The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Blue Monday, the first in a fantastic new series from the masters of psychological thrillers, Nicci French. Read by the actress Beth Chalmers.
Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A day to snatch a child from the streets...
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. But her race isn't physical. She must chase down the darkest paths of a psychopath's mind to find the answers to Matthew Farraday's whereabouts. And sometimes the mind is the deadliest place to lose yourself.
©2011 Nicci French (P)2011 Penguin Books Ltd.
"This heart-stoppingly good tale sets the bar high for the next seven books - we can't wait to read them!" (Good Housekeeping)
"A brilliantly crafted new crime series." (Daily Mirror)
"Frieda.... is a strong creation, sympathetic but withholding and with hints of hidden facets." (Barry Forshaw, Daily Express)
This novel is all the more troubling because one or two of the characters have some modest potential, not least of whom is Frieda herself - but for all her alleged training she behaves like an impulsive teenager in spasmodic passages interspersed with domestic drudgery. If in doubt, have a character appear through the ceiling above.
Very little for the human spirit in this one.
The double act writing as Nicci French are new to me and certainly two heads work well with this new series. A great read by Beth Chalmers, which given the mixture of men, women and children could have been a disaster. I enjoyed the contrast between the quietly self sufficient Dr Freda Klein and the police suffering huge pressure to resolve the case. Each had entirely different objectives during the book and it all came together at the end. The plot had a twist at the end which I should have seen coming but didn't. In many books the author seems to spend the last few pages pulling together all the loose ends, sometimes with no real credibility but given the number of strands running through the story Nicci French resolved what needed to be resolved but left me with quite a bit to think about afterwards.
Hopefully some of the main characters will turn up in future books and we can see how life is treating them over the next few years.
I look forward to the next Freda Klein with anticipation.
I have enjoyed a number of these authors' books, but was sadly disappointed by this first book in a planned new series. The story meanders into unnecessary by-ways; depends on unbelievable co-incidences and pseudo psychology masquerading as science; and the senior detective on the case is a boor using the F-word all the time, which I'm sure in the real-world would be counter-productive.
The reader does a good job, but I won't be following this series.
Once upon a time.............
The first few chapters left me thinking where are they taking this story, but even the additional red herring characters were compelling and it made me want to keeping listening.
I was chilled by the first person reasonings of little Matthew and thought that like all the other characters this was well observed. The authors pulled all the pieces together in an ending that I didn't expect, which was great for me as I often guess the plot half way through the read.
Karlsson. (PC GRUMPY) the relationship between Klein and the detective. I hope he is in the next book
All of them I was lost in the performance of her male female and younger characters ...10/10
I read to escape - preferably while I'm running...
I've tried to listen to this book now for almost 18 months. I've gone back to it again and again thinking, maybe it was me? I've managed a few hours but nothing has happened to keep my interest. I have always loved the duo's writing in the past, but I must admit I've found the last few I've listened too harder and harder going. There was nothing that grabbed me that made me want to carry on, lots of inconsequential stuff that seemed to lead nowhere. Maybe if I'd kept going it might have all started to make sense, but life is too short - sorry!
I love listening to audio books on my commute to work - they take me into another world away from the humdrum of everyday life.
Loved the narrator - made the whole story come alive.
I liked Frieda, the main character. Although she could be irritating at times the narrator's voice made me forgive her limitations.
The small boy Matthew. Very disconcerting at times listening to his torment.
I was on the edge of my seat wondering if the child would be found
Totally did not expect the twist!
Pretty harrowing stuff - was squirming to some of the story. Voice was excellent and got me through a bit if a slow start. It's the first of a series so there is some scene setting.
I love crime series and I recommend this one as being among the better ones. Stick with the stilted narrator...she comes to embody the reserved remoteness of the main character.
The narration is clear and engaging. Expertly done.
Gripped by the ending.
Excellent narration. Just brilliant.
"**Stunning! Brilliant! Fabulous All Round!**"
The best audiobook I've listened to in a long time. The storyline has twists and turns and depth to it. We are given the background scenery in brief, not describing it at length so as to be able to make the book bigger as alot of authors seem to do. Fast moving. Strong characters.
Beth Chalmers is a brilliant narrator. Each character is unique. I'm not so much a fan of women narrators as they are either dry or overdo it. Beth is spot on and carries us smoothly and does credit to this already thrilling story.
Make sure you follow this one up with Tuesdays Gone. I'm half way through it and it's turning out to be just as good.
"A gripping book, expertly read"
Everything. The characters, how the story flows and unfolds, and the disfunctionality of Frieda's circle.
A toss-up between Frieda and Joseph. Frieda because she is so unrelenting in her work, and Joseph because he just knows what needs to be done and gets to it, from food to ceilings and paint colours.
The earnestness and range of voices, and her accents are not bad either.
It made me want to drive the long way around.
I cannot wait for the next instalment.
"very well descibed story and background"
third in my list
I'm already listening to the second book (Tuesday gone)
I liked all the scenes when Frida Klein had therapy sessions with Alan
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