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Sankta Psyko

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  2,643 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Johan Theorins romaner med Öland som fond har satt stora avtryck i svensk spänningslitteratur. Nu byter han tillfälligt spelplats och från ett vindpinat alvar tar han oss med till en mellanstor stad någonstans på västkusten.

Dit anländer Jan Hauger för att söka tjänst som förskolepedagog. Men Gläntan är inte riktigt som andra förskolor. Det ligger på andra sidan muren till
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published 2011 by Wahlström & Widstrand
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Tony NO the fourth book is called Voices from beyond.....a good read. I have a copy if you need it

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Farah Cook
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Nordic Noir is super creepy with an unexpected twist that will leave you thinking long after reading it. If you’re looking for a dark psychological thriller with a twist I highly recommend this book.
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3 stars definitely, even if I forget it's a translation I still had issues with the book as a a whole.
If I were reviewing this at about 80% it would have been a completely different review. BUT the way it ended changed everything.

To be fair I couldn't picture a nice neat ending so I was prepared for something not to be thoroughly explored because of all the little threads and tangents. I
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's strange. This ought to have been a very engaging story. The main character Jan has had a troubled youth and is now working with children - and successfully so. He really does care for the children and the kids love him. He doesn't have much of a social life, though, and has spent a great many years looking for his friend from back then, an Alice Rami.

The story jumps between now and then and in between - and it works. I just never really start to care about the troubled Jan and none of the
Feb 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I tried so hard but this book was not for me. DNF!
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
I recieved this novel from NetGalley.

This novel, although engaging and well written/trasnlated, was confusing and hard to grasp the initial meaning behind the characters motives. The characters themselves were fantastically created and seemed like normal people, they were deep and multi-dimensional. The aspect of the setting was also incredibly clever, considering the characters pasts. This being said, it was still a highly confusing novel.

The ending was unsatisfying and seemed to lack that
Katriina ❆
This is probably the best 3 stars I ever gave to a book. It's like 3++ stars.

I was ridiculously annoyed with this book at first, especially because Theorin was basically shoving the fact that Hauger had a secret right into my face. With a shovel. At a steady rate.
And it really annoyed me, as much as Jan seemed so ridiculously obsessed with a singer that even the worst fangirls I know would turn pale in admiration. Really. Everything seemed so pointless and annoying, but the book quickly
Nancy Oakes
(Another review I sort of forgot to copy here -- read in June 2013).

Let's just say this is not nearly as good as his other work, and I'm a huge fan of this author.

As the novel opens, Jan Hauger has applied for job as a classroom assistant at the Dell preschool located in a building at St. Patricia's Hospital, lovingly referred to as "St. Psycho's" by the locals. St. Patricia's is home to patients of all sorts, but it houses some people who "have destructive impulses, antisocial men and women who
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan Hauger has seen a job vacancy that interests him; a classroom assistant is needed at The Dell, the nursery that is run by St Patricia's - a psychiatric hospital that is houses some of the most damaged individuals in Sweden. Jan applies, and is successful, he starts his new job almost straight away and moves to live nearby. It is clear from the beginning that it is not just the vacancy that appeals to Jan - he's a dark and mysterious character whose background appears to be less than ...more
Tracy Shephard
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous tale.

Almost everyone who works at St Patricia's has a secret.. and it is these secrets,along with slow burning tension that makes this story an interesting read.

Jan Hauger is a troubled young man, he is employed in the pre-school that is attached to the asylum and very early on we come to realise that he is lonely as well as a loner. With only one friend, Rami, who he met a long time ago at a teen - psyche unit when he tries to commit suicide, and who he made a pact with, The
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book for over a year and tried reading it a few times before. Finally, I dove in and read it. The first 100 pages slowly develops some background on the main character Jan. From there, the book picks up as far as the story line and various events unfold. Johan Theorin is brilliant with atmospheric writing. I am still waiting for him to put a book together that makes me completely satisfied. I have read all of his books and will continue to read what he puts out. The Asylum is ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another dark, suspenseful, psychologically gripping tale from this author. I was happy to see "The Asylum" finally become available for Kindle, which is how I also read "Echoes from the dead" and "The darkest room", all set in the same area of Sweden and deeply evocative of both place and season. I wish Amazon would hurry up and offer "The Quarry", the final volume in this series (loosely defined: there are no continuing characters except the setting, which is Oland, an island in northern ...more
Esteban Tomás
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book.
It's the first time I read something written by Theorin. I really wanna pick up more of his books.
The story is heartbreaking.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 3.5
“That way madness lies…”

A slow-burn psychological thriller, the book starts with loner Jan Hauger applying to work in the pre-school that is attached to St Patricia’s psychiatric hospital, known to locals as St Psycho’s. From the beginning we know that Jan has reasons of his own for wanting to be close to the asylum – reasons that the author slowly reveals as he lets us see inside Jan’s head. St Patricia’s holds some of the most dangerous criminals in Sweden but security isn’t as tight as those
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friends review of this book brought it to my attention, and I really enjoyed it. I barely noticed that it was a translation from the original language as it doesn't lose anything in translation although I did find myself reading it with a faint Swedish accent in my head!

