- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday (4 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857521470
- ISBN-13: 978-0857521477
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Double Silence: Anders Knutas series 7 (Anders Knutas 7) Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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Do you really know who your friends are? From the bestselling Swedish crime writer comes a chilling story about the worst of our best-kept secrets.
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A man pushed from a cliff
A woman missing after a bike ride
An elderly man washed ashore.
A group of friends closer than most - too close, some might say. Every year they leave their comfortable suburban neighbourhood to go on holiday to a remote Swedish island. But this year, their trip won't go as expected.
A terrible series of tragedies unfolds, seemingly random, all somehow connected. To find the truth, Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas will have to look into the friends' tangled pasts. What malevolent force has followed them to the island?
Or was it amongst them all along?See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The Double Silence is not an action packed novel, it is a slow uncovering of facts and innuendo to arrive at the truth and I found it fascinating. The group of friends at the centre of the novel is creepy and insular with their exclusivity, over dependence on each other and determinedly happy faces. One of the detectives describes it as "cult like" but unnatural is more like it, although I have known a couple of similar but not as extreme groups over the years. I think Ms Jungstedt does a good job with its disintegration. Meanwhile the investigation continues as both Knutas and Jacobsson wrestle with personal problems.
I liked The Double Silence and found it an interesting, stress free read - no edge of the seat stuff, more a gentle unraveling of information so if that's what you like this is a good read.
The couples are John, an American bar-owner and his wife, Beata, a model, who have an open marriage; a film director, Sam, and his wife, Andrea, and the exotic Vietnamese, Stina, married to an older man, the three-times married Håkan. There are the expected hints about a great deal being hidden within these relationships, but neither these nor what happens to some of them create the necessary tension to create a really unputdownable book. None of the six is really well-described, rather surprising for a novelist whose characters are usually drawn so perceptively. However, Jungstedt is to be congratulated in not dwelling on the injuries suffered by the person who falls over a cliff - ‘They stopped abruptly when they caught sight of XXX. Or what was left of him/her.’ Some others authors would spend a page or two on the damage done to limb, bone and brain.
Quite early on, one of the six falls over a cliff and another disappears. Knutas and Jacobsson are called upon to investigate. Both are wrestling with personal problems, Knutas and his wife, Lina, are not really communicating and Jacobsson has decided that it is time to make contact with the daughter who she gave up for adoption as a small baby.Read more ›
Unlike many stories the background is told in the present time leading up to the events that destroy the world of a group of close-knit friends. This gives us a perspective on these events and makes us as involved as the Police, who identify suspects but can't really make a case.
It is fascinating as the layers in the plot are peeled back enabling the reader to understand more fully but the surprises remain right to the end even though the obvious was in clear sight all the time.
This is the 7th in a series of books set in and around Gotland. It could be read as a stand alone novel but the real joy is to see the development of characters since we were first introduced to them in Unseen.
Not always as dark as some Scandinavian crime writing but some of the best stories and insights into human behaviour
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is another fantastic read highly recommended to allPublished 2 months ago by Peter of Harrogate
Maintains the exceptionally high standard that one expects from Mari Jungstedt. Great idea to weave through a backdrop of the work of Ingmar Bergman. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. E. Bacon
Lots of different narratives but not so complex to be confusing. Lots of different possible outcomes - but the actual one not too obvious. And enough 'hooks' for another novel.Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth Herd
Great read again I feel as though I know all the characters now trouble is I've got a long wait til series 8 comes to AmazonPublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
Another excellent book in the Knutas book series - the characters are well expanded each book.Published 19 months ago by Chris Clarke
I have loved this series of books,set in Gotland...Visby has been added to the bucket list.Published 19 months ago by doconthemove