It’s an absolute pleasure today to be sharing my review for Stalker by Lars Kepler as part of the blog tour. Huge thanks got to Abby and Knopf Publishing for the opportunity and for the copy of the book.
About the book
The internationally bestselling authors of The Sandman and The Hypnotist return with a terrifying new thriller: Detective Joona Linna–recently returned from compassionate leave–reunites with hypnotist Erik Maria Bark in a search for a seemingly unassailable sadistic killer.
The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she’s being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman’s body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there’s nothing they can do. Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation, and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna’s worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things. Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he’s beginning to think that an innocent man may be behind bars–and a serial killer still on the loose. . .
Stalker by Lars Kepler is available to purchase now – Amazon UK
Good gracious me, I’m sat here in my bed having just finished Stalker and I honestly don’t think I’ll sleep tonight. I usually wait a couple of days to write my reviews but I had to start this one straight away although I’m still quite dumb struck by what I’ve just read, I’m not sure I can do the book justice at all.
Stalker is the fifth book in the Joona Linna series so I was a bit worried if I’d take to it having not read the first four, also the the size of the book at over 500 pages had me a bit apprehensive but I needn’t have worried in the slightest, I flew through the book and was actually so disappointed it wasn’t longer and as for it being a series it’s just made me want, no need, to read the others but it can definitely be read as a stand alone. It’s sooooo good.
The National Crime Unit receive a video of a woman, she is unaware she is being filmed but nothing untoward is revealed, not until later when a body is found and it’s the woman in the video. Then another video comes in and the crime unit know they have trouble on their hands and it’s a race against time to try and find out where the next victim is before it’s too late.
The hairs on the back of my neck went up as soon as I started reading, that creeping feeling you get when you’re a bit spooked washed over me. I had that feeling like I was the victim, I was being watched and although I don’t get spooked easily I felt my heart pounding, the trepidation to carry on was real.
The main characters, although probably well established throughout the series, I found to be easy to get to know. There wasn’t any feeling like I had missed out with not having read previous stories. There was enough information to give you an idea of what they were like or what they had faced and I really grew to like Joona and Margot. They’re both very determined, different but similar in their need to find the Stalker. Both flawed as is hypnotist Erik Maria Black who has a secret he doesn’t really want to share and one that’s troubled him for a long time.
Stalker is quite a fast paced story, there are so many red herrings thrown in that my mind was in a fuzz, I like to try and figure out who done what but I was way off the mark with this one. Honestly I was mind blown. This isn’t just one story though, reading along it’s like there are quite a few different stories but they all tie up nicely, maybe nicely isn’t a word that can be used for this book, maybe fittingly would describe it better.
Stalker isn’t for the faint hearted, it’s not a cosy crime story and I would eat my own hat (don’t hold me to that) if you are not affected in some way by it. This is a story that reels you in, grabs you by the throat and holds you right to the very end and leaves you with your mouth gaping, eyes popping and a need to read more.
As you’ll probably tell I thoroughly enjoyed Stalker, it has quite short chapters which make it easy to get lost in , I’m very much a “one more chapter” kind of girl so one, ended up being ten but that was ok, sleep is so over rated anyway.
This is definitely a book I will be recommending and another I’ll be adding to my top reads of 2019.
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About the authors
LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra
Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their number one internationally bestselling Joona
Linna series has sold more than twelve million copies in forty languages. The Ahndorils were
both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler and have each published
several acclaimed novels. They live in Stockholm, Sweden. Translated by Neil Smith.