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Until Thy Wrath be Past: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation

Until Thy Wrath be Past: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation [Kindle Edition]

Åsa Larsson , Laurie Thompson
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'Among the current batch of Nordic writers, the new Larsson is one to be followed with the most minute attention' Barry Forshaw, Independent. 'Larsson's laid back style makes her unflinching probing of the icy depths of the human heart all the more chilling' Jake Kerridge, Telegraph.

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In the first thaw of spring the body of a young woman surfaces in the River Torne in the far north of Sweden.

Rebecka Martinsson is working as a prosecutor in nearby Kiruna, her sleep troubled by visions of a shadowy, accusing figure. Could the body belong to the girl in her dream?

Joining forces with Police Inspector Anna-Maria Mella, Martinsson will need all her courage to face a killer who will kill again to keep the past buried under half a century of silent ice and snow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (4 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857050729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857050724
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wintery crime novel 9 Aug 2011
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Set in the northern reaches of Sweden, a young couple went missing over winter, presumed dead in a diving accident. When the spring thaw releases the girl's body, Inspector Mella and prosecutor Martinsson start investigating the secrets of a small isolated town where everyone knows everyone.

The story is narrated by the dead girl, Wilma. In a similar style to The Book Thief, the narrator doesn't make herself known on every page and the majority is told in third person. Larsson does a wonderful job of depicting the northern winter and long thaw of spring; it's a Swedish crime novel that is undoubtedly Swedish!

It is part of the Rebecka Martinsson series but I read it as a standalone novel. Whilst there are obviously some events that happened in the past that have severely affected Martinsson and Mella, I don't think lack of knowledge detracts from enjoying the overall plot. In my mind, I can work out what happened though I would personally like to read the earlier books now. I would be more than happy to add Asa Larsson to my crime shelf in future.

If you're interested in reading the series from the start, here's the reading order:

#1 The Savage Altar (Sun Storm)
#2 The Blood Spilt
#3 The Black Path
#4 Until Thy Wrath Be Past
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 6 Sep 2011
By Dot
This book was so good! A lot of Swedish crime books carry the comparison of being as good as Henning Mankell and many of them simply aren't. However, I actually thought that this was better than Mankell's books and I am very excited to have found another new crime writer to enjoy.
Until Thy Wrath Be Past focuses on the disappearance of Wilma and Simon, a young couple who went diving and never returned until Wilma's body is discovered in the water. Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson is involved from the very beginning and she just knows that the deaths were not accidental but who would want to kill two young, innocent people? Anna-Maria Mella is the detective in charge and she too is convinced that she is dealing with a double murder.
There are many mysteries and secrets surrounding Wilma and Simon's disappearance and Rebecka and Mella have to battle to get anyone to talk as it seems they are afraid to divulge anything. Both women are persistent though and pieces of the puzzle start fitting together. Neither woman thought that this investigation would lead them back to the Second World War but people did all kinds of things during that time, events from the past that they would do anything to keep hidden.
Asa Larsson weaves an extremely intricate plot and we view the actions directly from several different characters including the deceased Wilma. This allows the plot and mystery to build up gradually but even then I wasn't expecting the twists and turns at the very end. I think that Until Thy Wrath Be Past is a particularly clever book, I made several assumptions about characters and was proved wrong on several occasions. I felt like I was continually trying to work it all out which is so much better than some crime novels where the end is easily predicted about half way through. There are three previous books in this series which I shall certainly be adding to my wish list.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Job's comforter 15 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A quote from Job is not quite my idea of a book title but with Swedish authors, anything is possible. So, another crime mystery set in Northern Sweden. Having just finished 'Midwinter Sacrifice', the similarities in certain aspects of each book is interesting. I wasn't convinced in the book just mentioned about a ghost floating through the pages and, although this one here is less angst driven, it's still a ghost/spirit which does some of the storytelling. It doesn't work for me but no doubt those who believe in the hereafter will disagree.

Anyway, disregarding the ghosts, the book is a decent enough mystery. We do know who the killer is quite early on, so the story is more about unwrapping the layers of hardnosed procrastination by the families involved.

In essence, the murder of two young divers, searching for a downed German Junkers JU-52 which sank into a lake during the war, leads to a story of collaboration with the Nazis, the after-effects today and a difficult investigation for Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson and Inspector Anna-Marie Mella. This is, I think, the fourth book and it's obvious that certain events in previous books are relevant to the relationships. But this doesn't affect the storyline. It's easy to put together what may have happened and I'm not so enthused that I want to read the earlier books.

The author paints a vivid scenic story, an interesting view on personal relationships in a small, dying community with a history of hardiness only those who live there can really appreciate. The finale reads well though whether it takes the readers where they'd like to go is open to question.

I liked Martinsson who, of course, has a mixed-up relationship between work and her lover - but then, don't they all?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book at so many levels 30 Dec 2011
By mcsmall
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It would be an injustice to call this book a murder mystery.Whilst the mysterious death of two young people is its initial focus, it deals with so many diverse and interesting issues; the psychology of individuals,family dynamics, ? life after death ,vivid descriptions of the North Swedish landscape and the thorny question of the extent of Swedish neutrality in the Second World War. The writing and translation is of a high quality. It was one of those books that I did not want to end
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Did not want this story to end i have read 3 previous books and author has improved with each book. You do not need to read them in sequence but i am glad that i did. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Glasgow Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars deja vu
I enjoyed this book but couldn't shake off a feeling that it seemed familiar. It's very similar to Mons Kallentoft's book 'Midwinter Sacrifice', both in structure and style. Read more
Published 24 days ago by mr s j baughn
4.0 out of 5 stars until thy Wrath be past.
Enjoyed reading this new author to me. If you enjoy other Scandi authors this book is definitely worth reading.willtry another in this series.
Published 1 month ago by Caroline Astington
5.0 out of 5 stars Until Thy Wrath be Past
I love Asa Larsson books. I have read several and will be buying more of her work in the future.
Published 1 month ago by june m proctor
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different
Enjoyed this book very much. An insight into the way of life in the long winters in that part of the world. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rose Highfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Well written with characters convincingly drawn - some pretty nasty. A perfect book to read as the rain lashes outside.
Published 2 months ago by happymother
Unusual setting for a crime investigator. Rebecca Martinsson makes a sympathetic and interesting character as she moves from a well paid job in Stockholm back to her northern... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent well written atmospheric thriller
I'd read the other novels about Martinsson and this latest story did not disappoint; very well written by an author who knows how to delineate character and use location... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Silverjay
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love her books they are a real page turner and the Rebecka Martinsson Investgation series are fantastic I just wish there were more brought out in the English language.
Published 3 months ago by disco
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and different.
A mystery story with a twist ..... a combination of a `straight` detective novel with a touch of the supernatural. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Megabux
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