I found it quite a sad and empathetic story about loneliness and the different ways it affects different people. Its also psychologically very chilling which I like in a story.

The main character is Jan who goes to work in a
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
I devoured this book in a little under three hours, so that should tell you something. I'm not a big fan of thrillers, but this one had me hooked by the first page.

It's the story of Jan, a child care worker who starts his new job at a small pre-school that is connected to a mental hospital so that the children can still have - supervised - contact to their mentally ill parents. What makes this book so interesting and compelling is that you know pretty much from the get go that the protagonist is
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a dark psychological thriller, and it takes a long time to build up to the point where you actually understand the motivation of the main character, Jan Hauger. The story is told from his POV but he appears to be rather sinister, and it is not until near the end of the book that everything makes sense (more or less). Not a comfortable book to read, and the outcome is (without giving too much away) not good. The world of the asylum, with its desolate corridors and deserted rooms, is vivid ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un muy buen libro. Aunque tarda mucho en llegar a la acción. Pero los personajes están muy bien desarrollados y evolucionan bien en la historia. El último capítulo fue todo una sorpresa. Lo recomiendo totalmente.

First of all, I don't know if this book has been translated into english. It is polish or something like that (original name "Sankta Psyco"). That said, it's a very good book. But it takes it some time to get to the action. The characters have a good development
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book had me sweating and squirming. There was no way to predict or even take a wild guess on the outcome of the mc's actions. Not even once did I see where it was going, and damn that was refreshing.
I do however have to lower my rating because of the general lack of personality given to the characters. They were hard to get, hard to love and hard to feel compassion for. Maybe it was meant to be this way, but it really doesn't float my boat.
Now onto the series about my home, the books
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
I have some mixed feelings about this one. At first I completely loved it, I mean it's a well written book with some mysterious twist and it keeps you on edge whenever you turn a page. The ending I think was the thing that disappointed me the most, not that it was bad but I think I had expected something slight different than what happened.
Ken Fredette
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story but it lacked action until the end and then it worked out the way it does in life.
Karin Buch-Nielsen
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Theorin has a great sense of making you feel like you're there. Scary story.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just brilliant. Read it.
Bitten Nicander
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This one wasn't as good as his other books, in my oppinion..
Emily Wrayburn
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind October 20, 2017:

Actual rating: 2.5*

Heh. For a thriller, I did not find this book especially thrilling. I think some of that may have been due to a clunky translation from Swedish, but I think also it required more willing suspension of disbelief than I was willing to give it.

Jan Hauger takes a position at The Dell, a pre-school attached to St Patricia’s Psychiatric Hospital for the children of the patients’ parents. Jan wants to make
Laura Turner
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have to be honest and admit to attempting to read Asylum once before and after only a few chapters in, closing the book and giving it to my friend to read, who absolutely devoured it. Me? I just couldn't get into it. Then upon my friend handing it back, instead of passing it on again I placed it back on my book shelf, for I knew if my friend enjoyed it, then I would. A year or so down the line and here I am writing this
Rating: 3.5
ahhhh.. man.
Fuck this....Fuck this. This is just sad.
What happend next???
This is a slow pace book.. really slow but not boring surprisingly.
This didn't have to do so much with the Asylum itself which is dissapointing. It is about a guy who works at a pre-school next to an asylum. Some of the children there have parents in that asylum and that's the connection the book chooses to go on and on and on. Jan (our guy) believes there is someone he loves in there and the confusion begins.
Maja Ingrid
I had hoped this book would have a certain creepiness to it, as it is set at a day/nightcare for kids and a forensic psychiatric hospital in which the kids' parents are patients. It would make a real good setting for a creepy horror.

But it was kinda meh on that part. Not really sure what I expected. Not this.
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Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Started out really interesting and good, the story felt very original, and so did the main character and a lot of characters and plot twists (and I really liked the author's writing style!) - but ; the end (like the last 40-50 pages or so) was just plain bad imo... Could have been a 4/5 book... but ended on a 2/5 instead for me... so; a disappointment..
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lacks a non-disappointing climax to deserve a better rating. Writing style is quite particular, almost simplistic. A tad too slow-paced at times, truly thrilling at others. Nonetheless I found this an enjoyable read. Main character is complex yet interesting and deserved to go down in a different way.
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Throughout his life, Johan Theorin has been a regular visitor to the Baltic island of Öland. His mother’s family – sailors, fishermen and farmers - have lived there for centuries, nurturing the island’s rich legacy of strange tales and folklore. A journalist by profession, Johan now lives in Gothenburg.

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