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Blue Monday, by Nicci French

Keep Me In Suspense! Book Group: Blue Monday

The Keep Me In Suspense Mystery/Thriller Book Group met in May to discuss Blue Monday by Nicci French. This book is the first in a series by the English husband/wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, who have written several psychological thrillers together. Blue Monday’s story takes place in London where thirty something Frieda Klein, a psychotherapist, becomes involved with a child abduction case after her patient shares fantasies and dreams that relate to recent events surrounding the kidnapping of a young boy. Frieda reluctantly becomes acquainted with the police and Chief Inspector Malcolm Karlsson as she struggles with importance of keeping patient confidentiality or the safety of a child. When asked to rate Blue Monday on a scale of 1 to 5, all of our group gave it a score of 4.0. Most of the readers thought that it was a good read and that it remained suspenseful until the end. A few of the readers are planning to continue the series and look forward to reading more about Frieda Klein and Chief Inspector Malcolm Karlsson. Check below for other books in the series and read-a-likes.

So, if you are a big fan of mystery and thrillers like me, I invite you to join our book group, Keep Me In Suspense! We began meeting in January of this year and we plan to read a mix of old and new fiction/nonfiction (true crime) mysteries and thrillers in the upcoming months. Book group is held on the second Saturday of each month at the Main Library and our next meeting will take place on Saturday, June 14, from 2:30 to 4:00 when we will be discussing Murder on Marble Row by Victoria Thompson. We will meet in the Bank of America room, located on the first level of Richland Library Main. If you would like to pick up a copy of the book, please call 929-3400 or stop by the General Reference/Research Desk on the second level of Richland Library Main. We look forward to seeing you there!

Take a look at the upcoming titles we will be reading and discussing in the Keep Me In Suspense Book Group (printable schedule linked below):

The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro

The Good Sister, by Wendi Corsi Staub

Anne Perry: Mystery Reader’s Choice

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century, by Peter Graham

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011


Blue Monday: A Novel by Nicci French
Amazon Says: The stunning first book in a new series of psychological thrillers introducing an unforgettable London psychotherapistFrieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychothera more...
Amazon Says: The stunning first book in a new series of psychological thrillers introducing an unforgettable London psychotherapistFrieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place, but what we can control is what is inside our heads. This attitude is reflected in her own life, which is an austere one of refuge, personal integrity, and order.The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A red-haired child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. She finds herself in the center of the investigation, serving as the reluctant sidekick of the chief inspector.Drawing readers into a haunting world in which the terrors of the mind have spilled over into real life, Blue Monday introduces a compelling protagonist and a chilling mystery that will appeal to readers of dark crime fiction and fans of In Treatment and The Killing. less...
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Amazon Says: “Blue Monday leaves readers with the promise of intriguing tales to come”  —People (four-star review) Internationally bestselling authors Nicci Gerard and Sean more...
Amazon Says: “Blue Monday leaves readers with the promise of intriguing tales to come”  —People (four-star review) Internationally bestselling authors Nicci Gerard and Sean French, writing as Nicci French, have sold more than eight million copies of their books worldwide. But nothing they’ve written written before has grabbed the attention of reviewers and readers like Blue Monday and its iconic heroine, Frieda Klein. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it a “superb psychological thriller . . . with brooding atmosphere, sustained suspense, a last-minute plot twist, and memorable cast of characters.” In Tuesday’s Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man’s identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can’t shake the feeling that the past isn’t done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim? A masterpiece of paranoia, Tuesday’s Gone draws readers inexorably into a fractured and faithless world as it brilliantly confirms Frieda Klein as a quintessential heroine for our times. less...
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