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Until Thy Wrath Be Past (Rebecka Martinsson #4)

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Wilma Persson and Simon Kyrö are murdered while diving by an air plane in Vittangijärvi lake. What kind of old secret might they have stumbled upon? And who is this person who is prepared to kill to stop it from becoming public knowledge?

A murder investigation begins as police inspector Anna-Maria Mella is threatened, and prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson is visited by the dea
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by SilverOak (first published 2008)
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Jan 13, 2013 Trilby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book with some trepidation. The main women characters in the other two books I've read in this series had some serious "issues", as they say. But in this novel, the protagonist, Rebecka, appears to have worked her way through the worst of her neuroses.
There's much to like in this installment. The winter setting in northern Sweden provides a fitting backdrop to the murder mystery. The chilling brutality in the description of the underwater murders in the opening section sets th
Another suspenseful murder mystery by Larsson. Rebecca Martinson is a prosecutor in the north of Sweden. The body of a young woman missing for 6 months turns up in a local river, but the boyfriend is still missing. The mystery ends up having ties to the second World War and the Nazi presence in Sweden. Central to the story is that there were Nazi collaborators in Sweden and a resistance movement that included Norwegians, Danes and Swedes. Martinson doggedly pursues the case to a frightening endi ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Asa Larsson is one of Sweden's/Scandinavian/Nordic top crime fiction writers - right up there with Henning Mankell and Arnaldur Indridason for my money. I've read all her books and she just gets better and better with each one. Her latest, UNTIL THY WRATH BE PAST, is her best to date.

While typically dark and unsentimental like her contemporaries, her books also offer themes of hope, compassion and redemption. This newest entry - featuring Prosecutor Rebecca Martinson pits her and police detectiv
Until Thy Wrath Be Past, the fourth installment in Åsa Larsson's Rebecka Martinsson Swedish thriller series, finds Rebecka having left Stockholm and settled in Kiruna working as a prosecutor. Actually, the book begins with a spirit of a young woman who has been murdered searching for resolution, visiting her family as well as Rebecka. Rebecka just does not seem to be destined for happy endings or peace.

The book moves at a slower pace than Larsson's last book, The Black Path, which I loved so muc
Until Thy Wrath Be Past is a mystery novel by a Swedish author whose surname is Larsson. Her first name is not Stieg, but that doesn't keep Asa Larsson from developing a compelling mystery filled with a variety of character perspectives, and (ever important in mysteries) motives.
After a young girl named Wilma Persson is found drowned in a river, prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson is visited by the girl in a dream. Martinsson prompts the medical examiner to check the water in Persson's lungs, and when
Until They Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson. Another good Nordic mystery taking place mainly in Finland, but also in Sweden. At the beginning of the war Sweden felt more strongly about a relationship with Germany than the Russians making inroads into their area as was a problem in Finland. Plenty of people made money off this including one family in particular in Finland. A good picture, one you could relate to and know the characters, was presented of small village, rural Finland. A plane was lost ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Dany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple of teenagers disappeared a few months ago on a diving expedition. Only one of the bodies surfaces now. What happened to them and who did it?

In my opinion, this one is the best of the series so far. The past is definitely the main character here. Everything that happens is a consequence of what they can't let go. Very entertaining read! Four stars!
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Sep 15, 2013 Bookkaholic Magazine rated it really liked it
(See our full review over at Bookkaholic.) Even though there are some writing devices that are a bit heavy-handed, and no big whodunnit reveal, Until Thy Wrath Be Past still manages to shock readers by changing their perception of a villain and delving deep into his soul. The prose is lovely and evocative of the beautiful but ominous landscape. Much like the river ice that plays such an important role in the story, the writing is a smooth, quiet surface that hides a turbulent current of piercing ...more
Mar 27, 2015 Ewelina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Przyjemnie było zanurzyć się w skandynawski, melancholijny, przyprószony śniegiem krajobraz. W skute lodem wody jeziora. Atmosferę tego spokoju zmącił jednak splot pewnych wydarzeń, który zmusza bohaterów i czytelnika do rozmyślań. Nad sobą. Nad życiem... oraz nad śmiercią. Gdyby nie przewidywalność i wprowadzenie transcendencji na tak wielką skalę, odebrałabym tę powieść znacznie lepiej. Co prawda nie jest źle, ale mogłoby być znacznie lepiej.
Mar 22, 2014 Cátia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 estrelas e mais qualquer coisa, adorei este livro da Asa, recomendo.. depois da desilusão do Coben :)
Gina Williams
Oct 29, 2011 Gina Williams rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 2011, mystery, thriller
This is the first book I've read by Asa Larsson, and the fourth book in a series featuring not one but two, strong, competent female leads: Rebecka Martinsson, a prosecutor in Karuna, and Anna-Maria Mella, a Police Inspector. Both women are coming to terms with previous traumas, yet the author allows the reader enough information to easily jump into the story without feeling completely lost.

