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The Double Silence: Anders Knutas series 7 (Anders Knutas 7) Paperback – 4 Jul 2013

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  • 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)

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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?

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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2016
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Yet again I have obviously not read the same novel as other reviewers because I think The Double Silence is a welcome return to form for Ms Jungstedt after a couple of sub par offerings. After an initial, very mysterious sex scene and a woman returning home and finding her front door open, leaving you to wonder what happened next it is slow to get going as it focuses on a group of 3 couples preparing to go on holiday together and then on their holiday. A windsurfer sees Sam, one of the group, being pushed off a cliff to his death and then it is discovered that Stine, another member of the group, has not been called away for work but is missing. Knutas must discover if she is the perpetrator or another victim.
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.
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Mari Jungstedt’s seventh novel about Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas and his assistant, Karin Jacobsson, of the Visby police force on the Swedish island of Gotland introduces the reader to three well-off couples who take holidays together and socialise as a tight group. They have decided to attend the Ingmar Bergman Festival on the island of Fårö, just north of Gotland, and to watch young guillemots at Stora Karlsö.

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.
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This a wonderfully well crafted and cleverly thought through crime mystery. Although there is the hint of violence and danger in the early chapters it is a good while before a murder occurs.
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
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The writer has a great knack of describing details about the settings of the various locations where the action takes place and gives interesting details as she develops the characters involved. Several false trails which keeps the reader guessing until near the end.
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It is shame that some things just don't live up to the billing. This is the case here! the author makes you wait for a third of the book before anything actually happens to let it make the thriller/mystery category. You might also think that during that time you would get some information that you could use later on in the book, but no it is just useless padding. That aside the remaining two thirds of the book are okay, and a reasonable crime thriller is told. Three murders take place during the holiday of a tight group of friends on the island of Faro in Sweden. A festival celebrating the film director Ingmar Bergman is attended by the holidaymakers when the killing starts. Anders Knutas is the local police detective who along with his colleague have to unravel the mystery of who done it.
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