The Sandman by Lars Kepler

 

Description: He’s Sweden’s most prolific serial killer.

Jurek Walter is serving a life sentence. Kept in solitary confinement, he is still considered extremely dangerous by psychiatric staff.

He’ll lull you into a sense of calm.

Mikael knows him as “the sandman”. Seven years ago, he was taken from his bed along with his sister. They are both presumed dead.

He has one target left.

When Mikael is discovered on a railway line, close to death, the hunt begins for his sister. To get to the truth, Detective Inspector Joona Linna will need to get closer than ever to the man who stripped him of a family; the man who wants Linna dead.

Opening: It’s the middle of the night and snow is blowing in from the sea. A young man is walking across a high railway bridge towards Stockholm. His face is as pale as misted glass. His jeans are stiff with frozen blood.

Princess Stenglasunderlägg Saga Bauer cuts her hair and goes into the evil troll’s den to find a long lost young woman.

Over-stretched, baggy and totally implausible on so many levels, yet once you realise those points there is little Reidar Love but a whole lot of eye-scorching, eye-rolling, preposterous OTT gory fun to be had.

Maybe I shall cut my loses and leave this series here.

4* The Hypnotist (Joona Linna, #1)
4* The Nightmare (Joona Linna, #2)
4* The Fire Witness
3* The Sandman (Joona Linna #4)

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