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The Rabbit Hunter

(Joona Linna #6)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  6,559 ratings  ·  595 reviews
The latest internationally best-selling installment in the Joona Linna series sees him temporarily called back to the police force to solve a series of bizarre and increasingly horrifying murders.

Detective Joona Linna is finishing out a sentence at Kumla prison for assaulting an officer in the course of his last investigation when he is summoned to a meeting with the
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published 2016)
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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Crime by the Book
As the card carrying president of the Lars Kepler fan club, it is my duty to let you know that our favorite married writing duo is back with another winning installment in the Joona Linna series. Writing serial killer thrillers alongside your spouse must be the grandest form of couples therapy, and I think we should all find something that we can do with our partners to bond at this level. Whether or not you've begun the series from The Hypnotist or jumped in later with The Sandman, I do ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this sixth instalment of the Joona Linna series, Lars Kepler reminds readers what true Scandinavian psychological thrillers are meant to entail. When Sweden’s Foreign Minister is murdered by someone lurking in the shadows of his own home, the only witness to the event mumbles something that confuses authorities. Joona Linna, Sweden’s most prolific hunter of serial killers is not available to assist, having been sentenced to prison. However, no one is taking any chances and Linna is given a ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Joona Linda is a holds-no-bars, lead detective, just out of prison when he’s asked to solve a particularly dark serial crime involving the “Rabbit Hunter.” The connection between the crimes? The victims hear a rhyme about rabbits recited by a child. So creepy, right?

The Rabbit Hunter is the dark, creepy page-turner I was searching for. This is Scandi Noir at its best. I definitely plan to read the earlier books because I absolutely loved this. If you like your mysteries dark, hair-raising, and
This grisly addition to the Lars Kepler series featuring Detective Joona Lina and Superintendent Saga Bauer is my first introduction to the series. Lars Kepler is apparently a husband and wife writing team. In many ways I found this a difficult read and part of the reason I felt was that I should have read the series in order, there are numerous references to past events that on occasion I felt a little lost, so this is not great as a standalone. This Scandi-Noir thriller is an intensely ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review. I have not read the other books in this series but was so excited to get this book, I’m overlooking this dilemma!!!

A viscous killer called the rabbit hunter is stalking his victims in a cold brutal fashion. Loved this book and was fully immersed in this book and will definitely read the other books now!!

Not for the faint hearted as this is brutal and creepy but very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat!!

Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Lars Kepler’s writing is gripping, shocking, and pure entertainment. I actually started the Joona Linna series a bit late—Stalker was my first venture into the series. With The Rabbit Hunter, I would definitely recommend getting acquainted with the series first. The first 50 pages of this book completely shook me to the core—that’s how juicy and scary it was! My only critique would be that this book is a little longer than necessary, and I wish it was cut a bit shorter. However, I ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 6th book in the Joona Linna series by the joint authors known as Lars Kepler. I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning having read the previous five books which although obviously helped me in my familiarity of the characters was not a necessity required to appreciate this book. It seems like a long time since I read the other books but didn't take me long to get back in the swing of the writing. This book is not for everyone and maybe a little more gruesome and explicit ...more
Miriam Smith
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovereading
"The Rabbit Hunter" is the sixth outing in the series featuring Joona Linna and from what I can tell has been a very highly successful series too. Incredibly written by Lars Kepler - who is actually husband and wife team Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril - this thriller is one mighty roller coaster of a ride that will guarantee you'll be leaving the lights on at night for sure.
I've haven't been as scared reading a book since 'Intensity' by Dean Koontz and I have to praise the authors for creating
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

Kaninjägaren är otroligt nog den första boken jag läser av Lars Kepler. Som vanligt är tidspress min ursäkt för att ha missat denna fantastiska serie. Men det ger mig fördelen att jag har 5 olästa böcker att ta mig an samt att jag kan skriva en recension utifrån en ny fans synvinkel.

