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Gothenburg, Sweden: During a break-in at the luxurious home of Kenneth and Viola Svalborg, someone has neatly sliced valuable paintings from their frames. Also missing is the neighbor's beautiful 15-year-old daughter, Elina Gullberg, who was babysitting for the Svalborg's two sons. Did she follow the thieves of her own accord? Was she involved with the break-in? Her parents, Daniel and Miriam Gullberg, are sick with worry. Chief Inspector Greger Thulin is called in and senses tension between the two families.
Kenneth Svalborg wants to divorce his wife, the mother of their two children. Viola suspects he has met another woman, which Kenneth flatly denies. A month after the break-in at Svalborgs, a young woman is found naked in the woods, beaten to death. Shortly thereafter, the body of a young man is found in the Mölndal River, shot to death. Greger Thulin and Crime Scene Investigator Charlotte Engman start to see a pattern. Is there some connection between the victims and the two families?
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By M. MCCASKEY on 02-24-18
Excellent.Mystery and Police Procedural
The plot is well constructed and it held my interest throughout. The main detective and his associates are well delineated, each with his or her distinct outlook and interests.
The author has a very nice bittersweet and ironic humor, but there are some really moving scenes. The women characters in particular are very sympathetic and appealing.
I found the narrator very good. She is also the translator. She speaks like a Scandinavian born and educated in the US. It is a plus that she preserves the flavor of the original, and you can be sure that she pronounces the names of Swedish people and places correctly. She is also a good voice actress.
So far only the first three mysteries in this series are available in English. I hope people are translating more, since the series is addictive, and I’ve listened to all three, and would like more.
By SerenitySue on 08-28-17
Narrator vs. Reader. A great difference.
I am confused as to why the publisher chose the translator to read the book. No character intonation, no vocal performance stressing irony, joy, pain, the horror of losing a child, etc. Good book for falling asleep to.
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By Clifford V Herbert on 07-06-16
What would have made Precious Love better?
What was most disappointing about Ramona Fransson’s story?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
No, she doesn't. She's filled the book with irrelevant tedious detail and dialogue. Do we really need to hear person A asking person B if they want coffee, B's answer and how good the coffee was? Good grief, it was tedious.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It was delivered in a very dull manner: was the narrator bored, too?
Any additional comments?
Perhaps the most tedious book I've heard. The narration was poor. The characterization was undeveloped. Was this really set in Sweden or in some town in the USA? It felt more like the latter than the former, perhaps the translator did so for the American market. Still I now know to avoid this author and narrator.