The newest crime novel sensation: In this shocking and suspenseful psychological thriller, a police detective must confront a hideous evil that forces her to question how much suffering one person can inflict upon another before creating a monster.
In a Stockholm city park, police discover the hideously abused body of a young boy. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of a nameless immigrant child. But with the discovery of two more mutilated children's corpses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large.
Jeanette turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in psychopathic perpetrators, and their lives become increasingly intertwined, professionally and personally. As they draw closer to the truth about the killings - working together but, ultimately, each on her own - we come to understand that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of a hellishly insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society.
As viscerally dramatic as it is psychologically intense, The Crow Girl is a tale of almost unfathomably heinous deeds and of the profound damage - and the equally profound need for revenge - left in their wake.
©2016 Erik Axl Sund; 2016 Neil Smith - translation (P)2016 Random House Audio
not a bad story, had some really good parts but also so many unnecessary plot items and a few unresolved issues. pretty twisted crime story but could have been at least 50% shorter in length.
Compressing three books into this one was the initial mistake. It might be better to leave them as three. A different reader might help, too.
I really like the story, but there was just so much going on I wanted to keep listening, it was hard to put down. but also really hard to keep straight eventually I just gave up it was just too long. I would love to see it made into a movie
It started out great. Very dark and interesting thriller. I guess it comes down to the ending. I thought the author copped out and took the safe route. unresolved some loose ends and just ended it. ruined what was an exciting read.
I chose this rating because this book is very well written. The translation carried over very well. The depth of characters and of personalities is quite thorough.
In Anchorage AK since 2007. Found audio books in 1996. I remember the huge boxes of cassettes in the mail! Sometimes w/a faulty cassette!
There are so many things I'd like to say about this book, but I can not find any adequate words to do my thoughts or the book justice. No regrets about the number of times that I had to stop and go back to listen again while trying to keep it all together. Not a task for the "relaxing read" choice, or the "give up and start something else". The ends justify the means.
I love books!
First time author for me, debut novel for the author. In researching the author, I learned that the author is a pseudonym for two Swedes who collaborated to write this book. In Sweden and greater Europe this story was released as a trilogy while in the US as a single volume, hence the length of the book. It was long but we in the US can look at it as three books for the price of one!
This book had to take a lot of research and thought put into all the different elements of the story. This is a dark story, a very dark story. Its roots are in World War II, starting in Ukraine, moving to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany and then to Denmark and Sweden where one of the survivors of the war settled and created a secret sect that over the next several decades did things almost unfathomable to normal society. The Swedish detective that works this investigation has her hands full while her own personal life is unraveling around her.
This isn't the kind of story that brings out the better natures of the human soul. I could put the types of crimes committed in the review but, hey, if you want to know the dark sides of this book, you need to listen to it. I thought the narrator and translator did a good job.
complicated with a disturbing yet compelling topic. the conclusion is disturbing yet mimics real life as all is not always satisfactory or neat
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