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Märkta för livet

(Jana Berzelius #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,426 ratings  ·  337 reviews
En sommardag 1986 vaknar nioåriga Jana Berzelius upp på ett sjukhus. Hon har inget minne av vem hon är eller var hon kommer ifrån.
Tjugosex år senare får Jana som framgångsrik åklagare uppdraget att leda förundersökningen i det uppmärksammade mordet på Hans Juhlén, verksamhetschef på Migrationsverket i Norrköping. Tillsammans med kriminalkommissarie Henrik Levin och krimin
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published January 15th 2015 by Wahlström & Widstrand (first published 2013)
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Diane S ☔
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find the desk and brooding mature of these Nordic mysteries/thrillers very appealing. Not sure what that says about me. This is the first in a planned trilogy and it is off to an intriguing start. Jana, a prosecutor with a famous prosecutor father, is a cold, aloof, character, respected but not well liked by the detectives in the unit. She has a past though, one she doesn't remember anything about before the age of nine, when she was a adopted. The killing of the head of customs and then a you ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

3.5 stars

This is the first installment in a trilogy introducing us to public prosecutor Jane Berzelius. She is fairly young and detached from her job; her father was also a prosectutor and taught her how to distance herself to be the best at her job that she can be. A high profile death draws us in at the beginning of this story; everyone is a suspect and Jane must remain impartial to even the grieving widow. Then things ra
Krystin Rachel
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Opening Hook: A child’s jam-hand marks on a murder scene.
Main Character: A Swedish robot with advanced A.I.
Plot Twisty-Ness: A by-the-book snoozer procedural

I’ll be honest, the only reason I read this was because of the cover. It’s pretty sexy.

Unfortunately, outside of that shallow element, this book didn’t work for me at all. And go figure, basing a decision on literally nothing of depth didn’t leave me fulfilled. Shocking.

I’ll chalk up my low-rating of this Scandinavia
Crime by the Book
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars for this awesome Nordic Noir read!!! I loved this book through and through. The translation wasn't final on the copy I received, and that did impede my reading experience a little, but overall it was just. So. Good.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emelie Schepp is good as Jo Nesbo. Marked For Life is one of the best Swedish crime novels that I have ever read .
Kerstin Juhlen apparently found her husband dead on the floor when she came home from a walk to the beach and back.
Her husband Hans Juhlen was head of department dealing with asylum cases at the Migration Agency local office.
When Kerstin entered the house she didn’t see anyone else. A window was open when Kerstin came home and she closed it as she was afraid that someone might com
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Marked For Life is the first book in a trilogy featuring public prosecutor Jana Berzelius. The head of the Migration Board has been found dead in his home. With o shortage of suspects, the last thing the investigators expected to find was a child’s fingerprint, especially as the deceased doesn’t have any children.

Berzelius is brought in on the case, and the normally calm and cold prosecutor is left reeling when a young boy is found dead a few days after the first murder. Dredging up memories lon
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
For my full review visit my blog Clues and Reviews

This is the first piece of Nordic crime that I have ever read and I was impressed! The novel mimics a police procedural novel but it’s very unique in the sense that it switches gears during the second half of the novel. It's for sure worth the read!
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marked for Life is the first book in the noir trilogy featuring public prosecutor Jana Berzelius – a trilogy I look forward to continuing.

Jana is such a complex and interesting character. I love that Schepp didn’t create your typical main protagonist – Jana is not likeable, in fact, one could argue she’s the opposite, cold, distance, rude and I loved every part of her character. While she wasn’t likeable, her complex character and her will to do whatever she felt was necessary to survive made th
I would like to thank goodreads giveaway for the opportunity to read and review this copy. I really enjoy Nordic Noir and crime novels and was excited about reading this first of a series. Jana Berzelius is a public prosecutor, young, crafty, prickly, but hardworking and smart to boot. While attending an autopsy of a young male victim, see is drawn to him, at first not knowing why. With her past coming into play, her stone cold manner is challenged and she finds herself in need of finding the su ...more
Edgy police procedural set in Sweden and featuring public prosecutor Jana Berzelius.

