From internationally best-selling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Läckberg comes a new psychological thriller - irresistible for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø.
Mats Sverin was Fjällbacka's financial director on a regeneration project worth millions. When he's found dead, detective Patrik Hedström must find answers.
It seems Mats was a man who everybody liked yet nobody really knew - a man with something to hide. Is it just a coincidence that his high school sweetheart, Nathalie, has returned to the area? Does she know who Mats really was?
Nathalie has her own secret. Something has forced her and her five-year-old son to flee to their remote family home on the Ghost Isle, where she'll shield her son from the evils of the world.
But as the murder investigation draws a blank, the police have to dig deeper - and before long, everyone's lives will be dragged into the light.
©2016 Camilla Läckberg (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This book doesn't seem to have the same glue (as in glued to it) as several oh her earlier mysteries. I was glad to pick up with the interesting characters who people these books. (Each book does stand alone.) It was worth the price.
Plodding with endless info that did nothing to move the plot forward nor to build the characters. I started thinking root canal would be better.
In all the years I have been a member of Audible, I have never returned a book.
This entry in the series was very compelling. The clues in the main mystery were laid out in subtle fashion and timed so that the reader and Patrick solve it about the same time. However there are 3 other mysteries within the book and that is at least one mystery too many. In fact the author seems to have forgotten about one of them and just leaves the reader hanging. This may very well be the plot basis for the next book, but it was unsatisfying not to have a conclusion in this book. There is also a flashback mystery which only kind of works because it is set in the 1870s. The naivete of the young wife living on an island with two men who despise her is believable only because of the era. The latter subplot also figures into the supernatural element of the story and this actually does have an intriguing continuity within the larger plot. All in all well worth listening to.
If I could have given this a 3.5 rating, I would have. It takes quite a while to sort out all the characters, especially since they all (except for the evil ones) seem to be gaga about children and kind of boring; however, the story line, once it develops, is pretty interesting. Simon Vance is a good reader, but he may be overdoing the Swedish accent. At times it seemed almost parodic (like the two Brit television comedians who used to do "Swedish.") I'm not sure I'll get another of Lackberg's novels.
Great drama/mystery and being set near Stockholm kept it different from the typical American dramatic mystery. One aspect bothered me and though I know it was meant to throw the reader off the scent of the real antagonist it was upsetting. The mystery behind the illegal eagles is not resolved and seems to get lost. Such a horrific and real situation I feel should have been resolved and come back to. Also who is the brothers love interest? Seems like that wasn't developed properly and falls to the wayside making it hard to care about him or his sister. Without giving to much away - I can tell you these were some of the loose ends I had issues with, otherwise great book. Interesting but didn't make me work to hard. Good read to leave my work day behind.
I rated the story only because I had to in order to write a review. The narration is so strange and inappropriate that I can't listen to it and will return it. And make a note to myself not to get a book with this narrator.
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