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The Killing (The Killing #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,237 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
A page-turning adaptation of the first season of the original Danish television seriesThe Killing, from the author of the Nic Costa series.

Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs . . . There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pinese
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Macmillan (first published January 1st 2012)
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Μου αρέσουν πολύ τα αστυνομικά βιβλία.Η Σκανδιναβία γενικότερα έχει τη γνωστή παράδοση στα αστυνομικά, τα οποία έχουν σχέση με τη διαφθορά της εξουσίας καθώς και σκληρά κοινωνικά και πολιτικά θέματα.Έχοντας δει την εξαιρετική δανέζικη αστυνομική σειρά The Killing(ο πρωτότυπος τίτλος Forbrydelsen),μου γεννήθηκε η επιθυμία να διαβάσω το βιβλίο.Μόλις όμως αντίκρισα από πόσες σελίδες αποτελείται ο ενθουσιασμός ψιλοέσβησε,αναρωτήθηκα πως θα μπορέσει ένα αστυνομικό ανάγνωσμα 900 σελίδων να κρατήσει αμ ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
'The Killing' is the twistiest murder mystery I have ever read. Just when I thought, 'Oh! It was ...' the plot takes another spiraling u-turn down a rabbit hole that somehow our favorite jaded TV woman detective, Sarah Lund, continues to follow.

Ok, yes, the author, David Hewson, cheats by withholding key pieces of evidence, which when revealed, had me groaning in amused amazement at how Hewson managed to root out yet another tangle from the story, but I was entertained, gentle reader! This book
Jen Talty
Nov 01, 2012 Jen Talty rated it it was amazing
This book has been added to my "all time favorite books EVER!" Words cannot express how I loved this book. The writing is seemless, but that is besides the poing. The characters are absolutely amazing. I found myself unable to put this book down and I find myself wanting to read it again and again. By far the best book I've ever read.

I really don't want to get into details about the story. Its one of those books that you're just going to have to trust me that it is a must read.

To those expectin
Αγγελική Βρ.
Γιατί δεν γνώριζα για το βιβλίο ή τη σειρά νωρίτερα ?? Πραγματικα δεν περίμενα πως ένα αστυνομικό βιβλίο με τόσο μεγάλο όγκο δεν θα με κουράσει αλλά θα με εκπλήσσει μέχρι την τελευταία σελίδα. Νομίζω πως όλοι οι λάτρεις των αστυνομικών μυθιστορηματων πρέπει να του δώσουν μια ευκαιρια!
Oct 22, 2012 Hamish rated it did not like it
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I was really quite disappointed with this. There was nothing wrong with the writing per se, but I guess that just in the way a film adaptation of a book can never be as good as the book, this book adaptation of a screenplay never quite hits the mark.

Weighing in at more than twenty five hours the story is bloated and overlong. This is presumably to accommodate the twists, false starts and dead ends in the plot line, but I ended up feeling cheated and fr
Feb 09, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing
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One word for this book - wow. I have eye strain from not being able to put it down. It's absolutely brilliant. I have never seem the TV show,only heard that its excellent, so I went into this with an open mind, but I was literally blown away by the pace of it; the tension never lets up.

Sarah Lund and Jan Meyer are investigating the brutal rape and murder of Nanna Birk Larsen and the murder seems to be connected to the City Hall. No one seems to care about her death; the only thing everyone is c
Steven Stennett
Jul 29, 2016 Steven Stennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book written from a TV series then turned into a book. Initially it dose not make sense. 'The book usually being better than the film!'

This is an exception to the rule! The plot twists and turns relentlessly, and I can see how the TV series was plotted and paced through the chapters.

The tiny problem I found with this, was that I could judge that they had not found the murderer, even though an arrest had been made, because I could see that I still had say four pages a head o
Jul 07, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
As a fan of the tv show, I had quite a squeeeee moment when I discovered the existence of this book. Hewson seems to have captured the essence of the show and the characters and I could picture the scenes I'd seen as I was reading them. But, the reason why this does not get 5 stars is because of the changes Hewson made to the ending. I can't understand why he was allowed to do this and what purpose it served.
Adam Stone
Aug 26, 2012 Adam Stone rated it really liked it
The Killing is a novelisation of the fantastic 20 hour Danish television crime drama which hit British screens in 2011. It manages to condense the entire series with all of the twists and turns, and red herrings, in the storyline into a 720 page novel, which keeps you guessing and thinking that you know who the killer is only to have the rug pulled out from under you only pages later.

