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The Gingerbread House | [Carin Gerhardsen]

The Gingerbread House

Ingrid Olsson returns home from a Stockholm hospital to discover a man in her kitchen. She's never seen the intruder before. But he's no threat - he's dead. Criminal Investigator Conny Sjoberg takes the call, abandoning his wife Asa and their five children for the night. His team identify the body as that of a middle-aged family man. But why was he there? And who bludgeoned him to death? Lacking suspect and motive, Sjoberg's team struggle until they link the case to another - apparently random - killing. And discover they face a serial killer on a terrible vendetta....
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen, a sensational new crime-writing talent from the same Swedish editorial team and publisher as Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. Read by the actress Candida Gubbins.

Ingrid Olsson returns home from a Stockholm hospital to discover a man in her kitchen. She's never seen the intruder before. But he's no threat - he's dead. Criminal Investigator Conny Sjoberg takes the call, abandoning his wife Asa and their five children for the night. His team identify the body as that of a middle-aged family man. But why was he there? And who bludgeoned him to death?

Lacking suspect and motive, Sjoberg's team struggle until they link the case to another - apparently random - killing. And discover they face a serial killer on a terrible vendetta.... The Gingerbread House is the first title in The Hammarby Series, novels following Detective Inspector Conny Sjoberg and his murder investigation team - a gripping feast for all fans of Jo Nesbo, Camilla Lackberg, and Henning Mankell.

Carin Gerhardsen was born in 1962 in Katrineholm, Sweden. Originally a mathematician, she enjoyed a successful career as an IT consultant before turning her hand to writing crime fiction. Carin now lives in Stockholm with her husband and their two children. She is currently working on the seventh title in the series.

©2014 Carin Gerhardsen; ©2014 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"Carin Gerhardsen writes so vividly, like she is painting with words, gripping your heart and soul in an ever-tightening tourniquet" (Peter James)
"Gerhardsen brings a timely perspective to the serial killer genre, as her characters are engulfed by the worst possible consequences of their childhood cruelties. The pages turn themselves, right up the final startling twist" (John Verdon)

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 04-12-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I pre-ordered this book and started listening the day it arrived. I enjoy discovering a new Scandinavian author that has a clever story idea and lots of talent. The reviews looked good so I was expecting something on the level of Jussi Adler-Olsen or Camilla Lackberg.

    The narration was unsettling to me from the start. Gubbins seems like a very capable narrator, but her voice and accent was annoying to me. I actually considered buying the Kindle version to get through the story. Despite the narration, I never got hooked into the story. Even though I knew before the book started that the serial killer would be revealed to the reader, I thought the police procedural would be interesting on how they would catch him. That never happened for me. I finally gave up after the 4th hour.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 06-13-14
    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 06-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gingerbread House to be better than the print version?

    Yes I loved listening to this book


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes -had know idea who the killer was until almost the end- was well written and the narrator was excellent- loved it


    Which character – as performed by Candida Gubbins – was your favorite?

    Connie and Petra


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved these books and so I am very disappointed that the other books written by this author are narrated in Swedish and I wish they in were in English as I don't speak Swedish so I'm hoping they will be narrated in English in the near future PLEASE and thank you

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 04-26-15
    Linda 04-26-15 Member Since 2015

    My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!

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    "Is There Ever a Statute of Limitations on Revenge?"

    There are consequences for actions and the fact that there seems to be no statute of limitations for revenge makes a person wonder if, in fact, we will eventually pay for the mistakes we made as wee children. Mistakes that most of us will never remember since our actions at 5 or 6 years old are often lost to the dull mist of memory. Hmmm.. this could be a scary thought.
    Candida Gubbins narrated this story well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 12-26-14
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 12-26-14 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    No spoilers here!
    This book is every bit a Scandinavian murder mystery with multiple story threads. The main plot has roots far in the past, murders in the present, and a rush to prevent future killings. However, there is not one gruff loner detective doing things regardless of the consequences. The team works together, divides the responsibilities, and we get a glimpse of them off work. Early in the book I was drawn in to the background, realization that the murders are work of a serial killer, and the rush to stop the carnage. I will definitely follow this author in the future.

    I didn't sync with the narrator immediately, but it only took a short time to get into her rhythm and enjoy "someone reading to me."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • J. Hamer
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    3/20/15
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    "A well written mystery"

    Well written, captivating story with twists and turns leading to an unexpected ending. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
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    "Low on tension but great police characters"

    This is an interesting story that invites you to have some compassion for the killer. This works to a degree but the downside in that the plot lacks tension because it is hard to feel a great deal of sympathy with the victims. Naturally they don't deserve to die in such a heinous way but they really are a pretty unpleasant bunch.

    The best parts of the book are driven by the various police officers in the case. Each one is an interesting character in their own right, and there is a very good sub plot, plus a clever twist at the end. I am not certain, but this appears to be part of a series, and I would be tempted to carry on reading to find out more about this team.

    The narrator does a good job involving multiple accents and characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    6/7/14
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    "A sad but unfortunately true tale"
    Which character – as performed by Candida Gubbins – was your favourite?

    Thomas was such a sad human being, without ever really experiencing love, joy or laughter in his life, nor the feeling of security.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The prologue brought me too tears, I found it exceptionally moving and fatefully truthful even as today our children suffer through this form of abuse


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book of Carin Gerhardson's that I have read, found it to be well written, with plenty emotion strewn throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • science boff
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    4/12/15
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    "The Gingerbread House"

    A good story. A good plot that made you not want to stop listening. I would recommend this book to add to your wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    POTTON SANDY, United Kingdom
    4/11/15
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    "Run as fast as you can."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reading would have had more resonance had it been read by a male


    What will your next listen be?

    Not sure. Rebus perhaps


    Would you be willing to try another one of Candida Gubbins’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The book was read with emphasis all wrong in many places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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