Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Stalker” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Joona Linna #5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  16,600 ratings  ·  1,441 reviews
Detective Joona Linna -- recently returned from compassionate leave -- reunites with hypnotist Erik Maria Bark in a search for a seemingly unassailable sadistic killer.

The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she's being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman's body is found horrifically mutilated. Wit
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published November 7th 2014)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Stalker, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Kim Oseli Not necessarily, but I do recommend that you read the others at some point. They do build on the characters, but each book is also relatively self-con…moreNot necessarily, but I do recommend that you read the others at some point. They do build on the characters, but each book is also relatively self-contained. (less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.12  · 
Rating details
 ·  16,600 ratings  ·  1,441 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Stalker
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
"The word stalker has existed since the early 1700s. In those days it meant a tracker or poacher."

Earlier this year, the fourth book in the Joona Linna series written by married couple Lars Kepler was a smashing success here in the US. You couldn't log onto book related social media and not see it, which of course made me nervous going into it. Typically, once a book has been hyped to high heavens, it almost always feels like a bit of a disappointment, as it is terribly difficult for anything to
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been meaning to read something by this husband and wife team but didn’t realize this is the fifth book in a series until after I finished it. I may have had a different reaction had I known. Keeping this in mind, I found this thriller to be formulaic. It’s perfectly fine with a lot of police procedural elements present in addition to unnerving murders. Had I known the characters better I believe I would have liked it more. If you a reader of this series, I’m sure you will enjoy it much more ...more
I was completely floored and fooled by this.

I haven’t read any of this series. I didn’t realise this was book 5 in the Joona Linna series when I got it.
I’m always doing stuff like that! I really need to pay attention more.

I felt like I should have at least read the book before this, I recommend that as you won’t be fumbling about so much at the beginning. Nevertheless I loved it.

First book by this author I am ashamed to say ( hides my head in shame) I can certainly see why his books are popular
Reading Corner
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
I haven't read the other books in the series as I won this from Goodreads but that never took away from my enjoyment of this book.Stalker is the fifth instalment in the Swedish series and follows the crime of an obsessive stalker who brutality beats their victims,leaving their faces and other parts of their bodies completely disfigured.Before the crime is committed, a video is sent to the police where the Stalker simply observes the victim but as soon as it is sent the race is on.

Erik Maria Bark
Stalker is my first venture into the crime duo Lars Kepler's Joona Linna world, and I'm so glad that I was given the opportunity to dive right in, because it's fabulous. For those living under a rock, Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for real life Swedish couple Alexandra and her husband Alexander. While Stalker is the fifth in the Joona Linna series, you don't necessarily need to read the previous installments to get caught right up to speed. Now that I finished Stalker , I may as well d ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Serial killers are no laughing matter. Such thrillers are all the rage these days and you can find dozens of them at your local bookstore. But, this one stands out from the pack. Written by a husband and wife team under the pseudonym Lars Kepler, this fifth installment in the series is well-written, engrossing thriller.

Taking place in Sweden, it is filled with interesting characters, tense moments, and glimpses into the dark corners of Swedish society. It starts with the police receiving videos
MissBecka Gee
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MissBecka by: Sue
I could not keep my concentration on this one.
Usually for thrillery types I find I get really engrossed when I do the audio.
In this case I just got bored a lot and my mind wandered (which means I missed key things).
A lot of people who's reviews I generally agree with loved this, so I would say give it a go.
Just maybe go with the print instead of the audio.
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book in the Joona Linna series written by the Swedish authors known as Lars Kepler.
I had previously read and enjoyed the other four releases in this series so I was eagerly waiting for this novel to be released.
DS Margot Siverman takes the lead in this latest novel when Joona Linna who was presumed dead after an apparent suicidal drowning. The Department receive a strange video of an unidentified woman but as yet there is no crime. So when the woman is found murdered DS Silverman
Rebecca Carter
This is the fifth book in the crime series. I was oblivious to the fact that this was part of a series when I requested it from NetGalley. I'd rather read a series from the start, than somewhere in the middle, and wouldn't have requested Stalker #5 had I been aware of this. But that's totally my fault, I should have checked before I made the request.
Stalker still worked as a stand alone book, and was creepy and totally gripping. I enjoyed Kepler's writing style with the Nordic noir style going
Crime by the Book
My favorite Lars Kepler book yet!! This is a stellar serial killer thriller set in Stockholm, Sweden. It's dark, addictive, and has a gut-punch of a final reveal! Kepler never fails to deliver completely entertaining, engrossing reads. One other note: this is Book 5 in a series, but can easily be read as a standalone!