The story begins through the eyes of a drowned girl who visits Rebecka as a ghost in her dreams. When Rebe
Dec 24, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
I thought this book was great! I was a little apprehensive because I've been lukewarm on this series, but this is the strongest book yet. I like the way the each book is written in a slightly different style. Here, she takes a big risk including the murder victim as one of the narrators - but it pays off. Also, we pretty much know who the killer is from the beginning of the book; it's just a matter of catching him/them. But this is very well-written, the characters are great and well-worth check ...more
Sep 29, 2011 dubh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-stories
In Kiruna, einer nordschwedischen Stadt, ereignet sich ein grausamer Mord: ein junges Paar wird beim Tauchen in einem zugefrorenen See ermordet - jemand kappt die Markierungsleine und legt eine schwere Holztür über das Eisloch. Wen haben die beiden Jugendlichen aufgescheucht, als sie nach dem abgestürzten Flugzeug aus - vermeintlich - längst vergangenen Zeiten gesucht haben?
Rebecka Martinsson, die Staatsanwältin, ermittelt gemeinsam mit ihren Kollegen von der Polizei und kommt einer alten Geschi
I picked up Until Thy Wrath Be Past at the library one afternoon and simply couldn't put it down. Though much is immediately revealed through supernatural means, I was drawn in and had to discover whether there would be justice for the victims. I greatly enjoyed the two female main characters. They are not the same old beautiful and talented sex objects that occur in so many books. Each of them is brilliant. Each of them is flawed.

A truly villainous character appears. I squirmed along with the p
Sep 19, 2011 Rhoda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
As I won this as part of First Reads, I would first like to thank Hayley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This book is obviously one in a series about investigator Rebecka Martinsson and although this book does make a few references to earlier occurences, I found this book perfectly fine as a stand alone book.

The storyline was interesting and engaging and strangely enough, when you figure out who the murderer is halfway through the story, it does not detract from the storyline! C
Jul 22, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoyed the girl with the dragon tattoo series
The way everything unfolded, and kept unfolding kept me guessing till the end. The realism in regards to the characters and the sympathy I felt towards the perceived bad guy was a true delight. This story pulled at my heartstrings in ways I normally don’t feel when reading mysteries. I was transported to that cold frozen world, and I found especially in reaching the climax that I didn’t want to come back. It was well written and a joy to read and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a goo ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Maddy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Wilma Persson and Simon Kyro are diving into ice-covered waters to try to learn more about a plane wreck that is beneath the surface when someone covers their ice hole with a door and they die. Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson and police detective Anna-Maria Mella work the case. There are ties going back to WWII. Much of the narration is from the point of the dead girl, which is not a device I care for. There was a small cast of characters, so no real detecting was required. I was underwhelmed by t ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Devika rated it it was ok
The first chapter of this thriller just reels you in. I couldn't NOT read on after the first chapter.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book doesn't quite match up. I put it down feeling dissatisfied, as if I'd been cheated of a good ending. The motive didn't seem strong enough to warrant a double murder.

But perhaps I was wrong to expect that this would be a typical whodunit. It's not. There's no unmasking the killer in the final chapter, or even a thrilling chase. We pretty much know the identity o
Mar 16, 2015 Cornerofmadness rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
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Nov 18, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
Larsson is skillful writer and I enjoyed being "transported" to Northern Sweden for this book. I picked this up without reading any of her previous works, so some of the back and forth between the characters carried over from previous books was perhaps lost on me, but it didn't make it any less enjoyable to read.

I liked the jumps from character to character and from past to present. It kept it interesting and the pacing was spot on. I also appreciated the symbolism of the birds throughout.

