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The Blood Spilt (Rebecka Martinsson #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  6,721 Ratings  ·  390 Reviews
It’s midsummer in Sweden—when the light lingers through dawn and a long, isolating winter finally comes to an end. In this magical time, a brutal killer has chosen to strike. A female priest—who made enemies and acolytes in equal number—has been found hanging in her church. And a big-city lawyer quite acquainted with death enters the scene as police and parishioners try to ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Delacorte Press
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Rachel Hall
3.5 stars

The second in the series featuring the conflicted female tax lawyer in Stockholm, Rebecka Martinsson, sees Åsa Larsson convey the upheaval and emotional turmoil that her protagonist has undergone following her part in a traumatic investigation which left her with the blood of three men on her hands in her childhood home of Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden. Sleeping badly, not really connecting with people and more uncomfortable than ever with the enforced bonhomie of corporate en
Simon Kelly
Oct 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I feel terribly guilty marking down someone's work as 'poor/did not like it' but the more I think about the book the more it makes me annoyed. The first in the series was infinitely better in most respects, it's hard to believe this is the same author.

One positive - the plot is interesting and well woven. Not too many clumsy red herrings and it builds suspense gently. That was the only thing that kept me going to the end.

The narrative style is not ow I recall the first book. It's very staccato a
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Because I just finished this one no more than 10 minutes ago- I have to admit it, my heart is still beating a tad faster. YET!

It's got one of those endings.

This seems more of a crossover genre than a crime/mystery to me at points in the novel. The entire middle 1/2 (not the first quarter or the last quarter) reminds me of a 2 dozen character town study in the middle of a Miss Marple Agatha Christie. You become embedded within the town of Kiruna, Sweden for huge proportions of the book copy. Rebe
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Blood Spilt by Åsa Larsson is the second in the series of books featuring Rebecka Martinsson, a tax lawyer working in Stockholm who has been traumatized by her involvement in a murder-three murders in fact. She has not been able to recover from the trauma that took place near her childhood home. Now she has returned to Kiruna and to the scene of another crime, one involving the murder of a priest (as had the first crime). The priest was a controversial, charismatic woman about whom people we ...more
Chrissa Vasileiou
Κουτσά στραβά,βγήκε και το δεύτερο.. :Ρ
Εντάξει,εγώ και η Asa Larsson δε θα συναντηθούμε ποτέ και πουθενά σ' αυτήν τη ζωή..Είναι η προσωπική σκανδιναβική μου απογοήτευση,όπως φαίνεται..Παρόλο που η "Λευκή νύχτα" είναι λιγάκι καλύτερο από το πρώτο της βιβλίο,το αναγνωρίζω αυτό,δεν κατάφερε να με συγκινήσει και να μου τραβήξει το ενδιαφέρον.Περισσότερο το διάβασα για να δω την εξέλιξη της ιστορίας της Ρεμπέκα(που έμεινε πάλι επάνω στο καλύτερο,άρα θα πρέπει να διαβάσω ΚΑΙ το επόμενο..)κι όχι γιατί
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I haven't been able to find Sun Storm, so I had to start with this, the second in the series. I liked it very much. I agree with Lisa that the author has painted Rebecka Martinsson as rather pitiful, but after what she has been through, I feel that it's probably pretty realistic. The wolf story didn't aggravate me as much as it did some of you, but I tend to be pretty literal, so if it was laden with lots of symbolism, it was lost on me. I did like the fact that the wolf made her own way, got he ...more
Cristina Boncea
Deși am citit primul volum cu mult timp în urmă, în minte am rămas cu o amintire foarte plăcută legată în mod special de modul de scriere al autoarei. Simțind nevoia să citesc un roman polițist, l-am ales pe acesta, iar în final s-a dovedit a fi o alegere foarte bună. 

Protagonista noastră este Rebecka Martinsson, o avocată traumatizată după întâmplările din primul volum al seriei, în care a trebuit să ucidă trei oameni pentru protecția altora. Traumele psihice prin care trece aceasta sunt perfec
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the fans of Nordic crime
Shelves: 2012, bookcrossing
I'd recommend reading this series in order, otherwise you'll get a painful start. Sun Storm is the book #1, which I didn't have the patience to wait to find before reading this one. When starting with this book, Rebecka is introduced as a depressed, barely functional (PTSD) woman who just casually is mentioned to have killed three men. Wait, what? An attorney who just happened to kill three men and is now on sick leave? They left it like that, so it's only 40 pages later when they go back to the ...more
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
After requiring weeks of psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs after reading Larsson's mega-bummer "The Black Path," I was very hesitant to pick up this novel, which precedes the aforementioned blackness. "Blood" has a similar setting and similar cast of characters as "Black," but it's not nearly as, well, black, or even bloody.

