The Spider by Lars Kepler | Review

Joona Linna #9 | The Spider | Lars Kepler | McClelland & Stewart | Pub: July 25, 2023 | Pages: 496

Book #9 in the Joona Lina series! This series is one of my all-time favorites! It’s almost taking over the Harry Hole Series by Jo Nesbo!

I Love Saga’s character development throughout this series! I’m really rooting for her!

In short, this book begins with a gruesome murder and a message from the killer that there are 9 further white bullets intended for another 9 victims connected to Saga and she must solve the clues to save the victims and ultimately Joona…and this killer doesn’t just want to kill his victims, he wants to obliterate them!

I simply love this series and The Spider is yet another taut, twisty thriller that hurtles along at a breakneck speed with nasty surprises around every corner. It’s a great read which leaves you craving for the next installment. Highly recommended!

I wish I could read/speak Swedish so I can read the next installment ASAP!

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


The ninth gripping thriller in Lars Kepler's bestselling series featuring Joona Linna.

A killer is spinning a sinister web and the police are caught dead centre.

Three years ago, Saga Bauer received a postcard with a threatening message. It mentioned a gun and nine white bullets—one of which was intended for Detective Joona Linna. According to the anonymous sender, Saga was the only person who could save him. But as time passed, the threat faded. That is, until now.

A sack with a decomposing body has been found tied to a tree in the forest, and a milky white bullet casing turns up at the scene. Soon, the police begin to receive complicated riddles from the killer, taunting them with opportunities to stop further murders. Joona Linna and Saga Bauer struggle to solve the riddles and save further victims before it's too late. As the hunt becomes increasingly desperate, it appears that the killer is unstoppable . . . and that Linna and Bauer may already be caught in the killer’s web.


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