Relax and enjoy the surprise.
Obviously authors' names count for much in "marketing" (about which Mankell includes many scathing comments); otherwise who would consider this book publishable?
My soul always comes alive when reading Henning Mankell, for the way he brings his dry wit and stunning clarity to every issue.
As said by another reviewer, The Shadow Girls is an odd book. Swedish humor (I did read it had humor in the jacket of the book) is not quite as easy a laugh as another culture's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by June Ahern
Save your money, folks. Unlike this author's other selections, this one BOMBED. I got about halfway through it and gave up. Too much confusing and weirdo dialog. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tuesday
While the book depicts a tragic subject (illegal immigration & refugees), you will also laugh aloud while reading about the publishing world and the main character's relationship... Read morePublished 3 months ago by iammo
Thoroughly interesting characters. Wish it could have been longerPublished 4 months ago by Denise W.
Complex, sad book. Well worth the reading. Mankell doesn't write cheery fairy tales, but makes us think and feel.Published 4 months ago by Inara L. Rymzo
Quite a departure from his Kurt Wallander detective series, and a clever framing for what in less skilled hands would be a lecture on the perfidy of Sweden’s (and all developed... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Victoria Weisfeld
If his Wallander series hinted at his concern for women's plight this novel seals the deal and does so in a way that honors the subject matter without succumbing to trite easy... Read morePublished 9 months ago by RavenB&W
Mankell is often categorized as a crime writer, but this novel, although it contains some undocumented, and thus illegal, visitors in Sweden, is primarily about the human... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer