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Stalker (Joona Linna) by Lars Kepler
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Stalker (Joona Linna) (original 2016; edition 2019)

by Lars Kepler (Author)

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"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 recieved, 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.."--… (more)
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Title:Stalker (Joona Linna)
Authors:Lars Kepler (Author)
Info:Random House Large Print Publishing (2019), Edition: Large type / large print edition, 768 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:read, thriller

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Det börjar med ett videoklipp på Youtube vars länk blir skickad till Rikskriminalpolisens e-postadress. Den korta filmsnutten är filmad från en trädgård, in i ett hus. Videoklippets huvudroll utgörs av en kvinna som inte verkar förstå att hon blir filmad. Men dagen efter hittas hon död i sitt hem. Hennes ansikte är bara en blodig köttmassa efter vad som verkar vara nästan maniskt huggande med en kniv.

Det dröjer inte länge förrän nästa videoklipp dyker upp – lika oidentifierbar som den första. Det är en filmsnutt i samma stil som den första; en ovetande kvinna som drar av sig träningsbyxorna medan hon äter glass ur en burk. Även hon hittas mördad, denna gång av sin man. Han är i chock efter upptäckten av sin ihjälhackade fru. För att försöka nå honom anlitar Margot och Adam, som tagit över efter Joona Linnas försvinnande året innan, hypnotisören Erik Maria Bark för att få honom att berätta om den traumatiska upptäckten. För förutom det han möjligtvis har sett så har polisen inget att gå på. Ingenting alls.

Motsträvigt går Erik Maria Bark med på att hypnotisera den skärrade mannen. Men det mannen berättar under hypnos gör Erik nervös – det påminner alldeles för mycket om ett mord för nästan tip år sedan. En präst vid namn Rocky Kyrklund dömdes för ett brutalt mord på en kvinna. Under Eriks sessioner med Rocky pratade den misstänkta om att han hade ett alibi, om bara polisen ville hitta Olivia så skulle hon bekräfta hans alibi. Men Erik var så övertygad att det var Rocky som var mördaren att han struntade i att söka upp Olivia – om hon ens fanns.

Men när de liknande morden tar sin början börjar han bli tveksam. Tänk om Rocky talade sanning?

Jag måste erkänna att det här är nog den mest spännande boken i serien. Innehållsmässigt slår den absolut inte Sandmannen, som antagligen alltid kommer vara min favorit, men jag satt verkligen på helspänn från början till slut. Vid många tillfällen insåg jag att om det skulle komma ett plötsligt ljud i närheten skulle jag antagligen kissa på mig av skräck – och det är definitivt en bra känsla när man läser en kriminaldeckare. Kepler har verkligen lyckats med stämningen i boken; jag kände mig ofta iakttagen under de spännande delarna med mördaren.

Det känns som jag gör detta med varje bok men jag måste återigen prisa Kepler för det faktum att berättelsen alltid tar plötsliga vändningar i riktningar som man absolut inte hade förutsett. Det känns som boken kan sluta lite hur som helst vilket gör den ännu mer spännande eftersom det inte finns en chans att gissa mördarens motiv – eller vem mördaren är.

Jag har nog inte varit lika livrädd på grund av en bok sedan första halvan av Dracula. Tack för det, Kepler. Jag önskar att jag kunde glömma denna bok bara för att få upptäcka den igen. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
This is the fifth in the Swedish series of books featuring Joona Linna, who is now a former Detective Superintendent.

I don’t know if it is because of the translation, but the writing seemed very disjointed. Although the overall plot was good, I found none of the characters likable and it took a long time to tell the story. I had to force myself to finish the book and frequently skimmed over sections.

Fans of this series will probably enjoy it, but it just wasn’t one of my favorites. ( )
  vkmarco | Feb 27, 2019 |
The National Crime Unit in Stockholm has received a video of a woman who is clearly unaware she is being filmed. Shortly after, the woman is found brutally murdered. When they receive another film, they try to find clues in the video to find the woman. Unfortunately, they are unable to find her in time and she too is murdered in the same brutal manner. And then a third video arrives. Psychiatrist Eric Maria Bark recognizes similarities to a past case he had worked on but the man who had been taken into custody is still being held in a Psychiatric Unit and it seems impossible that he could be responsible for these present murders. Bark also had secret knowledge that might have exonerated the man for the past murder had he not confessed. Bark now wonders if perhaps he is responsible for allowing the real murderer to go free.

At the same time, the body of the man who had been terrorizing the family of Finnish detective Joona Linna is identified. Linna can now return. He is called in to help with this case but it is clear that the time he spent in hiding has taken a huge toll on him both mentally and physically. When a new victim is found, one with links to the police, evidence seems to point to Barks as the perpetrator and Linna is suspected of aiding in his disappearance.

Stalker is the fifth novel in the Joona Linna series by Lars Keplar, a husband and wife team and it is very long and, at times, very convoluted. But it is also very clever, very dark and compelling. It is one roller coaster ride of a thriller with non-stop action. It kept me reading well into the night and guessing right up until the end (I never did suss out the real villain). Stalker is Nordic Noir at its heart-pounding best aided by Kepler's use of short paragraphs and positive phrasing throughout. Definitely not a book for the squeamish. ( )
  lostinalibrary | Dec 17, 2018 |
Dette er den beste og den verste hittil!! Fy flate for en historie. Så godt skrevet, det merkes ikke at den er skrevet av to forfattere. ( )
  henriette89 | Apr 21, 2018 |
Dette er den beste og den verste hittil!! Fy flate for en historie. Så godt skrevet, det merkes ikke at den er skrevet av to forfattere. ( )
  henriette89 | Apr 21, 2018 |
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