Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Nightmare by Lars Kepler

The Nightmare
by Lars Kepler
translated by Laura A. Wideburg
4 stars - kind of violent and icky, but hard to put down
ALR Blue - no animal characters, just a few dogs as scenery

Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back and he's trying to unravel a complex series of events involving death most horrible. Suicide or homicide? Why? It all starts with a body found on a pleasure boat set adrift. The victim drowned, but how did she wind up in the master suite? Then a suicide,  a man found hanging in his apartment. And what of Penelope Fernandez? Sister of the murdered woman and political activist?

Slowly, but surely, Detective Linna connects the dots, but not before there are more gruesome deaths.

It's a great procedural detective novel with plenty of interesting characters. However, it is icky. While not a fan of overly graphic novels, the writing in Lars Kepler's books is so good that I tore through this quickly. Oh, and by the way, Lars Kepler is really two people. What's up with that? 

Kudos to the translation. Outstanding. 

So, if you're looking for something that will draw you in and distract you from the world for a bit, have at it. The chapters are all very short which means for those of us who get interrupted from reading frequently or who want to read just one more chapter before starting the day, there are stopping points aplenty.


  1. Lars Kepler, is this the one where the "author" is a husband-and-wife team who normally write highly esteemed literary fiction? I suppose I could always go Google it ...

  2. It's usually hard to read translated books; glad to hear that they did well with this one!