The much-anticipated fifth thriller in Lars Kepler's best-selling series featuring Joona Linna. Perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.
A video clip is sent to the National Criminal Investigation Department. Someone has secretly filmed a woman through her window from the garden. The next day she is found dead after a frenzied knife attack.
The police receive a second film of another unknown woman. There is no way of identifying her before time runs out. When her husband finds her, he is so traumatised that he cleans the whole house and puts her to bed. He may have seen a vital clue but is in such an extreme state of shock that the police are unable to question him. Psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark is called in to hypnotise him - but what the man tells him under hypnosis leads Erik to start lying to the police.
If the lights are on, a stalker can see you from outside. But if the lights are off, you can't see a stalker who is already inside the house.
©2016 Lars Kepler (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for Lars Kepler: "Kepler's plots are always thrilling, but The Sandman is one of the most hair-raising crime novels published this year." (The Sunday Times)
"Hurtles along...full of nuanced detail which sets it far above the average thriller.... You'll be terrified." (Evening Standard)
"Taking Europe by storm...ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness." (Daily Mail)
"Deeply scarifying stuff." (Independent)
"Kepler has a direct line to a very dark place in the human soul." (Lev Grossman, Time)
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"Clear the Decks, once you start you will not ....."
want to put this down until you are finished.A gripping story with twists and turns throughout, it captures the location and the atmosphere and creates an enthralling dialogue that you feel part of the plot.
The voice encapsulates the region and the theme it is an added dimension providing a perfect compliment to the written word.
Definitely if you can organise it this is a great one sitting listen.
Certainly value for money here as a very long listen/read.
The story builds slowly and there are a few surprises along the way. Featuring Joona Linna again his character is developed here into a risk taker. Perhaps he feels he has nothing to lose after the death of his partner, and the trauma that preceded that .
Would recommend this to those who love the Joona Linna series, but it can also be read as a standalone.
"A fascinating book with a complex plot."
Highly enjoyable. The end is a real nail biter, read with style and passion by a superb narrator. The protagonist is fascinating and the characters believable. it has some very dark moments which add to the tension.
Someone with patience
I thought this book would never end. The only thing that kept me going was wanting to know "who dunnit". I did not care about the characters. I did not find many of their actions believable. This is the first Joona Linna book I have read. It does not make me want to read another. Very disappointed and find it strange that it received so many good reviews.
"Powerful and Compelling..."
I loved this from start to finish. strong story that had some depth and some well developed charterers. Kepler stories are always interesting and areas within have a good grounding in factual research.
Saul delivers a faultless reading and this really helps to carry you on the journey..
Would highly recommend this, i could not stop listening...
"The best of all!!!! Can't wait for next one."
If this was a book you wouldn't be able to put it down till the end. Really gripping. I hope there will be more of the same main characters.
"Dear oh dear - is it me?"
Again I seem to be alone in my poor opinion of a highly rated book - I cannot understand where all the comments about this 'exciting' book come from:
Among my complaints are the following few that I wrote down as I went along:
Chief detective - steals colleagues biscuits.
Chief Psychiatrist tells lies - for absolutely no good reason.
This man also takes drugs in tablet form at the drop of a hat!
Not a single likeable character in the book.
The plot is nonsense
The police behaviour and lack of reasoning is pathetic. Especially when they shoot on sight because they are convinced (wrongly) that a certain person is guilty!
No matter whether the character is hot cold or frightened their 'Legs shake,or arms shake, or hands shake' and the detective who is obviously about 8 1/2 months pregnant rubs her pregnant tummy..... constantly, and the size of her bump is remarked on every time she is mentioned.
I felt that the writing was lazy, and the characters were lacking personalities.
Only reason for second star is that I did want to know 'whodunnit', even though I did skip chapters in the latter part of the book. It really wasn't worth the effort though.
I was also disappointed in Saul Reichlin, he narrated this as if he could barely speak English, this did improve as the book got going. - I do usually LOVE Saul Reichlin.
This is certainly an action-packed tale. I really enjoyed it, it's a great example of the thriller genre and properly bleak and Scandinavian! The narration was good, a little mannered but I thought that fitted in well with the tone of the story. I didn't much like the delivery of many of the female character's lines, though. They were a bit breathy and "girly". That's just a small niggle, however. Overall. the audiobook was an excellent listen.
"struggled to finish"
overly long. too detailed . pace too slow. tedious explanations and repetition of plot devices
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