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The Sandman

(Joona Linna #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  19,849 ratings  ·  1,651 reviews
The #1 internationally best-selling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.

Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long th
Hardcover, 451 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published 2012)
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Clàudia I actually read this one before reading the others and it wasn't a problem. In fact, I didn't know there were others... Will read them though.…moreI actually read this one before reading the others and it wasn't a problem. In fact, I didn't know there were others... Will read them though.(less)
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R Moltzon His girlfriend did get killed. His disappearance at the end implies he went after his family which is in hiding.

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Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Crime by the Book
Unless you've been living in a bunker for the past few months, you've likely seen the hype surrounding Lars Kepler's novel The Sandman. While this is technically the fourth book in the Joona Linna series, it's easily read as a standalone, and if you are going to break out of order I can't think of a better one to do so with than this. The novel was released while I was in the middle of a major reading slump, so I was nervous to pick it up in the midst of my disappointment of many 2018 hyped book ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t even know how to review. I just don’t. All in all The Sandman was freaking awesome! This book must have the shortest chapters EVER. If you follow my reviews, I’m known to comment that short chapters are the best chapters. I’m talking 1-2 pages in a chapter people, like, hell yes!!!

I have not read anything by Lars Kepler but after reading The Sandman I will definitely look into the Joona Linna series. I would like to point out that each book can be read as a standalone. I had no problem
Luca Ambrosino

«It's late at night, gusts of snow come from the sea. A boy is moving on a high railroad bridge, in the direction of Stockholm. He has a colourless face, like a glass darkly. his jeans are tough, with frozen blood... His name is Mikael Kohler-Frost. He's been missing for 12 years, and he was pronounced dead 7 years ago»
It starts like a self-respecting thriller should start: with a bang! The first time I encountered Lars Kepler's words was undoubtedly nice. It is h
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-w-mars
I'm starting to think my interest in serial killers and books about them aren't really my thing anymore.

This book was okay. So many characters. Maybe had I read previous books in this series I'd of understood who all these people were. I'll be honest and say I stopped trying to figure out who was who because 1.) I didn't care about anyone and 2.) I just wanted to get to the end with out continually backtracking.

This book started off strong and I was intrigued but by the half way point I nearly
THE SANDMAN (Joona Linna 4)

Probably the scariest book I've ever read. Dark and twisted as the mind of the Sandman. I looooooved it! I was told The Hypnotist is the best book in Joona Linna series but they were wrong. This is the best one! Can't wait to read the 5th book of the series!

Don't miss this! It's probably one of the best crime novels I've ever read. Scandinavians are truly the masters of psychological thrillers!
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My gosh sandman was so freaking good I highly recommend this book. The SandMAn omg let me start off by saying I have never ever read a book with short chapters I mean one to two pages a chapter. I think that’s the reason I flew through this one my gosh I swear short chapters books is dope. This is one dark creepy book that’s so disturbing. I love disturbing though I am a Forensic Psychology major and disturbing is my cup of tea lol. Basically, when your child goes missing for thirteen years what ...more
Joey R.
3.0 Stars— This is my first Lars Kepler book, but I wanted to read him after I heard he compared favorably to Jo Nesbo. I will say that Kepler knows how to write in a style that keeps the plot moving. The book is told from multiple narrative perspectives and tells the story of a very dangerous and diabolical serial killer named Jurek, who is in custody in a lockdown psychiatric facility after being sentenced for his role in a kidnapping/ torture case. The officers responsible for his capture, Jo ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Jurek will do anything he can to escape,” Joona says in a somber voice. “You cannot let that happen. You’re like a sister to me, Saga, but it would be better if you died than if he got out.”

