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The Book of Souls by James Oswald
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The Book of Souls

by James Oswald

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Swedish review

Varje år under ett decennium hittades en ung kvinnas kropp vid jultid i Edinburgh: naken, med halsen avskuren, kroppen rentvättad. Tio år, tio kvinnor. Det sista offret, Kirsty Summers, var kriminalkommissarie Tony McLeans flickvän. Men Julmördaren begick ett misstag. I en källare under en butik hittade McLean en tortyrkammare och satte stopp för serien av brutala mord.

Tolv år senare har en medfånge just mördat den inspärrade Julmördare. Men när julhelgen kommer dyker en kropp upp. En ung kvinna: naken, rentvättad, med halsen avskuren. Är det en copycat-mördare? Har fel man suttit bakom galler alla dessa år? Eller finns det en ännu mörkare och otäckare förklaring? Kommissarie McLean måste återuppta sitt livs otäckaste fall och komma på vad han har missat innan mördaren slår till igen...


Själarnas bok är uppföljaren Flickoffret, den första delen i Inspector McLean serien. Jag läste Flickoffret några veckor innan jag läste Själarnas bok så jag har handlingen från första boken i färskt minne. Jag gillar denna serie, jag gillar speciellt det övernaturliga inslagen som präglar böckerna. det gör att serien känns lite annorlunda att läsa jämförelsevis med andra kriminalare. Men, det är inga vampyrer eller zombier i handlingen, det är mer som om det onda i världen faktiskt kan ha demoniskt ursprung osv.

I första boken fick man reda på lite of Tony's flickvän Kirsty som blev mördad av Julmördaren. I denna bok får man reda på mer vad som hände och hur mördaren togs fast. Men för Tony innebär det nya fallet med unga döda kvinnor en smärtsam påminnelse om Kirstys död. Jag fann denna bok inte lika bra som första boken, handlingen är intressant. Men jag fann vissa delar av boken lite segare att läsa än första boken, och jag saknade spänningen från första boken. Och, jag hade en misstanke rätt tidigt om vem det kunde vara som låg bakom morden, så jag var var inte jätteöverraskad när det visade sig att jag hade rätt.

Dock var slutet riktigt bra, med konfrontationen mellan Tony och mördaren. men vad som verkligen fick mig att haja till är vad som hände i det sista kapitlet. Wow säger jag bara, det hade jag inte räknat med!

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English review

Each year for ten years, a young woman’s body was found in Edinburgh at Christmastime: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake, and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree.

It’s now twelve years later. A fellow prisoner has just murdered the incarcerated Christmas Killer. But with the arrival of the festive season comes a body. A young woman: naked, washed, her throat cut. Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more frightening explanation? McLean must revisit the most disturbing case of his life and discover what he missed before the killer strikes again . . .


The Book of Souls is the second book in the Inspector McLean series. I read the first book, Natural Causes a couple of weeks ago and that's nice to have the first book in fresh memory. I like this series very much, I especially like the paranormal aspects, it makes this series a bit different from other crime series. It's not like it's vampires, or zombies running around, it's more like it's a darkness in the world with things like demon possessions, etc.

We got to find out some things about Tony's girlfriend that died in the first book, but here we get the whole story. How she was killed and how the murderer was caught. For Tony is the new case a painful reminder of Kirsty's death. However, I did find the book not as riveting as the first book, don't get me wrong it was still good. But, I just found the book a bit less thrilling to read. And, I did have a suspicious feeling quite early of whom could be behind the new killings, so I wasn't that surprised when it turned out I was right.

Though, the ending was really good with the confrontation between Tony and the killer. However, what really got to me was the last chapter. Wow, I never expected that in a million years!

ThanksPocketförlaget for the review copy! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
This is the second book in a police procedural series set in Edinburgh and featuring Detective Inspector Tony McLean. In the first book of the series we learn Tony's fiancee, Kirsty, was tortured and killed ten years ago by antique book seller Donald Anderson, known as the Christmas Killer. McLean gets word that Anderson has been killed in prison and attends his burial in an effort to bring some closure to the pain he's still suffering.

Soon afterwards, he's call to the scene of a crime where a young woman has been killed in much the same manner as the Christmas Killer victims. He begins to wonder if this is a copy cat killer or did he put the wrong man in prison. But now, instead of killing only once a year, the new killer is rapidly piling up victims. McLean meets an elderly monk who tells him that Anderson owned an ancient book, called The Book of Souls, and that the evil in Anderson came from that book. McLean tries to piece together what is real and what is fiction, keeping both his job and his sanity.

I'm not at all a fan of supernatural books but this author does an fantastic job of blending them together in just the right balance. It's an excellent police procedural and the small supernatural element makes it even better. The characters are very well drawn and believable. There are plenty of plot twists and turns that kept me glued to the story. I think [b:The Book of Souls|15718239|The Book of Souls (Inspector McLean, #2)|James Oswald|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1340444909s/15718239.jpg|23576376] is even better than [b:Natural Causes|13614116|Natural Causes (Inspector McLean, #1)|James Oswald|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1335254277s/13614116.jpg|19214314] and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, [b:The Hangman's Song|18402385|The Hangman's Song (Inspector McLean, #3)|James Oswald|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1443388780s/18402385.jpg|25693918]. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
The Book of Souls by James Oswald
Tony McLean series Book #2
5★'s

What's It About?
Each year for ten years, a young woman’s body was found in Edinburgh at Christmastime: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake, and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree.
It’s now twelve years later. A fellow prisoner has just murdered the incarcerated Christmas Killer. But with the arrival of the festive season comes a body. A young woman: naked, washed, her throat cut. Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more frightening explanation? McLean must revisit the most disturbing case of his life and discover what he missed before the killer strikes again .

What Did I Think?
I love the supernatural overtones of this series. I do get rather frustrated with the bullying that is allowed by the higher ups in the police department. If this a true reenactment of all police headquarters in Edinburgh then there is a strong need for major counselling and anger control sessions.

What the book actually was and what it was capable of was not revealed until almost the very last and it let the reader form their own opinion of what it was and how it fit in with the story. I will say the ending was not a total surprise but it did leave a major string dangling. Perhaps it will be answered in the third book. Looking forward to it. ( )
  Carol420 | Jul 16, 2017 |
This is the 2nd book in the Inspector McLean series. I liked this one better than the first one. Oswald's books have a slight paranormal aspect which is not overdone but makes the books fascinating. The book is well-written with interesting characters. I especially like the main character, Tony McLean, as he is very capable of solving crimes even though he is under extreme pressure from his immediate boss, Duguid, who is very nasty. I also enjoy the Scottish setting and learning how their police departments function. The book has many twists and turns which keep the story moving. There are a few unexplained things in the story that I hope will be resolved in future books. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and highly recommend this series to those who like a little paranormal with their mysteries. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 25, 2017 |
Police procedural set in Edinburgh. An improvement on the first book, supernatural elements were present but didn't detract. The final victim was a little predictable. ( )
  stevebishop | Apr 2, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0544319494, Paperback)

Each year for ten years, a young woman’s body was found in Edinburgh at Christmastime: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake, and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree.

It’s now twelve years later. A fellow prisoner has just murdered the incarcerated Christmas Killer. But with the arrival of the festive season comes a body. A young woman: naked, washed, her throat cut.

Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more frightening explanation?

McLean must revisit the most disturbing case of his life and discover what he missed before the killer strikes again . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 07 Nov 2015 08:23:44 -0500)

At the turn of the Millennium, Detective Constable Anthony McLean ?s fianc?e was abducted, raped and murdered by antiquarian book dealer Donald Anderson, the notorious Christmas Killer. Every winter since has been a time of nightmares. So when in the space of a few short weeks Anderson is killed in prison, McLean ?s tenement building is burned down, and a young woman ?s body is found murdered using Anderson ?s MO, it ?s hardly surprising that McLean starts to go off the rails"--Amazon.com… (more)

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