Blue Monday

by Nicci French

Part of the Frieda Klein Series

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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.

 

Books in The Frieda Klein Series:

1. Blue Monday

2. Tuesday's Gone

3. Waiting for Wednesday

4. Thursday's Child

5. Friday on My Mind

6. Saturday Requiem

7. Sunday Morning Coming Down

8. Day of the Dead

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Blue Monday Synopsis

Monday: five-year-old Matthew Faraday is abducted. His face is splashed across newspaper front pages. His parents and the police are desperate. Can anyone help find their little boy before it is too late?

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein just might know something.

One of her patients describes dreams of seizing a boy who is the spitting image of Matthew. Convinced at first the police will dismiss her fears out of hand, Frieda reluctantly finds herself drawn into the heart of the case. A previous abduction, from twenty years ago, suggests a new lead - one that only Frieda, an expert on the minds of disturbed individuals, can uncover.

Struggling to make sense of this terrifying investigation, Frieda will face her darkest fears in the hunt for a clever and brutal killer...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781405911429
Publication date: 6th December 2012
Author: Nicci French
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Collections: 80 Book Series and Trilogies to Fall in Love With ,
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Blue Monday Reader Reviews

  • Joan Sidwell - 'Once you start reading this book it is extremely hard to put down, it has an incredibly exciting story line, twists and turns and surprises on every page, at times it actually made me gasp out loud.' Read full review >
  • Suzanne Bellingham - 'A recommended read if you love a good thriller which isn’t scary but keeps you guessing.' Read full review >
  • Andrea Dean - 'This book is very hard to put down. Readers will want to take this book wherever they go to take advantage of every spare minute until the book is finished.' Read full review >
  • Jane Birchall - 'A great, gripping thriller I couldn’t put down! I will certainly look forward to reading other books in the series.' Read full review >
  • Helen Lowry - 'The first book in a series featuring psychotherapist Frieda Klein. The abduction of a young boy, along with a troubled client make Frieda think there is a link between the two.' Read full review >
  • Catherine Ann Dugmore - 'A gripping abduction plot from start to finish.  This book has amazing twists and turns to the very last page.  Addictive with an ending that shocks. Leaves you wanting more of the Frieda Klein Series.' Read full review >
  • Debbie Patrick - 'There were twists in the plot but I had already worked each one of them out before they happened...I found the book quite disappointing.' Read full review >
  • Melanie Rose - 'What a great start to a new series! You think you know what's going to happen next then an unexpected twist happens to keep you wanting more.' Read full review >
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Such a very clever crime thriller which is quite an achievement given the number of stories in this genre.' Read full review >
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'A fast-paced, atmospheric psychological thriller set in London in the run up to Christmas about the abduction of a young boy.' Read full review >
  • Beth Winsor - 'A real page turner, with unexpected twists galore. The characters were very convincing, the plot less so, but an interesting idea which was always gripping.' Read full review >
  • Glenda Worth - 'Psychotherapist Frieda Klein helps investigate an abduction - a great page turning read recommended!' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Cockeram - 'A well written page turner. A little girl is abducted then 22 years later a little boy in similar circumstances. Is there a connection?' Read full review >
  • Jane Priestley - 'A crime novel in which the police are not center stage, this book is refreshingly different. A gripping, riveting read which is highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Samantha Chan - 'A fast-paced thriller with plenty of action but also believable characters. I would say that this book is fairly typical of this genre but still worth a read.' Read full review >
  • Alison Greenacre - 'Quite an enjoyable read...It was very atmospheric and had a good pace.  The storyline was good, with some great twists, some of which you see coming!' Read full review >

Nicci French Press Reviews

'A brilliantly crafted new crime serie's' Daily Mirror

'Frieda ... is a strong creation, sympathetic but withholding and with hints of hidden facets' -- Barry Forshaw Daily Express

'Both a frightening and gripping read Easy Living A novel that will have you on the edge of your seat' Woman & Home

'This heart-stoppingly good tale sets the bar high for the next seven books - we can't wait to read them!' Good Housekeeping

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ISBN: 9781405911429
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Format: Paperback

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About Nicci French

Nicci French was our Guest Editor in April 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired their writing. Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are fourteen other bestselling novels by Nicci French, all published by Penguin. Blue Monday was the first thrilling story in the Frieda Klein series, followed by Tuesday's Gone, Waiting for Wednesday, Thursday's Child, Friday on My Mind and Saturday Requiem.   Author photo © Mark Read

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