Although this is the first in the trilogy, it was the second one I read after falling hard for Jana Berzelius in book #3 (SLOWLY WE DIE). I just had to go back to the beginning because she is such an enigma as a character and I wanted to find out more about her back story. This book is where it all begins and the reader is introduced to the main characters as well as to the author's style of writing and the compl
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I couldn't put this book down! "Marked for Life" is the first in a trilogy with Prosecutor Jana Berzelius as the main character. Jana is an emotionless prosecutor that knows something happened to her as a child but all she knows is the memories/dreams she has every night. Someone carved the name "KER" into the back of her neck as a child but she cannot put the pieces together. A child is found murdered and he too has a name carved into
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In providing this review, honesty is important. So let's address the rhetorical elephants in the room. First, this book is the first in a mystery trilogy written by a Swedish author. There are similarities to the Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series, including a strong female lead who had a hidden abusive upbringing, a large cast of characters, and a fast-paced story style. Second, the translation from Swedish to English isn't always the most flowing of styles. I read through many reviews on Goodrea ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy Scandinavian mystery/thrillers, this is right up there with the best. This book is the first in a Trilogy about a complex woman who is the Public Prosecutor. In this book we learn about her background as she does. She is presented with a case which has some elements from her own life. To solve her own mystery she must beat the police detectives she works with. This is a fast paced, dark mystery/thriller. The author does a great job of making the investigators real and characters I w ...more
Laura Rash
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any fans of Swedish thriller & mystery books will enjoy this first in a series. Although I noticed a few quirks that I think got lost in its actual translation this was a highly energetic & fascinating read! Eager for the next installment.
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
The novel opens with an emergency call from Krestin Juhlen describing finding her husband, dead! The scene is quite disturbing as no-one has any clear idea of what has occurred and how. Detective Chief Inspector Henrik Lavin and Detective Inspector Mia Bolander are baffled to what has taken place. Then they find a child’s handprint, on a glass window…….

The victim is Hans Juhlen, whom holds the most senior position within Sweden’s local asylum/migration department. The department has recently bee
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jana Berzelius is a public prosecutor in Sweden. When Hans Juhlen, the head of immigration, is found dead by his wife, Jana and her team get to work deciphering clues and following leads. Soon the case becomes personal when a young boy, with a name carved on his neck, is found dead. Jana has a name carved on her neck, but she doesn't remember any of her life before age nine. When the case explodes with more victims, more of Jana's memories surface. She begins her own investigation separate from ...more
Another book to fuel my addiction to Nordic Noir.

Jana Berzelius is a prosecutor, and as the book info notes: "young, brilliant and emotionally cold".
The book starts with the murder of a migration official, and then with the discovery of the body of a young boy who was also killed. Both cases seem to be connected, and are also connected to Jana Berzelius.

The young boy has had letters carved in his flesh, and Jana also had them too.
Between remembering and wondering what her real story is, Jana is
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exciting story and the beginning of a great trilogy. Well put together, this is an intriguing book and I love these kind of Nordic mysteries that capture your mind and do not let up, this one did not let me down. Jana Berzelius is a public prosecutor and investigates the death of the Head of an Immigration Board. The subject matter is dark and provides us with very interesting and engaging characters and leaves an opening for these to be further explored as the trilogy continues. I wo ...more
Nicole Jain
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a highly energetic, fast paced read for me. Anyone who loves/ is a fan of swedish crime thrillers should definitely try this one out.

I loved the main character Jane Berzelius, the public prosecutor. She is bad-ass female lead.
I was excited to find out this is the first installment of more books with Jane to come!
Scandanavian mystery thrillers are one of my new favourite genres!
I can't wait for the next book in the series!