Read my "Buzzworthy 2018 Books" post on the CBTB blog!
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this much anticipated fifth novel in the Joona Linna series, Kepler delivers more thrill and drama to appease fans. With Linna presumed dead after an apparent suicidal drowning, control of the National Criminal Investigation Division falls to DS Margot Silverman. When the Division receives a clip from YouTube that outlines a voyeur film of an unidentified woman, the authorities are curious, but have seen no crime. It is only when the woman is found murdered that things begin to take on a shap ...more
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, it probably comes as no surprise to you that as soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to read it! I'm such a fan of books that involve some element of stalking. I picked this one up with the intention of reading a few chapters, and ended up reading 200+ pages before I had to put it down to eat dinner.

Stalker starts out on a bang, and continued to hold my rapt attention throughout the entire book, despite it being almost 600 pages. Th
Heather Anderson
I've read a lot of crime/thriller/murder mysteries and I can say that this is, without a doubt, the most spine-chilling, goosebump-inducing crime novel I've ever read. Honestly, I can't say I've ever read a novel which made my heart beat as fast as this. It pulled me right in, and as cliche as it sounds, I felt like I was there. This, as you might imagine, is pretty terrifying when the novel in question is a crime novel. 100% recommend if you think you can handle it! ...more
Sean Peters
Thank you to Net Galley, to the publishers and to the authors, as Lars Kepler is two people !

My first novel by this team, Lars Kepler, although fifth in the series..

Firstly the length of this book, makes me give the book was star less, yes it is too long at nearly 640 pages...

Secondly, lots of pages means lots of characters, lots of plots, sub plots.

A video is sent to the National Crime Investigation Department in Stockholm. It shows a normal woman in her own home, doing nothing very exciting. B
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was such a fantastic thriller! The opening scenes are chilling to say the least. Someone is stalking women from afar, video taping them as they go about their lives in their homes and then sending the video to police minutes before the each woman is murdered. Needless to say, the police don't have time to figure out who the women are before they're killed. This storyline runs parallel to another involving Joona Linna, the main detective from the series. Joona is not at his best but he's cal ...more
J.D. Barker
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intricate plot and escalating tension set the stage for this tense, clever, pulse-pounding thriller. A must for fans of Stieg Larsson.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Stalker is book 5 in the series, and it is the first one I read Im so glad I did it is fabulous. It can definitely be read as a standalone book and I intend to go back and read the other books.

This book takes Stalker to the next level, if you have read YOU the eligible creeperton Joe…… well this book is next level creepy.

The police receive a series of video recordings from the Stalker. The videos are of him watching his female victims just moments or days before they are brutally murdered. The
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I jumped into this series last year and read the fourth book, The Sandman and was completely blown away by how fantastic it was, but also so happy that I was easily able to jump in at the point with absolutely no issues whatsoever. This one picks up shortly after The Sandman ends and if you’ve read that one, then you already know what an epic ending that had and I was so excited to catch up again. All of that to say, if you’re gonna jump into this series I highly recommend doing what I did and s ...more
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
This is the fifth installment in the magnificent Joona Linna book series, written by one of the most successful crime fiction authors duette, Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril, whose nom de plume is Lars Kepler. The previous novel, Sandman, has been a major commercial as well as critical success and it featured one of the most terrifying antagonists in Scandinavian crime fiction, Joona Linna's arch-nemesis, Jurek Walter. The finale of Sandman ended in a cliffhanger regarding the fate of both ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Really enjoyed this book,found it abit long.great crime book.
Natasha Niezgoda


Okay okay... don’t disown me yet!!!

So like here’s the deal... I go into reading this book thinking “okay this is gonna be a gruesome scandi crime novel like the others” and I WAS HERE FOR THAT.

