Nicci French: Blue Monday

Es f the two missing children especially from about halfway through when the penny drops and you realise you have an inkling as to what is going The Royal Joust on It is a very dark read partly told through the confused eyesf a frightened little boy Can Frieda put two and two together in timeFrieda is a very complex character with a history and I definitely got the feeling that American Maharajah of her story is going to comeut in future books it is nly hinted at here What has shaped her into the person she is living as a ne woman island in her cosy little nest and wandering the streets by night I really enjoyed the little cliue f friends and relatives around her who all have their wn distinct characteristics Especially Josef and RuebenThere were times when I thought that Frieda was maybe verging Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan on being a little too serious minded for me especially during the slower partsf the read but having said that I didn t want to put this book down especially after I reached the halfway stage and would have loved another chapter r two after that ending which is not strictly speaking a cliffhanger but ne which definitely left me wanting This was so much better then I expected So interesting just an easy read The story itself was so good I was immediately drawn in But the star for me was Psychotherapist Dr Frieda Very unusual I could honestly read about her for books books Luckily there are 5 The Quarterback's Crush of 6 I ll definitely be moving right in to the next 1 So glad I found this series This finally became availablen audio so I grabbed it Wasn t sure what to expect but I liked the entire mystery f the missing children a great deal and sped through it pretty uickly glued to my phone There is ne great twist at the end that had me thanking Nicci French for knowing how to add some zing and add it just when you least expect it I live for twists as I may have mentioned beforeOn to Tuesday A really solid strong start f a seriesFrieda Klein Therapist Has a safe place for patients A patient may be a killer The dilemma She helps the police at their reuest A fresh pair f eyes She is an insomniac She walks the streets Achtung! Cthulhu of London Looking at the river Fleet Theld rivers Infamy of London She helps and needs help She is cold and warm Distance and close Slow start but it builds up uick Everything is connected Well I confess to reading this for the shallowestf reasons I needed a book with a title containing a day General P.T.G. Beauregard of the weekr month My Wishful Thinking of the year And thisne looked uite good And in fact it was Better than just The Boy and the Blue Moon ok I think I liked the psychotherapy element to this suspense thriller The main character Freida Klein seems uite a complex character to be revealed probably in future instalments She makes lotsf mistakes when she gets involved in a missing child investigation The ending has a twist that you could see a mile ff and it was annoying that no ne in the story could see it As a Londoner myself I liked the fact it was set in LondonSo this is recommended as a page turner and as a suspense mystery It s not really a thriller but I liked it enough to read it in almost The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 one sitting Not bad for ar less random pick to fu As a long time fan Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of Nicci French novels I was delighted when my in person bookclub Whodunit selected Blue Monday asur group read for the month f SeptemberThe first novel to feature Frieda Klein a solitary sometimes stern unmarried childless woman in early middle age who works as a psychoanalyst in LondonFrieda s character fascinated me She is a study in contrasts She is a risk taker with seemingly little regard for her wn personal safety She goes for solitary walks through London in the dead f night to tire herself wh. Is reflected in her wn life which is an austere Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day onef refuge personal integrity and rderThe abduction f five year Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) old Matthew Farraday provokes a nationalutcry and a desperate police hunt And when his face is splashed ver the newspapers Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence ne f her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child A red haired child he can describe in perfect detai.

