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First time author for me, debut novel for the author. In researching the author, I learned that the author is a pseudonym for two Swedes who collaborated to write this book. In Sweden and greater Europe this story was released as a trilogy while in the US as a single volume, hence the length of the book. It was long but we in the US can look at it as three books for the price of one!
This book had to take a lot of research and thought put into all the different elements of the story. This is a dark story, a very dark story. Its roots are in World War II, starting in Ukraine, moving to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany and then to Denmark and Sweden where one of the survivors of the war settled and created a secret sect that over the next several decades did things almost unfathomable to normal society. The Swedish detective that works this investigation has her hands full while her own personal life is unraveling around her.
This isn't the kind of story that brings out the better natures of the human soul. I could put the types of crimes committed in the review but, hey, if you want to know the dark sides of this book, you need to listen to it. I thought the narrator and translator did a good job.
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Where does The Crow Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I would say The Crow Girl ranks among the top. Not my favorite, but at least a good top 5 or so.
What other book might you compare The Crow Girl to and why?
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.
Have you listened to any of Gabrielle Glaister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
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.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
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.
Any additional comments?
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.
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