Lars Kepler returns with a piercing, bestselling sequel to The Hypnotist
After spellbinding audiences in The Hypnotist, Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back in The Nightmare, an internationally bestselling Swedish thriller published to critical acclaim in dozens of countries. As the Swedish newspaper Arbetarbladet put it, “The reader is ready to sell his own soul for the opportunity to read this book without interruption, in one sitting.”
On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?
The next day, a man turns up dead in his state apartment in Stockholm, hanging from a lamp hook. All signs point to suicide, but the room has a high ceiling, and there’s not a single piece of furniture around—nothing to climb on.
Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, but the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. At its core, the most frightening aspect of The Nightmare isn’t its gruesome crimes—it’s the dark psychology of its characters, who show us how blind we are to our own motives. – Goodreads
I think this book got lost in translation. I’m not even saying that to be snarky. I really think it did. This book is wildly popular is Sweden and is the second in the series. I read the first and loved it. I was in the middle of my Swedish book crazy and couldn’t put it down. This one is a little different.
I was intrigued by the story, but I wasn’t intrigued enough to keep reading. I did finish, of course. I rarely don’t finish a book, in part because I’m behind on my 2012 reading goal, but mostly because it kills me to give up on a book. So yes, I finished this book. The plotline helped that.
This is the story of a couple that is trying to run away from a killer and the interesting police detective who is trying to find them. The problem is there is a lot of extra to the story I just didn’t see the point of. I am sure there is a point, I just wasn’t getting it. As one who took many english classes and history classes I know to read for context. This was case of me not getting it. And with not getting it I just stopped caring. I started to skim which is never a good sign.
Also, back to my original idea: I think this book got lost in translation. I often thought to myself “if I could read this in the original Swedish it would probably make more sense.” Although if I go by goodread stars, even people had issues with the original Swedish.