The New York Times and internationally best-selling Danish crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with the third thriller in his exhilarating Department Q series.
Detective Carl Mørck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?
Carl's investigation will force him to cross paths with a woman stuck in a desperate marriage: Her husband refuses to tell her where he goes, how long he will be away, what he does while he's gone - or even what he does for a living. Isolated after choosing him over family and friends, she waits for days on end, and when he returns she must endure his wants, his moods, his threats. But enough is enough. She will find out the truth, no matter the cost to him - or to herself.
In this heart-pounding thriller, Carl and his colleagues Assad and Rose must use every resource available to uncover the horrifying truth set adrift in that bottle all those years ago.
©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2013 Penguin Audio
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
And each one is a gem in itself. Exciting, mesmerizing & extremely well written. it certainly is a bench mark for other aspiring mystery writers. Narrators are great too, although i have some trouble with the pronunciation of the Danish names, but not enough to hinder my joy in reading these fine books.
This book seals it for me: this is an excellent series. This story is filled with many "coincidences" that at times leave you thinking - that's just too convenient. Surprisingly though, it's these coincidences and interwoven character plots that creep up on the reader and keep you on the edge of your seat. A scary tale of a reverse religious fanatic with just the right amount of irreverent humor to balance the whole novel.
A road trip story. Held our attention. Characters interesting, narration great. This is a series, and the story advances the lives of the family and coworkers of the deeply flawed Carl as he struggles to make sense of a damaged massage in a bottle that may or may not be serious.
I have become a convert to the Dept Q series. Great characters, well written police procedure story and a great narrator. Fully enjoyed the!
This is my third Department Q book. I found the first one well crafted and built around a quirky team of potentially interesting characters. Moved on to the second which was a bit darker but still had enough redeeming bits of light to get to the end. This book, "Faith", is relentlessly and depressing dark. A deep dive into religious "cult" and a madman preying on their insular community. But there must be some moments of levity or justice or something--right? Nope. Holds you underwater right until the final words. None of this is helped by the narrator who does his best to linger of the darkness a beat too long. Read "Keeper of the Lost Causes" - Book 1 in this series and move on.
Searches for a good detective series after finishing Pendergast, Matthew Corbett , and Cormoron Strike series had ended. Many revirws say you can start with this but you should really begin with the first book, Keeper of lost causes dept Q.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
If you liked the first Dept. Q book, you will like this one. The characters working with Carl are more finely drawn.
The bad guy is REALLY bad in this one, so it was a bit more disturbing to read about his crimes.
I strongly recommend. GO IN ORDER.
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