Kathy Davie
Oct 26, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, history
Fourth in the Rebecka Martinsson mystery series set in Sweden and revolving around a prosecutor in a small village.

I have read this series out of order, and I don't recommend it. I find myself questioning why this relationship or that one is so different from what I remember. Then I remember my out-of-whack start…

I couldn't find The Black Path , 3, anywhere, and I finally gave up and moved on to this one. Mistake. Something terrible happened in The Black Path, and I must go hunt it down.

My Take
Mar 05, 2014 Pablos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Okazało się, że nie jestem sprawiedliwy. Gdy wspominam niejakiego Monsa Kallentofta, jest to wspomnienie pełne żalu i niezrozumienia. Jak można robić narratorem trupy? Ofiary? Które przedstawiają swoje wrażenia (tak: wrażenia) na bieżąco wraz z postepem lub brakiem postępu w śledztwie?

No a tu nagle Åsa Larsson stosuje ten sam motyw. I jakoś potrafię nad tym przejść do porządku dziennego, nie przeszkadzają mi wtrącenia siedemnastoletniej, tragicznie zmarłej dziewczyny.

“Aż gniew twój przeminie” to
I have read the previous three books already, but I found this one to be the best. Not so much the plot itself (although it is a good one), but more the writing as such : whether she is describing nature or a character, it all flows nicely. There are no moment in the book when you really want to put it down.

I love the way she talks about this part of Sweden, both outside and inside houses.

I guess I am just gonna buy the next one now ...

María I.
Wilma y Simon son dos jóvenes enamorados que han decidido sumergirse en el helado lago de Vittangijärvi, en el norte de Suecia, en busca de los restos de un avión alemán perdido en 1943. Mientras bucean, alguien corta la cuerda de seguridad de Wilma y tapa el orificio de salida en el hielo. No podrán escapar. Cuando la primavera se acerca al norte de Suecia, el cuerpo de Wilma emerge de las aguas del río Torneälven. Al mismo tiempo, una figura fantasmal aparece en los sueños de Rebecka Martinsson, ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
This was a very entertaining book with Rebecca inviolved in the investigation of two young folks which weaves back into the Swedish/Finnish involvement in WW2, I am beginning to really enjoy this cast of characters and their interplay and enjoyed the development of the two antagonists and thei story. I also liked her use of the voice of the vivictim interspersed in the story.
Nov 03, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it
This is a powerful mystery that delivers well portrayed characters, a great plot, wonderful Swedish atmosphere, and just a hint of the supernatural.

A young woman is discovered under the ice in a frozen river. The police believe she drowned in a diving accident and her boyfriend's body must also be under the river ice. District prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson has an early morning vision of a young woman sitting on her bed who announces that the river was not where she died. Martinsson must convince
May 29, 2015 Plum-crazy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
"I remember how we died. I remember, and I know." Right from that opening sentence I was completely gripped. This story is told partly by a murdered girl named Wilma & with her death she is able to know certain things even though she "wasn't actually present when they happened" These ghostly musings might sound odd but they were woven into the story beautifully & at times were quite poignant.

The characters really come to life - Mella's ordeal at the hands of Tore & Hjalmar had me lo
Jan 14, 2016 Benji rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[Rounding up from 3.5 stars]
Some aspects of this book were lost on me, due to it being book #4 and also the first of Åsa Larsson's books that I've read. That being said, the core of the story was a very enticing crime thriller. There was a nice balance between realism and, you know, construction of an interesting and readable case.
The case itself, centering on the mysterious disappearance of Wilma and Simon - two teenagers who left for a diving expedition and were never heard from again. When
Tony Nielsen
Jan 10, 2014 Tony Nielsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows my reading record over recent years knows that my passion for Scandanavian noir as it now seems to be called, knows no bounds, and comes with no apology either. I am less familiar with Sweden's Asa Larsson, but on the strength of Until Thy Wrath Be Past, I'll be looking for more. Her main character is female prosecutor Rebecca Martinson. In winter frozen Kiruna, Martinson and the local police are landed with what initially seems like a diving accident, with one body found and th ...more
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Åsa Larsson is a Swedish crime-writer. Although born in Uppsala, she was raised in Kiruna in the far north. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Larsson was a tax lawyer, a profession she shares with the heroine of her novels, Rebecka Martinsson.

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