The Savage Altar
A church in the glittering frozen wastes of northern Sweden. Inside, a sacrifice: the body of a man - slashed to pieces, hands severed, eyes gouged out.
The victim's sister, Sanna, is first to discover the body and immediately finds herself the police's only suspect. Terrified and confused, she calls on a friend: got-shot city lawyer Rebecka Martinsson.
Rebecka hardly wants...more
"The Aurora Borealis twists and turns like a dragon in the night sky. Stars and planets are compelled to give way to her, this ...more
I absolutely hated all the characters with no exception. All of them were flat and unrealistic. And I dunno why they are swearing all the single time. I found them to be rude, unpolite, and disgusting.
Especially hated Rebecka and Sanna. Rebecka was extremely annoying as a main character. She doesn't ...more
A popular young priest is brutally murdered in his church in northern Sweden, and his sister who found the body is accused. Sanna Strandgord turns to her friend, attorney Rebecca Martinsson for help. Martinsson is a tax attorney and has no experience with high profile murder investigations. But Rebecca is smart and tough and goes to work.
To say this is a thriller would be putting it mildly. The characters are well developed and our heroine is ...more
After encountering the feisty Rebecka Martinsson in the fifth outing of this series and enjoying it immensely, it is interesting to see how Åsa Larsson's writing has acquired a certain polish as this series has progressed. At times I felt like the narrative in this first outing was a little awkward, the character of Rebecka Martinsson still carving out a role and personality for herself, whilst also being faced with the unenviable task of returning to a childhood home that she was ...more
Sun Storm, winner of Sweden’s Best First Crime Novel Award, deals with religion, hypocrisy, abuse, mental illness, and perhaps redemption over the course of the story. It’s setting of Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, is important. Its remoteness and isolation are integral to the ...more
Can't put my finger on why, but I found this a little more clumsy and infodumping than Anne Holt. This one, in fairness, is a first novel and I've only read Holt's later books.
The crime is a typically bizarre and fantastical event - the murder and ...more
Really liked the two main characters of this mystery. Rebecca Martinson is a likable lawyer who works too hard and tries too diligently to distance herself from her small town past in ...more
Rebecka Martinsson is a tax lawyer who gets caught up in the defense of a young woman accused of her brother's murder. Said brother was one of those flamboyant, religious celebrities who act as 'lighthouses' for their newly created/discovered religion, one which purports to being the only 'true' ...more
this is the hero of the new church and is found by his sister and naturally she is a suspect. panicked she calls on rebecka her friend, who is also a lawyer but not a criminal one
she has no wish to return as it as the town has bad memories for her and she is not close to sanna who is not right mentally and also has 2 daughters
she is not especially welcomed into the close knit ...more
The main character is Rebecka Martinsson, a tax attorney from a firm in Stockholm. And by that I mean: an annoying girl who always seems to be a ...more
On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man lies mutilated and defiled - and in the night sky, the aurora borealis dances as the snow begins to fall....So begins Ãsa Larsson's spellbinding thriller, winner of Sweden's Best First Crime Novel Award and an international literary sensation.
Rebecka Martinsson is heading home to Kiruna, the town she'd left in disgrace years before. A Stockholm attorney, Rebecka has a good reason to return: her friend Sanna, ...more
Even if I liked it, there are some missing clues, such as: what happened with the kidnaped dog?? Moreover, the role as an attorney is not so well assigned to the main character.
It won the 2003 Swedish Crime Writers’ Association Prize for best debut novel.
It starts out very spookily as we read of the victim calmly embracing his death, and Larsson builds the tension with hints of past troubles, of religious issues, and parental abuse.
There's a past here, a history that Rebecka has with the church. I'll admit to a prejudice against organized religion, so that ...more
Sun Storm has a lot going for it: ...more
What I loved best was that Larsson doesn't need to explain everything as they do in some ...more
(I bought this book last Christmas for my husband and he enjoyed it as well. I bought it because, back in 2010, we went to Kiruna in Northern Sweden (in the Arctic Circle and Swedish Lappland) with the objective of seeing the Aurora Borealis. We were also there on ...more
So we get the usual small town secrets. Not bad, but not a classic by any stretch.
The chief prosecutor on the case seems to ...more
Hang on a minute, let's not get carried away with publisher hyperbole. Yes, Asa came before Stieg and not just alphabetically, and yes this is definitely a fast paced thriller, indeed I would happily describe it is a real page turner that I struggled to put ...more
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