What’s it all about?:
A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago—strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment—but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, he discovers that they are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. From the internationally bestselling authors of The Hypnotist comes The Nightmare, another spellbinding tale of Nordic crime.
What did I think?:
This book was a bit of a roller-coaster ride for me. I loved the Nordic duo’s first novel – The Hypnotist, which was featured on the Richard and Judy book club last year, so I was expecting great things from the follow up. But until about halfway through, I was bitterly disappointed, as it didn’t grip or excite me and I was seriously considering giving it up. And then….everything changed! Such an intricate plot line comes together almost seamlessly involving a multitude of different characters and an incredibly scary villain.
The characters were a big plus side for this book, I am already interested to know what will become of the intriguing Joona Linna, who obviously has more than one skeleton in his closet. The addition of a strong, fiesty female in Saga Bauer was also appreciated, although at some points certain dialogue felt a bit stilted – perhaps something is lost in translation? My rating for this book is based on the first half as well as the second, as I did feel it needed a literary kick in the butt to finally get going. Based on the second half however, I would definitely read any future books from Lars Kepler.
Would I recommend it?:
Star rating (out of 5:)