Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Crow Girl

By: Erik Axl Sund
Image result for 9780099583684Location:FIC SUN
Genre: Thriller- Horror

  Erik Axl Sund is the pen name of Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson (b. 1974) and Håkan Axlander Sundquist (b. 1965). Håkan is a sound engineer, musician and artist. Jerker has been the producer of Håkan's electro punk band iloveyoubaby! and currently works as a librarian in a prison. Erik Axl Sund is the author of three novels so far: Crow Girl (2010), Hunger Fire (2011) and Pythia's Instructions (2012). Together, they form the trilogy about Victoria Bergman. These dark and addictive novels became an immediate success, both critical and commercial. The Victoria Bergman trilogy is the latest literary phenomenon in Swedish crime fiction and a milestone in contemporary crime fiction in general.
The most terrifying thriller you'll read this year

It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.

With her career on the line, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund. Together, they uncover a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?


"I can't even remember how I came across this book I just remember that one look at the cover and I was drawn.
What can I say about The Crow Girl? That I read a 768 page hardback novel in two days finishing at 5 am, so reluctant I was to put it down. That it drew me in completely though it was a tale of darkness it could almost break the heart. Young boys are being found in a state of mummification and the case is given to Detective Superintendent Jeannette Kihlberg to work on. She meets psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund and together they try to solve the mystery.

You quickly become aware that the book is predominantly female led as the characters come to the fore. The tale is dark with child abuse and mental illness at it's core. Violent and disturbing it is never gratuitous as it grapples with the themes running through it. There's no doubt that the book is upsetting and much has been said by other reviewers; but upsetting things happen in the world and this story ultimately becomes about how darkness can be overcome if a determination and sense of strength is there to beat the odds. It's a compelling story of redemption where roads either lead into the darkest pits or lead to glimmers of light at the end of a very long dark tunnel.

In a sea of crime fiction, I will never ever forget The Crow Girl".Janet

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