bk 1) on + 3121 more book reviews
Just a SHORT summary---very good suspense with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge.
crytal avatar reviewed Blue Monday (Frieda Klein, Bk 1) on + 155 more book reviews
ARC won through goodreads.

Blue Monday was a good mystery with a little suspense thrown in. It took about 10 chapters for me to get into the story, and about that long to figure out who the story was supposed to be about. Once it got going though, the story had quite a few twists. I did figure out 2 of the biggest twists chapters before they were revealed, but it still caught me off guard a few times. Over all, a good read that I'd recommend to people who like a good mental mystery. I'd be interested to read the upcoming books in the series.


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