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Eighteen Below

(Fabian Risk #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,233 ratings  ·  297 reviews
A high-speed chase ends in tragedy when a car crashes into Helsingborg harbour. In the front seat is one of Sweden’s most affluent IT entrepreneurs. Initially all signs point to an accident, but a closer examination of the body shows that it has been frozen. Stranger yet is the time of death: two months before the crash.

Two years have passed since the events of Victim With
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 13th 2018 by Spiderline (first published October 19th 2016)
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Amy I won a copy too! I just finished reading it and it's fine to read on its own. Some past events in character lives are mentioned but the plot is stron…moreI won a copy too! I just finished reading it and it's fine to read on its own. Some past events in character lives are mentioned but the plot is strong enough without that background. That being said, I'm now planning to get my hands on the first two books.(less)

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This is the third in the Fabian Risk series which I have read from the beginning. As so often in the Scandi-Noir tradition, the body count is gruesomely high with Fabian's entire family having a storyline. Fabian and his wife, Sonja, head ever closer to divorce, Sonja's art work is displayed in an exhibition, and she accepts a commission from the wealthy Alex. Theodor, the son, deals with the family upheaval by becoming ever more remote, focusing his attention on Alexandra, a girl he has a heavy ...more
Dana-Adriana B.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Stefan Ahnhem knows how to keep you interested. A new case, very well planed (ingenious, I could say) is going to keep busy detective Risk and his team. In the meantime, Risk needs to fix the problems in his family too. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Great thriller!
3.5 stars

This is #3 in a series featuring Swedish cop Fabian Risk. After events in previous books, he probably thought he’d seen it all. He’d be wrong. It seems in the world of serial killers, there’s always some cheeky up & comer looking to make a splash.

Body #1 is fished out of a car driven into Helsingborg harbour. It’s no surprise the autopsy reveals a high blood alcohol level. But it’s a bit of a shocker when the coroner shares that the victim actually died 2 months ago. All his dip in the
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

Arton grader minus är den första boken jag har läst i Fabian Risk serien, men jag har hört mycket gott om serien. Nu är det alltid lite vanskligt att börja läsa mitt i en serie, men har man tur så är boken lätt att komma in i och man blir intresserad av att läsa föregående böcker. Arton grader minus handling var intressant i och med att det första offret de hittar har varit död i 2 månader men att någon har använt sig av hans identitet under den tiden. Frågan är har detta hänt
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
When i read the first book by Stefan Ahnhem (''Victim Without a Face''), I found strong resemblances to Jo Nesbo's writing style and literary tropes concerning both characterization and plot development. I felt strongly that Ahnhem was trying to imitate Nesbo without much success. Of course I don't think that Ahnhem is an equal to Nesbo as far as writing skills are concerned, thus the book fell short in comparison to the Norwegian superstar's Harry Hole series. The second book (''The Ninth Grave ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway thanks to the generosity of the publishers. Possibly one of the last due to Goodreads’ unfair and silly changes to the giveaway system restricting all giveaways to residents of America. I believe these changes will change Indie and traditional publishing, and not for the better, making it harder to get authors to attract new readers.

But I digress.

Eighteen Below is an engaging read with so many twists and turns you’ll need to use Google maps to help find you
Alicia Huxtable
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I was completely hooked from chapter 1. While it seems that there are 2 completely different, unlinked cases going on in this book, you get the impression that is not the case at all. But how they're linked is what keeps you guessing. The writing and the dialogue between these characters is fantastic and keeps the reader hooked the whole book. And just when you think you've got it worked out, the rollercoaster changes direction. Utterly addictive reading
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Sweden, Fabian Risk is trying to solve several strange murders where victims appear to have been frozen, while he also has to deal with his marital problems and his teenage children, who have trouble fitting in at school. Fabian's boss, Tuvesson doesn't provide much guidance, as she is battling substance abuse. As a master of disguise manages to deceive everyone, Risk and his colleagues, and even his family become targets. In Denmark, Dunja is facing sexism and misogyny at the police departme ...more
Ken Fredette
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stefan Ahnhem took Fabian Risk and put him in the crosshairs of one of the most ruthless team of killers he has come up against. I'm more into the story than the killers because there is so much tension in the story with Tuvesson's divorce and Risk's divorce in the works. With Dunia's trying to find the the masked people who kill innocent people for the fun of it. Fabian's run in, with the chase of Tuvesson trying to catch the bad guy driving into the water and looking like a suicide, but it was ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Heads of Zeus for a review copy of Eighteen Below, the third novel to feature detective Fabian Risk now working in Malmo and former Copenhagen detective Dunja Hougaard, now a patrol officer in Helsongør.

