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When I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought to myself that life must be really dull in Iceland, if murdering goose hunters is their idea of entertainment. But, since I still haven't gotten over the death of Stieg Larsson, I thought I'd give this book a try, and I'm very glad I did. It had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing to the very end. The story was fast-paced, well-written and full of believable intriguing characters, each with their background story. I liked the characters enough that I wish the author had written a second book with the same ones, particularly the same police officers, but unfortunately each of his books is a standalone. Narration was very good, not overdone, so that I could immerse myself in the story. Overall highly recommended
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I liked the book enough to finish listening, which is saying a lot. But I did not find myself emotionally involved with the characters, even those who received most of the author's attention. I figured out who was responsible for the killings about 1/3 into the book, though I did not guess why the killings took place till the murderer admitted his deeds to a particular detective. I won't say which one, as spoilers would ruin the listening experience for anyone reading this review. There were three reasons I gave this book less than five stars. One was the lack of development for all but a few characters. Towards the end, the author throws in some personal details about two police personnel who previously had been useful but undeveloped characters. I'm not objecting to expanding on their stories. It's the late placement of that expansion that was odd. It came across as an afterthought. Second, after all the buildup and suspense that lead to the conclusion, when it arrived, it felt abrupt and incomplete. I am uncertain as to everything that happened at the end. The reader is left to wonder over several pertinent details. Was this a technique with some purpose, or did the author simply rush through the last pages? I re-listened to the ending several times to see if I had missed something. Nope. The end still came across as lacking. As for the narrator, he had an annoying habit of raising the pitch and volume of his voice at points that held no drama or importance. After a few chapters I was able to ignore the less than optimum performance. Overall, if I was grading this book and the reading, I'd give it a C+. I doubt I'll listen to other works by this author.
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