• Guiltless

  • Sandhamn Murders, Book 3
  • By: Viveca Sten
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (382 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The tiny Swedish island of Sandhamn has always been a haven for lawyer Nora Linde. With trouble brewing in her marriage, she finds its comforts more welcome than ever, even in the depths of winter. That is, until her two young sons trip across a severed arm in the woods.

The boys' gruesome discovery will once again connect Nora with her childhood friend Thomas Andreasson, now a local police detective. When the limb is identified as belonging to a twenty-year-old woman who disappeared without a trace months earlier, what had been a missing persons case takes on a whole new urgency.

Nora and Thomas delve deeply into the woman's final hours, each of them wrestling not only with the case but with the private demons it awakens in them. As they do, they'll find themselves drawn into the history of Sandhamn and the tensions that have been simmering just below the surface for more than a hundred years.

©2010 Viveca Sten (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2017 Marlaine Delargy.

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Series Bogs Down

On the up side the narrator has really improved from the choppy robotic quality of the earlier books. Dawe is even able to do different voices for the characters now. This make it much better for listening.

On the other hand I think I'm giving up on this series. It has become too plodding and on the edge of tedious for me. I hated all the graphic child abuse depicted in the flashback chapters. Then if you add in the odd and abrupt cliffhanger ending the whole thing just lost me.

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Riveting

Sandhamm Murders are best heard with a large coffee mug, trail mix and a weekend of no interruptions. Trying to guess whodunnit is so kuch fun. The story was very heartbreaking and the cliffhanger! Buying the next one now!

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Norah weeps

A long, boring tale with wimps as the “heroes.”
Wish that Thomas and Nora would grow a pair.

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book 3 as good as first 2!

the story was well put together and naration was amazing......i couldn't stop listening! Can't wait for the next book!

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This one ends in a cliffhanger!

I prefer not to listen to a serialized series (one where the all of the novels except the final one end in cliffhanger situations) until all of the series has been published. The Sandhamn Murders series was not serialized until the third novel, Guiltless, ended with a major unresolved issue. I look forward to the next Sandhamn Murder book.

This series should be read in order written in part because the first chapters of Book 2 completely gives away the plot of Book 1.

Guiltless is the best book in the series to date; it earns five stars. Narration is still by Angela Dawe. Maybe I've become accustomed to her; he narration is excellent.

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Good story

The characters are not very fleshed out but the tale is good. A reader with some idea of pronunciation would have been a help. A girl was not the best choice where the major character is a rough guy.

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BACKBONE

I absolutely love your novels, however this may well be the last book I read from you. Nora IS A DOOR MAT, enough is enough!! Henrick and Monica Linda need to be put in there place once and for all! Good grief, how can you stand to write about a woman being so damn weak!!

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Great Series !

Took the whole first book to get use to language
difference as I live in Iowa, USA.
I in enjoyed the back and forth between centuries. I listened to this series of stories.

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Couldn't put it down.

A fascinating story, breathtaking, page after page with the worst ending EVER! I can't believe what a horrible NON-ending this author smacked down on the last page.
Great book, horrendous finish.

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Good Story Line....But....

Like this author very much. Story was engaging but when it came to the finish line of pulling it all together it fell flat.

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  • Me34567
  • 02-12-19

Not for me

Personally I hated the historical account of the boy being systematically abused by his father. Painful to read. Enjoyed the first few books much more. Will continue to read the series though.

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  • Noelle N.
  • 06-15-21

Intriguing

Excellent tale great narration characters are beloved. The back and forth time line was interesting reminded me of Camilla lackberg novels

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  • jpatrickp
  • 11-13-17

Great novel; sad story

Great storytelling. I really like the central characters in the Sandham novels, and the island really comes alive. However the tale of domestic violence and its intergenerational consequences was gut-wrenching. Hoping the next one isn't so sad...