The first couple f Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman offerings by the duo that make up Nicci French were unputdownable I stopped reading several years ago as I felt that the stories had become hackneyed and lacklustre not to mention tediously predictable I picked this up last week primarily because the blurbn the back convinced me that this could be something new Sadly nothing was further from the case I brilliant premise became tedious and mundane and the Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition overall story became and unbelievable Even the final twist whilst also totally ludicrous was sadlybvious from the moment that the final character in its involvement was introduced trying not to give anything away but that s making me write in an awful style too perhaps it s catching predictable and ridiculous It was readable for the hour Heaven Next Stop or two it took me But I certainly won t be recommending it and it s a A while back Louise Penny had posted to Facebook a listf authors she enjoyed One f these was Alan Bradley for his Flavia de Luce series Wow she remarked and what a disappointment this was for me I couldn t get past 24% before chucking itSo before removing the rest f her recommendations from my to read list I decided to give her another chance and move n to Nicci French and her their magnificent she remarked Frieda Klein series Am I ever glad I gave her a mulligan because she sure hit pay dirt with this neFirst with the their above Nicci French is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team This makes the fluid readability Bases Loaded of this novel all the remarkable Astounding reallyYears ago my prime go to genre was psychological suspense I still go for this a lot but really hadn t read a whole lot in this genre that really wowed me in recent years so I kindf let that genre slip by the wayside Now along comes a mystery series with a psychoanalyst as its main protagonistRight Up My AlleyThis is a fantastic read The mystery surrounds child abduction and unsettlingly so sotrigger warnings y all The characterization is terrific especially where Frieda is concerned and this is an extremely fast read I could barely put it down for the last uarter Have A Good Night, Volume 1 or mostf the novel for that matter There are a couple f things that I had a hard time buying into namely the trust Frieda and Karlsson put into Josef and most times something like this would bother me enough to dock stars But not this time This is such a well rolled ut story with terrific dialogue that I can t possibly give such top notch entertainment less than five starsBig spoiler hereview spoilerAnd I can t remember the last time a book made me GASP at the end so audibly as this ne I nly hope that I didn t spoil this read for my wife who had just started it next to me n the couch Although she will probably have seen that ne coming she always does dammitAs did thers apparently I checked ut some Isabel the Queen: Life and Times other less favourable reviews and they had seen that big thing coming at the end and they figured the characters were idiots for not to have figured itut before thatI guess I m stupid too because she they got me hook line and sinker thus the GASP Oh shit from yours trulyBut I m not complaining Being stupid does have the benefit Fantastic Post Office 03 of being gleefully surpised So well done Nicci French hide spoiler Two children are abducted 20 years apart Could there be a connection Frieda Klein is a psychotherapist and in her first adventurene Tim Crouch of her patients describes dreams about seeing a boy who is the doublef missing five year ld Matthew Faraday When she takes her concerns to the police however they don t really take her seriously in this very tense read It is a really good psychological read which has you puzzling the fat. The stunning first book in a new series f 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 ur heads This attitude.

En suffering from insomnia She doesn t have a cell phone preferring to be adrift and ut Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of contact when not at work Yet Frieda loves her house a dark and comfortableasis which she deems a place DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of cleanliness and sanctuary She has a penchant for structure rules andrderlinessFrieda loves London and the affection f place is bvious in the atmospheric Blue Monday However she holds little affection for her family whom she feels do not value her nor she them She prefers the well denoted boundaries f her work relationships to those f a personal nature though recently she has fallen for a man whose presence could upset the structure Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, of her wellrdered life Will her longing and affection for him allow her to forfeit the life she has built for herselfWhen ne f Freida s clients leads her to believe that he may be implicated in a child abduction Frieda surrenders her professional ethics and goes to the police The policeman in charge f the case is at first skeptical but she ultimately wins his trust and professional respect Together they chase down leads and encounter shocking revelations whilst searching for a young abducted boy They discover that this case may be linked to another similar case which took place ver twenty years agoMany themes are touched upon in Blue Monday Professional ethics guilt nature vs nurture the merits Pontius Pilate of psychoanalysis the damage caused by child abduction human foibles secrets and A thought provoking fast paced well written thriller containing several twists and a surprise ending this novel will appeal to fansf psychological suspense I always enjoy novels which accurately portray the contradictions and uncertainties inherent in human behavior and this Livin de Life one does that very successfully Highly recommendedThis review wasriginally published Aeralis on my blog Fictionophile I m going through a spellf jumping back to the first book in a series Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of which I d enjoyedn Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives of the later entires this time I d already read Saturday Reuiem by the husband and wife duof Sean French and Nikki GerrardThe debut Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of their series main protagonist is a solid start for psychologists Frieda KleinWhilst the case that she was involved in wasn t the most gripping I felt her traits were well established earlyn as she s slightly detached from those around herThe London setting also feels very prominent throughout this missing child storyline but it was Ukrainian builder Josef who really stood utI find that I prefer this duo s standalone stories but would be uite happy to read the second novel in this series at some point This is pretty good for a first effort although I think it needs a touch f refinement The surprise toward the end regarding the crime wasn t a surprise to me at all and I can t imagine why it wouldn t have Limey Gumshoe occurred tour heroine Dr Klein Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate or the police involved It was toobvious For the first half though it was a bit murky to see how this would all evolve making the Duh ness f the ending f a let down in a way There are some extraneous characters who although colorful don t all add much to the tale but clutter If this is really the nascent book Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen of a series presumably the firstf seven do we really have to meet everyone Frieda knows all at Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade once Save something for Tuesday guys I also found the relationship between Frieda and Karlsson the head investigator with the police to bedd It was sometimes hostile then not and it was hard to tell why he was listening to Frieda s ideas when they seemed to mostly annoy him He needs to be given clearer motivations and characterization going forward even with a backstory he still seemed like a bit f a sketch than a man to me. L a child the spitting image f Matthew She finds herself in the center From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure of the investigation serving as the reluctant sidekickf the chief inspectorDrawing readers into a haunting world in which the terrors On Toby's Terms of the mind have spilledver into real life Blue Monday introduces a compelling protagonist and a chilling mystery that will appeal to readers f dark crime fiction and fans f In Treatment and The Killi.

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