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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2012
This seems to be one of those love or hate books & I hated it . I mistakenly thought it would be a nordic crime mystery but it is more of a family saga of self obsessed misfits who commit crimes . The sheer unremitting misery of the book will ensure that I do not read this author again . I found the first half of the book very tedious as very little actually happened , lots of shallow people wallowing in their own misery . Granted, there were revelations in the final chapters but I was past caring by then - good job as we never did find out why those books were in the freezer .
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
`Can anyone help me?' is the rhetorical question spoken by actors in a play being written by one of the characters in this novel. I know exactly how each of them feels. I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. Every time I picked up this book, my eyelids began to droop after just a few pages. It has all the ingredients of a great story. The death of an old woman who keeps signed copies of a Nobel Prize winner's books in her freezer, the flashback to a four year-old boy left on the steps of a convenience store, a failing relationship between the son of the prize winner and his acerbic wife. How is the writer going to tie all these and other elements together?

Of course, she does in the end, but I found the writing style excessively dreary and dull. It plods along as if marching to the gallows. I just couldn't empathise with any of the characters and the back-story seemed to me to be filler. Filler with no taste, no energy, no flavour - a two-day-old stale sandwich of a book. I haven't read many of the new wave of Scandinavian thrillers and I love Kerstin Ekman and Stieg Larsson among others. I will persevere with the genre - but no more Karin Alvtegen.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2013
I enjoyed this book very much. All the different strands were woven together well and the characters were well drawn. It was easy to read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thriller with lots of twists and turns.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2011
I have not yet had time to read this book but as I have read all of her previous publications I am certain I will enjoy it. The copy is like new. Thank you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2013
The book was a bit slow in the beginning but seemed to gather speed about halfway through. I enjoyed it eventually.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2013
A PAGE Turner. Gripping with unexpected twists along the way. Would have liked a little more detail at the end.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2010
Another excellent crime thrller from Karin Alvtegen. Set in Stockholm the plot builds and thickens.
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