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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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published 2003)
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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
"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
✿ Deni
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)
Kajsa Björn
With that, I guess I've just read my first crappy Swedish crim novel :P
N.P. Statham
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
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
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
I recently read the most recent book by this author. So I decided to go back to the beginning and read her first. It's always interesting to do that. I've left out the ones in the middle for now because my TBR pile is growing way too exponentially. However, it was interesting to read the difference. Her most recent is much more polished. Still, this is a good story. A woman is brutally murdered by an ax-wielding murderer. A pair of panties are stuffed in her mouth. The police are sure her husban ...more
Apr 14, 2009 Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Víctor Arturo Mercado Fernández

Es la primera novela de esta autora que leo y me ha parecido muy interesante, incluso más de lo que en realidad esperaba. Cuenta con bastantes personajes y abundantes diálogos que marcan giros imprevistos que mantienen al lector sin poder soltar el libro.

Al parecer es común en la mayoría de los autores nórdicos el mezclar sentimientos con la narración del diario acontecer de los personajes y el desarrollo de la trama, lo que le brinda un toque mágico a la novela. La autora hace uso de esa "técni

This Swedish mystery takes place on the island of Gotland. A woman and her dog are murdered in the early morning while jogging on a foggy beach. The island has never had such a gruesome murder before and complications arise when Stockholm TV journalists arrive to cover the story. Police and journalists clash over giving too much murder details to the public. Another murder of a local woman happens in the same manner as the first woman but with a different weapon. It is believed that they have a ...more
Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
Gotland, una pequeña isla de Suecia con apenas crímenes se ve sorprendida una mañana cuando un hombre encuentra el cadaver de una mujer en la playa.

En ese mismo momento entran en acción el comisario Knutas y su equipo por un lado, mientras que por el otro un reportero, Johan, es mandado desde la capital para que averigue todo lo posible para el canal de televisión en el que trabaja.

La historia está contada en tercera persona y cuenta con numerosos personajes y bastantes diálogos.
Por un lado tene
The Writer
I know that I should absolutely not judge a book by its cover but this book is practically screaming at me from the library shelves, begging me to take it home when I was there a couple of days ago.

With the orange-coloured cover picturing sandy beach and gorgeous sunset, the book seems trying to present a huge constrast with the spooky title that actually means "That thing that you don't see". You know: Calm beach, spooky title. It's like a new age horror or something.

But I was wrong. Just a sli
Mari Jungstedt is big news and extremely successful in Sweden. Now her books have been translated for the UK market. All books feature Inspector Anders Knutas, who is a straight forward ambitious detective, and reporter Johan Berg who I found a much more complex, interesting character.

The first novel by any writer must be the hardest. I felt that Mari Jungstedt was feeling her way with this work. However, I did a get a real sense of place, there are definite opportunities for character and relat
Olga Zbranek Biernátová
Švédský ostrov Gotland je vcelku poklidné místo, turisty vyhledávaná destinace, kraj provoněný solí a zamořeným beruškami. Místní policejní oddělení sídlí v ošklivé budově bez klimatizace a má jen 12 členů. Málokdy se tu něco děje. A pak se něco pokazí. Na jedné pláži u Fröjelu je nalezena mrtvá žena. Nahá, zabitá sekyrou s vlastními kalhotkami nacpanými v ústech. A v horkém létě nebude (a není) první obětí. Komisař Anders Knutas [Andrš Knýtas] tuší, že najít vraha nebude jednoduché, je totiž té ...more
Petit voyage vers les contrées nordiques. Ce polar made in Suède nous propose un nouveau commissaire, Anders Knutas, que l'on va certainement retrouver dans d'autres enquêtes.

Résumé :