But then this happened:
- random sex cult
- piano lessons 🎹
- drug abuse
- psychologist who needs a psychologist
- pregnancy
- graffiti at school
- prison breaks
- dirty preachers
- elbow breaking in trailer parks
- religious cults
- cops who don’t know how to use gu
Steve Donoghue
These books are SO good! Fast-paced, smart, and always thought-provoking. And some of the strands in this one (including great descriptions of hypnotism and some interesting stuff about the dangers of social media) will stick with you long after you finish the book. Thriller-readers should definitely try this one!
Stephen Clynes
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel starts…

It wasn’t until the first body was found that anyone took the film seriously. A link to a video clip on YouTube had been sent to the public email address of the National Criminal Investigation Department. The email contained no message, and the sender was impossible to trace.

… and so this crime thriller set in Sweden gets off to it’s creepy start as Margot Silverman leads the police chase to catch the stalker and serial killer.

Stalker is the 5th novel in the Joona Linna series
Kat Dietrich
Stalker by Lars Kepler is the 5th In the Detective Joona Linna series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, and of course the authors, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
Homicide Detective Joona Linna worked for the National Criminal Investigation Department in Sweden. He is highly trained in mixed close combat, innovativ
Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

It’s so hard to gather all of my thoughts because all I can think is WOW. I am so glad to have picked this one up despite being a little nervous about the gore. Although this book is extremely detailed and there is nothing left to the imagination, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

This was my first time ever reading a Scandinavian crime novel and I’m already dying to read more. I usually don’t read books that are heavy police procedurals, but this book caught my attention from
Shaikha Alahmad
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Even though the book is reallyyy slow which made it quite boring at times, the last few chapter have definitely changed my mind!

A video is sent to the National Crime Investigation Department in Stockholm. It shows a normal woman in her own home, doing nothing very exciting. By the time the police identify her, she’s dead. More victims are found, and it becomes clear that the killer is not going to stop. Each video sent to the police means another butchered woman.
Margot Silverman is tasked w
Tanja Berg
Rating 4* out of 5. A very solid thriller. This is the fifth book in the series that I've read in short order. To be precise, I listened to the first four and it's only fifth that I've actually read. Part of the reason is because it is written in third person present tense and that is not a style I enjoy. I left "the Hypnotist" after three pages and only picked up as mp3 many years later. "Stalker" was a superb and very quick reading experience - I am glad I had the opportunity to devote myself ...more
Emma Darcy
The present tense was very annoying. It's not a small book. No one should have to read in present tense for that long.

I didn't guess the twist. I would usually love that but after a big reveal you should be able to look back and recognise the clues you missed. Otherwise you're just doing random shit.
Laura Rash
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOLY SHIT!!! This was one ripping tale of excitement with a twist I had to reread to make sure I got it right! These get better with each book and the endings leave you panting for more.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Mano brolio žmona
  • The Kingdom
  • The Chestnut Man
  • Sogið (Children's House, #2)
  • Knife (Harry Hole, #12)
  • Victim 2117 (Department Q, #8)
  • The Owl Always Hunts At Night (Holger Munch & Mia Kruger #2)
  • DNA (Children's House, #1)
  • I'm Traveling Alone (Holger Munch & Mia Kruger, #1)
  • The Absolution (Children's House, #3)
  • Victim Without a Face (Fabian Risk, #1)
  • Marco Effekten (Afdeling Q, #5)
  • The Hanging Girl (Department Q, #6)
  • Journal 64 (Afdeling Q, #4)
  • Knock Knock (Ewert Grens, #9)
  • The Butterfly House (Korner and Werner, #3)
  • Den nionde graven (Fabian Risk, #2)
  • Police (Harry Hole, #10)
See similar books…
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

Other books in the series

Joona Linna (8 books)
  • The Hypnotist (Joona Linna, #1)
  • The Nightmare (Joona Linna, #2)
  • Eldvittnet (Joona Linna, #3)
  • The Sandman (Joona Linna, #4)
  • Kaninjägaren (Joona Linna, #6)
  • Lazarus (Joona Linna #7)
  • Spegelmannen (Joona Linna, #8)

Related Articles

It's always the perfect time to lose yourself in a mystery or thriller...but there's nothing like summer to curl poolside with a...
154 likes · 39 comments
“God lost me somewhere along the way … and didn’t come back to look for me.” 2 likes
“How different everything could be in another universe, all the lives we haven’t live.” 0 likes
More quotes…