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This is the first book I’ve listened to by the author and I didn’t realise that it was well into a series based around the investigative journalist Annika. I was a bit confused during the early chapters as there was obviously a lot of back story for the characters and I was also trying to keep tabs on all the unfamiliar Swedish names of people coming and going from places I’ve never heard of. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I’d listened to the previous book, ‘Lifetime’, in the same series as I eventually worked out that what happened in the latter was further investigated in The Long Shadow.
I eventually got into the story which is complex but kept me listening as Annika doggedly followed up leads to piece together a series of murders among Swedes living on the Costa del Sol. Like many detectives in crime fiction, Annika has the seemingly necessary attributes of being divorced with a complicated personal life and in perpetual friction with her boss. I suppose it’s more interesting than wedded bliss and happy working relationships for authors to write about.
The reader has a rather monotonous delivery, not bad, but not among the best.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I would. It was well written, if a little confusing at times. The story was fast paced and quite engrossing.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I liked that it was based in the Costa del Sol and I was was interested to learn that there is a large community of Swedish people who have settled there. I don't think there is a "least interesting".
What about India Fisher’s performance did you like?
I think she read the book very well. She made voice distinctions between the characters that worked because they were not over the top and she didn't use accents - thankfully. A very well narrated book.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
It was an original thriller.
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