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The Killing (The Killing #1)

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Who killed Nanna Birk Larsen? 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 Pineseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away... Ther...more
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Jen Talty
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...more
Gail
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...more
Adam Stone
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...more
Jo
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.
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...more
Elizabeth Moffat
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
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,...more
Suzanne
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
Hamish
Review originally written for audible.co.uk

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...more
Vivienne
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...more
Peter
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...more
Sue
Just started reading The Killing by David Hewson via audible.co.uk

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!!
Manon
Heerlijk boek, helemaal mijn ding. Spannend, impact en niet kunnen weg leggen. Aanrader!
Helen
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.
Hollie
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!
Kenneth Fredette
This was good from the point of view that the bad guys got it in the end. Not necessarily by the cops who were on their trail but by the bad guys themselves. Sharon I really like the way it ended.
VaultOfBooks
By David Hewson. Grade B+.
This happens to be my first hefty crime thriller.
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 Pinseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away …
There is one torchlight on her now, the single blazing eye. And it is here …
Sarah Lund is...more
I_love_books
Ein totes Mädchen und politische Intrigen in Kopenhagen
Die Bürgermeisterwahl in Kopenhagen steht bevor. Da passt es gar nicht, das kürzlich ein 19-jährige Schülerin tot aus dem Kanal gefischt wurde und ein Kandidat unter Verdacht gerät.

Kommissarin Sarah Lund war vor Ort, als Nanna Birk Larsen mit samt dem im Kanal versenkten Auto geborgen wurde. Das Nana’s Vater den Fund seiner Tochter miterleben musste, macht das Geschehene nicht gerade einfach zu ertragen.

Im Grunde genommen sollte es Sarah’s l...more
Jürgen Zeller
Vor ein paar Jahren habe ich meine Gewohnheiten umgestellt und bin vom eher passiven Fernsehzuschauer zum aktiven Leser geworden. Ich kenne die Fernsehserie die diesem Kriminalroman zu Grunde liegt nicht und konnte so ohne Vorurteile und unvorbelastet das Buch lesen, tüchtig miträtseln und die Spannung fühlen die von ihm ausgeht. Die Protagonisten und der Handlungsort Kopenhagen sehen dann halt auch so aus wie ich sie mir in meinem Kopf vorstelle.

Kommissarin Sarah Lund hat ihre letzten Arbeitsta...more
Wal.li
Die Rehaugen der Kommissarin

Kommissarin Lund ist eigentlich fest entschlossen zu ihrem Freund nach Schweden zu ziehen. Zwar ist ihr 12-jähriger Sohn Mark ist nicht begeistert von der Idee. Doch gerade einen Tag vor der Abreise wird ein junges Mädchen ertrunken im Kofferraum eines schwarzen Transporters aufgefunden. Auf welchem Weg das Fahrzeug im Kanal gelandet ist, bleibt zunächst unklar. Klar jedoch ist, dem Mädchen wurde übelst mitgespielt. Für die Kommissarin ist es eine Herzensangelegenheit...more
Angelique Sa
In "Das Verbrechen" von David Hewson und Sören Sveistrup geht es um einen brutalen Mord an der 19jährigen Nanna Birk Larsen. Sie wurde brutal zusammengeschlagen, missbraucht und lebendig in einem Kofferraum verscharrt. Dann wurde dieses Auto in einem Kanal versenkt und Nanna ist elendig erstickt. Das Auto gehört zur Wagenflotte des Politiker Hartmann. Dieser kandidiert für das Amt des Oberbürgermeisters.
Die Kommissare Sarah Lund und Jan Meyer aus Kopenhagen ermitteln in diesem Fall.
Sarah Lund si...more
G.J. Griffiths
I purchased this book because I was a firm fan of the Danish television series written by Soren Sveistrop. When it was shown on BBC4 television it became something of a cult series and has won various awards. So I was already prepared to love the novel written by a very experienced crime writer in his own right.

This book is a lot more than just a translation of the original story. It contains its own twists and turns as well as some deeper insights into several of the main characters. Fast-paced...more
Kenneth
This is an unusual book in as much as it is the adaptaion of a television serial drama. Does this make it an 'official' form of Fan Fiction? It certainly ties in with the popular phenomenon of all-things Scandinavian. Hewson (adaptor/author) has managed to capture this popularity for the TV Scandinavian detective story in a way whereby readers, instead of viewers, can further offer this popularity a kind of literary legitimacy - it is a good story on the page too and more than just the reworking...more
Vivienne
I fell in love with Forbrydelsen, the original Danish TV series, when it was first aired on BBC as well as its lead character Sarah Lund with her iconic black & white (and white & black) jumpers on first viewing. Since then I have watched it a few times. So I was thrilled last autumn to read that David Hewson, whose Nic Costa series I have so enjoyed over the last couple of years, had been engaged to write a literary adaptation of the series in English and eagerly awaited its publication...more
Stevek767
Initially, I was excited about reading this book, however, the second plot line involving the political election started to really turn me off. The more I read, the more I started skimming over the subplot of the election.

I found the bumbling about with the detectives, whilst trying to find the killer, became cumbersome and I found myself wishing it would end already. The continued incompetence of the investigators got me to lose interest and the only thing that kept me from putting the book aw...more
Barry
I did not see the original Danish TV version,so I honestly did not know who was the killer of Nanna. But I expected it was whom I thought it was from pretty early on, and was pleased to be proved wrong, anyway in the book. I thought that this crime thriller was terrific and the only reason I did not give it five stars was because by the time I had reached the end of the over 700 pages I had almost forgotten some of whom I thought were minor characters. Of course its my age. And I had to go back...more
Alex Quinn
When I first looked at the book 'The Killing' I didn't have a clue what to expect. Would this be an original, interesting and dramatic read? or would this be the exact same as all of the other books about detectives which involve a murder, police, suspects and thats it? So, I decided that I would infact get the book and see what I would think of it. At over 700 pages you would imagine the book to be a bore, to drag on, but to my delight, it didn't! It went on enough time to keep you guessing bef...more
Lesley
I was a fan of the original Forbrydelsen/The Killing TV series, so I thought I'd like the book as well and I didn't like it, I LOVED it! It's well written and keeps with the same storyline as the original programme. Also loved The Killing II. Looking forward to getting The Killing III when I can.
Mark Wickenden
It's him, no it's not it's him, actually it's him, no it can't be him (we're only halfway through), no it's him, oh maybe it's him, no it's not him, oh it was him all along, actually no it wasn't him etc. Kept me gripped, despite all that.
Ruth Millett
I haven't seen the TV series but have heard good things and so thought I'd read the book on holiday. The storyline gripped me and I loved that, although I couldn't put the book down, it took me longer than a day to finish. However, I read afterwards that the book was written based on the TV series not the other way round. This does explain one aspect that I didn't really like and and that was the very episodic narrative. It was almost like reading a TV show in the sense that a line of enquiry wo...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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