It starts with just one body - tortured, mummified and then discarded. Its discovery reveals a nightmare world of hidden lives. Of lost identities, secret rituals and brutal exploitation, where nobody can be trusted. This is the darkest, most complex case the police have ever seen. This is the world of the Crow Girl.
©2016 Erik Axl Sund (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
Author: no. Narrator: yes. Good narration does not save this book.
Erik Axl Sund is the pen name used by Jerker Eriksson and Hakan Alexander Sundquist. Its a pity I did not know this at the start as I don't normally read books by two authors. They are normally substandard in my experience. This apparently successful duo make the book tedious towards the end by trying to include all the weird and terrible things they had read about on the Internet. It becomes tedious as a result. It starts off with such promise but their editor failed them by not reigning in some of the rubbish in the last third of the book.
Its no so much that characters need to be cut. Its rather that the authors try to get too clever and just end up with a tedious mess.
Ended the book thinking "what a waste of time".
As a father of three young girls this was a very difficult book to listen too, but if we hide from subject matter like this it will never be stopped, it can never be understood how men can be like this!
Once I got over the shock of the graphic description and started to feel as "I" being a man am not guilty for these men but am in small part a victim of there actions
People can say killing them is too good for them and I would agree but the organisations that I'm sure exist that profit in this have there own place in hell
To fix this I have no clue, maybe one! Save the young
The in-depth description of one of the lead characters insanity is so well written, you feel insane, I commend the author for writing about and being as brutal as they were...
I'm glad I finished it but I would not listen again because the subject matter is so cutting! I truly got the fear of the dark
Narrators delivery was really good and it must of been tough!
"Relentless and outstanding."
No, the point is made.
Everything is watered down after this book. Beware.
To me, it was very important that it is a female reading this audible work. I don't know whether I could have continued had it been a male voice.
Recognition, recoil and rage, lots of rage.
Were is the next book in the trilogy, can only find in German?
Tough subject but handled well for a fictional work. Great listen with plot twists galore. Just when I thought I had the story mostly figured out, along came another twist, then another. Great stuff.
First time I've heard the reader but a great voice for audio books. Very well read and very clear speaking. Great inflections and superb interpretation of the written word. Would be more than happy to listen to other audio books read by Gabrielle.
No. Due to the length.
great listen. turns and twists until the end. look forward to listening to another by author and narrator!!
I was listening to the audioversion of this book. I've gotten about 8 hours in and had to give up.
I'm not sure if it was a lack of attention on my part with it being audio and not a proper book, although I've never had an issue with them before, but I just could not follow what was going on anymore.
It was constantly jumping back and forth between characters and time periods until the point that i was confusing one character with another.
So sadly this one will go down as DNF.
"Harrowing yet life-affirming"
The material covered by the book, abuse of the worst kind and its aftermath is handled in a non-hysterical way.
The story can be hard to stick with but it's a story that feels real and carries clear warnings to society.
"Good story, but not for the faint-hearted"
I enjoyed this book, but there were a couple of negatives. I wondered several times whether it was ever going to end. It is very convoluted and there are so many characters that it is difficult to keep track of who everybody is - or isn't! Worth sticking with it, though if you re prepared to keep hitting the rewind button.
Moral challenges are abundant in our world, the opportunity is recognising them and staying true.
Mankind's challenge is to protect our children. Crow Girl reminds us how prevalent it is that people want to control, dominate and humiliate others, particularly children. Such a stark reminder.
The characters and plot unravels like an onion leaving the bitter core till last. Well told.
"An intricate and powerful thriller"
A plausible psychological premise underlies this very powerful and heart wrenching thriller. very well written with a clear narrative and enough left unsaid to keep the reader enraptured
"As Dark As It Gets"
I like Nordic Noir and this is probably the darkest and most depressing story in the genre.
Unlike other Scandinavian crime stories,there is no politics involved; just a relentless journey into the dark receceses of humanity.
The provison of confidential information by a Police Officer to a psychologist is unlikely and a flaw in the story.
It was nonetheless compelling with a brilliant narration.which held my attention through many a long dog walk .
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