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"Expect Ohlsson to join Nesbo on most readers' can't-miss lists." --Booklist (starred review)
Expect Ohlsson to join Nesbo on most readers' can't-miss lists. --Booklist (starred review)" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Kristina Ohlsson is a political scientist and until recently held the position of Counter-Terrorism Officer at OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). She has previously worked at the Swedish Security Service, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish National Defense College, where she was a junior expert on the Middle East conflict and the foreign policy of the European Union. Kristina lives in Stockholm.
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Top Customer Reviews
It features a densely-woven murder mystery spanning several decades, with the core plot enhanced by the ongoing and convoluted private lives of the investigating team of detectives. Where the previous book had been overwhelmed by (to me) tedious details about mundane failing marriages and personal pregnancy angst, here the back-story is usefully employed to add heft to the puzzle and meaning of the mystery. It helps that the author uses a nifty device – a subsequent investigation of the investigation – to chop up the timeline and ratchet up the tension.
Here, the plot follows an investigation into a newly-discovered body of a young woman who died a couple of years ago, but it rapidly expands to draw in a bewildering array of different characters; a famous author convicted of killing her husband who hasn’t spoken since; a university professor accused of raping a student; a young lad with every motive for the recent murder… but who is hard to connect to the older bodies which soon follow the girl’s out of the ground. It’s a complicated tale but one which makes satisfying sense when you reach the conclusion.
My only real criticism is that too many of the detectives become embroiled in the case on a personal basis. There are two staggeringly huge coincidences which defy the laws of nature – and, sure, they ramp up the drama, but just one of them would have been hard to swallow.Read more ›
why she is extremely popular in her native Sweden.
The body of a female student, who has been missing for many months,is
found unearthed on the edge of a forest.As additional bodies are discovered,
the case becomes more impenetrable for the three police investigators,
Alex Recht,Fredrika Bergman,and Peder Rydh.They all in different ways
become personally involved in aspects of the case that challenges their
professional integrity,and leads to an enquiry by Internal Affairs.
A thrilling and intricately plotted novel that keeps the interest and
The prologue's opening lines, set in the past, grabbed me immediately....
"When the film begins she has no idea what she is about to see. Nor does she realise what devastating consequences this film and the decisions she then makes will have on the rest of her life."
Present day. Two years after she disappears, the dismembered body of Rebecca Tolle is found by a dog walker in a shallow grave. When the crime scene team expand their excavation of the grave site, they find another body. But the second body has been buried for at least thirty years.
Are the two connected? Is this the work of a serial killer spanning thirty years?
Frederika and the special unit of the Swedish Federal Police are called in. Their case builds slowly, with multiple suspects - one of them close to a member of the team. I really enjoy Ohlsson's character building. She has given each main character a rich personal life that provides a more intimate reading experience.
Ohlsson is extremely clever with her plotting and delivery of her story. Interspersed with the investigation are Internal Affairs interviews held after the case has ended.
"You're here because you were in charge of an investigation that ended in disaster."
We get wee snippets of information that heighten the tension, provide subtle clues, provide teasers - and kept this reader up far too late.Read more ›
I did spot mistakes in it. There were quite a few punctuation marks missing, like speechmarks or fullstops which was pretty random (and careless)and on one page Internet is capitalised and then on others it isn't like someone couldn't make their mind up. This was odd-"..if only Helena hadn't I listened to gossip..."....sloppy mistakes like this let it down. At one point I was totally baffled when Spencer was thinking that words he was using were easier to get out now than they had been at the time. It meant nothing to me and just succeeded in really confusing me. A lot of characters seemed to have rough or deep voices which got a little wearisome at times though I WAS pleased English spelling was used in translation-that's a big plus.
I'm pleased this wasn't the first one of hers I picked up as I doubt I would bother with any more after it. However, I'll stick with the series and see how the fourth one goes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Smashing book. Well translated and edited for Kindle. I'm now on the trail for other books by this Kristina Ohlsson.Published 1 month ago by Traveller
Not a formal review, but just a note to say that I liked this book and enjoyed reading it. It was on special offer at £0.99.Published 6 months ago by David, Edinburgh
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