It all begins with a call to the police. A 16-year-old boy, Roger Eriksson, has gone missing in the town of Västerås. A search is organized and a group of young scouts makes an awful discovery in a marsh: Roger is dead. Meanwhile, Sebastian Bergman, psychologist, criminal profiler, and one of Sweden's top experts on serial killers, is in Västerås to settle his mother's estate following her death. Sebastian has withdrawn from police work after the death of his wife and daughter in the 2004 tsunami.
Would you listen to Dark Secrets again? Why?
Hoping that Audible picks up the follow up book. A refreshing change of pace from your typical American titles. In the style of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Dept Q series.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Secrets?
Probably the plot twist at the conclusion, although I knew what was coming because I had researched the author and read the synopses of the follow up novels.
Have you listened to any of Matthew Wolf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
First listen for me and really enjoyed his performance.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Nothing in particular.
Any additional comments?
Audible really should pick up the rest of the Sebastian Bergman series.
For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irène. But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. Worse still, the press seem to have it in for him - his every move is headline news. When he discovers that the killer has killed before - that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel - the fourth estate are quick to coin a nickname: The Novelist.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Has Irène turned you off from other books in this genre?
No more from this author or reader.
How could the performance have been better?
Overly dramatic and affected characterizations, almost farcical.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Irène?
I would have eviscerated the book.
Any additional comments?
How any normal human being can get enjoyment or satisfaction from reading this type of fiction is just unbelievable to me.
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Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.
Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?
If I had listened to this woeful story before The Dead Yard, I would have scratiched McKinty off my list. The Dead Yard is somewhat better, but will not win any literary prize.Doyle does OK with what he has to work with.
What was most disappointing about Adrian McKinty’s story?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cold, Cold Ground?
Most of them.
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