I can see why "Blood" was voted Sweden's best mystery novel of 2007. Larsson's psychological perceptiveness as she sketches out a number of minor characters is impressive.
Lisa Lewis
This is the second book in an interesting series by this author, a Swedish crime fiction writer. I enjoyed it in some ways better than the first, maybe due to the poetic inclusion of scenes from the point of view of a wolf who plays a small role in the story. Unfortunately, the primary character of the first book, Rebecka Martinsson, plays a smaller role in this book and seems such a pathetic character, I found myself wishing at times that the author could have been a little kinder to her. The p ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Poor Rebecka Martinsson - how much more can this character take? At one point in the book I became almost angry with the author for taking an already damaged person and putting her in another horrifying situation. But it works - and unlike many characters, Rebecka is not "strong in spite of it all" or anything similarly girl-power-y. She's a total mess, which feels realistic (well, as realistic as a murder-mystery novel will ever feel). I also love the style of writing - going from one character ...more
Kathy Davie
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Second in the Rebecka Martinsson mystery series set in Sweden in and around Kiruna.

My Take
Larsson has put a definite twist on the mystery, creating both a cozy story and an in-depth look at everyday Swedish culture with Blood Spilt similar to Sun Storm , 1, in that again, priests are dying around Kiruna. It did take a bit before I realized that the first chapter was the murder happening. There was a surreal quality to it and yet it played to the basics of the people in this area.

Business is re
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Esperaba cierta mejoría respecto a "Aurora boreal" y la ha habido (más o menos) pero aún así no ha servido para compensar.
Definitivamente no soy fan de Åsa Larsson. Su estilo no me atrapa, sus protagonistas ni me van ni me vienen. Y, sin duda, lo que menos me gusta es como estructura la trama y la desarrolla. Tengo la sensación de que ha transcurrido todo ridiculamente despacio y sin darle importancia a nada. Parecía que la cena del vecino estaba a la misma altura que la persecución de un sospe
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The writing was better than the first book in the series was like reading the first book again with so many parts of the plot being a repeat. A priest in found brutally dead in a church, there are shenanigans in the church finances, there are power games in the church and with the local community, there is a second murder of a priest, Martinsson's boss still carries on like a love sick puppy, and the book ends with a brutal murder and Martinsson in trauma. That's enough for me.
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
Ωραία πλοκή, ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες και πολύ ιδιαίτερος τρόπος γραφής.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, good
Io adoro Asa Larsson, mi piace come scrive, mi piace quello che scrive, mi piacciono le storie che racconta e i suoi personaggi: ha quello stile secco ed essenziale che secondo me per i thriller è perfetto perché ti da l'idea tangibile della tensione che sale.
Avevo letto “Tempesta solare” l'anno scorso e mi aveva aperto un mondo, lo avevo trovato davvero un thriller favoloso e scritto benissimo: cosa che si può dire anche di questo libro, ma questa seconda avventura di Rebecka Martinsson mi ha c
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais uma vez não fiquei desiludida com Åsa Larsson. Depois de Aurora Boreal, livro que já tinha lido anteriormente e que tinha adorado, parti com grandes expectativas para este Sangue Derramado e estas foram largamente superadas. Sequela de Aurora Boreal, aconselho os estreantes de Åsa Larsson a lerem o primeiro livro antes deste, até porque a personagem principal Rebecka Martinsson volta novamente a estar em destaque na resolução dos homicídios que vão surgir na pequena localidade de Kiruna.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/thiller/suspense fans, especially for people who like character driven fiction
Well, I read book 3 first and just completed book 2, The Blood Spilt. I feel the weight of this story like a heaviness in the heart and an ache of sadness for certain characters. The story of Yellowlegs is told so beautifully, at least Yellowlegs has a happy ending. This story is told with such a haunting tone, Rebecka Martinsson is certainly haunted, but so are many of the characters in this story. The fourth book in this series, Until Thy Wrath be Past, is now available for me at the library s ...more
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sure, it's not the best mystery I've ever read, and the portions "told by" the anthropomorphized shewolf were indulgent. But this book is outstanding for its ability to convey a sense of place. Larsson made me feel like I was in small-town northern Sweden right along with the characters. And it was conveyed with a pitch-perfect mix of affection and critical perspective.

