• Blue Monday

  • A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 1
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Series: Frieda Klein, Book 1
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-08-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 08-21-12

**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.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Anet on 11-05-12

A gripping book, expertly read

What did you love best about Blue Monday?

Everything. The characters, how the story flows and unfolds, and the disfunctionality of Frieda's circle.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Beth Chalmers’s performance did you like?

The earnestness and range of voices, and her accents are not bad either.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to drive the long way around.

Any additional comments?

I cannot wait for the next instalment.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 08-10-13

Welcome first outing for a new series

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.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Eyeandears on 06-22-14

Gripping from start to finish

What did you like most about Blue Monday?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Karlsson. (PC GRUMPY) the relationship between Klein and the detective. I hope he is in the next book

Which character – as performed by Beth Chalmers – was your favourite?

All of them I was lost in the performance of her male female and younger characters ...10/10

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By jennifer palmer on 01-16-15

Dreadful voices and a dull story

The reader performs different voices for each dull character and to say the least they are unbearable. I felt embarrassed listening.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Stan on 01-13-18

Quality page turner

The underpinning psychology of this murder mystery is very interesting and seems very credible. It’s a page turner of quality.

The narrator does a very good job.

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