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In the heart of summer, the country swelters in a fog of heat. In the beautiful forested lake-town of Sorbinowo, Sergeant Merwin Kluuge’s tranquil existence is shattered when he receives a phone call from an anonymous woman. She tells him that a girl has gone missing from the summer camp of the mysterious The Pure Life, a religious sect buried deep in the woods. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is recruited to help solve the mystery.But Van Veeteren’s investigations at The Pure Life go nowhere fast. The strange priest-like figure who leads the sect, Oscar Yellineck, refuses even to admit anyone is missing. Things soon take a sinister turn, however, when a young girl’s body is discovered in the woods, raped and strangled; and Yellineck himself disappears. Yet even in the face of these new horrors, the remaining members of the sect refuse to co-operate with Van Veeteren, remaining largely silent.

As the body count rises, a media frenzy descends upon the town and the pressure to find the monster behind the murders weighs heavily on the investigative team. Finally Van Veeteren realises that to solve this disturbing case, faced with silence and with few clues to follow, he has only his intuition to rely on…

©2011 Macmillan Publishers (P)2011 Macmillan Publishers

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  • Elinor Dashwood
  • 04-23-11

Gripping stuff, well written

I thought this was a great book, well written, with a nice eye for characterisation and detail. If you like Jo Nesbo and the other Scandanavian writers, you'll like this one. Not as ponderous and s-l-o-w as Stieg Larsson.

Good reader, too.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs Valerie West
  • 02-03-17

Slow storyline

The storyline of this book was rather slow to develop. And I didn't like the English regional accents attributed to the Swedish characters.

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  • Nell
  • 03-07-12

Unexciting, uneventful and dull

This was the most disappointing audiobook I have ever chosen from audible. I am a big fan of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson etc and was hoping that this would be an exciting listen. Nesbo and Larsson are in another league to this. The slowest, least exciting, least eventful book. At times it felt like a children's novel. I felt as though the majority of the book dealt with the inspectors dining habits, with only vague detail given to the murder plot which was incredible simple, painfully slow to get going, and extremely thin on the ground. There was not one moment of tension or excitement, and i found myself incredibly irritated by both the narrator and the charactors. After 4 hours i was waiting for it to end.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful