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The Nightmare

(Joona Linna #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  23,062 ratings  ·  1,412 reviews
A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago---strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment---but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece togeth ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Picador USA (first published July 1st 2010)
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Rbone not really, in fact joona is pretty much a secondary character in the hypnotist

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(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: As before, the dust jacket hook is incidental and fleeting, purely a gateway and device to a less compelling main plot.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a message regarding Stef's review, which sadly is the first review and has five likes. Firstly, Penelope (the girl in the first 21, not 30, pages) is not the protagonist, that point of view was merely to give an insight on the character, character depth if you will. If Stef had continued reading she would've realised that Joona Linna was the actual protagonist. Secondly it is quite disparaging how she gives it one star because of merely twenty one pages in comparison to the whole book, a ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
I think I did myself a disservice by reading The Sandman before starting this series from the beginning. Clearly this is no one's fault but my own, and truly is just personal preference, but I will say that it wasn't anything to do with the quality of writing or the translation that had me give a middle of the road rating. I had the privilege of picking up the updated translation, and I'm told it is a massive improvement from the original english translation done, although I haven't read both to ...more
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
This 500 page book could have been at least 200 pages shorter. The main story about people involved in arms deals, was surrounded by several unnecessary side stories. I enjoyed the previous Lars Keplar book, The Hypnotist. This one was difficult to get into and a disappointment.
Yigal Zur
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
started reading and immediately i recognized that i read it few years back before writing reviews. so in short very good thriller, great plot. swedish writers love the conflicts between big conglomerates and the individual, between corrupt and moral.
A Swedish pacifist activist goes out on a boat trip with her fiance and her younger sister, but she is coldly murdered by a hitman who then pursues the couple for several hours ... At the same time, the police find a hanged business person and classify the death as suicide ... What if the two tragedies were linked? A very bloody thriller with twists and turns, the literary construction of which is sometimes embarrassing (repetition of elements from the previous chapter, succession of short chapt ...more
Manuel Antão
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
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Rough and Tumble: "The Nightmare" by Lars Kepler, Laura A. Wideburg (Trans.)

In sharp contrast to the lyrical poetry that I have been reading I am half way through a Swedish Noir called “The Nightmare” by Lars Kepler and rather a nightmare it is, too. Really it’s a run of the mill, James Bond (would you believe that I have never watched a Bond film) / police/ bit of everything rough and tumble but oh how I hate the short chapters and co
BAM Endlessly Booked
Oct 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
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I’m not finding this very interesting
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kepler returns with another sadistic thriller, placing Detective Inspector Joona Linna in a place of greater prominence. What do a woman found drowned on the dock of a pleasure ship left adrift and a man left hanging in his barren apartment have in common? Leave it to Linna to find the link and vow to bring the killer(s) to justice. Working with the rest of the National Criminal Investigation Division, Linna links his investigation with Saga Bauer from the Säpo's Security division (presumably pa ...more
Feb 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Stay away. Stay far, far away.
I made it approximately thirty pages into this one, and I just... can't. I can't read any more.

The whole thing reads like a mediocre self-insert fanfiction, and the protagonist is the most hateful one I've ever come across; the first chapter describes a televised debate between a peace activist and a weapons manufacturer, with the manufacturer pwning the activist quite severely, and I was really amused until horrendous realization began to dawn and I understood exactly which one of the two was t
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
This was my first read of Lars Kepler the husband & wife team set in Sweden i enjoyed it at the beginning but toward the end was a little drawn out had unnecessary dialogue which could have been settled in half the book, but that is just my opinion.

I enjoyed the character of Joona Linna thought he was strong & did his job well i have the Hypnotist on my kindle just hope that one is not as dragged out at this one was.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
The Nightmare, a dark Swedish murder mystery, is the second installment with Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The author, Lars Kepler, is actually the married couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. Joona Linna is tasked with investigating two puzzling incidents: one of a drowned woman found in her dry clothing alone on a boat and also the apparent suicide of a man found hanging in his apartment. It soon becomes apparent that the two are linked. With the help of Swedish Security ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
No where near as good as The Hypnotist. Disappointing. :(
Deb Jones
Joona Linna is one intense and dogged police detective, determined to see an investigation through to its conclusion. Linna's case closure rate is perfect, but as with many other law enforcement professionals that dedicated to the job, his professional accomplishments come at some cost to his personal life.

