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Unseen (Anders Knutas #1)

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Swedish crime at its best—dark, atmospheric, and chilling.

The island of Gotland is in the middle of a busy tourist season and getting ready for Midsummer, the 4th of July of Swedish holidays, when a young woman and her dog are found brutally murdered. The dog has been beheaded and is missing a paw; the woman is naked, covered in gruesome axe wounds, and her panties have be
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by St. Martin's Minotaur (first published 2003)
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Sonia De la rosa
Me ha parecido un libro entretenido que engancha y que es fácil de leer; pero me parecido bastante flojillo. A mi me gusta las tramas que me sorprenda, y ver como los policías van encontrando las pistas para llegar a la solución del caso, en esta novela la policía se encuentra con la resolución de los asesinatos casi por casualidad.
Me ha faltado también que la autora profundizará un poco más en los personajes, no he llegado a empatizar con ninguno.
Se me ha hecho raro los diálogos, todos los per
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Ellie
Unseen by Mari Jungstedt is a Swedish thriller. I really wanted to give it a 3.5 rating but rounded up. The plot is fairly routine but the book is so well-paced and crafted that it managed to rise above its own ordinariness and be entertaining.

The other attractions of the book include the detective Anders Knutas who, while not the most dynamic of the Scandinavian gallery of world weary police officers is quite attractive and the portrayal of Gotland, a popular vacation area of the coast of Swede
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SpookySoto
Esta es otra novela negra nórdica que sigue unos asesinatos en serie en Gotland, Suecia.

Es una obra interesante, bien escrita, con buen ritmo, un buen asesino y un buen misterio.

Me gustó el inspector Knutas porque no es el típico polícia amargado y solitario. Es una persona normal, con hijos y esposa (personaje que me encantó a pesar de que no sale mucho). Tiene el típico estrés que se espera por estar manejando un caso de alto relieve.

Mi problema con esta novela, y con las demás nordicas que h
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Rachel Hall
Nov 22, 2016 Rachel Hall rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Whitsuntide sees the return of former local resident Helena Hillerström to the sparsely furnished cabin that her family still own on the island of Gotland with her boyfriend of six years, Per Bergdal. Now living in Stockholm for the past fifteen-years after a stressful and hectic spring, thirty-four-year old Helena and thirty-eight-year old Per begin their break with a gathering of Helena's childhood friends on June, 4th. As alcohol is liberally served and spirits raised, Per's jealousl
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Carolien
Feb 22, 2017 Carolien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, sweden
I have mostly avoided Scandinavian noir over the years as I don't particularly enjoy the violence and torture that tend to form part of noir as a genre. This book was a pleasant surprise. It's well-written, set on beautiful Gotland island and the violence at a level appropriate to support the plot. The translation reads easily and the characters interesting. I'll be reading more of the series.
N.P. Statham
Mar 04, 2012 N.P. Statham rated it really liked it
Review via Crime Beat by N. P. Statham.

Killers are made, not born. In Unseen, Mari Jungstedt explores the psyche of a killer. What is it that makes a seemingly normal person commit unspeakable acts of violence?

In the tradition of the best European crime writers, Unseens opens with a gruesome murder scene. A young woman and her faithful watchdog are killed in a foggy morning, on a deserted beach in Gotland. The body is found nude, with several cuts and wounds. But the most appalling touch is the
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✿ Deni
Oct 21, 2014 ✿ Deni rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
It may have been the fact that I was reading a translation into Spanish but I didn't enjoy this book.

The plot wasn't too bad, but the way the ending was given to us felt very amateur, it's just thrown out there and it feels it belongs to a different story (view spoiler)
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Filipa
Jul 15, 2012 Filipa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ninguém viu" é um livro pequenino mas muito bem estruturado e com uma história que desde logo agarra o leitor.

Assassinatos com uma particularidade que vai dar a volta aos investigadores ao tentarem perceber o porquê de tal característica. . .

Um jornalista insistente que tenta fazer o seu trabalho e tentando respeitar ao mesmo tempo o trabalho da polícia para não comprometer a investigação e que consegue algumas informações que irão ajudar no caso. . . uma grande ajuda. . .