The only major deviation from the TV series to this novel is that the ending is slightly different which gives a
Feb 23, 2013 Hollie rated it did not like it
Dreadful. Apparently the TV series was great (I haven't seen it), but in book format it is frustratingly long and boring. I got fed up with Lund's investigations that went nowhere and the twists were just silly and unbeliveable. I wasn't keen on the writing style either and continual mention of scarlet/red overalls!
Robin Webster
Apr 25, 2014 Robin Webster rated it really liked it
‘The Killing’ is yet another high quality Scandinavian crime novel with a strong and interesting female character: namely Sarah Lund, a detective in the Copenhagen Police department. It’s Sarah Lund last day in the Danish police force. She is about to move to Sweden with her son to start a new life with her partner. All that changes when a 19 year old girl is found raped and murdered. Her replacement, Jan Meyer has not got her experience when it comes to this type of investigation, so she is ask ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Έχω δει την σειρά και για αυτό δεν το απόλαυσα και τόσο πολύ αλλά ευτυχώς το τέλος δεν με απογοήτευσε. ΚΑΜΙΑ ΣΧΕΣΗ με την σειρά....Η ΑΠΟΛΥΤΗ ΑΝΑΤΡΟΠΗ!!!!!!!!!!Και με μια έξτρα σκηνή που εγώ έχοντας δει την σειρά την είχα απορία,τι ακριβώς έγινε με την Νένα, το θύμα.....Αν δεν έχετε δει την σειρά, θα το απολαύσετε περισσότερο.
Petra Bohackova
Zvraty. Tohle slovo mohlo být synonymem pro tuhle knížku. Za jednu vraždu bylo postupně zatčeno tolik lidí, že jsem ztratila přehled. A kdo je vrahem, ví vlastně jenom komisařka Lundová. Zvláštní postava. Dost neuvěřitelná. Možná kvůli ní se pustím i do dalšího dílu.
Na jednu stranu jsem ale ráda, že jsem četla knížku a nekoukala na ten seriál, podle kterého je knížka napsaná. Jsem si jistá, že by díly končily vždy v tom nenapínavějším okamžiku (a to musím připustit, že je jich tam dost) a já by
Ancestral Gael
Why did I read it? I have been on a Scandi-Nordic fiction kick since midwinter 2011, and I heard the television drama series was good, but I couldn't afford to purchase the DVD; so I snapped up a preview copy from Amazon, but found it already released in audio format and downloaded it instead.

What's it about? Detective Inspector Sarah Lund is leaving her job with the Danish police and moving to Sweden with her fiancé and Son, but on the last day a teenage girl goes missing. Nanna Birk Larsen is
Elizabeth Moffat
Nov 11, 2013 Elizabeth Moffat rated it liked it
Three and a half stars from me... I normally like to read books before I watch the television/film adaptation but with this book funnily enough the TV series came first. This was originally a Danish drama, written by Soren Sveistrop and when released over in the UK, it became somewhat of a cult phenomenon, winning a BAFTA and an International Emmy and considerable critical acclaim. Our main character, police detective Sarah Lund is leaving her job in the Copenhagen Police Department to move to S ...more
Katharina Renn
Feb 21, 2013 Katharina Renn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
as Buch „Das Verbechen“ lehnt nah an die gleichnamige Fernsehserie an, die wohl im ZDF lief. Ich kenne die Serie nicht und kann daher nichts dazu sagen, wie eng sich Buch an drehbuch hält und ob es für Fans der Serie geeignet ist.

Sarah Lund, Ende 30, Mutter eines Sohnes, ist Vicekommissaer in Kopenhagen und sollte eigentlich ihren letzten Arbeitstag haben, damit sie mit ihrem Sohn und ihrem Freund Bengt nach Schweden ziehen kann. Doch leider wird daraus ersteinmal nichts, denn Lund wird gebeten,
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I did not watch any of the killing TV series. I must admit I for one prefer to read than watch any Tv. So when I found out that the killing was made into a book I could not wait read it. I love reading crime books. I found the killing book very intersting I was glued to the book. I got on fine with all the names throughout the story. However the killing book did take me quite a while to read all 708 pages. I would say that 708 pages for a crime book is a bit too long. I would of liked to of seen ...more
Linda Bakker-Zwakhals
Apr 23, 2016 Linda Bakker-Zwakhals rated it did not like it
DNF after 163 pages. Really not my kind of book. I missed a thrill in the story, characters did not develop (in my opinion), they already arrested two people who did not do it, and had a serieus third suspect. Also, I am not a fan of politics, and somehow because there is a minimum involment here we have to follow the entire campaign in detail? Sorry, life is just to short for this.
Even though this is a long audiobook, running 25 hrs, 39 mins, both the story and Christian Rodska's excellent narration kept me rivated. I actually did listen to this as well as reading the hardcover book, though for the final few chapters this morning I did just read the book.