When IT millionaire Peter Brise drives into the harbour after a car chase the police assume it's suicide until the pathologist reveals that he was dead and had been for a while when he went into the water. How can this be when he was seen a few days earlier? In
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and 1 / 2 stars

Inspector Fabian Risk and his wife Sonja who is an almost famous artist are having problems in their marriage. In addition to that it seems he hardly knows his teenage son and daughter anymore.

Risk's team of miscreants include an immediate boss who suffered a recent divorce and has a major drinking problem, his semi-disruptive ones and a pathologist named “Braids” who is never wrong – according to him.

A wild car chase through the streets leads to the car hurtling into the wate
Caitlyn Lynch
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Nordic noir crime thriller, if you loved The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you’re going to adore this dark, fiendishly clever book, the third in Ahnhem’s Fabian Risk series. A Swedish detective on the murder squad, Risk is a clever man dealing with trauma within his own family as well as holding it together on one of the toughest jobs in the world, all while covering for his slowly unravelling boss’s alcoholism.

Eighteen Below details two crimes, both equally brutal, in two different countries,
Rowena Hoseason
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Although it’s set in Sweden, this ripping thriller has more in common with mainstream American crime-fiction than the typical thoughtful, slow-burn Scandi crime. It’s all about the action and less about atmosphere.

Almost every chapter ends with a ticking time-bomb of a cliffhanger. Some of these are sneakily defused a few pages later but others explode in utterly unpredictable directions that skew the storyline and confound expectations. Some of the plot convolutions stretched my credibility to
Lynda Kelly
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Best of the series so far for me. Very action-packed indeed and the more so the further you read. I greatly enjoyed it.
I do wish they'd stop messing with the order of these novels and how they're subtitled, though. I read book 1 then the 2nd released was meant to be a prequel and then the 3rd released was the 2nd in the series. Confused ? No kidding !! It's ridiculous.....
There were two stories running alongside each other in this one and I am hoping we see more of Dunja in the next book and th
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In book three, Fabians entire family has a storyline, and every storyline is spectacular on it's own. Fabian is dealing with a high speed car chase, which resulted with a car crashing into the harbor and the driver dying. The only weird thing is, after further examination, it looks like the driver died over two months ago. How can that be? Meanwhile, across the Striat we have Dunja, who is now a uniformed officer again. Dunja, somehow manages to stumble across a crazy investigation on her own. T ...more
Sue Plant
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book

a car chase that end with the car in the harbour
frozen bodies
happy slappy teenagers

as the body count mounts up can our detectives find out who what and where

a busy book but once i sorted out the characters and realised that there were two crimes going head to head then it was easier to follow

my first time reading anything by this author and i have to say it wont be my last
4,5 Stars

This book literally made me thrill and chill all over!

The case Fabian Risk and his colleagues have to solve is innovative, twisted and suspenseful until the last minute. The last 40 minutes of reading I was almost biting my nails, that's how nervous I was of how it will play out in the end.

