Stalker (Joona Linna, Book 5) (English and Swedish Edition) (Swedish) 01 Edition
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- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007467853
- Product Dimensions : 5.08 x 1.42 x 7.8 inches
- ISBN-10 : 0007467850
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 01 Edition (June 1, 2017)
- Language: : English, Swedish
- Best Sellers Rank: #232,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this fifth book we don't see Linna for a while but once we do it's obvious he's in very bad shape, torn apart by family troubles. He's gone into hiding but events lead one detective to find him and I found this very sketchy. These are supposed to be intelligent people but they do the dumbest things. That's been true of this book and the last one, and I really hope the pair of authors isn't losing it. It's a fun series but it may be going downhill.
At more than 500 pages it's more than a bit bloated yet we get very little information on the many characters who are not Joona Linna. I had hoped this would change as the books went on but we still know next to nothing about any other characters.
The story itself is very good. A serial killer is watching and videotaping women from outside their homes, uploading the film to the internet and then stabbing them to death. The m.o. matches a killer who's sitting in jail. Did they arrest the wrong man? Joona is on the case .. and of course sees things in unique ways that help lead to the killer.
This used to be one of my top five Scandinavian series. It is slipping but probably still in the top ten.
It's best to read the series in order, to appreciate Linna's personal journey. Books in the series are: The Hypnotist, The Nightmare, The Fire Witness, The Sandman, The Stalker.
Joona Linna is absent in the first part of the book and is called to action by Saga who finally obtains hard evidence that proves that Jurek Walter is dead. She wants to tell Joona herself, so she embarks on a long journey to Nattavaara, a small village about 1.000 kilometers away from Stockholm. There, Joona is living along with his daughter, Lumi, after the death of his beloved wife, Summa, who suffered from cancer and passed away some months before. Joona will take the bait from Saga and he will return to Stockholm to see with his own eyes and evaluate Saga's evidence. But, his detective instincts awaken and he is quickly drawn to the serial-killer case which features another peculiarity for him. Erik Maria Bark, the character we met in the first installment of the series, titled The Hypnotist, and held a protagonistic role in the book's plot. Erik is still facing some of the troubles that also plagued him in The Hypnotist, like his addiction to sleeping pills and an unstable personal and family life. Erik plays a major role in Stalker too as, in a way, he himself is the key that finally solves the case . I won't say anything more as it would spoil the reading experience but get ready for a thrilling ride of 600 pages full of suspense, red herrings, great horror sequences, etc.
Lars Kepler's thrillers almost always flirt with the horror genre and there are many electrifying scenes in Stalker that will send you to your house's windows to check if anyone is lurking outside waiting to commit the worst atrocities. The tense atmosphere, a trademark characteristic of the author(s), is further strengthened by the short-length chapters, only a page, or a page and a half long. The book blends various crime fiction sub-genres such as police procedural, whodunit mystery, crime/thriller and as I mentioned above horror fiction. The result is an excellent crime novel that guarantees that you will never get bored, never mind the vast number of pages. Lars Kepler is close to Jo Nesbø's and Jussi Adler-Olsen's writing style and handling of the plot, while he always succeeds in surprising the reader who can never guess right the identity of the villain until the author reveals him in the final pages. If I had to choose the best novel until now in the series, Stalker would be my first choice as it features all of Lars Kepler's trademarks, has a very strong plot with plenty of red herrings and diversions, the atmosphere is murky and strained in a way that keeps the reader on the edge of his seat, and it's also a clever murder mystery. I recommend it to all Nordic noir devotees and keep in mind that The Hypnotist (#1) has been adapted to the cinema screen in 2012 by Lasse Hallström, starring Tobias Zilliacus as Joona Linna and Mikael Persbrandt as Erik Maria Bark.
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rather artificially , the regular characters like Eric attracting a little bit more psychotic interest than seems plausible and our hero Joona, while constantly getting chunks knocked out of him, having a Holmsian infallibility and the authors failing somehow to make him completely real.
There was also almost a wasteful gruesome sacrifice of numerous unfortunate bystanders ( but I suppose that's Scaninoir for you ).
Oh, I fogot to say I couldn't put it down!