The Sandman by Lars Kepler | Review

 The Sandman| Lars Kepler | KNOPF| Pub: August 22, 2012 | Pages: 451

This is book #4 in the Joona Linna series, and I highly recommend reading the previous books before this one.

One of the many things I love about Nordic Noir novels is the atmospheric writing. They are exceptional at writing books that can make you feel like you are part of the environment. This took place during the winter, and I swear I was cold reading this! They do such a brilliant job at describing the environment and the tiny little details that are happening during the story. I forgot just how much I adore Nordic Noir novels until I picked this one up.

These series tend to be many pages, but the short chapters made it such a breeze to read. I flew through this novel in a couple of days!

This story is so thrilling and gripping, I was at the edge of my seat from the very first chapter! I had no clue where it would go, and what to expect!

I always loved Joona Lina’s character, but in this book, we got a lot of character development for Saga and I really enjoyed it! I would absolutely love to hear more about Saga’s story and hopefully, she becomes Joona’s partner in the next book so we can hear more from her.

This book dealt with a very dangerous serial killer and the mysterious disappearance of random people all throughout Stockholm. Also, that ending!

Crazy ending and cliff-hanger that left me speechless! If you love dark and mysterious novels, this one’s for you! 


one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden's most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek's capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael's sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it's too late--and before he gets inside her head.


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