Monday, 9 July 2012

Armchair Novel Review: The Nightmare

The Nightmare
by Lars Kepler
Translated by Laura Wideburg

Hardcover, 512 pages
Also available as an eBook

He knows your darkest dreams. Then he makes them come true.

We have Stieg Larsson to thank for opening up Nordic crime fiction to the North American audience, and fans of his books will love the dark, intense psychological thrillers of Lars Kelper.

Hot on the heels of international bestseller The Hypnotist, which I loved, Kepler explores international intrigue and deep personal terror in The Nightmare.

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 lamphook in the ceiling. 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.b 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.

This book kept me up late in the wee hours. Once I got going I couldn't put it down.

If you are a fan of Nordic crime fiction, or crime fiction in general, you will love The Nightmare.

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