Mini Reviews: The Fourth Victim, 66º North, and The Missing

January 17, 2017 | No comments


The Fourth Victim by Mari Jungstedt ★★★★
What: Crime novel set in Gotland, Sweden (9th in the Anders Knutas series).
One sentence synopsis: Inspector Anders Knutas investigates a violent bank robbery, a hit and run, and a brutal murder while dealing with changes in his personal life.
Comments: Mari Jungstedt is one of my favourite crime writers, and this book did not disappoint. It’s a page turner (and borderline 5 stars).

66º North by Michael Ridpath ★★★
What: Crime novel set in Iceland (2nd in the Fire & Ice series).
One sentence synopsis: Homicide detective Magnus Jonson investigates multiple apparent suicides among bankers and politicians following the bank crash in Iceland.
Comments: The tagline “In Iceland, revenge is best served at arctic temperatures” had me hooked, and although it is a great crime novel, the pacing is a bit slow and it doesn’t quite measure up to the first book in the series.

The Missing by Caroline Eriksson ★★
What: Psychological thriller set in Sweden.
One sentence synopsis: Greta’s life comes tumbling down when she visits a tiny, isolated island in Lake Malice with Alex and 4-year-old Smilla, and the latter two disappear into thin air.
Comments: This had all the elements to be a great book, but I couldn’t connect with the main character and the twists and turns were so convoluted that it just left me confused.

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