Sunday, March 4, 2012
Review: Blue Monday
Blue Monday by Nicci French
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received a free e-galley ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when a picture of 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 child 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 center 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.
My Thoughts: This is the first book in the Frieda Klein series. Frieda Klein is a London-based psychotherapist in her mid-30s. There are a lot of interesting things covered in this book – the strange connection between identical twins that have been separated, the way a person can be completely changed with brainwashing, and even a bit about psychoanalysis. The pace was fairly fast and the characters are nicely developed. I particularly like Josef, a Ukrainian who is working in London to make enough money to be able to finally go home – or at least that seems to have been his goal. Reuben is an interesting character, too, and I’d like to learn more about him - I hope we’ll see a lot of these characters and learn more about them in future books. A solid book, and a series I will likely be following with interest.
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