Så hur var Kaninjägaren? För att vara den senaste boken i en en serie så var kändes det väldigt lätt att komma in i boken. I och med att själva handlingen var fristående med återkommande karaktärer
Linda Eilertsen
Yeah, no, I'm done. I was struggling through the final parts of the last Kepler, too, with all the ridiculous butchering that never seemed to stop. With this one, I read maybe a quarter, put it on the shelf and waited weeks before continuing - which isn't a good sign when it comes to books you're supposed to devour in one sitting. I finished it out of pure stubbornness.

This series isn't for me anymore. I've had it with the silly serial (or spree) killers (and don't get me started on the use of
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rikoskirjat, murhat
I waited eagerly for this book, perhaps too eagerly, because I was a tad disappointed in it. I feel like the most interesting and important characters (Joona and Saga) were left largely to the background, and there was too much irrelevant stuff going on. I loved the tension, the violence and the creepyness of the story, but it was too easy to guess who the hunter was, so the end part of the book was a bit of a letdown. But it was nice to get to read again about Joona and Saga, and I hope that ...more
Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf

Thank you so much to Knopf for this stunning finished copy of THE RABBIT HUNTER by Lars Kepler! You guys... This book was fantastic I have been looking forward to Kepler’s newest release for so long now and there’s no surprise here that I absolutely loved it!

One of the many things I loved about this book was Kepler’s writing style. There’s just something about their writing that I love SO much and I am always instantly pulled in to every single one of their stories. Not only do
Syeda Sumayya Tariq
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This was amazing, I absolutely loved it. It was a bit slow in the begining and I find that whole "terrorist" part quite boring and unnecessary, but as the story moved forward to its core it got absolutely nail biting, and kept me on the edge of the seat throughout its length. And that ending omg, I'm hyper ventilating, how long do I have wait for the next book, 'cause I really can't!
I was a bit dissapointed with how the previous book ended and all the injustice done to Joona, but thank god for
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth book of the Joona Linna series, but it’s the first one I’ve read and it can easily stand on its own. Now my interest is piqued and I must start at Book One, The Hypnotist. I always enjoy Swedish crime dramas, and this husband and wife writing team going by the pseudonym “Lars Kepler” certainly cranks out a taut thriller.
Joona is currently serving time for assaulting a police officer when he’s summoned by the Swedish prime minister and offered a deal he simply can’t refuse: work
Maja Ingrid
Not sure if it is just this book, or if Joona is overstaying, but I wasn't really in it as with previous books. I started having this feeling with the last book Stalker. Crime isn't, as I've said before, my genre, and I sort of rolled on my surprise at how good I've found the earlier books to be. I might give Lazarus a chance. After that I'll see if I read the eighth book if and when it's released.
Also lemme spill some about Joona. So he's Finnish, got a Finnish accent (which is like the
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
While this is the sixth book in a series you definitely don’t have to start with the first book in order to enjoy this, but I do think that you will better appreciate the characterization and how much these characters have grown if you’ve read at least a couple of them. I jumped in back at The Sandman and think this is a great starting point if you don’t have the time or inclination to start all the way back at book one. Whatever you do decide to do though, this is one gritty series that shouldn ...more
Marie the Librarian
Well this was intense and twisted like Kepler usually does it. Buuut it lacked a little bit.. although that ending was creepy as f.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lars Kepler is probably the most intense of the Scandinavian authors I've read, He's very similar to Jeffrey Deaver of Dean Koontz. This is a great series but its not for everyone, it is very bloody and not for the squeamish.
Rita Costa (Lusitania Geek)
I always love to read Lars Kepler novels, the Joona Lina Series, this time with Saga Baueronce again.

Very good reading, not as exciting as the previous ones. Crime, police investigation and nordic mystery, what else ? I absolutely love their writing style and the way they tell the story. I do recommend to read this one, thou 4 stars
Ken Fredette
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joona in jail!!! I must have missed something somewhere, and he gets out for working on a case for the police and gets his own office. And he has a new love interest hiding on a gardening nursery out in the country. But I regress, what we have is a murder that is very well trained killing people for a specific reason. This we will find out but it takes another killing to find out the reason. Joona finds that there was a rape on an exclusive school 30 years before. What he doesn't find out was ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for a review copy of The Rabbit Hunter, the sixth novel to feature Swedish detective Joona Linna.