It did take me a little while to get used to English accents on Danish characters but watching 'Zen' recently it struck me that on a TV-show with UK actors even if based in another country I wouldn't find it strange. In t
James Boyle
Jun 06, 2016 James Boyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it because I recognized the title. A very entertaining read, full of more plot twists and turns than the average labyrinth. For such a long novel (700+ pages) it kept my interest all the way through easily. (Can you call a 700 page tome a page-turner?)
Oct 11, 2012 Peter rated it liked it
First of all, let me make it clear that I have NOT seen the TV series. Apparently it was very good, but I am nog a big fan of crime series on TV.
However, I read some good reviews of the book (which was based on the TV series, not the other way round) and was in the mood for a good thriller.
I can't say I was disappointed, because it is well written, but as the story unfolds, the twists and turns of the plot become so weird and unbelievable (so many suspects, so little time), that it left me uns
Ich vergebe 4,5 Sterne.

Die Fernsehserie kannte ich nicht und hätte nicht gedacht, dass sich eine solche dermaßen gut als Buch verarbeiten lässt. Der Kriminalfall ist sehr komplex, immer wieder ergeben sich neue Verdächtige und dann ist doch wieder nichts so wie es scheint; eine wahre Karusellfahrt für den Leser und für Kommissarin Lund. Jene ist als fiktive Ermittlerin ein äußerst gelungener und spannender Charakter - im wahren Leben würde sie mir als Mensch wohl eher auf die Nerven gehen.

Jul 12, 2014 Margaret rated it it was ok
Sorry! I didn't like it .toooo many twists. Ok we all know how politicians are. So many pages to prove the fact that although the crime had nothing to do with the elections , the politicians interfered and ruined the investigation to cover "spots on their reputation" . So if it wasn't the election period it would be easy to nail the murderer. Bla bla bla .... I m sure it was ok for a television crime mystery but it was a boring book. And oh!!! Although I usually do not find the murderer, on this ...more
Deirdre O'Flynn
Feb 26, 2015 Deirdre O'Flynn rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. And if you like Nordic fiction or Nordic TV drama, I suspect you’ll like it too.

There’s a starkness and spareness to both the writing and scenery in Nordic drama that is worlds away from the slickness we’ve come to expect from US TV drama – the high heels of The Good Wife (which I love) just look less polished on the streets of Copenhagen in Borgen. And, frankly, Lund wouldn’t be seen dead in high heels, which would so not go with her black and white and white and black range
Feb 16, 2015 Gemma rated it it was amazing
Hewson has taken a beautiful, chilling television series and woven it into a beautiful, chilling novel. I've always wanted to climb inside Sarah Lund's head, see if I could figure out what makes her tick; her complexity intrigues me, as does her apparant disassociation with the rest of the human race. That's not to say that Lund believes herself to be above everybody else - she doesn't - but the book does shed a small amount of light on her character. I say "a small amount" because Lund is resid ...more
Aug 26, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
Just started reading The Killing by David Hewson via

Only a little way into this book but enjoying it so far. Going to be a long haul with over 25 hours listening time.

I am a big fan of the Nick Costa books - this one is not one of this series so will have to give it a chance.

2 thirds of the way through audio version and it is keeping me on the edge of my seat. For the moment I can only say watch out for those Civil Servants especially the ones in the Education Department!!
Suzanne Fox
Apr 12, 2016 Suzanne Fox rated it really liked it
I loved this, really gripping, and for those that have seen the US TV version it is very different!
Jan 18, 2014 Manon rated it it was amazing
Heerlijk boek, helemaal mijn ding. Spannend, impact en niet kunnen weg leggen. Aanrader!
Jan 17, 2013 Helen rated it it was amazing
Great read, even though having seen the TV series I knew where this was going for the most part. Brilliantly real, complex characters and lots of twists to keep you engaged with the story, this didn't feel nearly as long as I'd expected. Knowing there was an alternative ending was added incentive to keep reading ('just one more chapter...'), and I actually thought it was pretty clever. Highly recommended.
Aug 10, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Well there's no doubt about it, this book is packed full of twists and turns. I What I find hard to believe is that a police woman as Lund can be so inept in her job. She is all over the place with suspects and making all kinds of mistakes. As for the government stepping in and corrupting the investigation is another selling point of this book. I really find it hard to believe that things like this really happen. On the whole I found this book mildly entertaining and wanted to keep reading to fi ...more
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DAVID HEWSON was born in Yorkshire in 1953. He has written sixteen novels, as well as several travel books. Until 2005 he was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times until becoming a full-time author. David lives in Kent but visits Italy frequently. All 11 of his Italian books are now in development as TV movies.

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