Après s'être disputée avec son compagnon lors d'une fête dans leur maison de campagne, Helena Hillerström sort promener son chien le long de la plage. Bientôt, cernée par un épais brouillard, elle sent qu'on la suit. Quelques heures plus tard, elle est retrouvée morte, tuée à coups de hache. Frida Lindh, une jeune
Leniwe przedwakacyjne dni na Gotlandii.
Ma miejsce brutalne morderstwo kobiety. Potem drugiej... Sezon turystyczny jest zagrożony! Na wyspę jadą dziennikarze (na przykład: odpowiedzialny, choć ciekawski Johan), którzy są utrapieniem dla policji (np. inspektora Knutasa, starego wygi, mającego niewielkie doświadczenie w sprawach morderstw, tym bardziej seryjnych).
Oczywiście: korzenie zbrodni tkwią w przeszłości. Autorka pokazuje, że to, co dla jednych było nieistotne, innym zniszczyło życie. Nie k
I got confused which is nothing, absolutely nothing, new. But one night, for some reason, I plucked THE INNER CIRCLE by Mari Jungstedt from the stacks, and started reading. Then I got quite convinced I'd already read the book. So I went to check and found UNSEEN, which I then re-read, ending up very struck by the similarities between the two plots. Which got me wondering if there were similarities in all of them, and as I had a number of the books to hand, I thought I'd read them in order and se ...more
Het boek begint alvast goed – althans voor dit soort verhaal – namelijk, in de eerste 10 pagina’s gebeurt er een gruwelijke moord op het eiland Gotland. Per paragraaf komt een ander personage aan bod, zo maak je snel kennis met de hoofdpersonages die verweven zijn doorheen het verhaal. Eerst commissaris Knutas, naar mijn mening de eerste politieagent in een Scandinavische thriller die een normaal privéleven heeft. Daarna kijken we door de ogen van journalist Johan naar de gebeurtenissen, hij rei ...more
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
Far out, Scandinavian crime month is brilliant! Unseen, had I not read The Ice Princess first, would probably have been my favourite book of 2011, but it is sitting solidly in second spot. This was Jungstedt's first novel, but you would never be able to tell. The story is captivating and full of twists and turns. The stunning climax was unexpected, and Jungstedt effortlessly fits all the pieces of the puzzle together in one of the best endings to a book I've read in a long time.

After a party go
Michal Cemper
Po sérii detektivek z Norska do Čech přišla i detektivka švédská. Jak uspěje švédská spisovatelka v porovnání s Jo Nesboem, králem současných žebříčků v prodejích knih s podobným tématem? Mari Jungstedt rozjíždí detektivku, které uvěříte. Bude to jejím hlavním pilířem anebo tomu něco chybí?

Neviditelný je prvotina od švédské spisovatelky Mari Jungstedtové. Celý román zasadila na švédský ostrov Gotland, kde přes léto žije s jejím manželem. Po velkém úspěchu jejího debutu přišla další vlna detekti
Li o outro livro desta autora, cá publicado, antes deste e foi engraçado agora fazer o exercício ao contrário. Ou seja, perceber com este volume alguns factos relatados no primeiro. Provavelmente essa foi uma das razões que me levou a apreciar mais Ninguém Viu, além de que achei a estória mais mais contada e mais consistente, também.

As personagens são coerentes, verossímeis e num pormenor este livro faz a diferença dos demais policiais: é dado mais enfoque ao lado humano e pessoal dos inspectore
Jedine, co sa mi na tej knihe pacilo, bola ta severska, resp. svedska atmosfera. Postava komisara Andersa Knutasa nie je dostatocne zaujimava, samozrejme, vdaka autorke. Ovela vacsiu pozornost venovala vykresleniu scenok zo zivota obeti tesne predtym, nez su zavrazdene. Navyse romanca medzi vedlajsimi postavami nemala ziadny skutocny ucel, ak teda neratam jeden telefonat na zaver, ktory dokonale rozsekne gordicky uzol vysetrovania. Zahltenie deja postavami, ktore su po ploche pribehu posuvane ak ...more
Mari Jungstedt is the author of the popular and bestselling crime series featuring police detective Anders Knutas. Since the 2003 release of Unseen (Den du inte ser), the first novel in the series, her books have already sold more than 2.2 million copies in Sweden alone and three million copies worldwide. They have been translated into more than fifteen languages and adapted into German television shows with over five million viewers per episode. Unseen is one of the few novels by this author tr ...more
I picked the larger version of Mari Jungstedt's debut novel in English. I was scouring for stores for some good Nordic Thriller reads and I was hoping to buy Jungstedts if not for its prohibitive price in a local specialty book shop. Thankfully, I was able to hunt one in a bargain bookshop for a price almost 90% off.

The novel is a typical murder mystery. Women are brutally killed one by one in the quaint and silent island of Gotland, each with a different murder weapon, but the method is the sam
Jungstedt prefers to set her crimes in the idyllic countryside rather than in the gritty capitals. Indeed, there are many complaints about the rush and buzz and noise of Stockholm, and ruminations on how people can ever live in a big city. Here, in Gotland, things are not as idyllic anymore, though: a woman is found brutally slaughtered with her dog. The detective in charge wants to keep the press at bay, but finds that they seem to be able to do his investigative job better than him. Luckily f ...more
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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
More about Mari Jungstedt...
Unspoken (Anders Knutas, #2) The Inner Circle (Anders Knutas, #3) Dead of Summer (Anders Knutas, #5) Killer's Art (Anders Knutas, #4) Den mörka ängeln (Anders Knutas, #6)

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