This mystery writer is being compared to Larsson and Nesbo, but I beg to differ.
The mystery begins with the body of a young child being pulled from aThis mystery writer is being compared to Larsson and Nesbo, but I beg to differ.
The mystery begins with the body of a young child being pulled from a fisherman’s net. When it becomes apparent that the little girl was murdered, it hits close to home for Detective Patrik Hedstrom since he is friendly with the parents of the murdered girl. Alternating with this story is another story set in the past; this story will ultimately tie in to the present day mystery.
Where to start? I found the writing to be scattered. There were so many plot lines that there was no focus. A lot of the characters, especially in the police department, were to be polite – morons. The police work was so sloppy it was laughable. Perhaps the worse offense of all is the depiction of the women in this book. In general they were shrewish, mean and unlikeable, with the exception of Patrik’s partner Erika. She is clearly suffering from post partum depression, but all Patrik can do is wait for her to snap out if it. Really? In 2012 this supposedly astute investigator doesn’t realize there is something very wrong with her? It is very disheartening when a woman writes such cardboard women characters. At times the book read more like a soap opera, with a father finding out he has a teenaged son, a young man with Aspbergers, a child with ADHD who abuses other children, two neighbor’s bent on destroying each other, child pornography and for good luck a woman who is so evil she made Joan Crawford look like Mommy of the Year.
So if you are into the Nordic mystery genre re-read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or try Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman but don’t bother with this one. ...more