I also appreciated the way Larsson dealt with the aftermath of Rebecka Martinsson's trauma in the previous novel. Too many autho
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
I "read" this book as an unabridged audio on a recent trip. Her writing is good, and the plot had potential, but this never made it as a thriller. It is just waly too slow. It is really a book about feminism and psychology, which is alright, unless you are expecting a detective story. In this one, a lady minister is found murdered and hung up in her church. we then try to figure who done it via an ongoing multi-threaded narrative and lots of flash backs. The priest is polarizing, with strong bac ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 ya si puedo admitir que esta autora me atrapado ya que quiero seguir leyendo sus demás libros de esta saga.

La riqueza del libro está en el arte con en el que la autora mezcla los personajes modernos y como expresa sus sentimientos. Odio desesperante, amor y sufrimiento incondicional arden en este libro. Como novela negra esta bien construida de manera inteligente, pero lo que aparece en primer plano, la caza del asesino, no es lo mas importante, esta se deleita en mostrar la Suecia rural
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I love the characters - a really great story. Although it was a bit dark and depressing (about dogs)
The story is about life in the northern part of Sweden - and about a murder that happens there.

Rebekah is from the area, and was traumatized in the previous book "Sun Storm". She has been unable to return to normal life following the events in Sun Storm. She returns to the area and has to face her trauma. The story involves murder of another religious figure (like the murder in Sun Storm. It also
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is the second book I picked from the free exchange shelf in my office and by now I start to understand why books end up there.

Among the things I did not like:

-This is the second installment of a thriller series featuring a lawyer called Rebecka. I much prefer self-standing novels. Reading this I felt like I jumped in mid way in a show I did not particularly care to watch.

-Main character Rebecka is suffering from a serious case of PTSD after having killed three people in the previous book. T
η δεύτερη περιπέτεια της Ρεμπέκας Μαρτινσον καθόλου δεν είχε ό,τι υποσχόταν γι'αυτήν, η συγγραφέας, στο πρώτο της βιβλίο...παρόλο που η Larsson έχει ωραία νουαρ πένα,το όλο στήσιμο της ιστορίας ήταν ασύνδετο και ενίοτε φλύαρο...το δε τέλος και η λύση του αινίγματος ήρθε τόσο βεβιασμένα και άτσαλα λες και η συγγραφέας στέρεψε από ιδέες και διάθεση και ήθελε να ξεμπερδέψει στα γρήγορα με τούτο το βιβλίο....την ηρωίδα της πάντως την έχω αγαπήσει, και ,μόνον, αυτή είναι ο λόγος που μπαίνω σε πειρασμ ...more
Un polar suédois sympa, surtout par sa localisation dans le grand nord (au delà du cercle arctique) et parce qu'il nous plonge dans l'ambiance du lieu... Le rythme est lent, parfois un peu trop, mais ce n'est pas le genre d'argument qui me décourage. La fin laisse assez baba, je n'avais jamais lu un polar qui se termine ainsi. Il me reste maintenant à découvrir le tome 1, souvent mentionné dans ce tome 2, avant de poursuivre la série !
Fran Barrero
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
El mejor libro de novela sueca leído hasta la fecha con diferencia. Da un salto tan cuantitativo respecto a la calidad de la historia y la forma de narrarla con respecto a la anterior entrega (Aurora Boreal), que supera con creces cualquier novela que haya leído de Viveca Sten y de la mismísima Camilla Lackberg.
Impresionante. 460 páginas de magia, sueños, descripciones fabulosas, acción fluida y no sabes quién es el asesino hasta la 445 (cuando la escritora lo desea)

Un diez.
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Åsa Larsson is a Swedish crime-writer. Although born in Uppsala, she was raised in Kiruna in the far north. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Larsson was a tax lawyer, a profession she shares with the heroine of her novels, Rebecka Martinsson.

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