My only criticism is that this book was a bit overstuffed with story-lines. Especially in the beginning there was a constant switching of scenes, and new figures were introduced in every chapter. It
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an outstanding read and my first experience of Stefan Ahnhem’s writing. I really did struggle to put this novel down. The plot is extremely well put together with intriguing sub-plots/side stories. It opens with a car being driven into a harbour in what the police assume is a suicide, until the post-mortem reveals the body has been frozen. Soon more bodies begin to appear and it is down to Fabian Risk and his, entertainingly dysfunctional, police team to discover what is going on. I hav ...more
Joanne Hurley
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this advance copy of Eighteen Below. I had previously read - and enjoyed - "Victim Without A Face" and "The Ninth Grave", so I had great expectations for this third entry in the Fabian Risk stories; and I was not disappointed.

Although this one started out a little slower than the first two, it did gain momentum as the - as per Ahnhem's wont - multiple storylines played out: identity theft of the deadly kind (with a twist that I really didn't see co
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books have such interesting characters that I find I want to keep reading the next book to see how they will change ( or not). The books are complete, but there are always several threads slightly dangling.

I can’t believe Theodor always gets by doing the horrible things he does. He’s pathetic. Poor Matilda. Her part with the ouija board was good. There’s a lot pending for the next book.

The crimes were convoluted, maybe too convoluted, but interesting nevertheless. Could it go on that long
Mike Sumner
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scandinavian noir at its best, dark, complex, compelling, full of twists and turns and a breathtaking final third as Astrid Tuvesson, Fabian Risk and a team of detectives hunt for a serial killer (or is it killers?) involved in an identity theft plot with frightening levels of violence. A second thread sees horrendous videos posted on YouTube by a group of "happy slappers" in which Fisk's own son Theodor is implicated. This is book #3 in the Fabian Risk series, something I was unaware of when ac ...more
Mihaela Coman
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thriller
After the third book, I can say that Fabian Risk series is addictive! The author definitely knows how to keep you caught up in the action, wanting more. And of course, the end is perfect to continue reading the next book. I can only hope there will be endless books on this series, until Fabian Risk reaches retirement 😂!
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

I had a huge problem with the number of names that were thrown in throughout the story.
This made the story a lot harder to follow.
The body count was certainly high and particularly gruesome.
Although overall I enjoyed the story and it kept me guessing all the way through.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding read, one of the most thrilling - and terrifying - crime novels I have read.
Rebecca Hock
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was great. It kept me interested right from the beginning. I will be on the lookout for other books by this author.
Mandy Black
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I decided to try this book as l enjoy reading Lars Kepler books and thought this would be on par
Well it did not disappoint
Initially l found it a little difficult to follow as the writer takes us from ione police force to another but once in I thoroughly enjoyed it
It is an intense, gritty, graphic novel that keeps the reader captivated throughout
The author must have really looked into psychological profiling to understand the mind of a serial killer and this comes through while reading the book
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
I won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway.

I absolutely loved it! I haven't read the first two books in the series yet, but I'm definitely planning to now. I love the characters and the writing style. The plot kept me hooked. Already looking forward to the next book!

Thought a few bits were grisly, and that's not really my taste, but they fit the villains.

I would highly recommend it.
I can't read this anymore, I don't think this book is completely for me. I love reading suspense and crime novels but this is soooo slow.

Eighteen Below is the third stand-alone novel from the Fabian Risk series, translated from Swedish. It was pitched to me by the publisher and once doing some of my own research and discovering it’s being compared to Stieg Larsson I had to read it. I’ve read the first two books from the Millennium Series and really enjoyed them, which is what persuaded me to pic
Barbara Nutting
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Couldn’t imagine wallowing through 500 more pages of sex, violence and vulgar language so I just quit! DNF
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover is of this book is gorgeous! I went into this book with no expectations; other than it sounded like a page turner. I have not read the other Fabian Risk stories but I don’t think it took away from reading this one. I was right on this being a page turner! Holy smokes - maybe don’t read this at night when you are home alone!

The story built quickly and had me on the edge my seat. Trust me when I can honestly say there is a twist and I was blown away! The plot was great, I enjoyed the ch
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