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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-03-17

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.

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Great read

I love how the author connected what happened in the past so you could understand what was happening in the present. I was hoping Thomas and his wife got back together but now there's a cliffhanger on if he will survive. Looking forward to reading the 4th installment. Highly recommend this series.

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Minus a star for that ending!

I can't believe that the book ends like that! Thankfully I can get the next now. I feel for those who had to wait for the next book to be released.

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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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Awesome series!

Everyone of these books is incredible! ❤ I'm beginning book # 4 now! Thanks to the author, translator and narrator, great job!

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good audio for at work

the narration made it an easy story to follow i sewd away at work. i also enjoy the Naomy character in this series.

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Well...

since again a good story that goes back and forth between long ago and present.

I detest the ending. The author just abruptly ends the story. Just as she did in her previous books. Just for the sake of selling another book.
I won't be reading any more of her books.

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A good story but difficult to follow.

Had a hard time keeping track of the individual characters since involved families over 4 generations and switched between decades throughout the book.

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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...