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Never Coming Back: A Novel Hardcover – November 14, 2012
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Hans Koppel doesn't hold anything back in this story, in which he depicts a far from perfect world; a world where young people torture their schoolmates and where some other people need to take the law into their own hands to deliver justice. But do two wrongs make one right?
The moral dilemmas in this novel are aplenty, and its characters are nothing but innocent. It doesn't matter if they are good at heart or not. It doesn't matter if they are the victims of their own weaknesses, and yes, it doesn't matter if they've regretted their past actions. What matters is that they did something wrong, and, sooner or later, they'll have to pay for it.
But even those of them who have no dark secrets to hide seem quite unhappy, living desperate lives, struggling to survive in a world that they really don't like.
"Look at me: unmarried, no children, a reporter for a weekly. I do saccharine interviews with washed-up TV celebrities and village eccentrics, write racy short stories about young women at their peak, twenty-seven years old. Short stories are read by women who are seventy-two. Same numbers, just inverted. I have no ambitions, no prospects. My only luxury in life is ice-cream in summer, a beer in the pub and sometimes, when the urge takes me, a trip to the cinema in the middle of the week."
And this is one of the characters that, with difficulties or not, lives a quite straight-forward life.Read more ›
The psychological tension builds with each day that Ylva remains missing, her loved ones tantalizingly close yet impossible to reach in a methodical juxtaposition of life in stasis and family getting on with their lives. As two friends question the coincidence of the deaths of three of Ylva's classmates and her disappearance, Mike Zetterberg adjusts to an existence without the answers he desperately needs, examining his own feelings about a sometimes unfaithful wife, the captors inventively increasing their hostage's suffering. Ylva endures their torture and perversions, learning the extent of her will to survive. Past melds with present, the forgotten actions of cruel youths precipitating a tragedy with far-reaching consequences. Ultimately, fate demands its due, the end savage and unexpected, revenge, when served, a cold, cold dish. Luan Gaines/2012.
Unpleasantness is to be expected in the circumstances, but it feels particularly gratuitous when the main characters and the relationships between them have been so poorly established and developed as they have been here. There's no effort to made to get at the underlying character types or examine the society the kidnapping takes place in, other than in the broadest and most sensationalist terms. Ylva has had an affair before, so her husband is initially reluctant to report her disappearance, and indeed the police soon make up their own minds about her along similar lines, but rather than this being a device to add tension or satirise middle-class provincial attitudes, it has the distasteful and sneering tone of a woman who has cheated before really getting what she deserves.
Deeper motives behind her kidnapping however become apparent, and her abduction is connected to other deaths, one of which seems to be that of a sleazy male also getting what he deserves, but there is something particularly nasty about the graphic descriptions of ritual abuse that are reserved for Ylva in captivity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed it. Somewhat predictable. It was difficult to get into the book but about half way through I captured my interest and I wanted to know how it ends.Published 3 months ago by Deanna L
The book is interesting enough when talking about the main characters. When it switches to the cop involved and the reporter, it becomes slightly confusing, and/or boring. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JM2742
I think I expected more from this storyline. First off, the cover photo of a female running through the woods is misleading, as this scene is false. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Barbara McLovich
Excellent story of suspense,revenge and tragedy. I have selected this book for my book club. If you liked Gone Girl you will love this book.Published 15 months ago by elizabeth licht
It was not what I thought it would be - too dark and depressing a book for me to want to read anything else like this one!!Published 20 months ago by Sharon L. Scott
This is not WAR AND PEACE but that is not what I was looking for. A long, long cold winter made this book a perfect curl-up book. It held my interest. It entertained me. Read morePublished 23 months ago by inverness
All the characters in this book are totally unlikeable but it says something about the quality of writing that it had me hooked from the very first page. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer