Of course my favorite characters are Joona and Saga. She was non-existent in this novel. Joona comes on late and the story seems to make up for lost time. The 2nd half that was intense but just too much time on Erik. A bit muddled. Honestly, not my favorite of the series but look forward to the next one.
One of the most violent and disturbing novels I have read and I have read a lot. The graphic descriptions and psychotic personalities portrayed are depressing with very little relief from page to page. A steady diet of crazy and sadistic with hardly a splash of normalcy. I do not recommend this novel to anyone who wants to enjoy or learn from a book.
In all fairness, I would rate this a 4.5 . Compared to The Sandman this did not pull me in obsessively until halfway through the novel, and then it was full speed ahead. It definitely became a page turner of the highest order, with a whiplash from turning the pages so fast to see what was happening. The ending practically destroyed me so be forewarned. In this fifth novel of the Joona Linna series, a stalker is out filming women and then brutally disfiguring them and ending their lives. The race is on to figure out who the women are and who is this stalker. A psychiartist becomes involved in the search as he tries to hypnotize a former patient currently in prison to see if his memories provide any connection between the murders. As usual, the authors provide short chapters which heighten suspense and keep the drama accelerating. You just can't go wrong with this Nordic couple.
I am usually not a fan of dual author books because I can always tell when the writer changes. And that annoys me. But the premise of this plot got me to give it a try. You have to give the Scandinavians a lot of kudos for knowing how to write thrillers and mysteries. They have it DOWN. I did not figure out the ending until just before I reached it, which is saying a lot. I usually have the plot figured out by 1/3 to 1/2 way through a book. I don't want to say too much about the plot other than there is a lot more going than stalking. The psychological aspects to the story take it way past just a murder thriller. Can you tell who's crazy? Highly recommend.
What a fantastic roller coaster ride this book is. Joona Linna is the BEST detective ever. He sees things everyone misses and has an analytical mind and the ability to get the job done. One of the most breathtaking books I have read probably since the last one by Lars Kepler. One more in the series and I can't wait until it's released in the US. I believe these books should be read in order as many characters from previous books feature in this one. 5 stars doesn't do it justice.
Not one of my favorites, didn’t care for the language which was explicit and a lot of it. I love a good mystery but think it is a better read when you don’t have to bleep out so many words . If language doesn’t bother you then it’s a good read.
Dear LORD, these people can WRITE! Perfect, unique prose. Fascinating, compellingly human characters. Riveting crimes, and a perpetrator you will NOT anticipate, but the revelation of whom is both thrillingly right and utterly chilling. True, entertaining, creepy, addictive literature that is fully satisfying, detailed, entirely plausible and AWESOME!. A REMARKABLE achievement. Part of the Joona Linna series of novels, although I began reading it purely because of who had written it. Soon, surprisingly, DELIGHTEDLY, IT became the next book in the series! YOU MUST READ THEM ALL!
Unconventional police procedural written in the style Lars Kepler has mastered: short chapters that make it literally impossible to put down. Keeps you on the edge of your seat but never leaves you hanging. Well-written, a bit formulaic, but characters are wonderfully human, and though he always seems to be in trouble for writing his own rules, Joona Linna is considered the greatest living detective in Sweden despite being Finnish by birth. Every woman wants to go to bed with him and every man wants to BE him. The books in this series are addictive. Only problem? There just aren't enough of them yet!