I usually cannot stand to read a book in the middle of a series without reading the prior novels first. However, I made an exception with The Sandman and I'm very happy with my choice. Although this is the fourth in Kepler's series, in the US it is being released first. I decided to go with it after rea
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kepler has waited until the fourth book to pen what many Joona Linna fans have long waited for; a case that flashes back into his past. Linna stumbled across Jurek Walter one night, standing over a recently opened grave and staring down at a woman. All this is summarised in THE FIRE WITNESS and its closing chapters. When one of Walter's supposed victim's is found wandering along a train track, the hopes that others can be found raises hope. With Walter incarcerated in a psychiatric prison, Linna ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Allow me to introduce you to my first MUST read book of 2018. If you’re a crime fiction fan you absolutely cannot miss this book, it’s extremely fast paced and exciting, the twists and turns are executed flawlessly and the serial killer is one of the most terrifying I’ve ever read about. If you’re at all hesitant please share your concerns with me because I promise you, if you start this one I don’t think you’ll regret it for one second.

This is the fourth book in a series following Joona Linnea
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.

Despite never having read Lars Kepler’s previous novels, I had high hopes for The Sandman. In the end, it simply didn’t live up to my expectations. That’s not say it was all bad but the issues I had, which I hope I can articulate, were pretty weighty ones and really impacted my overall experience with the book.

Perhaps one of the reasons that I was so disappointed is because this book had such potential. I love a good serial killer thri
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, thriller
“The Sandman” works scarifyingly well as a stand-alone novel. I wasn't aware it was a series until after, but it doesn't seem to matter.

Detective Inspector Joona Linna an international sensation. Joona is blond and dimpled, with Special Ops training and eyes a granite shade of blue. There’s nothing ghoulish about him except the cases toward which his conscience is always dragging him. Serial killers, broken families and heartbreaking lost or tortured children are among his specialties, and “The
Crime by the Book
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Find my top 3 reasons why this book belongs on your 2018 TBR here:

LOVED. THIS. BOOK. Full review to come in 2018 - but the above blog post will give you a great sense of why this book is so darn outstanding!!!
Renee (itsbooktalk)
This was a fantastic, creepy thriller that also had a good mystery to it. I jumped right into the series with this book and didn't feel like I was missing anything. I love the main character, Joona, and the Scandi setting is perfect for a winter read. ...more
Natasha Niezgoda



Well, kids, I did it! I read my first Lars Kepler book. And boiiii did it deliver!

Okay, The Sandman. It’s EFFING sinister - like burying people alive sinister and once you find out why, OOPH GIRL, chills. 😳 Like talk about deep rooted resentment issues. This killer would probably need hourly therapy to get over his shit!


And then the cliffhanger! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO ME?!

Oh before I go, the tea here is
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
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Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was beyond excited when I won this in a Goodreads giveaway! So, thank you Goodreads and Knopf Publishing.

This book was so creepy good! I mean so fantastically disturbing, spine-chilling, hair raising good! I was white-knuckling the book the whole time.

This is the 4th in the series, but at no time did I feel lost or confused. As soon as I was finished, I started looking to see where I could buy, even though I’m on a book buying band, the others in the series.

And that ending.. Oh My Goodness!
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Now that book was intense! I literally could not put it down (I read all 496 pages in two days)... this one would make a great movie. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next, how were all the disappearances connected, how were people seeing this maniac out and about while he was locked up in the most secure facility in Sweden, were the authorities going to find the victims, where had the boy been kept all these years, was his sister still alive as well? Lots of mysteries in ...more
Laura/Mystery in Minutes
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A breath-holding, heart-stopping thriller, The Sandman is the fourth in the internationally acclaimed Joona Linna series, written by new-to-Mystery in Minutes husband and wife duo "Lars Kepler". With a mysterious and complex plot, iconic and compelling characters, and content that should appeal equally to men and to women, this highly immersive novel can be read as a standalone

The Sandman takes place
Description: He's Sweden's most prolific serial killer.

Jurek Walter is serving a life sentence. Kept in solitary confinement, he is still considered extremely dangerous by psychiatric staff.

He'll lull you into a sense of calm.

Mikael knows him as “the sandman”. Seven years ago, he was taken from his bed along with his sister. They are both presumed dead.

He has one target left.

