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More Bitter Than Death

(Siri Bergman #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  624 ratings  ·  83 reviews
In the chilling follow-up to Some Kind of Peace, Siri Bergman returns to investigate a brutal murder case centered in the dark world of domestic abuse.It’s a rainy evening in a Stockholm suburb, and five-year-old Tilde is hiding under the kitchen table playing with her crayons, when a man enters and beats her mother to death in cold blood. Tilde can’t quite see the murdere ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Simon Schuster (first published 2010)
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Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gusto mucho el contexto psicológico y que estaba bien documentado, pero vi venir el final.
To be honest I didn't enjoy More Bitter Than Death as much as I like reading The Ice Beneath Her that I gave five stars too.
Paul Pessolano
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
“More Bitter Than Death” by Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff, published by Simon and Schuster.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date - June 18, 2013

This is another one of the best mysteries to come out of Sweden that will thrill those who like their mysteries that take place in that dark, cold, snowy place. It is also a book that does not give up its secrets until the very last page. A book that is skillfully crafted by the authors, and will keep the reader thinking and guessing throughout the
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book shows a different side of a murder mystery. You get a psychologist perspective rather than a detective's viewpoint. Siri Bergman is annoying at times and her decisions are not what you would expect from a psychologist. She has a drinking problem and has not gotten over the death of her husband. The book does show how people cope with grief and loss through Siri's character. She does, however, hold a self-help group for women of abuse and it is very informative. The book starts out with ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
PROTAGONIST: Siri Bergman, psychotherapist
SETTING: Stockholm, Sweden
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 3.25
WHY: Psychotherapists Aina Davidsson and Siri Bergman agree to conduct a self-help group for women who have been abused both physically and emotionally. The various group members each reveal their stories of abuse. There is a horrific murder of the girlfriend of the ex-husband of one of the group’s members and then one of the group is killed. The book is narrated by Siri, and she’s a bit of a mess hers
Monique Mulligan
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading the debut offering from Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff in 2012, Some Kind of Peace, I’ve been looking forward to reading more from this clever duo. More Bitter Than Death was released a while ago, but has only just been translated into English. Was it worth the wait? Sure was.

The story picks up some months after protagonist Siri Bergmann, a psychotherapist, escapes death at the hands of a stalker. She’s been asked to co-facilitate a group for women who are victims of domestic violence
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Swedish crime series featuring psychotherapist Siri Bergman and her best friend and colleague Aina Davidsson.

In this book, Siri and Aina along with their old classmate Vijay collaborate on a domestic abuse study. Siri and Aina are to run a trial self-help group that would be led by professional facilitators. This set-up allows the authors to describe, as part of the narrative, the various manifestations of abuse of women, what it feels like to them, and how they cope (
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book sent shivers up and down my spine from page one, as Tilda witnesses her mother's horrific murder.

Set in Sweden, More Bitter Than Death is a murder mystery, but it's also about domestic violence, love, and loss. As this story is told, the characters fight to stay warm as winter rages around them and the mystery of who killed Tilda's mother deepens. The police investigation appears to be at a standstill, and then something else happens that shocks everyone.

This story rocks the house as
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, apl
This book should have been labeled more as a psychological thriller. Or just psychological, forget the thrill part.
Perhaps that would have saved some of the frustrations with it.
Because instead of the typical thrill, crime, or police procedural, we get to follow in first person a psychologist and her clients who are mostly women who have been subject to male violence in their life, with constant interruptions to the story by short psychological reports of a child with whom there were thought to
Shelly Hammond
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced uncorrected proof copy of this book from Goodreads. I’d never read any other books by these authors or in this series so really had no idea at all about what to expect but the creepy cover with the little girl hiding under the table and the rest of the cover pretty much just all blackened out left me incredibly curious so I was very rather pleased to open up the cover and begin reading.

Not being used to reading books from Sweden or that general area, I w
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Since I am a fan of Nordic writers I had to read More Bitter Than Death. However, I thought the book would focus more on the mystery of discovering who killed Tilde’s mother than domestic violence. That is, I thought this would be a Camilla Lackberg and Jussi Adler-Olsen type of book but it’s not.