Assassino da história
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Gisela Hafezparast
Jul 10, 2014 Gisela Hafezparast rated it really liked it
Probably more of a 3.5, but a great story to a new series. The story is based in Gotland, which is a part of Sweden which I had no knowledge of before and which you start to get to know through the events of the story. Good characterisation with characters which can be of further interest for future books. For once, a happily married detective and his co-workers also seem pretty balanced for now. The story and the background to the murders was well explained and although I guessed who the murder ...more
Kajsa Byne
Sep 09, 2011 Kajsa Byne rated it it was ok
Shelves: swedish
With that, I guess I've just read my first crappy Swedish crim novel :P
Laura
Mar 16, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bastante entretenido, y mantiene la intriga, a pesar de que adiviné al asesino...
Sheila
La palabra que me viene a la mente al querer hablar del libro es "meh"

Todo me ha parecido muy básico y repetitivo, lleno de personajes planos y situaciones forzadas que no aportan nada. No creo que lea ninguno más de la serie de Anders Knutas.
Fatima
Apr 12, 2017 Fatima rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nadie lo ha visto, tiene un inicio intenso, drastico y que te mete en la historia rapidamente. Tras este vertiginoso arranque, nos comienza a presentar los principales personajes, que pienso ahi es el problema mayor que tiene el libro. Porque? Demasiados personajes, trantando de darle protagonismo a todos, pero con poco desarrollo por lo que no creas empatia con los mismos.

Su ritmo es bastante pausado, tiene mucho suspense e intriga. No es una novela vertiginosa, es una novela tranquila que nos
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Mery_B
May 02, 2014 Mery_B rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Estoy entre el 3'5 y el 4, pero como me siento generosa le zampo 4 estrellacas.

Quizá no sea la novela más espectacular o innovadora del género, pero a mí me ha gustado; si acaso, se me ha hecho corta de más.
Estoy cansada de los libros de misterio o policíacos en los que hay tantas tramas y subtramas que hasta te sientes agobiado. En ese sentido no puedo quejarme de este libro, porque no contiene dramas innecesarios ni relleno metido con calzador. Creo que cuenta lo justo y necesario para ir cono
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Wanda
Jul 12, 2012 Wanda rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel and found it to be quite gripping. The suspense is well maintained and I didn't guess who the murderer was until about the same time that the main characters were figuring it out. My only disappointment was a teeny bit of moralizing at the end (i.e. people should take better care of their children). But it was only one or two sentences so I will be willing to try more of this authors' work.
Iciar Piera
Es la primera novela que leo de esta autora y creo que no será la ultima. Desde mi humilde opinión es entretenida y te mantiene interesado en la acción pero a los personajes y sobretodo a los protagonistas les falta profundidad. Algo que Camilla Lackberg creo que borda.
Lynda
Really enjoyed this first time novel and look forward to reading Unspoken and Unknown. While the pace was great, the ending was rather disappointing. Left up in the air about the relationship between Johan and Emma which I am hoping will be brought to conclusion in the next books.
Leydhen
May 22, 2016 Leydhen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un bajonazo de libro, y no sólo porque a la mitad del mismo ya supiese quién era el asesino, sólo que quedaba aclarar los motivos y eso era imposible saberlo hasta que la misma autora da los datos.

¿Más razones para estas dos estrellas?

- La "frialdad" con la que percibía a los personajes. Todos nos dan mucha información sobre sí mismos, pero parece más una enumeración de hechos que una realidad. "Too much tell and not enough show", por resumir. No empaticé con ninguno ni cree ningún tipo de laz
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William
I always look forward to starting a new mystery series, but in this case my anticipation was followed by a tangible let-down. A central problem is I found Inspector Anders Knutas colorless and a character I am not interested in experiencing again. That's unusual in Scandinavian mysteries, where the police presence is usually depressed and dyspeptic, and I found myself missing that approach here.

The plot frequently annoyed me. Rather than tracing procedural steps where the perpetrator gradually c
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Apr 03, 2012 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it really liked it
This is another good Scandanavian writer, but edgier than the others I have read recently. The scene is set at a dinner party in the holiday home of Helena on the island of Gotland, a busy little holiday destination in Sweden. The party ends abruptly when Helena's jealous boyfriend has a violent row with her and her male friend. The following morning, she goes out for a run with her faithful protective dog and they are both viciously attacked and killed not far from her house. Her boyfriend beco ...more
Patricia Sutherland.

Estuvo bien hasta aproximadamente la mitad, a partir de aquí se torció un poco y aunque me gusta como enlaza los sucesos esta autora, en esta historia en particular la secuencia de los hechos (los asesinatos) me resultó inconsistente.


