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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,855 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Sarah Lund ootab pikisilmi oma viimast tööpäeva uurijana Kopenhaageni politsei mõrvaosakonnas, et kolida seejärel Rootsi. Ent kõik muutub, kui üheksateistkümneaastane õpilane Nanna Birk Larsen leitakse julmalt tapetuna linna lähedalt metsast. Lundi ärasõiduplaan peab ootama, kuni ta kaasuurija Jan Meyeriga juurdlust läbi viib.

Sel ajal kui Nanna perekond püüab kaotusega
Hardcover, 944 pages
Published 2015 by Sinisukk (first published January 1st 2012)
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aPriL does feral sometimes
'The Killing' is the twistiest murder mystery I have ever read. Just when I thought, 'Oh! It was ...' the plot takes another spiraling u-turn down a rabbit hole that somehow our favorite jaded TV woman detective, Sarah Lund, continues to follow.

Ok, yes, the author, David Hewson, cheats by withholding key pieces of evidence, which when revealed, had me groaning in amused amazement at how Hewson managed to root out yet another tangle from the story, but I was entertained, gentle reader! This book
Jen Talty
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been added to my "all time favorite books EVER!" Words cannot express how I loved this book. The writing is seemless, but that is besides the poing. The characters are absolutely amazing. I found myself unable to put this book down and I find myself wanting to read it again and again. By far the best book I've ever read.

I really don't want to get into details about the story. Its one of those books that you're just going to have to trust me that it is a must read.

To those
This book is written based upon the script of Søren Sveistrup, who released his debut book "the Chestnut Man" earlier this year.
The TV series, the Danish one, was benchmark television with a very human bloodhound police officer Sarah Lund who in essence lost so much personally in search of answers in solving a murder-case. She is indeed a brilliant creation and David Hewson did a swell job putting her story and her personality on paper. Hewson far better known for his Italian based books, which
Even though at times this felt like the world's longest audiobook with the most suspects ever in any murder investigation, I thoroughly enjoyed this clever thriller set in Copenhagen, especially the character of Sarah Lund. I felt that at times the political threads of the story took over, which interrupted the flow of the story for me, which was probably why the audio book dragged in parts and I lost track of the large cast of characters involved in the political arena. All in all a well ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I was really quite disappointed with this. There was nothing wrong with the writing per se, but I guess that just in the way a film adaptation of a book can never be as good as the book, this book adaptation of a screenplay never quite hits the mark.

Weighing in at more than twenty five hours the story is bloated and overlong. This is presumably to accommodate the twists, false starts and dead ends in the plot line, but I ended up feeling cheated and
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
One word for this book - wow. I have eye strain from not being able to put it down. It's absolutely brilliant. I have never seem the TV show,only heard that its excellent, so I went into this with an open mind, but I was literally blown away by the pace of it; the tension never lets up.

Sarah Lund and Jan Meyer are investigating the brutal rape and murder of Nanna Birk Larsen and the murder seems to be connected to the City Hall. No one seems to care about her death; the only thing everyone is
Nick Davies
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This was an interesting experience. I didn't watch the acclaimed Scandinavian crime TV serial (so had no expectations, and no 'spoiler' knowledge) and this was a slightly unusual 'novelisation of a TV series', as opposed to the more frequent occurrence of the converse.

I was drawn to make comparisons with the likes of Jussi Adler-Olsen's 'Department Q' novels and their having been made into films, which I felt worked very well. This adaptation clocked in at 700 pages and felt a little longer than
At 720 pages, this was a somewhat hefty tome with which to start my year's reading. Unusually, it is the novelisation of a prior, critically acclaimed, Danish television series of the same name ("Forbrydelsen" in Danish), rather than the more usual book upon which a series is based. Although I'd long meant to catch up with the series of "The Killing", I hadn't actually seen it before launching into the book.
The plot follows the investigation by Danish Vicekriminal-Kommissær (Detective Inspector)
Feb 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dreadful. Apparently the TV series was great (I haven't seen it), but in book format it is frustratingly long and boring. I got fed up with Lund's investigations that went nowhere and the twists were just silly and unbeliveable. I wasn't keen on the writing style either and continual mention of scarlet/red overalls!
Steven Stennett
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book written from a TV series then turned into a book. Initially it dose not make sense. 'The book usually being better than the film!'

This is an exception to the rule! The plot twists and turns relentlessly, and I can see how the TV series was plotted and paced through the chapters.

The tiny problem I found with this, was that I could judge that they had not found the murderer, even though an arrest had been made, because I could see that I still had say four pages a head
As a fan of the tv show, I had quite a squeeeee moment when I discovered the existence of this book. Hewson seems to have captured the essence of the show and the characters and I could picture the scenes I'd seen as I was reading them. But, the reason why this does not get 5 stars is because of the changes Hewson made to the ending. I can't understand why he was allowed to do this and what purpose it served.
Adam Stone
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Killing is a novelisation of the fantastic 20 hour Danish television crime drama which hit British screens in 2011. It manages to condense the entire series with all of the twists and turns, and red herrings, in the storyline into a 720 page novel, which keeps you guessing and thinking that you know who the killer is only to have the rug pulled out from under you only pages later.

The only major deviation from the TV series to this novel is that the ending is slightly different which gives
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books, 2020
23 FEB 2020 - Having watched and enjoyed Seasons 1 and 2 of the American version of The Killing, I decided it was time to read the book version. Here goes!