A well-crafted story, perhaps overly long in the telling, but worth the read to its conclusion.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is the second book in a developing series based around hard hitting cop Joona Linna. Basically it is one long thrilling experience from the first page. Reminiscent of a James Bond movie this is a novel on a really large scale with not a page wasted as this writing duo take you on a journey of threat, brutal chases and hand to hand conflict. It has action throughout balanced by involved characterisation. It is a mystery you will enjoy reading and a story that will captivate you based around ...more
Todd Simpson
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a fantastic story. After reading the first book in this series ‘The Hypnotist’ and being blown away by how good it was, I was keen to read this second book. I wasn’t disappointed, as both Authors have done an amazing job in writing non-stop and unpredictable story. I love Joona Linna as the main character, he stands out from the other detectives with his unique ability in seeing thing that the others can’t. His fighting skills and self-defence are another stand out in each book.
I've seen this book sitting on the shelf at work over the course of the past year, and every time I've seen it, I've thought "..........why does a high school library have a book that looks that creepy?" So when I noticed it AGAIN this past week, I figured I should probably read it and decide whether or not it's something that we need in the collection.

I had pretty high hopes going into this one. I'm in the mood for thrillers, and Scandinavian crime novels usually deliver. But there was just so
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
MUCH better than the first book! The plot was linear and cohesive; you felt like you were in the same story from the beginning to end. The addition of Saga Bauer is a great character, and there were some open-ended things (like did Peter not re-load the gun on purpose?)that left you hanging and wondering about the balance of things at the end of the book. The chapters are short and tight and this is a good thriller.

The downside for me is still that Joona Linna isn't that interesting a character.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
2nd in the Joona Linna series, The Nightmare is pretty intense. I had to take several breaks to lighten up with podcasts and sports, etc...

I'm feeling so into Joona and company that my next read is number 3 in the same series.

A solid 4 stars.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in the Joona Linna series by the husband and wife writers that publish under the name Lars Kepler. I have read most of the books in this series and found them to be of a consistently high standard. This one is up there with the others and is an excellent addition to the series, a good plot and well paced with excellent characters.
A young woman is found drifting around the coast, her lungs are full of water but there are no other signs of water in her abandoned boat or even
Liz | The Crime Girl
4.5 stars!
Lars Kepler, you have done it again! I swear, this couple can do no wrong in my eyes. This book was SO damn good. This was the usual whodunit police procedural by Lars Kepler focusing on our favourite DI at this point, Jonna Linna! The best thing about Kepler books is you’re always guaranteed to be thrown straight into the action — on a summer’s night the body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with wa
The Nightmare by Lars Kepler is yet another exciting installment in the Joona Linna series. It's only book two, but I thought it was even better than book one and it sounds like that will be a trend as the series goes on. I already have a soft spot for Linna, and I enjoy his dry humor and wit. We are also introduced to Swedish Security Police detective Saga Bauer in this book and I loved her character, so I hope we get to see more of her in the future! This was another super gritty, disturbing, ...more
Maja Ingrid
I'm actually quite enjoying these books! ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’m officially one step closer to completing Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna series and I am so happy to say that this book did not disappoint 🙌🏼 While this is the only Kepler book (so far) that I’ve rated less than 5 stars, it was still a great fast-paced police procedural that proved this series to be the best one I’ve ever read 🕵🏼‍♀️🖤⁣

My favorite aspect of this book was, of course, Kepler’s writing style. I’m always instantly hooked on their books because of how compelling the writing is
Kat Dietrich
The Nightmare by Lars Kepler is the 2nd in the Detective Joona Linna series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Series Background (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books):
Homicide Detective Joona Linna works for the National Criminal Investigation Department in Sweden. His father was a policeman who was killed on the j
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I have started a bit strangely with this series, but I have come to love Detective Inspector Joona Linna and his way of thinking! The first book I read, was “The Sandman” which is actually the fourth installment in the series. I did love it, so I went back to read the rest! The first installment was “The Hypnotist” which makes the introduction of the Detective Inspector and is quite a read! Now, I’ve just finished the second installment, “The Nightmare” and I want to talk t
Toni Meter
Sep 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads

The book is about a bunch of incapable cops.
Toni Osborne
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2, in the Detective Inspector Joona Linna series

This is another nail-biting mystery with chase after chase and tense situation that keeps coming at every pages or so. This second complex installment looks into two bizarre deaths, one being of Carl Palmcrona, the general director of the National inspectorate of Strategic Products overseeing military exports found hanged at his home and the other of Penelope Fernandez found dead on a drifting boat.

And voilà, Linna detective extraordinaire is
Laura Rash
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was much better than the first in the series. Faster paced and some very exciting and tense moments. Still a bit longer than necessary but I wonder if the translation is adding to the length.
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Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, authors of the No. 1 internationally bestselling Joona Linna series. With seven installments to date, the series has sold 13 million copies in 40 languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published seve ...more

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