The newest crime novel sensation: In this shocking and suspenseful psychological thriller, a police detective must confront a hideous evil that forces her to question how much suffering one person can inflict upon another before creating a monster.
In a Stockholm city park, police discover the hideously abused body of a young boy. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of a nameless immigrant child. But with the discovery of two more mutilated children's corpses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large.
Jeanette turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in psychopathic perpetrators, and their lives become increasingly intertwined, professionally and personally. As they draw closer to the truth about the killings - working together but, ultimately, each on her own - we come to understand that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of a hellishly insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society.
As viscerally dramatic as it is psychologically intense, The Crow Girl is a tale of almost unfathomably heinous deeds and of the profound damage - and the equally profound need for revenge - left in their wake.
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Great book - loved the length
I would say The Crow Girl ranks among the top. Not my favorite, but at least a good top 5 or so.
Specifically, maybe the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I say that because both main characters struggle with past abuse issues, and find ways to overcome and succeed. That and they are both written by Swedish authors.
No - I've not listened to any of Gabrielle Glaister's other performances, this was a first for me. But I would be happy to listen to her again. I think she does a great job and ranks as one of the best I've listened too. I never got bored of her voice, she keeps a good pace, etc.
Due to the length, that would have been impossible, hah. I listen to audio books at work, and have to stop at various times throughout the day for meetings, etc, and this book was one that I definitely wanted to keep going and would get annoyed when I would have to stop. I feel like there's the audio books that make for good work listen material that pass the time, but you don't necessarily get pulled in. Whereas this was one I was invested in and found myself thinking of the characters outside of work (I only let myself listen while at work) and trying to work out the plot.
I enjoyed the length and was super excited when I found this one. This book was originally released in three parts, but when it was published in America, they combined the three books into one so I felt like whoo, three books for the price of one credit. Talk about a win win! I don't get why the heck people thought it was too long. If it was three books, and you liked it, you would continue onto the next, so what's the difference? And yes, there are some graphic parts. Abuse of a child is a difficult subject, especially when it's sexual abuse, but I felt the author did a great job exploring growing up in a traumatic environment and how that can shape you as an adult. And I had no problem with the ending. I don't think it left any unanswered questions. I particularly loves Sophia's ending - ok, spoilers ahead at this point - I loved that the author brought Sophia back to the beginning of where we first meet her as a child and had that be her ending point. I felt like Sophia become her own person at the end, overcame everything, and to drown with all the paper seemed to me a baptism of sorts. Where she had been dealing with the different events in her life by creating different personalities, it's at this end point where she has rid herself of those personalities and it's now just her. Such a raw and real moment.
quite the novel