Thank you to netgalley for my free copy in exchange for an hone
Ken Fredette
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was fantastic with all the play on the killing of Hans Juhlén, and who killed him. It then goes off and changes players, but you don't quite know how it's playing. The police and the prosecutor try to solve the mystery. A well thought out book with a clincher of an ending which promises more of the same.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Usually this kind of crime thriller isn't my kind of book but I was hoping Marked For Life would still be interesting, unfortunately it wasn't really. I can appreciate it was well thought out but it just wasn't for me.

I enjoyed how the backstory of Jana was introduced slowly but it was still a little predictable. The crime story itself with the child trafficking and drug dealing was disturbing and also interesting. The criminals in this story also made me always second guess my trust with them
Harlequin Books
"Schepp writes a story about child trafficking that is truly frightening. Readers will find themselves fascinated by the story and the twists and turns that follow. The writing is good, with a solid ending to the mystery, ..." (RT Book Reviews).

Jana Berzelius series starter
Elaine Tomasso
I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ for a review copy of Marked for Life, the first novel in a series featuring public prosecuor Jana Berzelius, set in and around Norrkopping.

Hans Juhlen, head of Immigration, is found shot dead in his living room. The police are initially baffled as his wife assures them he has no enemies, is a dedicated civil servant and a nice guy. They are further baffled by finding a child's fingerprints at the scene. Jana Berzelius is assigned to the case as initial pros
Emelie Schepp's protagonist owes a lot to "Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö" of Bron (The Bridge) - she's smart, competitive, ambitious, socially very much an island and suffers no fools. Oh, and she carries this awful secret around her. Like her already.

Judy Collins
A special thank you to Mira and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Swedish author, Emelie Schepp delivers her US debut, MARKED FOR LIFE, the first in the crime trilogy, (Jana Berzelius #1).

A prosecutor leading a high-profile investigation- for a dark chilling multi-layered twisty plot leading into a human-trafficking operation, and the protagonist’s own intriguing mysterious personal past.

Both subtle and grisly, a delicious Nordic noir. The author delivers complexity and i
Freesiab (Bookish Review)
Interesting premise but for some reason it didn't totally capture me. The characters were a little flat but it was still a quick and fun thriller.
I have the second book of this trilogy (Marked for Revenge) on my TBR pile & thought I’d better get my mitts on the first one instead of jumping into the middle of a series. Glad I did.

The publicity blurb gives a good synopsis of the story line so I won’t re-blab too much of the plot. This is an excellent example of compelling Scandi-noir with a strong female protagonist. Jana Berzelius is a public prosecutor & ends up working with police on a complex case with shocking ties to her perso
I am trying to think of good things about this book, and all I can think is that 2 stars is being nice and this would really deserve just 1.5 stars. Because oh my god, I don't remember when was the last time I've read something so poorly written. The main plot with the head of immigration office getting murdered and children and human trafficking being part of it was interesting, and pretty much the only thing I liked about this whole story. However, what I mostly remember are the painfully deta ...more
The chief of the Department of Immigration is found shot dead in his own home. The only clue the investigators find is a hand print of a child. But the murdered man does not have children.
Next a body of a little boy is found on the beach, shot on the back of his head and in his possession is the gun that killed the Immigration Chief. How could a child do such a thing? Who made him do it and why?
Chief prosecutor Jana Berzelius, who is reputed for her brilliant, yet calm and aloof character, is as
Sabine Andersen
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book was amazing. Everything that an good crime should consist of you will find in this book. I had some of the plot figured out but not all of it so I has suprised at the end - in a positive way. I loved the writting style and the three main characters - but they also annoyed, which just show how well they are written. I just can't wait to read the next book in this series.
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Anna Emelie Schepp, född den 5 september 1979 i Motala är svensk kriminalförfattare.

1998 vann hon Östgötateaterns dramapristävling, Möten.

Schepp har tidigare arbetat som projektledare i reklambranschen och arbetar i dag som författare, skribent och krönikör. Hon är även en av programledarna för Deckarpodden, en podcast om livet som författare, och har dessutom skrivit två filmmanus.

År 2013 debuter

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