The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s sensational new thriller, read by the actor Steven Pacey.
Two boys, brothers, wake tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Their kidnapper has gone, but soon he will return. Their bonds are inescapable.
But there is a bottle and tar to seal it. Paper and a splinter for writing; blood for ink. A message begging for help.
In Copenhagen’s cold cases division Carl Morck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, written in blood. It is a cry for help from two boys. Is it real? Who are they and why weren’t they reported missing? Can they possibly still be alive?
©2013 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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"Very Good Story"
Another great book from Scandanavia - these authors are brilliant in their telling of a good story. This is another to add to the list - the story brings something different to the listener and amalgamates an old crime with a recent crime. The story surrounds a group of Jahova Witnesses and how they get trapped by a malicious member of their own religion, who has a traumatic past of his own. There is a lot of barbarity in this story and it is not overly softened in the telling which does involve children, so listener beware it is harsh. Steven Pacey tells the story well and is good with accenting the characters, each of who has their own personality and there are some damn funny moments amongst the banter. I would recommend this book, its well read, well written and will take you through a lot of emotions. Enjoy.
What a brilliant writer this Jussi Alder-Olsen is, what a great narrator and translation. Wonderful characters, coupled with a story line that sounds believable and the humor that made me laugh out loud . Much more of this author please.
Mercy and Disgraced, same core characters
Any of the office scenes, connection between Carl, Assad and Rose
No, I wanted to savor the story so tried to string it out for as long as possible
Why did Rose not pass on the message to Carl as to the whereabouts of the boathouse?
The killer was killed too soon.
"Was it meant to be funny?"
I downloaded this based on the high ratings and the fact that it was a crime thriller, which I like. Being a big fan of Jo Nesbo and Stig Larson, I assumed it would be another of that type. The story is excellent and the plot well thought-out, but what ruins the book is the general 'brevity' of the dialogue between the police characters and in the inward thoughts of the main police character. Literally 85% of the non-plot related story was written in an attempt to be funny. I say attempt, because it wasn't funny at all. Perhaps this was a case of lost in translation. The plot deserved the gavitas in general dialogue that authors such as Jo Nesbo or Micheal Connolly would have given to this subject matter. Perhaps is was meant to be funny, but that seems at odds with the plot. Comedy crime thrillers can work as in the case of the Rivers of London series, but for me this didn't. The narrator did a good job with a dodgy 'script'.
"Good listening - excellent narrator :-) "
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, which was made all the more enjoyable by the narrator, Steven Pacey. For me, the narrator is as important as the book and Steven Pacey does an excellent job. It was a very good plot, well woven together although I did feel that sometimes the narrative of some the characters was a little over descriptive but this may have been necessary?? I have read the previous 2 books in the series and do think it's better to read them in order but only because I like hearing about the characters and how their roles have developed in Dept Q. I shall definitely be reading the next in the series.
"Really good story."
Great story . Great performance.It gripped from the start. I enjoyed this and found that I listened at every opportunity.
Excellent book. Gripping. Dark. Twisted plot. Brilliantly read. I highly recommend. Can't think of more words to write!!
"wonderful stories. wonderful narration"
Love all Department Q books. They are spellbinding. So many twists and turns and such interesting characters.
"Redemption - another great book"
Redemption - another great book,
Full of great characters, a comedy element & a triller
Steven Pacey great as usual.
"Brilliant on all counts "
Strong narrative held together by a powerful rendition. Really interesting characters in Department Q!
"Worth the listen, just."
Would agree with some of the comments that at times, particularly towards the end, it becomes a little far fetched. Disappointing in what sets out as a good plot. However, I enjoyed the first two and still enjoyed this one with some reservations. Intend to read more of the series and hope that the denouements are a little more plausible.
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