The International Sensation
It begins in a Stockholm city park where the abused body of a young boy is discovered. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of an immigrant child. But with the discovery of the mutilated corpses of two more children, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large.
Superintendent Kihlberg turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in the psychopathology of those who kill, and the lives of the two women become quickly intertwined—professionally and personally. As they draw closer to each other and to the truth about the killings, what surfaces is the undeniable fact that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of an insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With its brutal crimes and fractured heroes, The Crow Girl resembles Stieg Larsson's dark thrillers. But Swedish author Erik Axl Sund's bestseller stands out for its quicksilver pace and a plot that explores the political and social treacheries of present-day Europe. After a boy’s tortured body is discovered in a Stockholm park, the novel’s three gripping female leads—detective Jeanette Kihlberg, psychiatrist Sofia Zetterlund, and the mysterious “Crow Girl”—become deeply entangled in the search for a serial killer. Themes of vengeance and redemption raise hard-hitting, disturbing questions.
Horrors abound in the pseudonymous Sund's scathing first in a trilogy that rips asunder the appearance of Sweden's contemporary welfare state to reveal just about every conceivable human crime including torture, pedophilia, and child abuse and trafficking. Det. Supt. Jeanette Kihlberg, who's soul-sick from 20 years supporting her artist husband and early-teen son as a Stockholm police officer, and her solid colleague, Jens Hurtig, investigate an apparent serial killing spree that leaves bodies of homeless boys, drugged and mutilated, across the city. Soon Jeanette becomes romantically involved with Sofia Zetterlund, a psychotherapist with her own dark secrets, including a succession of multiple personalities, headed by the mysterious Victoria Bergman, who becomes the central figure of this challenging multifaceted descent into the abyss of evil and madness. Sund is the pen name of the Swedish writing duo Jerker Eriksson and H kan Axlander Sundquist. 100,000-copy first printing.
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Dark and amazing!
I actually read the 1999 pages. I also think the neighborhood drunk will get sober and the American political race is simply a bad dream. This book is confusing. The authors seem to have taken every idea for a crime book and tried to merge them into package that never gets tied into good result. The unbelievable never becomes believable. Novels may not make sense to me, but worthwhile ones need make sense within themselves. To many "what the...." moments.
Great 3/4 ending messy
Great book full of insights of the horrors and suffering of abused children. Unfortunately at the end the author seem to loose track of the story and is unable to deal with the double personalities of the main characters.
Probably the author is looking to a second volume.