Blue Monday

Blue Monday

Large Print - 2012
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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 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012, c2011
Edition: Large print ed
Description: 546 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781410448989
Branch Call Number: LP Fren


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Dec 22, 2015

I found myself skimming over parts of the story- it starts with the introduction of too many characters that don't mean anything to the story as it progresses so you wonder why they were introduced in such detail. The end was predictable, and I didn't walk away from this book thinking about it much longer.

Aug 25, 2015

Thriller about a psychoanalyst who uncovers a secret from one of her patient that may be a clue to the abduction of a girl fifteen yrs prior and a boy at present. Well written but nothing much revealing here.

Apr 06, 2015

Enigmatic psychologist Frieda Klein is the main character in this first of a series named after the days of the week. Frieda is a very controlled individual somewhat hard to warm up to but she grows on you after a while. In this installment, one of her patient's fantasies seems to intersect with the facts behind a local missing child case. Frieda decides she must go to the police. Once the story gets going (it takes a while) it's very enjoyable and though the perpetrator is not in question after a while, how he and accomplices will get caught keeps you guessing. A fairly large cast of peripheral characters and subplots keep the story moving along. A gut wrenching twist at the end just made this book for me.

Feb 22, 2015

A novice to crime fiction and to the experienced co-authorship duo, I find the writing a bit staid, and the depiction of the new "sleuth" Frieda Klein at odds with how I perceive her - I doubt all the characters would be drawn to her at all, as she spends so much time talking to them like she is still in a psych session, or staring out windows, or into her hearth fire that she must be considered very strange indeed. I doubt the police or friends would really put up with her "whoops a daisy" actions leading to others' deaths and her own endangerment. Why her boyfriend Sandy perseveres is a mystery - I expect him to be unhinged by the end novel.

Oct 26, 2014

Nicely written and therefore a joy to read. It also has an interesting twist at the end which sets it up for a sequel...which has been written.

May 26, 2014

What I like most about this book is the character development. Even minor characters have unique personalities and voices. Of course, the story is a page-turner. I have a rule - never read the inside cover information; let the story speak for itself. When I final read the inside cover, I was surprised that the story was authored by two writers. Perhaps the indepth character development was facilitiated by their collaboration. 5 stars for sure!

Aug 29, 2013

Despite some negative things that I was thinking to mention, after finishing read the book, I said, "Wow"- such an unexpected turn is on the end of the story. I usually don't say "Wow" while reading book, even if I like it, but in this one the ending was very impressive and unexpected, so I decided to "forget" about the shortcomings and put 5 Stars.

Sep 18, 2012

A good "whodunit", good read.

Aug 03, 2012

Best book I've read so far. Couldn't put it down. Kept you guessing all the way.

fictiongal Jul 05, 2012

You will need to read until the last page for this one!

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Aug 30, 2013

“All over the world there are people who have done terrible things, and they’re living perfectly contented lives with their families and friends.”

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