Wow! This was one heck of a read.
Ancestral Gael
Why did I read it? I have been on a Scandi-Nordic fiction kick since midwinter 2011, and I heard the television drama series was good, but I couldn't afford to purchase the DVD; so I snapped up a preview copy from Amazon, but found it already released in audio format and downloaded it instead.

What's it about? Detective Inspector Sarah Lund is leaving her job with the Danish police and moving to Sweden with her fiancé and Son, but on the last day a teenage girl goes missing. Nanna Birk Larsen is
Robin Webster
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Killing is yet another high quality Scandinavian crime novel with a strong and interesting female character: namely Sarah Lund, a detective in the Copenhagen Police department. Its Sarah Lund last day in the Danish police force. She is about to move to Sweden with her son to start a new life with her partner. All that changes when a 19 year old girl is found raped and murdered. Her replacement, Jan Meyer has not got her experience when it comes to this type of investigation, so she is asked ...more
Anne Maesaka
I really wanted to like this book but had a very hard time with it. First of all it is almost 800 pages of a simple murder mystery that could have been solved in 350 pages. It needs some serious editing. And I understand plot twists but this was almost ridiculous. The author came up with probably 10 different suspects that the police were sure committed the murder only to have our heroine female detective keep thinking about the case and then discount every suspect that was mentioned. I almost ...more
Jawahar Surti
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the majority of the book was gripping and a page turner, I felt a bit bored when it came to the Larsens - Pernille & Theis. Their parts could have been shortened and my rating would go up. Detective Sarah Lund is diligent and needed some background. It is a character shrouded in mystery. The parallel political drama blends well. Almost every character comes under suspicion at some point and we yet remain in doubt about their guilt or innocence. The author has connected all threads

I want to start by saying that I wanted to love this book, and I have not watched the tv series.

I found myself having a hard time getting into this story and it is a really big book with almost 800 pages and could have been done in under 500, there was a lot I thought that could have made te edit cuts.

I want to say as well that it is well written but lacks interest at times, and I found it hard to continue, with that in mind I would also like to state I dont intend to finish the series,
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Way too long and political
Yannick Serres
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good detective novel, but quite long and could have been shorten. Will wait before reading book number 2.
Beth (bibliobeth)
Three and a half stars from me... I normally like to read books before I watch the television/film adaptation but with this book funnily enough the TV series came first. This was originally a Danish drama, written by Soren Sveistrop and when released over in the UK, it became somewhat of a cult phenomenon, winning a BAFTA and an International Emmy and considerable critical acclaim. Our main character, police detective Sarah Lund is leaving her job in the Copenhagen Police Department to move to ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not watch any of the killing TV series. I must admit I for one prefer to read than watch any Tv. So when I found out that the killing was made into a book I could not wait read it. I love reading crime books. I found the killing book very intersting I was glued to the book. I got on fine with all the names throughout the story. However the killing book did take me quite a while to read all 708 pages. I would say that 708 pages for a crime book is a bit too long. I would of liked to of seen ...more
Christopher Dodds
I'm a massive fan of Swedish/Danish crime dramas as I loved watching the Bridge and the Rain which is of course different.
But I really enjoyed reading the Killing, because of the location that it is in. As well as the characters and the story involving the murder of one young girl soon becomes about the political agendas of those the case involves. The character of Sarah Lund is an interesting one, not willing to give up on the case even though it may have been solved she trusts her gut and
Even though this is a long audiobook, running 25 hrs, 39 mins, both the story and Christian Rodska's excellent narration kept me rivated. I actually did listen to this as well as reading the hardcover book, though for the final few chapters this morning I did just read the book.

It did take me a little while to get used to English accents on Danish characters but watching 'Zen' recently it struck me that on a TV-show with UK actors even if based in another country I wouldn't find it strange. In
First of all, let me make it clear that I have NOT seen the TV series. Apparently it was very good, but I am nog a big fan of crime series on TV.
However, I read some good reviews of the book (which was based on the TV series, not the other way round) and was in the mood for a good thriller.
I can't say I was disappointed, because it is well written, but as the story unfolds, the twists and turns of the plot become so weird and unbelievable (so many suspects, so little time), that it left me
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just started reading The Killing by David Hewson via

Only a little way into this book but enjoying it so far. Going to be a long haul with over 25 hours listening time.

I am a big fan of the Nick Costa books - this one is not one of this series so will have to give it a chance.

2 thirds of the way through audio version and it is keeping me on the edge of my seat. For the moment I can only say watch out for those Civil Servants especially the ones in the Education Department!!
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sorry! I didn't like it .toooo many twists. Ok we all know how politicians are. So many pages to prove the fact that although the crime had nothing to do with the elections , the politicians interfered and ruined the investigation to cover "spots on their reputation" . So if it wasn't the election period it would be easy to nail the murderer. Bla bla bla .... I m sure it was ok for a television crime mystery but it was a boring book. And oh!!! Although I usually do not find the murderer, on this ...more
Great read, even though having seen the TV series I knew where this was going for the most part. Brilliantly real, complex characters and lots of twists to keep you engaged with the story, this didn't feel nearly as long as I'd expected. Knowing there was an alternative ending was added incentive to keep reading ('just one more chapter...'), and I actually thought it was pretty clever. Highly recommended.
Vanessa Aizenberg
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hi!! Of course it was great!! There are small differences between The Netflix show but still it was great! My recommendation is to read this first then watch the Show!!
James Boyle
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it because I recognized the title. A very entertaining read, full of more plot twists and turns than the average labyrinth. For such a long novel (700+ pages) it kept my interest all the way through easily. (Can you call a 700 page tome a page-turner?)
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