Blue Monday by Nicci French

Blue Monday

By Nicci French

ISBN: 978-0-670-02336-3

Viking/Penguin Books

Hardcover, $26.95

March 5, 2012

This story starts in a dark part of London with the vanishing of a little girl. Years later, the abduction of a little boy brings the previous event back to light and along with it the feelings of despair that little Joanna was never found. Would they be able to find 5-year-old Matthew?

Frieda Klein is a skilled and dedicated psychotherapist, struggling to work out issues of her own while diligently trying to help her clients. She often spends sleepless nights walking the streets and wonders if there’s really any help in the world. Happy endings just don’t seem real to her.

One client in particular has her troubled. He’s been having recurring dreams in which he hungers for a child who is the spitting image of missing Matthew. Soon, she finds herself reluctantly involved in the investigation, still trying to ride the line between confidentiality and civic duty, and trying to summon within herself the hope that something she does might help them find the missing boy.

This is a very different kind of novel for the genre and, as such, is highly intriguing. The author’s voice is unique and captivating, leading readers through a maze of information and surprising twists that all make sense in the end. The end itself is satisfying, if bittersweet. And certainly unexpected. I look forward to seeing what the next in the series will bring.

The author of 12 stand-alone titles, Nicci French is the pseudonym for the internationally bestselling writing partnership of suspense writers Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. They are married and live in Suffolk and London, England. For more on Nicci French go here.