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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 23, Trilby rated it liked it Shelves: mystery , sweden , crime. I had a hard time trying to decide what rating to give this book. I am not a big Steig Larsson fan, so that is not the yardstick by which I measured this thriller.
In fact, it was the "thriller" aspects of the story which didn't work well for me. Magnus, the narrator, gets dunked many times in the icy waters of the Baltic Sea, but manages to get thawed out each time.
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He is chased in all kinds of vehicles over the snowy land- and seascapes, gets caught, yet somehow escapes each time. He's shot at I had a hard time trying to decide what rating to give this book.
He's shot at, shot, beaten up, frozen and thawed out, yet still can run around. These perils-of-Magnus escapes are so totally unbelievable, even for the low bar of the thriller, that I would have given up reading if I had borrowed the book from the library. But I was too cheap to quit an e-book I had bought, so I plodded on. Being a Minnesotan, I know what happens when people--yea, even Swedes--fall through the ice in the dead of winter.
They don't last long.
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For these grossly improbable aspects of the story, I'd give it one-and-a-half stars. On the other hand and I admit I'm not the typical reader of Scandinavian thrillers , I really enjoyed the cultural interactions between Magnus and the Alanders Swedes marooned on islands that belong to Finland.
Being Aland-born, but British-raised Magnus can speak fluent Swedish, yet has the detached perspective of an outsider. I loved his insightful observations about Scandinavian beliefs and practices, many of which were very funny. In addition, the story dealt with the serious issue of hatred of immigrant groups, a theme developed also in mysteries by Mankell Sweden and Indridason Iceland.
Finally, the book gave the cultural and historical background of how the Swedes wound up on a Finnish archipelago--and the ramifications of same. For these aspects, I'd give the book four and a half stars, hence the three-star rating. If you like reading a story that is nonstop thrills and chills literally , you'd like this one. But in my case, these frequent near-death experiences just left me, as it were, cold.
Sep 25, John Wiltshire rated it did not like it Shelves: given-up-on. I haven't read any other reviews of this one yet, but I'm curious to see if anyone actually enjoyed it. Sometimes dislike of a book is hard to rationalise. Rather like the taste of certain foods, I just don't like them but can't for the life of me say why.
On the surface, this would be the sort of thing I'd enjoy: ice, snow, Scandinavian setting, mysterious death. And yet I started disliking it very quickly, ploughed on but got increasing bored with it, read another three books rather than retur I haven't read any other reviews of this one yet, but I'm curious to see if anyone actually enjoyed it. I even went to the bother of examining the grammar: were the tenses all mixed up rather than me being defeated?
They didn't seem to be. The plot was barking mad, so that didn't help, and the author's political agenda seemed to be thrust down the reader's throat with as little subtlety as a John Oliver opinion piece. But I'm a adult, I can read a left wing piece of nonsense without a consequent snowflake dissolve. So I'm still rather puzzled by my reaction to this bit of awful writing. All I can say is, if you like Scandinavian noir, don't believe the blurb on this and bother shelling out money for it.
Maybe get it from a library and try it that way if you must. It's awful. Really badly written and pretty boring. Did not finish.
Jun 16, Becky rated it really liked it. I have often asked this question when reading a twisted plot or intriguing mystery: who is it that stays awake late at night dreaming up this stuff? One of those late-night dreamer-uppers is Olivier Nilsson-julien. This one is beyond imagining unless you are gifted at creating evil motives, sick killers, and equally sick killing methods.
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Now drop all of that into a thick soup of political anger and you have a plot generously laced with pain, death, fear, and context heavy action. The story relis I have often asked this question when reading a twisted plot or intriguing mystery: who is it that stays awake late at night dreaming up this stuff? The story relises heavily on the geography and the accompanying environment including weather, temp, fog. There's a dead body that our protagonist doesn't believe is dead by accident.
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There's a fair bit of confusion about good guys and bad guys and which are which. There's a wild and terrifying sail across a frozen lake and river channel. And at the end there's he promise of a next story showcasing our intrepid protagonist once again. Feb 26, Susan rated it it was ok Shelves: finland. Lots of adventure but too crazy - survives too many times being almost frozen to death. Goes on and on with crazy dangerous adventures but just doesn't seem believeable or, after awhile, that interesting. Jan 12, Helen Billington rated it liked it Shelves: , kindle.
I borrowed this book from Amazon Kindle Library and had low expectations. I liked the premise of a London accountant caught up in a Swedish crime novel and particularly enjoyed the insight into recent Swedish history. Promising first novel. I will look out for more by the author. Dec 01, George Been rated it it was amazing. Good story. Nice to have a well-balanced, sensitive lead for once. Also liked the female character Eva. For me she was the star. Read it in one go - efficient and economic writing that gets straight to the point without endless descriptions.
My kind of book! May 09, Elaine Vandenberg rated it it was amazing.
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This is a thriller of a mystery. Really liked it.
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