The Black Path (Rebecka Martinsson #3)
But one thing you will find with THE BLACK PATH is that Rebecka, or Anna-Maria or any of the ot...more
The book begins with what seems to be the certain death of a man on the ice but rapidly changes course when he discovers the body of a woma...more
Personally, I think that Black Path is excellent. I like all of the storylines and am not troubled by the fact that our heroine, Rebeka, isn't always the main focus of the book. I enjoy Anna-Maria Mella and her partner, Sven-Erik, tremendously, and I think that the back and forth of the different plots was skillfully handled and very effective...more
Larsson's characters all have thick backstories -- sometimes to the point of pointlessness and with a few requiring knowledge of her previous novels. It's nice to see intelligent, capable female leads (this book has two).
I balked at the use of psychic powers in one side character, though, an...more
It sounded good when it was recommended to me by my local library as I like Scandinavian authors but I could not get into it.
It says on the book that it is "another Rebecca Martinsson mystery" but to me it seemed like it is about loads of people but not mainly about Rebecca Martinsson.
I could not get the grip on the changing points of view as well as the constant flashbacks of all of the characters.
What I liked is the fact that it gave an insight in how certain bus...more
Starts off Scandi crime - interesting characters, compelling baddies, a refreshingly happy female detective. And kittens, horray.
Midway starts diverging into a delicate literary story about a young artist, which is interesting and affecting but ultimately fairly irrelevant - inasmuch as after the climax it seems that the character was shoehorned in as a total straw man.
Towards the end gratuitous violence escalates so much and so fast that I suspect the author didn't kno...more
Þeir punktar sem byggt var á var aldrei unnið neitt sérlega með, rann allt bara út í einhver undarlegheit. Sagt frá persónum hipsum haps en það vantaði einhvern góðan þráð til að tengja þær með. Ein persónan fannst mér sérstaklega undarleg, spilar s...more
¡Genial! Me encanta. Mira tú cuantas veces me habré preguntado yo, cuando van a la compra, cuando cocinan a diario, no una cena de un día, c...more
I thought that some angles of the Inna/Diddi sibling relationship were unnecessary and distracting (I will not say more so as not to add a spoiler), and I never was convinced as to why Ester would act the...more
That said, it's still a good story. As always, I am grateful to Ms. Larsson for including characters who love their pets, and for all the attention she pays...more
Swedish crime thrillers are on the rise in popularity in Australia, though they’ve been around for a long time. I think the first I heard of them was Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, which admittedly I am yet to read. I really enjoyed the movies and my fiancé really wants me to read the books.
I know this isn’t a review for Stieg Larsson, but I suppose that was the reason I thought I’d give Åsa Larsson a try, she’s a well-established Swedish author in the crime genre...more
A grisly torture-murder, a haunting northern Sweden backdrop, and a dark drama of twisted sexuality collide memorably in Åsa Larsson’s masterpiece of suspense—a tale of menace, hope, longing, and darkness beyond imagining.
The dead woman was found on a frozen lake, her body riddled with evidence of torture. Instantly, Inspector Anna-Maria Mella knows she needs help. Because the dead woman—found in workout clothes with lacy underwear beneath them—was a key player in a mining company whose tentac
SETTING: Kiruna (north Sweden)
SERIES: #3 of 3
It's early spring, and the ice on the lake in Tornetrask, northern Sweden, is thick. The inhabitants of nearby Kiruna journey here to go ice fishing, setting up small cabins on runners called arks, which protect them as they fish. A powerful storm blows one of the arks away, and its owner scrambles into a nearby cabin to escape from the elements. And what he finds is more...more
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It follows all the traditional Scandanavian detective story elements - for example the pessimistic outlook, the odd character in the detective, the liking for and praise of minorities - the bad guys with money and slightly perverted sexual tastes, - i would say written by numbers except it is actually very difficult to create such atmosphere so credibly - i reckon it would work well on tv - lots of characters. Anyway. It's well written tosh.
Larsson writes so powerfully about the harshness and beauty of the frozen wilderness it is a wonder anything can survive in this landscape.
However when the fear of exposure of a different kind is faced there are no limits that people will go to maintain their secrets even to the point of killing and the brutal taking of life.
* Rebecka Martinsson