Me gustó:
* el estilo de la autora: su forma de narrar con frases cortas.
* la ambientación: se las arregla para hablarte de la isla, de sus costumbres, de sus gentes y consigue bastante limpiamente que te quedes con la idea de que es un lugar idílico, a pesar de los

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Tânia Tanocas
May 09, 2014 Tânia Tanocas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2015
Adoro quando um livro me faz perder a noção do tempo e me oferece o dom de me manter agarrada á história até à última página...

Numa ilha, onde nada de mal acontece, aparece uma mulher e o seu fiel amiga mortos, acontecimento que surge depois de uma discussão com o marido numa festa, o suspeito principal (marido) é preso e fim da história... Nada disso, nem sempre o óbvio é a conclusão de um caso...

A história é muito mais complexa e extremamente bem imaginada, porque encontramos um assassino em
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Suzanne
Apr 08, 2009 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jennifer, Krista, Kerstin
Recommended to Suzanne by: Mystery Lovers Bookshop
Shelves: mysteries
Wow, a pretty intense mystery! I liked the unravelling of the mystery - it really took me a long, long time to figure it out, and when it was revealed, I thought, 'very clever.' I really liked Anders Knutas - very authentic detective. I think the thing I like most is that I'm still thinking about this book. I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say that the incidents that provoked the murders are almost as troubling as the murders. I must read the next books in the series!
Siria
I'm not sure if it was a function of the translation, or if it was the fact that this was Jungstedt's first novel, but Unseen struck me as rather flat and affectless. None of the characters came alive for me, I thought the killer's motive was clichéd and his identity far too obvious. I did like the detail which Jungstedt provided about life on the Swedish island of Gotland, though—it sounds very beautiful and peaceful, and I've added it to the list of places I would like to visit.
konneko .
Jan 30, 2015 konneko . rated it liked it
3,5 estrellas.

No es lo mejor que he leído en novela negra sueca, pero tuvo un "buen" desarrollo.
La historia se mantuvo plana durante mucho tiempo y, de repente (como en todos estos libros) comienza a quedar la grande y uno ni tiempo tiene de anotar la patente.
Hubo detalles de más, como el inhalador, que al final nunca fue explicado y... Sería.
Ishtar
May 08, 2012 Ishtar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2012
Es un libro flojo que en ocasiones cansa. Me llegué a plantear abandonarlo varias veces, pero al final me quedé esperando un giro de los acontecimientos que animara la historia un poco... algo que nunca llegó. Para mí es un libro prescindible, hay novelas similares mucho mejores y sobre todo más entretenidas.
Irs
Apr 29, 2013 Irs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pues para ser novela negra me ha parecido de lo más mediocre, y por mucho que se resuelva el caso al final, quedan demasiadas preguntas sin resolver. Es como si la autora hubiera tenido prisa por acabarlo lo antes posible dejando todos los cabos sueltos.
Sheila
Apr 30, 2016 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle

First book in the Swedish crime noir series of Anders Knustas and his team of investigators. There seems to be a serial killer who is targeting seemingly random women on the island of Gottland.

I liked this one a lot.
Michala
Jun 03, 2012 Michala rated it it was ok
Tuhle detektivku bych se skoro nebála nazvat srágorou. Kniha je sice poměrně napínává, ale pasáže řešící vzájemná vzplanutí postav byly skoro nesnesitelné. Jo a jsem strašně špatný hádač vrahů, nikdy se mi to nepovede, fakt nikdy. Ale tady se mi to povedlo už v polovině knihy.
Claus Maack
A very standard crime story, though the setting was quite entertaining. The writing was not that special, even bad in some places but very easy to read.

A nice quick read that kept me entertained all the way through.
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Mari Jungstedt is a Swedish journalist and popular crime fiction author.

Jungstedt worked as a reporter on Swedish national public radio and television, and was an occasional presenter on TV4's daily talk show Förkväll.

Her first three novels are set on the island of Gotland and feature Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas and the journalist Johan Berg. Two of her novels were filmed for Swedish TV
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Other Books in the Series

Anders Knutas (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Unspoken (Anders Knutas, #2)
  • The Inner Circle (Anders Knutas, #3)
  • Killer's Art (Anders Knutas, #4)
  • The Dead of Summer (Anders Knutas #5)
  • Den mörka ängeln (Anders Knutas, #6)
  • Den dubbla tystnaden (Anders Knutas, #7)
  • Den farliga leken (Anders Knutas, #8)
  • Det fjärde offret (Anders Knutas, #9)
  • Den sista akten (Anders Knutas, #10)
  • Du går inte ensam (Anders Knutas, #11)

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