Hannah Villamor

what is the lesson about it?

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Yoana It's easy to find a moral if you're looking for one. It could be that small-town mentality breeds fundamentalism or that burying trauma won't make it go away, but will only grow and fester and result in tragedy, or that injustice leads to more injustice.
Lia Pissa I actually thing that there is a big lesson to it. The big impact on your life of caring too much about what people think. In such a small community as the one in our story, people tend to live their lives according to what the others think it's acceptable. We can clearly see the mother that commits a crime in order to defend the image of her already isolated alcoholic son.
Fabricio Espinosa Actually there is no such thing as a lesson from reading this book. Following the swedish "thriller" line that Stieg Larsson began with his intriguing saga Millenium, this book comes with a similar gray mood ambiance.
Romuald Byczkiewicz There is no lesson. There is also not much intrigue or suspense either. Lackberg comes up with good ideas for plots but doesn't follow through with sharp prose or suspense built up over the chapters as the reader discovers clues along with the detective. Instead, everything was held back until the end in a very unexciting anti-climactic finish.

Lackberg is not like Mankell. Mankell explores the human condition in Sweden with his detective; the reader discovers things along with the detective and the world is seen through his prism. Lackberg's multi-character first person approach is weak and lacks direction. Other novelists have used that approach much more effectively than she has.
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