When Mikael is discovered on a railway line, close to death, the hunt begins for his sister. To get to the truth, Detectiv
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Fast paced and wickedly delicious. A must read for any thriller lover!

The synopsis alone drew me in right away. Undercover in a psychiatric ward? Yes please! This book is just flat out fantastic. With multiple perspectives, the authors bring you right into the middle of this fiendish operation. Thirteen years and going strong, somehow Jurek still manages to terrorize his victims and their families. Uff, my beating heart and my soft spot for a truly villainous antagonist.

While the hardcover look
Laura Noggle
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stieg Larsson fans
Shelves: 2018
Flew through this delicious page-turning thriller.

A Scandinavian noir by Lars Kepler, who is actually the husband-and-wife team of Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril. Their method works, and the novel is well rounded, scoring all the points.

Creepy, well drawn characters with interesting back stories help carry the fast-paced plot.

This book literally had me holding my breath, increased my heart rate, and gave me chills. Not all books can physically affect me, this one certainly did.

Grisly, and tr
Elizabeth George
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
For people who like non-stop action/thriller books, I suppose this would be a good choice. For me there were a few problems and perhaps they have to do with the translation. First, I found it next to impossible to keep all the characters straight, and I had to keep going back to remind myself who everyone was. Second, I found very little development of the characters, so it was tough for me to care about them although I did find Saga intriguing. While the sense of place was well done, I never ac ...more
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much to Knopf for providing my free copy of THE SANDMAN by Lars Kepler - all opinions are my own.

This is the fourth book in the Joona Linna series. Usually if I see that a book is part of a series, I run the other way. Not because they are bad but, let’s face it, I have commitment issues. I love the idea of a series but I want to start from the beginning, which can be time consuming and there are so many amazing books out there. Well guess what? This is one of those AMAZING books an
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A serial killer was at work 13 years ago and Detective Joona Linna captured him. Jurek Walter was sentenced to a maximum security psychiatric hospital for life with no contact with anyone, including the ward workers or other patients. Two children went missing back then. Their parents thought they drowned but Joona always believed they were killed by Jurek. After thirteen years, one of the children (now an adult) has escaped and the police realize there was an accomplice as Joona has always susp ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 hinted where this one was going....I really don't know how those reading them in real time have coped waiting between publication dates.
I was able to just drive in and immerse myself into the world of Joona Linna again, this is a Sweden we haven't really met since we lost the writing of Stieg Larsson. Lars Kepler is a combined effort of two authors and their powers are brilliantly honed in this their fourth published novel - The Sandman.
In Jurek Walter we have a calculating villian worthy
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sandman kept me up reading into the night - I definitely meant to go to bed at a reasonable time last night, but I couldn't put this book down. 

This was my first experience with the Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler - this is the third book in the series, and it's very easy to get invested quickly. I wasn't confused, and I think this book can work very well as a standalone novel. However, since I loved it, I ordered the first 3 books in the series after I finished this one. 

I am not always g
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Sandman kept me up reading into the night - I definitely meant to go to bed at a reasonable time last night, but I couldn't put this book down.

This was my first experience with the Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler - this is the third book in the series, and it's very easy to get invested quickly. I wasn't confused, and I think this book can work very well as a standalone novel. However, since I loved it, I ordered the first 3 books in the series after I finished this one.

I am not always g
Maja Ingrid
Kepler continues to deliver!

I'm enjoying these books far more than I could ever imagined I would.
Amanda McGill
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist

The Sandman is the fourth novel in the Joona Linna series or you can be like me and just read it as a stand alone. I didn’t feel like I missed anything by skipping the first three novels.

Wow what a novel. I loved the short chapters (around 170 of them) and found that I was constantly telling myself to just read only one more chapter. I flew through the 500 page novel quicker than I thought I would. I did find it a bit hard to keep the characters
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Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, authors of the No. 1 internationally bestselling Joona Linna series. With seven installments to date, the series has sold 13 million copies in 40 languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published seve ...more

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