Blue Monday

Blue Monday

Book - 2012
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Psychotherapist Frieda Klein is placed at the center of a national investigation involving the abduction of a five-year-old child and a client who harbors an obsessive longing for a child with the missing boy's physical appearance.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670023363
Branch Call Number: FICTION FRE
Characteristics: 322 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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cluhowy
Feb 18, 2019

Authors are a husband and wife team. First in series introducing Frieda Klein, psychiatrist and psychotherapist who operates her practice from a rented flat in London.
I read this book AFTER reading a much later book in the series. I suggest if readers are interested they read the books in order of publication. The story of Frieda’s connection/history with Dean Reeve (psychopath) begins in this first novel. It also informs the reader of how Frieda came to be involved with the secondary characters. After reading a subsequent book in this series I now appreciate how well developed the personalities of each character are and how they evolve over time. If you choose to read only this first book, you barely scratch the surface. It must be difficult to tell an interesting story, with a unique, well thought plot, lots of suspense and to introduce new characters in the first book in a series. It takes time and thought to understand each character, to accept their flaws and imperfections (present in all human beings) and to observe how they evolve over time. Frieda is a very complex character. There is much more to her than initially meets the eye. To understand her, the reader must have a good understanding of psychiatry and psychotherapy. What is the therapist’s goal, the patient’s expectations, commitment to take the time to look within objectively? Effective therapists should be facilitators not fixers. They too are flawed and imperfect.
Excellent characters, suspense filled, unique story and not a predictable ending. This reviewer loved it and will be reading each book in the order of publication, including the one I've already read. If you find there are too many characters, write down their names as they are introduced. Make short notes, especially if reading an eBook versus a hardcopy of the book. It's easier to flip back and forth in a "real" book as opposed to an eReader.

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NicoleEscudero
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.

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wilqser
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.

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lpreston214
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.

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MarionAn
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.

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bette108
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.

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p_carl
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!

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Pisinga
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.

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mythoughts
Sep 18, 2012

A good "whodunit", good read.

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leitch123
Aug 03, 2012

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

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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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