Joona is in prison when a rich man is murdered by a masked gunman. Strangely the gunman doesn't harm the prostitute who witnesses it but the rich man's identity causes a terror alert and Joona is offered his freedom in return for discovering the prime suspect's plans. When it becomes apparent that they are dealing with a spree killer
Donna Hines
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Alexandra & Alexander have done it again!! I'm super excited to tell you this is worth much more than five stars.
It all goes down with the brutal murder of the Foreign Minister while of course he was in the copy of the lady of the night.
Detective Joona Linna is tied up in prison after being charged for assaulting an officer on his last investigation.
However, we need Joona to stop this madness! STAT!
Political figures are in danger of dying and the only one that could help Joona is Saga (young
Nedima Sinanovic
So having digested the first five books in one reading I felt that this one fell short. It was overwritten, lacked a unique storyline and in the end felt like it was published for the sake of publishing a book. The only good part of was the epilogue, which really sparked an interest in the next book. But this one sadly leaves me with no thrill like the first book - Hypnotist, or the Stalker.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The latest from the husband-wife team known as Lars Kepler is a worthy addition to their list. In "The Rabbit Hunter," their intuitive detective Joona Linna is in prison until he's sprung to help solve some very high-profile murders, which are also very cruel and creepy. It's refreshing and a relief that none of the victims are women.

Joona Linna is a different kind of detective. He's not a crazy as Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole, but he has an instinct for why killers do what they do, how they think and
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
''The Rabbit Hunter'' is a novel I was eagerly expecting since the release date of the English edition (3rd of May 2018) was announced. I can now say that it was well worth the waiting as this book contains all the necessary ingredients of a first-class, page-turning crime/thriller and the reader has the opportunity to devour the qualities that have become the trademark of the Swedish writers Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril (Lars Kepler is their nom de plume). This novel is the sixth ...more
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Description: There’s a face at the window. A stranger wearing a mask stands in the shadow of a garden. He’s watching his first victim through the window. He will kill him slowly, make it last – play him a nursery rhyme – make him pay.

A killer in your house. There’s only one person the police can turn to – ex-Detective Joona Linna – but he’s serving time in a high-security prison. So they offer him a chance to secure his freedom: help superintendent Saga Bauer track
Barbara Elsborg
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am always desperate for the next Joona Linna book! I really enjoyed this one and it joins the others on my bookshelf!
No matter how hard I try and think about my feelings regarding this book, I can't give it more than three stars. Here's why:
I have waited so long for the 6th book in the Joona Linna series, so there was much anticipation and high expectations. Stalker, the 5th book, still gives me the creeps years later when I think about it. But upon reading this book, I couldn't help feeling underwhelmed and disappointed.
The first 200pages were agony to read as none of the chapters seemed to make sense, none
Rowena Hoseason
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This is a perfectly serviceable Scandi crime thriller. Dastardly psycho killer has spent years seething and scheming fiendishly, coming up with a dastardly plan to exact appalling retribution upon his enemies. His victims ain’t exactly saints, and they probably deserve a tiny little bit of being stalked, tortured, maimed and murdered.
So far, so fine.

In the opposing corner we have Joona Linna, disgraced detective, currently a convict. An apparent terrorist attack and a convoluted conspiracy
Sydney Stylites
Glad I made the effort to stick with this and read it all the way to the end.
The first half is all over the place. I had no idea why anything was happening at all. There were Afghan migrants, human traffickers, and oh prostitutes. So much about prostitutes. It seemed more like a social commentary novel on the ugly underbelly of Sweden and less the thriller it was touted to be.
It took more than a 100 pages to get to the first mention of that haunting nursery rhyme for one.
The first murder itself
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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 ...more

Other books in the series

Joona Linna (7 books)
  • The Hypnotist (Joona Linna, #1)
  • The Nightmare (Joona Linna, #2)
  • Eldvittnet (Joona Linna, #3)
  • The Sandman (Joona Linna, #4)
  • Stalker (Joona Linna, #5)
  • Lazarus (Joona Linna, #7)