Published by Penguin
Blue Monday by Nicci French
Five year old Matthew is abducted outside his school, and seems to vanish without a trace. Through disclosures of one of her patients, Psychotherapist Frieda Klein may have some of the answers which also link to another abduction twenty two years before. The hunt is on for a ruthless criminal and a battle with the police to take Ms Klein’s claims seriously.
This is a mystery thriller which links two child disappearances over a gap of twenty two years. It is the first book in a series of seven novels and the characters are well introduced, except perhaps Frieda Klein, theLondonpsychotherapist. Hopefully more of her background will be revealed in the later books. Some of the players in the story are very well done, like Joseph, the builder fromUkraineand the whacky niece of Frieda; Chloe. The Christmas dinner involving some of the varied characters is priceless.
The plot involves a man separated at birth from his family, but I will reveal no more about the family, as it would spoil the suspense. It takes a lot of imagination to go along comfortably with some parts of the plot as it becomes a bit improbable at times, but the last quarter of the book is great, dark, tense, and with a few good twists at the end.
This looks like being a good series with plenty of likeable characters and complicated plots. I would happily recommend this book and look forward to reading the next.