The Crow Girl

The Crow Girl

Book - 2016
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"A fiercely suspenseful psychological thriller in which two women--a police detective and a psychotherapist--are faced with the question: how much suffering can one human being inflict upon another before he ceases to be human and becomes a monster? In a Stockholm city park, the hideously abused body of a young boy is stumbled upon. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, which quickly dead-ends: no trace of the boy's identity can be found. But with the discovery of two more children's bodies in similar condition, it becomes clear that a psychopathic serial killer is at large. Jeanette turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for help in identifying suspects, and as their lives become increasingly intertwined, professionally and personally, as we begin to know their particular histories, needs, and desires, as they draw closer to the truth about the killings--working together but, ultimately, each on her own--we come to understand that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of a hellishly insidious societal evil. As viscerally dramatic as it is psychologically intense, The Crow Girl is a tale of almost unfathomably heinous deceit and deeds, and of the profound damage--and the equally profound need for revenge--they leave in their wake."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780345813107
Branch Call Number: F SUN
Characteristics: 767 pages ; 25 cm

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gailjackman
Jul 08, 2017

I own this debut novel by Erik Axl Sund (duo authors) and even though book was nearly 800 pages, I could barely put it down. Quite a roller coaster of a debut and am looking forward more of their translated into English books featuring Detective Supervisor Jeanette Kihlberg and her staff.

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maipenrai
Nov 16, 2016

The first book in the Victoria Bergman serie

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Calibro
Sep 30, 2016

This book is written in an excessive, self indulgent manner and suffers from editing. It could have about 304 pages cut from its text. It is repetitive and wanders about too much.
SPOILERS AHEAD
There are sections devoted to a Gilah character, that seems to have little to do with the the overall story. The writers might have led up to this Nazi / Holocaust aspect of the story, instead of introducing it 2/3 of the way into the story.
By page 700, the story starts to run out of steam, the writing gets lazy and is finally tied up in a quite stupid way. Totally disappointing. This no Stieg Larsson writing, and probably won't even make it into being a TV show anywhere, even (in Europe).
Points:
Descriptions stop short of kiddy-porn.
Excessive mysogyny.
Too many characters.
Too many places.
Untidy closures.
The protagonist gets burned all around - she deserves better.

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h18587551
Sep 23, 2016

I found it difficult to get into but once I sorted out who was who ( well, kind of....) I was hooked. Warning: only get this book out if you have say a broken leg and can't do anything much, otherwise you will find yourself reading while you should be doing something else. I'm also gutted that there is not 2 more to follow.

ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2016

In this disturbing U.S. debut by the Swedish writing duo known as Erik Axl Sund, the mutilated bodies of tortured young boys are being dumped in public places around Stockholm. Already worn down by the realities of police work, Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg catches the case, which loses resources when the children are identified as undocumented immigrants. A harrowing and deeply dark look into sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress, this chilling novel is the 1st in a trilogy that has proven popular in Europe.

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lizholland
Jul 01, 2016

Whoa...really intense! An incredible ride!

Can't put it down and hesitant to pick it up!

I don't think I've ever read 400+ pages so quickly ... only 300+ to go. And wished there were more...

Place names are challenging. Short Chapters keep you on track with the many characters...and encourage you to read..."just one more."

NOT for the faint of heart!

Disappointed to find out that the English volume compiled all 3 the Victoria Bergman series. I was so excited to momentarily think I could get my hands on 2 more sequels.

Love to hear what others think/thought.

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