The novel we discussed this evening was the first in a series set in London, England, featuring Frieda Klein, a psychoanalyst. "Blue Monday" by Nicci French generated many diverse opinions, though the majority really liked the novel. Our average score was 7.25 points out of 10 - with ten out of the thirteen members present saying that wanted to read more novels in the series.
There were many positive comments about the book. Most agreed it was a fast-paced thriller, that it was thought-provoking, and contained some canny twists and at least one 'gobsmacking' revelation.
Members who did not enjoy the novel thought that Frieda's character acted very non-professionally and that the twin angle was more than a little bit creepy.
We marveled at the way that the writing couple of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French made writing novels together seem so easy with their seamless narrative.
|Nicci French is the married couple: Nicci Gerrard & Sean French|
The winners of the book giveaways this month were very lucky indeed as there were some very new ARCs on offer. The winners of the 5 prizes were:
2. Margaret (who declined the win and we drew again)
The novel we will discuss at our next meeting on October 27th will be "Once upon a lie" by Maggie Barbieri. Hope to see you there!