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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2013
We already know who killed Nanna Birk Larsen. First, the murderer was found in the Danish (original) version of the TV series "The Killing," and then in the American remake (girl's name was changed to Rosie Larsen). British Hewson penned the novelization of the series, designed to attract a larger audience for the series and expand the original universe, but I can not say that he succeeded.

To accommodate 20 hour episodes in a book? This alone seems impossible, and Hewson had to compress all that can be compressed - book has turned out 700-page. And the quality of the novel suffers from such compression, of course. Where in the series we could leisurely look at and think about some of the scenes, to assess the atmosphere, look closely, how a cameraman worked, to see Denmark at night, in the book we can not see all this. The author has to drop even the tiniest "stopping places". He accelerates the pace, because if he starts to add something else, the book will make a volume of three. Thus a large part of the atmosphere is lost, exactly what, Hewson went to Denmark for. So, it turns out the bare plot, and nothing more.

The book on one hand is a page-turner, on the other - if a book is reduced to a rapid page turning, whether you need to read it at all? Those who watched the show will definitely catch and rethink those moments that may not be understandable from the TV screen. Hewson faithfully follows the TV screenplay; the book has all that was on the show. Reading the book once again you can follow the thread of the investigation, with fresh eyes to look at the Lund and Meyer's mistakes, pretend that we do not know the killer, and once again try to guess who he is.

Those who have not watched TV series, but will first read the book probably will want to watch the entire season in one sitting. They will be curious to see how the characters look like, what actors have been picked up for filming, perhaps they will be deprived of suspense as the killer would have known, but in any event, new fans of the show will appear.

Those who are going to read "The Killing" as a stand-alone book is unlikely to receive the dose of pleasure, which they had hoped for. The political line on the screen is weak, but in the book is even weakier, closer to the final we even ask ourselves: what all these politics do here? And the volume of the novel is unlikely advantage. Hewson added the humor in the book. Meyer and Lund even more or less jokes, I do not remember that they were joking on the show. Another flaw, which makes the book not a good one, is its structure. In the series, there are three story lines, and they are often switched. For a TV show it is a suitable structure, for the book you need something else. In the book there is confusion, as if looking at it fast forward. You need to stay with characters a little longer to feel them, but - no time for that. The volume is running out, you need to hurry, because a lot of second- and third-rate characters are not represented. In general, fans of the book mysteries will find a better book. By itself, the book does not work. I would prefer to Hewson wrote a detective story in the universe of "The Killing", but not straight novelization.

Hewson slightly modified the ending. Does this alternative ending change something? No. This is nothing more than unnecessary improvisation.

The book is definitely for fans of the TV series, and for those who are about to see the series.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2013
Having previously only seen the US version set in Seattle, I was surprised to find some major changes in the plot but on the whole the story was more convincing, particularly the identity of the killer. The US tv version won't do much for attracting tourists to Seattle nor does the book make me want to visit Copenhagen but the gritty realism is attractive in its own way and the pace of the story kept my thumb on the Kindle turn over button !
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2012
This proved to be an absorbing,intrigueing and sometimes exciting read.The story is full of convolutions,with new evidence suddenly appearing after the mysteries had apparently been solved leading to the need for further investigation.My reason for giving only four stars instead of five was that at times particularly toward the last few chapters it became a little confusing because of its complexity.However i'm glad I bought it.
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on 29 December 2012
An excellent and compelling TV detective series re-imagined as an excellent and compelling book. A good read and still a page-turner even though the plot was already known. Please please David Hewson - there will only be three television series (we are told) - can you accept the challenge and make Sarah Lund live on as a literary heroine because if nothing else the baddy in Killing III needs bringing to book!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2013
I got to grips with the book from the very beginning but by the time I got half way I found it was dragging on a bit. The main character Lund was starting to annoy me as well.

The author should have brought the book to an end sooner, as I wanted to know the ending I preserved. Lots of suspense and twists but overall enjoyable. I will be watching the tv series, and reading the second instalment.
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on 13 October 2014
Prompt arrival
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having watched The Killing on BBC4 (subtitled) I was keen to read the book. The ending is different to the original story and in some ways is more palatable than the original plot. The characters are extremely well written. Lund and Meyer's love-hate working relationship is a joy to read. Reminiscent of Wallander, Lund's relationships are chaotic, always taking second place to her total focus on solving the case. Unlike Wallander, she doesn't wallow in self-pity, just moves on and does her best. Lund is a strong female lead, a character whose status isn't based on her looks or sexuality, in fact she seems oblivious to the 'wrappings' that seem so important to society.

Hewson manages to keep the pace and tone of the series, the backdrops and culture are not lost, if anything I think he adds to this due to thorough research which is apparent in his other books. He keeps the reader interested from start to finish.

This would be a great holiday or long-haul flight read. I read mine over a few evenings (it's a thick book!) and couldn't wait to get started on the next chapter. More please, Mr Hewson :-)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2014
Firstly, I have not seen the tv drama, the Killing, so had no idea of the story line. Although I enjoyed it, I found it over long but still readable. I read the Kindle version which meant it was difficult, if not impossible, to go back to check on characters or actions to refresh my memory, which found I needed to do as I lost track at times! I'm not sure I could read the next book at the moment.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2014
Having missed the TV series I can't compare it with the book. However the story did seem very complicated with many twists and turns so I would imagine it is easier to read the book and be able to double back to check details when necessary. There were so many unexpected twists that they became the norm! I enjoyed the book but I feel it could have been more realistic if simpler.
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on 18 February 2015
Very chilling
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