Tilde, a five-year-old girl, is the only witness to her mom murder. One day, while Tilde was under the kitchen table drawing, a man comes in and beats her mother to death. The only thing Tilde could se
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Uh, this book is pretty hard to give a rating to. It'll be around 7-8 out of 10. I thought it'd be quite a boring book, but for me, it was quite the page turner. Siri is hilarious, her personality is just priceless. She's a psychologist, who is trying to help mentally unstable people, yet she can't seem to help herself. That's all, and the guy who committed the murder was introduced like a 100 pages before the book ended, that was kinda sad, I couldn't guess who it was.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did not read the first book from these authors but I want to NOW! I did not see the ending coming in this book -though totally makes sense when dealing with domestic violence! This book is not light in nature. It deals with child abuse domestic abuse and gruelsome murderer along with therapists that have their own issues! I was a splendid mystery for me!
Pretty good, overall. The psychology angle of it was flawless. And a nice twist at the ending.
Dragged a bit in places though, so I can only give it three stars.
Ein regnerischer Nachmittag in Stockholm: Die fünfjährige Tilde spielt seelenruhig unter dem Küchentisch, während ihre Mutter das Mittagessen zubereitet. Plötzlich klopft es an der Wohnungstür, erst leise, dann immer fordernder. Tildes Mutter öffnet die Tür, in der Annahme, ihr neuer Freund würde nach Hause kommen. Als nächstes hört das Mädchen laute Schreie, bis der Körper ihrer Mutter neben ihr auf dem Küchenboden aufschlägt. Wie von Sinnen tritt der fremde Mann auf die Frau ein, bis diese sic ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scandi-thrillers
I realized this was the second book in a series after I started reading but did not feel it was essential to read them in order. The story mainly centers on two plotlines, one involving a child who is the only witness of her mother's murder and a self-help therapy group of women who have endured violence and rape. The stories intertwine when one of the women's ex-boyfriend becomes a suspect in the murder case. What fell short for me was that a lot of the story also centered around the main chara ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book featuring Swedish psychotherapist and psychologist Siri Bergman and is every bit as good as the first in the series. In this book, Siri and her best friend and colleague Aina are running a self-help group for a group of local women who have all suffered domestic abuse of some sort. Against this background, the police are investigating the brutal murder of a woman in the presence of her five-year-old daughter - a murder that turns out to have links with members of the grou ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Klaudia Nogajczyk
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Po przeczytaniu I tomu "Spokój Duszy" nie sposób było nie sięgnąć po tom II. Często mawiają, że pierwsza część jest najlepsza potem jest tylko gorzej, w tym przypadku jest zgoła inaczej. Obydwa tomy oceniam na bardzo dobrym równym poziomie. W "Bardziej gorzkiej niż śmierć" Siri musi zmierzyć się wraz z przyjaciółką Ainą z problemem przemocy wobec kobiet. W jej życiu pojawia się dużo młodszy przystojny policjant? Czy Siri będzie potrafiła otworzyć się na zmiany, które szykuje dla niej życie?
Jeg kunne rigtig godt lide karaktererne og at der er meget i bogen som skrives implicit. Jeg har ikke læst den første bog men synes fint at denne kan læses selvstændigt på trods af at man så ikke har Siris forhistorie.
Matgory Flores
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando leí este libro me dejo atrapada completamente.
La historia o mejor dicho las historias que se cuentan me dejaban intrigada y el final; dios ese final no me lo esperaba.
Lo recomiendo mucho a personas que les gusta la intriga.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap
Too artificial and twee.
Really enjoyed this- hope more English translations are on their way for the rest of the series
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I found it difficult to read because I didn’t like any of the characters. I couldn’t associate with any of them. I love reading Scandinavian thrillers but this book just doesn’t make the cut.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
The second novel in the Siri Bergman series, MORE BITTER THAN DEATH, suffered a little from this reader having missed the first book - SOME KIND OF PEACE. It left such a sense of missing out for this reader, that SOME KIND OF PEACE was slotted into the teetering pile of books to be read.

A big part of the reason for that reaction is that Siri Bergman is a tricky character to come to grips with part-way through her story. Not to say that she's not particularly intriguing, strong and fascinating, t
Marionetka Literacka
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, polish
Nasze życie społeczne opiera się głównie na kontakcie z różnymi ludźmi. Codziennie na swojej drodze napotykamy różne osobowości i obserwujemy zmienne typy ludzkich zachowań. Wielu z nas zastanawia się, dokąd tak naprawdę nasza egzystencja nas poprowadzi i czy jesteśmy warci więcej niż sami o sobie myślimy. Człowiek jest jednostką skomplikowaną lecz zarazem prostą w swej istocie, a to czyni nas niepowtarzalnym i skłonnym do przejawów różnych typów zachowań.

Powieść „Bardziej gorzka niż śmierć” jes
The last few years have been difficult for Siri Bergman. She’s lost her husband and she’s been the victim of a vicious stalker. But things seem to be looking up: her friends are supportive as ever, and she’s got a new man in her life who knows firsthand what she’s been through. But when Siri and her best friend/business partner Aina agree to host a self-help group for women with PTSD, Siri is once again forced to confront her own past: she too has been betrayed, and she too must make a decision— ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Bitterder dan de dood’ is deel twee van de Siri Bergman-reeks, geschreven door de zussen Camilla Grebe & Åsa Träff. Kan als stand-alone gelezen worden, maar om de status quo van hoofdpersonage Siri Bergman te begrijpen is het wenselijker eerst deel 1, ‘Vredig’, te lezen.

Siri Bergman voert samen met twee collega’s een praktijk voor psychotherapie. Het gaat langzamerhand beter met Siri, ze durft het zelfs aan samen met collega-vriendin Aina een zelfhulpgroep te starten voor vrouwen die slach
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Το βιβλίο κάνει υπερβολικό focus στον χαρακτήρα της Siri, και στην συντριβή αυτής μετά τον θάνατο του άντρα της, με αποτέλεσμα να γίνεται κάπως κουραστικό σε αρκετά σημεία της αφήγησης. Μάλιστα, η κεντρική μας ηρωίδα, παίρνει πάρα πολλές ανόητες αποφάσεις, που δε καμία περίπτωση δεν δικαιολογούνται από το δράμα και τη δυστυχία της, κάτι που μ' ενόχλησε αρκετά και ως γυναίκα. Θεωρώ πως μια θηλυκή οντότητα του δικού της χαρακτήρα ποτέ δεν θα παρασυρόταν τόσο έντονα από τα συναισθήματά της, που κυρ ...more
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Camilla Grebe is an entrepreneur and a former publisher and CEO. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Her sister is Åsa Träff.

Other books in the series

Siri Bergman (5 books)
  • Some Kind of Peace (Siri Bergman #1)
  • Innan du dog (Siri Bergman #3)
  • Mannen utan hjärta (Siri Bergman, #4)
  • Eld och djupa vatten (Siri Bergman, #5)