This story dragged on and on... I gave up on the story. Definitely not up to the standards of Scandinavian noir found in Sjowall and Wahloo, Henning M..Show More »ankell, or Jo Nesbo. The premise was good - but immediately plummeted from there, digressing into repetitive and uninteresting details about characters I didn't care about. . . and the performer was irritating. Why, in a novel set in Sweden, did she feel compelled to give everyone an accent? Mostly, they sounded like cardboard German characters - definitely nothing like Swedes I personally know. The accents were completely unnecessary and quite irritating. Hard to distinguish individual characters.
I like the actress reading it a lot, except I think giving everyone accents while keeping the narration unaccented is a novel idea but unnecessary. Ju..Show More »st do everyone English with different voices- a whole bunch of accented English speakers becomes confusing and a little bit tedious.
This is the second novel I have read/listened to by Ohlsson and I think she's very good!
A dog finds a dead body: a young woman cut into two big pieces, but missing her head and hands. Soon we realize the story is about finding out who mad..Show More »e a snuff film and whether the film is even real. This is the third in a Swedish crime series, and I enjoyed it enough that I'll go back and read the others. It was a little sprawling and long but the fractured time structure with flashes forward to transcripts from an internal affairs investigation into how things went so horribly wrong keep the momentum going. I’m still a little confused about what happened, and the final scene brings up a mystery as to who is watching the film at the end. I like not knowing and I have my theory. Bechdel test: pass.
As for the narrator, she speaks like a weary old man. At first I hated it and thought there was no way I could finish the book but after an hour, her voice really grew on me and disappeared into the background. Her voice perfectly captures the personality of the lead detective.
The Kristina Ohlsson books are thrilling enough to keep my interest while in transit; this narration was abysmal as the attempt at a Swedish accent wa..Show More »s a failure and all the male characters - American and Swede - sounded oddly the same. I had difficulty finishing this book because of the narrator who should stick to British romance novels.