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Blue Monday: A Frieda Klein Novel (1) Hardcover – 27 June 2011
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 national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when 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 Matthew.
Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson doesn't take Frieda's concerns seriously until a link emerges with an unsolved abduction twenty years ago and he summons Frieda to interview the victim's sister, hoping she can stir hidden memories. Before long, Frieda is at the centre of the race to track the kidnapper.
But her race isn't physical. She must chase down the darkest paths of a psychopath's mind to find the answers to Matthew Farraday's whereabouts.
And sometimes the mind is the deadliest place to lose yourself.
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About the Author
Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.
Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire. In the early eighties she taught English Literature in Sheffield, London and Los Angeles, but moved into publishing in 1985 with the launch of Women's Review, a magazine for women on art, literature and female issues.
In 1989 she became acting literary editor at the New Statesman, before moving to the Observer, where she was deputy literary editor for five years, and then a feature writer and executive editor.
It was while she was at the New Statesman that she met Sean French.
Sean French was born in May 1959 in Bristol, to a British father and Swedish mother. In 1981 he won Vogue magazine's Writing Talent Contest, and from 1981 to 1986 he was their theatre critic. During that time he also worked at the Sunday Times as deputy literary editor and television critic, and was the film critic for Marie Claire and deputy editor of New Society.
Sean and Nicci were married in Hackney in October 1990. Their daughters, Hadley and Molly, were born in 1991 and 1993.
- Publisher : Michael Joseph; 1st edition (27 June 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0718154959
- ISBN-13 : 978-0718154950
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.7 x 24 cm
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The story was good with lots of mystery and 2 crimes 20 years apart colliding. I particularly liked the denouement - much of which I had worked out, but that didn't matter. But the writing didn't really flow for me and whilst there were some great characters - Josef the builder and Chloe, Frieda's niece in particular, I found DCI Karlsson confusing - one minute really nice and the next losing his temper for very little. I presume Mr/s French are building a relationship between psychiatrist Frieda and Karlsson for future books, but it's not really gelled for me. I do wonder if it's to do with the fact that this is a writing team of 2 people - I have no idea how the mechanics of this works but I suspect that's why I'm experiencing problems with flow and understanding some of the characters.
I will probably give book 2 a go as I think there is a lot of potential, but I don't feel myself rushing out to buy it just yet.
My favourite characters are the Ukrainian builder who falls through Frieda's roof, and Alan, the patient tortured by the dreams and feelings he can't explain (but of course Frieda will). The second book is better - I'm not sure I'd have read number two if I started with number one, and now I'm torn because I have Thursday (on a cheap 99p kindle deal) but don't know if I dare read it without paying for Wednesday first.
The story itself was engrossing and at a certain point gave me chills down the spine when I reached on OMG moment which just made me want to rush on and read more. It dealt with fascinating issues and was totally immersing. One of things that I really enjoyed was that it made me think about things that had never entered my head before which I found interesting and thought provoking.
I loved many of the other characters, especially Josef who I thought was lovely and I do hope he is a constant character in the rest of this series. I also wonder whether we will see or hear any more of Sandy. I am extremely pleased that I took the plunge and committed myself to buying more of this series already as I am looking forward to reading more. I have been a fan of Nicci French for a long time but this series certainly strikes me of some of their best work.
The main character is totally unbelievable, half of the things she does would have her struck off immediately and she seems a bit stupid and totally unlikeable! There are too many characters introduced at first, some that we never hear of again and it's difficult to keep up with where and why they belong in the story. There is a certain passage when she meets the professor that specialises in twins that really got on my nerves because NOBODY would ever speak like that to another person, it's obviously for the sake of the reader but makes the situation sound ridiculous!
It has got slightly better now that I'm 75% of the way through, but I think that's because it's only focussing on a small number of characters and obviously it's building up to the finale. I will finish it but only because I want to know what happens but I won't read another one I'm afraid!
I know Nicci French is a duo of writers but this would have bee 10 different writers for the way it flows.Normally good stand alone stories but this was just awful
I will not read another Frieda Klein book as the character was badly written, boring and would have been disbarred from any kind of medical practice for her inappropriate behaviour. The end was neither original or believable