Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek’s capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late–and before he gets inside her head. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Abby and AAKnopf books for sending me this free copy, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Five Brilliant stars!!
So based on first impression, this book is HUGE and almost intimidating, I had not clue if I would be able to finish it in time. But that proved to be no issue at all. This book is brilliant, the short chapters and enthralling story-line makes for an insanely fast pace read.
It did take me about 100 pages to become completely entranced with this story, and there was a rather extensive character list, but after a bit I had them all sorted out. Now I know you probably think 100 pages is a lot, but with the seriously short chapters, it’s really not that much.
I think I shut off the world this weekend, because I literally could not stop reading this book, i picked it up every single spare second I had. Out of all of the characters you will meet, Saga by far was my favorite. She is the epitome of a strong female lead that a lot of books need.
Lars Kepler has such a fantastic writing style. It is so clean and precise, and so very gripping. When I read a lot of thrillers, It’s always at the back of my mind, to figure out the who, what, why, and when. For some reason with this book, I didn’t do that. I just sat back and let myself enjoy this book, and I took the twists and turns as they came, I didn’t try to figure out the details. I took the plot twists as they came and just kept reading. I absolutely loved this book and I am now crossing my fingers for a second book. I need more! This is a book that will stay with me forever.
It wasn’t the people who were buried who were being punished, but those left behind.”