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Blue Monday by Nicci French

The husband-and-wife team writing under the name Nicci French are famous for dark, suspenseful thrillers exploring the seamy underbelly of human psychology.

Blue Monday by Nicci French

Blue Monday by Nicci French

The husband-and-wife team writing under the name Nicci French are famous for dark, suspenseful thrillers exploring the seamy underbelly of human psychology. Their latest, Blue Monday, is the first in a new series featuring London psychotherapist Frieda Klein, whose professional talent comes at a great personal cost (she’s a chronic insomniac who roams the city before dawn). When a patient confesses he desperately wants a child who resembles him—and then a boy matching that description is abducted—Frieda contacts the police and discovers a link with a much older missing-child case. The story is narrated in a cool, detached style, underscoring the emotional anguish of the children’s families and Frieda herself, as she tries to escape her own family trauma.

Blue Monday, Nicci French, $29.

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