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- Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
- Format: Hardback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 231mm x 33mm | 522g
- Publication date: 1 March 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0670023361
- ISBN 13: 9780670023363
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 1,178,724
The stunning first book in a new series of psychological thrillers introducing an unforgettable London psychotherapistFrieda 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.Drawing readers into a haunting world in which the terrors of the mind have spilled over into real life, "Blue Monday" introduces a compelling protagonist and a chilling mystery that will appeal to readers of dark crime fiction and fans of "In Treatment" and "The Killing."
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Nicci French is the pseudonym for the internationally bestselling writing partnership of suspense writers Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. They are married and live in Suffolk and London, England.
By Nicola Markus 18 Feb 2012
It has been a while since I last read anything by Nicci French, but this is still a bit of a departure from the books I've read previously from this author.
Frieda is a likable enough heroine and it works well linking her as a psychologist to a criminal investigation; although, it is hardly an original idea. The other characters also came across well and the book was nice and easy to read. There were a lot of perspectives, but it was always clear whose head you were in so that was never a problem.
I really wasn't thrilled by the ending of this book though. Even from the start, I wasn't completely caught up in the tension of the situation and by the end it fizzled out even more. The main problem was that I guessed the final twist far in advance and so the denouement had no thrill for me. I also thought the ending was left a little too open. I know there is a planned series, but, unless the next book picks up absolutely where this left off (which I doubt), I would have liked a little more of a final conclusion to things.
So, three stars it is. This is a fine read for those that like thrillers and the works of Nicci French, but I just felt there was something missing as I didn't find myself on the edge of my seat.
I received this book as a free e-book ARC from NetGalley.
"With its smart plot, crisp prose, and a stunning final twist, this is psychological suspense at its best. Absolutely riveting." --"Booklist", starred review